First week of 2013, what happened to you? The flu. That’s what happened. What started as a nasty cold a day or two before New Year’s Eve turned into Influenza B, and most of us (myself included, but Aiden and Sean were spared, thankfully) have been miserable since. Yes, we all got our flu shots, but those only immunize against a select few strains, and even then there’s the chance that you may get it. Hopefully, we’ll all be better in a few days.
So what have we been up to this past week? Well, besides lying in bed, eating chocolate and saltine crackers, and catching up on Downton Abbey (or maybe that’s just me?), we’ve spent a quiet week around the house. Clare and John went back to school on Thursday, and Tav and Mary will go back on Monday, when they’re feeling better.
Our New Year’s Eve was a happy one, since nobody had been hit by the full force of the flu yet. Dad organized a treasure hunt for Aiden, John, and Clare, complete with rhyming riddles. The final treasure was a new Lego set for them to share. This was the first time we’ve had a treasure hunt for New Year’s Eve, and I think it is a tradition we’ll be keeping around. I just have to share some of the clues:
From feet to seat, your search must now flit
Check under the softness of the sunniest sit
(This clue was found in a boot, and directed them to look under the cushion of the sofa on our sun porch)
For rabbits and guinea pigs this food is a feast!
But for John, Clare, and Aiden, it’s what they like least.
(Behind the spinach and carrots in the fridge)
Your searching is near done, just one final feat
Assemble the puzzle, the final clue to complete.
(The clues were written on scraps of paper. When taped together, they made a Christmas tree, and when flipped over, they revealed the final clue)
On cold winter nights another blanket is good.
The place where they’re stored is behind a door of wood.
(The Lego set was tucked under a blanket in our hallway linen closet)
We played our favorite dice game, but with candy and cookies instead of presents. Following the dice game, the kids went off to play with their new Legos, and the older people settled in for a good game night. Mom picked up Wits and Wagers at the recommendation of a friend, and it certainly is a keeper! Dad, master of trivia and pretty much all knowledge in general, cleaned up. Mom and I scared everyone by having identical guesses almost every time (if that isn’t weird, I don’t know what is)!
New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day were definitely the highlights of our week. The mass for the Solemnity of Mary was beautiful (mom is especially partial to all the classical Marian hymns, and tears up at every one), and our Priest even had Our Lady of Guadalupe vestments!
A couple links to check out this week:
How to Make Next Christmas Even Better: A simple plan for a better holiday; count me in! [Simple Mom]
The Challenge Not to Overcommit: We need this reminder about once a week, so it’s nice to start the year off with it. There is so much relief in saying no to some things. [(in)Courage]
Holy Days: Epiphany I really do hope we’re all feeling better by tomorrow so we can really celebrate Epiphany. Sarah has some wonderful ideas about how to do it! [Two Ortizes Plus More]
Green in 365: Have you checked out this series yet? Emily is going to be posting simple, easy tips to help you live a greener life. Every. Day. Not only am I excited, I’m totally in awe! [Live Renewed]
Recycled Paper Tube Nativity: I love this quick and easy craft! Aiden loves playing with the Nativity sets we have on hand, but I think he’d really get a kick out of making his own! [Surviving Our Blessings]
If you’re in our neck of the woods – living, or visiting – be sure to check out 10 Things To Do With Kids in the Twin Cities which has tons of great ideas for every budget and season. [Tracy and Galit on Scary Mommy]
And finally, a few ideas for a fun month: Play, Learn, and Explore in January [Simple Kids]
And a couple things arrived in the mail this week that have me very excited for the New Year:
After reading Haley’s positive review of this preschool curriculum, I’ve been itching to try it out, but wanted to make a nice fresh start. I thought January would be perfect, since I’m off school for the month. I will be working four days each week, so we’ve decided to make this into a family endeavor, with my mom working through some of the activities during the day when she’s home with him, and doing activities with the whole family in the evening. We’re also thinking we’ll take two weeks for each letter, just so we don’t feel rushed to fit everything in. Aiden has been extremely interested in letters and learning how to read lately, and we’re hoping he keeps up his enthusiasm!
This was one of my favorite books when I was little, and I had nearly forgotten about it until my mom surprised me with it. Not surprisingly, Aiden adores it. What’s not to love about a super strong avocado-eating baby that scares off burglars and throws bullies into ponds?
So that was our week, dear readers. Ups and downs, and lots of looking forward to the weeks ahead. How has your week been? What did you do for New Year’s Eve? Do you celebrate Epiphany? Does your family have a go-to board game or card game?