Speaking of which I have noticed a clear division of what the sick face looks like at our house. Greg and I turn pasty, ghostly white. Dan, Charlotte and Lee get sort of green looking with purple raccoon eyes. I have never seen so dramatic a change as I do in Charlotte's face when she's sick. It was horrible. Also I kept feeling bad because I wasn't getting any of our Christmas things done. We weren't baking. We weren't delivering presents, we weren't singing songs. I was feeling decidedly left out of the season. And on top of all that Dan was GONE. Gone I tell you! It was residency interview weekend and call weekend and so he saw very little of the horribleness that was The Barfarama. There was no way I could have made it through without the very thoughtful and generous help of my friends and neighbors. I am overwhelmed with the support I get from people here.
Anyway, since Charlotte was sick yesterday she couldn't go to school today. By my count she was student number 6 in her class to be sick in the past week. And in an effort to slow the progress of this horrible virus she wasn't allowed back until 24 hours of symptom free had happened. But she was perfectly fine today. She was fine and I was fine and Lee was fine and Greg was fine and did I mention that we had been stuck inside for five days? Because yeah. I'm not a homebody.
So today I decided we weren't staying home. And I also decided that we weren't going to watch any screens. No TV, laptop, iPad, DVD player. And that's when I finally welcomed in Christmas.
First, when Greg woke up today he was howling with tears. This he does occasionally. Any and every thing will set him off and the only way to stop it is to completely change his environment. So we decided to try out Moms and tots ice skating. It was our first time and we were the only ones on the ice. For nine dollars (one adult and one youth and one skate rental) we had the ice to ourselves for an hour. It was amazing.
Here is Lee when we had finished our hour. You can see here his most preferred shoes these days are his boots.
After Lee went down for a nap the three of us headed to the back yard and went sledding. Charlotte discovered sledding downhill while standing on her sled like it was a snowboard. When she got too scared she'd just fall off.
Below is a video of Charlotte's skating. Thanks to Great Grandma and Grandpa's Christmas presents the last few years Charlotte's lessons have taught her these skills. (Sorry my voice is so loud.)