Saturday, September 01, 2012

In sickness and in health

Goofing around in the block party photo booth
The last week or so has been a blur. I didn't write about our annual summer block party, something I've traditionally memorialized on my blog. (Thanks to my ever growing, ever more independent kids, it was more fun and relaxing than ever.) I also neglected to write about a super fun sushi & skating girls night outing to Lombard Roller Rink for their Monday night R&B skate, which is a sight to behold (imagine moonwalking and breakdancing on skates + an angel in a white dress and gold skates).

But Josh had been under the weather even back then, running a fever, sweating and coughing. His illness stretched on and on, and finally he saw a doctor on Thursday. Some blood tests and a chest X-ray later, he was diagnosed with pneumonia.

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She was performing a musical number. How soon can I enroll her in stage productions?
Which means I've gotten a good taste of single parenthood over the last few days. And hats off to you folks. Running a household is a lot of work for just one parent. But I've made good use of my time home with Ada (who doesn't start school for a few more days). We gave the refrigerator and all the kitchen cabinets a thorough cleaning. We disassembled the shelves and drawers of the former and ripped out and replaced all the old contact paper in the latter. We freecycled kiddie plates and cups and never used or duplicate kitchen utensils. We even found some dinosaurs lurking in the way back of some cabinets, the oldest being a box of corn muffin mix that expired in 2006!

We also combed through both of the girls' drawers and pulled aside clothes to consign and donate. It's been said before, but Gymboree clothes really wear well. I found a bunch of stuff that both girls have worn (and worn a lot) that still look and feel great.

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Playing in Crown Fountain
The girls and I have had some fun, too, running car pools and hosting play dates and attending curriculum night at Zoe's elementary school. And as the temps soared back into the 90s yesterday, we hit the pool, where Zoe met up with her BFF and talked the girl's mom into having her over for dinner. Today it cooled off considerably and we headed downtown to look at art and frolic at Millennium Park. Josh even rallied a bit, joining Ada and I for a quick bite at Falafill yesterday evening and the three of us girls at Piece in Wicker Park for a late lunch/early dinner today.