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What My Kids Read: Family Snapshots

This was one of those challenging weeks when one mishap seemed to snowball into more. One day, surely, we will look back on these times and laugh, but there wasn’t much laughing about it this week.

I managed to break a back molar tooth in half this week. It’s become a tradition I would love to end, but I’ve had to have major dental work near the end of the last three pregnancies. For those who haven’t had babies, it’s really uncomfortable to lie flat on your back while pregnant, so dental work during late pregnancy is particularly challenging for everyone involved. I managed to slide by with a filling for now, but we will have to cap it after I can lie on my back again.

What My Kids Read: Family Snapshots

Most of us were hit with a mild stomach bug this week. It is still lingering with 1 or 2 of us, but so mild that it seems to leave and then start again. Not easy to make plans, but I *think* we are almost all past it.

Bright spots of the week included Paul creating an AM radio with snap circuits (he was so proud!) and a “TARDIS” out of LEGOs (inspired by Doctor Who). The boys had lost their screen time privileges for the week, and it was fun to see how they filled that time with more creative play. Makes me wish we could finally find that ideal balance of freedom and boundaries with screens. Another bright spot this week was our housemate, Tiffany, made us a lovely dinner after a long day of gathering inventory. It was the perfect blessing at the end of a long day of hard work.

What My Kids Read: Family Snapshots

We had planned a low-key Father’s Day celebration. It started out great, everyone sleeping in and relaxing, and then we all headed out to try a new restaurant. As we started to load the kids up, we noticed a completely flat tire. It put quite the damper on our plans, and was such a let-down to the day since it meant that David had to spend his time fixing the tire. We were very thankful it happened while we were still at home, so we had the option to try several things and not have the pressure of all of us in the car, stuck somewhere. The boys helped David with the tire while I whipped up an alternate menu of comfort food, and we still managed to keep the celebration going.

What My Kids Read: Family Snapshots

In the background of all of this is the growing pressure to build up the business as much as we can before this baby arrives, so as large expenses like dental work or new tires and time working on those little emergencies can really take a toll on our morale. David did a great job of keeping all of this in perspective for me this week, and that has really helped us all to keep going. Even so, I am very glad to see this week end, and I’m praying that we will catch a break in the coming week!

So how was your week? I sure hope you didn’t have any broken teeth or flat tires, but if you have any funny stories related to either one, I’d sure love to hear about it!



  1. mweyler says:

    if you are not aware of the site, your boys might like rebrickable. They have instructions for lots of other self-made lego builds and your boys can add theirs.

    Sorry the week was so tough.

  2. Way to go, Paul. You know your sic-fi a lot better than I do! I had to do a search to find out what a Tardis was. Guess I’d better brush up on some Dr. Who episodes!

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