The Calm After the Storm

It's the calm after the storm.  The girls have been released from the violent clutches of the stomach bug and no longer are keeping me occupied with their staggered vomiting sessions, which always is a plus.  Yesterday twinges of guilt washed over me when I let them watch videos for the vast majority of their wakeful hours.  (It was a long time, my friends.) 

Desperate times call for desperate measures, right?

They've spent most of today resting, reading, doing puzzles, and roping me into rounds of Parcheesi and Sequence for Kids.  Just recently they've started to get frustrated and bicker with one another, which is a definite sign of recovery: there's enough strength to fight.

As for me, I've scoured and sanitized to the point that I'm no longer afraid to touch shared household surfaces.  We'll be in good shape when my husband returns from his travels tomorrow afternoon.

While cleaning, I found a little gem on top of my daughter's desk.  It was a valentine -- one that that was given to her from her.

Just the thought if it made me smile.

We'd all do well to send ourselves valentines on occasion -- elementary school style with encouragement, a cheesy rhyme, and the ample use of exclamation points. 

These would be mine for the last few days:


Go on.  Give yourself a valentine today.  You deserve it.

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  1. smoothstonesMarch 08, 2013

    Those Valentines made me lol. For reals. Soooo funny. Sorry about the stomach bug and all the horror that goes with that. Glad the girls are getting better (but sorry they're fighting again - I know all about that - yikes!).

  2. Thank you SO much, Brandee.  Glad that you liked the valentines!  I'm just grateful that I didn't succumb to the illness.  Someone had to be in charge!  (It still occasionally catches me off-guard that this "someone" is me.  When did I become the adult, right?)

  3. I just found your blog tonight and wish I had more time to read all the way back to the beginning. I love your wonderful honest outlook on life that still has a positive spin. It is very refreshing and I look forward to coming back for more!

  4. Beth, welcome aboard!  Thanks so much for leaving a comment, and I'm delighted to hear that you've enjoyed what you've read so far!


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