I got brilliant when I decided to move the children's book shelf out of Violet's room and into the living room downstairs. Those books are now getting lots of attention. We have a big selection of board books (all "loved" with chewed-on pages) and I am currently working on the older kid books. Each time I go to Target, I get a cheap book to add to the shelf. Like "Bearenstein Bears" for $3. Oh yeah, and Costco has great cheap books.
I have been feeling like a real-live rockstar. My husband was gone with Jack for a week and then as soon as he came home, he decided to get strep throat. The urgent care doc said it was the worst case he had ever seen. How Ethan achieved that, I do not know. He seems to be very good at going all out when he is sick. I mean, if you are going to be sick, BE SICK, right? Anyways, he has been sick and I have been Super Mom. Laundry, dinner, bathes, chocolate chip cookies, loves- without a husband. Who needs a husband anyways, right?
I am starting preparation mode for our trip to Southern California next week. I really like to over-prepare for things like long car trips with children. I like to make lists incessantly and organize the hell out of everything for the trip. Usually, my organization falls apart and I end up forgetting super important things. We will be taking Mara, my mother's comfortable, capable Toyota Sequoia. If we tried to take my little red car, I don't know that we would make it past Nephi without killing each other.