Rand had his first emergency room visit of the year today. He tripped when running to turn off the TV and cut his chin on our built-in bookshelves.
Rhianna was really sad when he got hurt. As soon as she saw that his face was cut she started crying and she immediately said a prayer. I took him into the bathroom to take another look at the cut and see how bad it was. Again, she came and she saw the blood and said: "I already said a prayer, but I am going to say another one."
Rand was a trooper, I stayed home with Seth and Rhianna and Stephanie took him to the emergency room. That meant that he had to hold the cloth onto his cut in the car. He did it, even though it hurt. He was also really tough and brave in the ER. The doctor first put a cream on his face that was supposed to anesthetize him so that they could stitch him up. When the doctor put in the first stitch, he turned his head towards Stephanie and started crying and just said: "Mom, it really hurts." The doctor had to finish up that stitch and was amazed how tough he was. Then, they went and got lidocaine and that shot hurt almost as much as the stitch did. But he was strong and made it through.
Because Stephanie had the van, I couldn't take Seth out because I didn't have a car seat for him. Rhianna really wanted to go to church, so we called a family in our ward (Thanks Lydicks!) and they picked her up and took her to church. At church in her primary class they were learning to think about what Jesus would do, and they were supposed to draw a picture. Here is the picture Rhianna drew. She drew Rand with a cut on his chin, and her with a big frown, and she thought, that Jesus would draw Rand a card to help him feel better.
When Rand and Stephanie got home, he really impressed me. He came in through the door (looking pretty beat up in a bloody shirt and a band-aid on his chin) with a big smile feeling very proud and said, "I'm fixed!" He also thought the bracelet the hospital gave him was cool. It was an interesting experience. It is never fun to see your child in pain, but we were so proud of Rhianna with her tender heart, and Rand with his courage.
Rhianna got her first report card today, although here they call it a progress report. She is doing great in school. The school asks you to review the report with your child and then sign a form saying you have read it. So tonight, I was reviewing the report with her. Here is one of the comments from her teacher Ms. Kunk: "Rhianna is a very self directed and engaged student. She understands the classroom norms, the daily routines, and the objectives for each lesson thoroughly, but most of all she loves to learn and experience everything we do in class. She is kind and supportive when interacting with her classmates, has wonderful manners, always models appropriate behavior and has a heart that feels for and with everyone. She is a joy to work with!"
Rhianna started laughing as I read this and she said: "Engaged, Ms. Kunk thinks I have a boyfriend. I am going to have to tell her that she made a mistake." So we had a good laugh and then we explained to her the alternate meaning of engaged.
Our excited 3-year-old boy Rand is now a Sunbeam. And today he was playing so nicely with Seth. I was even finally able to capture some smiles with our camera...
And so I decided to go do some dishes since they were just being so nice on the floor. Rand came running into the kitchen and yelled, "Mommy, I made Seth talk. He said ga-ga." He was so happy and so I told him to go talk to Seth some more. The next time he came in the kitchen he said, "I gave Seth some finger milk." When I asked what that meant, he said that he stuck his finger in Seth's mouth and Seth was sucking on it. And then Rand said, "I gave him some toe milk too." Ahhh, what a great big brother.
It has been a fun few weeks here. Rand and Seth and I got to go make Gingerbread houses with Rhianna at school. Then Valerie flew in on Rhianna's last day of school followed by Grandma, Grandpa, and Michael on the first day of the break. It was wonderful having all of them here. Seth was held nearly every minute of every day and Rhianna and Rand had several playmates. Here are a few highlights of their stay:
We really got to play at the children's museum...including making Gingerbread Men. Grandma's was most impressive. Seth slept through the whole thing! At church on Sunday, Seth was blessed by Steve (and my dad and some of our friends also helped). This is the cute outfit sent by Loretta that he was blessed in. We had our big meal on Christmas Eve and then acted out the Nativity. All costuming credit goes to Valerie and Michael. Steve narrated, Rhianna was Mary, Rand was Joseph, Seth was baby Jesus, Grandpa was the donkey (since he is the oldest he is the strongest according to the kids), Grandma was the innkeeper, Michael was the shepherd, Valerie was the angel and I joined her as the singing heavenly hosts. The play went very well...Joseph just felt slighted that he didn't get to ride on the donkey. So he took his turn after the shepherd came to visit. Then the kids opened the traditional Christmas Eve pajamas and headed off to bed. Rand woke up at about 7 am to get things going. My dad made Funk Eggs for breakfast and then we opened presents. Rand got many cars/trucks and many dinosaurs. He was so excited the whole day. He just kept saying things like "I have been wanting this all my life." or "This is my favorite thing ever." It made us all happy. Most of Rhianna's presents were some sort of art project (spirograph, doodlepad, coloring supplies). We also started the tradition of having one present for each of us be a book. Rhianna has already read her 4 Junie B. Jones books...she just loves reading. And Seth just looked super cute!
Everyone had to leave the day after Christmas. As we dropped them off Rhianna said, "I miss them already even though I can still see Grandpa." And that night after Rand realized they were gone he was "down in the dumps." It was just so nice to be able to play and talk (including talking to Calvin on his mission) and spend that time together.
Since then, we have been to the park, ridden bikes, played with new toys, gone bowling...and yes on New Year's Eve EVERYONE stayed up to midnight. We were at the Neumiller's and the kids were just so nice and playing and very determined to be like the grown ups and everyone (well actually Seth was asleep) made it to the New Year. Then they promptly fell asleep on our 2 minute drive home.