Spring: Soccer, Sunshine, and Sickness

Story told by: Lainey

We’ve had a bit of a rocky start to spring with some sickness, but our first days of spring involved sunshine and soccer!

While I was at preschool one morning, the boys got to have Mac over to our house to play.

In the afternoon I got out to enjoy a sunny scooter ride.

Mommy was the first one to get sick. It probably has nothing to do with all the slobbery kisses Brody gives her.

Since Mommy was sick, we got to watch a lot of movies. Brody cuddles with Mommy for about five minutes, and then proceeds to destroy the play room for the rest of the movie.

While we were stopping by the store to get some medicine for Mommy, she captured her favorite face that Brody makes right now. He does this when he wants to get a laugh, and it works every time.

Mommy wasn’t 100% better, but she wasn’t going to pass up a date night. We stayed with a babysitter, while Mommy and Daddy went to cheer on the Cougar women in the WNIT tournament. Go Cougs!

The next day we got to have Evan and Kylee come play with us for the afternoon after preschool.

These pillow beds that Grandma made for us for Christmas worked perfectly for an afternoon movie.

I think Kylee enjoyed playing with another girl who loves dolls!

Brody has somehow miraculously been learning his letters.

On Saturday morning we got to start soccer! I’ve been very excited for this, but Henry especially has been counting down to his first day of soccer for the last three months!

Niki and Cece get to do soccer with us as well (and Weston, but we didn’t get a picture with him)!

It was raining on Saturday, so we had to move our soccer location to the gym. It was still a blast, though!

We were some tired kids after lots of running.

After naps, we got outside because the rain stopped!

And I’m starting to improve on riding my big girl bike!

Resting after a big day of fun.

Unfortunately, sickness hit us the next morning. I woke up with a fever on Sunday morning, and everyone else was coughing. After days of missing preschool and a fever, Mommy took us into the doctor. I had pneumonia and an ear infection, and Brody had an ear infection (along with nasty coughs for both boys). Mommy and Daddy were not getting much sleep because we were taking turns getting up all night long. I got a breathing treatment in the doctor’s office, and was also given antibiotics and an inhaler.

I did get my matching American Girl PJs in the mail, so that brought a little smile to my face. (These were a delayed birthday present from Grandma and Grandpa because they were on backorder.)

Mommy has some AMAZING friends who (over the course of several days) brought meals, snacks, and coffee. This allowed her to focus on helping us get better, and not having to put any energy or brain power into making dinner. Thank you everyone!!

We couldn’t get outside because as soon as we did any activity, we were coughing so hard that we would throw up. So Mommy had to keep us relatively still (which was quite the feat with Henry). We decorated our window with some butterflies one morning.

On another morning we made rainbows. I added eyelashes and curly hair to mine.

Henry also wanted to add eyelashes, and then seemed to get a little carried away.

Mommy “helped” Brody with his. (Reality: she did most of it while he screamed at her that he didn’t want purple on the rainbow.)

We also made ladybugs. I carefully followed Mommy’s directions of “paint black spots on your ladybug.”

Henry decided to go with one giant black dot.

And Brody did a little painting while mostly trying to pull off the ladybug’s eyes.

The finished product!

This entertained us for at least 30 minutes.

Building tall castles was another favorite.

On Friday morning, we all went back to the doctor for a checkup. Brody’s ear infection is almost gone, and he now just has a normal cold (as does Henry). My lungs are getting better, but the pneumonia-like sounds aren’t completely gone. The doctor said that my fever is gone and that I’m really improving, but he wanted to put me on a steroid to help me continue to get better.

We went to the pharmacy, but my prescription wasn’t ready yet. We had to wait a bit, so we went to see the bears at WSU. (We also got suckers from the pharmacy worker. We’ve been there so much lately that she knows exactly what kind of suckers we like.)

Brody kept call the bears “puppies.” “Hi, puppies. Hi there, puppies.”

And Henry named one of the bears “Tiny.”

After naps, Mommy (very cautiously and with the threats of being tied to a leash if we ran too much) took us outside! We loved the fresh air!

Henry’s smile. Weirdo.

I drew a road for the cars.

Look at the sunshine!!

No one in this house is going to get better if Brody doesn’t stop waking us up at 4:45 a.m. This happens every. single. day. Fortunately I’m in my own room and able to sleep in, but Mommy was up with both boys bright and early.

But it’s okay because Mommy’s friend, Natalie, had a great suggestion to escape the house and go to coffee. Mommy needed this SO much!

We are taking one more day off from activities, so we missed church and small group today. Instead we decided to do some baking with Mommy.

Mommy had to remind Henry several times to stop licking the outside of the bowl.

And to stop sticking his face in the measuring cups after Mommy measured out ingredients.

We made a “Do Nothing” cake to have at home for dessert, and these Spring Confetti Bars for a get together with friends tomorrow.

After getting outside for a cold, windy walk, followed by baths and dinner, we ended the weekend with snuggles and a movie.

And popcorn topped with marshmallows and M&Ms.

We have gotten healthy enough to be downgraded to minor colds, so we are ready to rejoin the world again tomorrow. THANK GOODNESS!

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