I am glad to have finished the weekend on a good note as this past week we were *slammed* with a GI bug that literally immobilized the entire family, save Gus (thanks breast milk). And I'm convinced the bug left some sort of resistant strange of "fuss" in Miles as I feel like I am parenting a 2-3 year old again. I'm looking into creating a shirt: "(Almost) 6 is the new 3." I'd drown my frustration in sweets, but I gave up ice cream and eating past 9pm for Lent. My alternative has been drinking Izzy sparkling fruit juice. Sorry Izzy, you can't hold a candle to Ben and Jerry.
This week I found myself taking last minute pictures Friday through Sunday again because I was too busy dumping bowls of vomit while holding back my own. There was a moment the night that everyone was puking where Eric was passed out on the couch in the family room rendered useless, Felix had just vomited, and I heard Gus startle awake with the "my ear effing hurts!" wail at the exact moment I also heard, "MAAAAA-MEEEE! *BLECH!*" (That's Miles puking.) I stood in the hallway, feeling queasy and thinking, "who the hell do I tend to first?" And then shed a tear. Puke trumped acute otitis media. And in those situations, I couldn't help but curse. But we are all on the mend, thankfully, and Gus is getting ear tube surgery this Tuesday.
I call this week "the look" because the pictures all have my boys giving "the look."
|This is Felix's response when I said, "pretend you are a tree, Fe!" Either he was pretending to be a tree, or completely disinterested in my attempt at a posed picture. Dollar to doughnut on the latter.|
|Okay, so this "look" is hard to see, but Felix told me he was a camouflaged ninja spying on me. It's such a typical Felix image. And far better than the tree I asked him to be above.|
|And this "look" is Miles getting mad because I am slaying him on round 2 of trouble. Yeah, I play to win. Unfortunately, he got me in the rubber match.|
|And this "look" is Gus's apprehension about the 3 radio controlled cars that the older boys were zipping around him.|
|I had to add a happier Gus "look" because he truly is just such a sweet and happy boy. This "look" is him "throwing me shade" for giving him nature's toy: a piece of pine straw.|
|And this "look" I love. Not so much Miles's screaming in Gus's face, but Gus playing cool and being all, "whatever bro. I'll just gnaw some more on my biscuit."|
|Finally, this isn't "the look," but let me just say, look at that kid JUMP! I can't believe I caught his stomp rocket launch in action. I wish it was a clearer picture, but it still is pretty awesome.|