The Acklin Army has been under an attack of sorts - the kind that includes fevers, body aches, and the coughing up of lungs. First it was Teddy, then it was me, and now it's George. So we're going on week 3 and at this point I'm starting to forget what it's like in the outside world. Is it nice? Please tell me. My world is full of medication, breathing treatments and vomit. Not much different than the outside world you say? Well, maybe I haven't missed out on too much.
Just yesterday it was Halloween and I never managed to post a picture. Halloween was tough for poor T-Bear. He wanted to go trick-or-treating so badly but his little body would not cooperate. We took him up and down a couple of blocks and then called it a wrap. He had been so excited to wear his costume and his fake tattoo sleeve for days, so to see him sleeping on the couch with his little bag of candy broke my heart. Next year we'll walk for miles and we'll have more candy than the Willy Wonka factory!
Speaking of Halloween, this is my favorite picture of the holiday. Just look at Caroline's expression. I had just told George to move out of the way for the 100th time, and the bugger got in the picture again. I would have deleted this snapshot if not for the fact that it's freakin' hilarious. That night I looked at the picture on my camera and literally cried tears. This is so classic George. Always invading on everyone's personal space and always being a, well, CLOWN!
That mask was almost the death of me a couple weeks before Halloween. I was peacefully sleeping one night when I woke up with the weird sensation that something was hovering over me, and not just a 6 or 7 year old wanting to snuggle in the middle of the night. I'm talking about something way more annoying. I opened my eyes, gasped, threw my arms into the air and screamed. Kevin was an inch from my face wearing that damn mask. All I could think of was that I was a goner. Life was good, and it was over. Then he threw his arms around me and laughed so hard I wanted to strangle him! "Oh, Erica," he said, "I think that was the funniest thing I've ever seen in my life!" I'm glad I amuse him. But I almost had a heart attack!
Next up was Veterans Day. The boys had a very special program at school. It seems like most schools in the area had Monday off, but our principal wants our kids to grow up remembering that in school they always paid tribute to the men and women who serve our Nation. I love that. During the program the children were asked to stand up and hold pictures of veterans and currently serving men and women for a special prayer of gratitude. Teddy and George brought in pictures of their Uncle Matt and they held them up proudly. I wish I had better pictures! Caroline wasn't interested in sitting still in my lap so it was hard to take any, but I was able to take one of Teddy on his way back to class.
Maybe one day Teddy will have a little nephew who thinks he's the coolest thing ever!
So wish us luck with this nasty little bug waging war on the Acklin Army. Our pediatrician said that as long as none of us breaths on or touches Caroline she should be fine. Gotta love a doctor with a sense of humor. Kinda sounds like Matt actually!