My nephew has been hospitalized since Saturday. He had been having breathing problems for a week brought on by a viral infection. It came to a head on Saturday. The Children's Hospital admitted him. He couldn't get enough oxygen even with an oxygen mask. He was able to graduate to a cannula on Sunday and then today, he went off oxygen. This evening he went back on the oxygen. I guess he's not quite ready to come home. Please pray for my little nephew. His name is Ryan and he is 4. I really hope he doesn't have to spend Christmas in the hospital.
Nutcracker is over. It's always sad and a relief when this happens. Sister would dance in a 100 shows if she could. Honey did very well despite her cough. The bodices looked wonderful as did the waltz overskirts.
Ben has finally arrived at his destination. Hopefully, we'll be able to set up some regular correspondence.
My mother was helping out this weekend. She did mounds of laundry, cooked, cleaned and babysat. I learned some humility this weekend when she cleaned my bathroom (very embarrassingly icky).
My Christmas cards are going out late. No surprise there. Same with Christmas gifts I have to mail. I have officially run out of time.
There are probably more. My mind is full of things to do. Hopefully, I'll be able to slowly chip away at my to-do list.
This is our second and final weekend of Nutcracker. There was a dress rehearsal tonight. It was very fun. I think everyone is feeling a bit froggy. At the end, during the finale, Sister and 4 others come out as reindeer pulling the sleigh. They take Clara across the stage. Two other reindeer moms and I took their places. It was fun and we had everyone just cracking up.
Honey has had the worst cough these last 18 hours. We had to use Xopenex several times consecutively last night. I tried to make an appointment. No go. I left a message for the on-call doctor at almost 8. No call back. (You gotta love government run healthcare) Luckily, I have a dear friend whose husband is a doctor (he is a good friend as well). He came over and checked her out. She's got an upper respiratory infection. He gave Brother some antibiotics too since he's not been himself for about 4 days. Hopefully, this will take care of it all and no one else will go down.
Oh, and her first thought was she would dance tonight. She couldn't leave her partner hanging.
Ben has arrived in Kuwait and is awaiting the planes to take him to his final destination.
I'm not ready for Christmas.
Every year I say I need to get Christmas shopping/gift making done before Nutcracker season starts. Each year, I fail. Now, I plan on starting gifts in January. I need to make out my plan.
I also have lesson plans to work on.
But, the week from Christmas to New Year's will be to-do list free. Besides the basics, there will be absolutely think I HAVE to do. Actually, I refuse.
My brother attended the Saturday showing of the Nutcracker in Temple. Of course, as a photographer, he couldn't help but take pictures of his nieces. His pictures are way better than mine. In the process, he took pictures of the whole ballet. They're gorgeous! Take a look.
Nutcracker signups are this week. We received the contracts on Tuesday. I am always excited when we first start getting information about the Nutcracker. It can get very hectic in December especially with Advent and Christmas but I do enjoy it. I'm probably more anxious and excited than the girls (Honey gets to perform this year) about finding out what character they get to be.
This year Ben will probably be gone when rehearsals start to get really going. I need to figure out some things to do for Brother. The poor dear will have to sit in that waiting room with us for several hours (I don't like to leave my children when in class/therapy, etc.--I know, it's an issue). He doesn't like to read although sometimes he will. He's very good in the waiting room but 4 hours of ballet might do him in. We have Saturday classes (2 hours 15 minutes) and about 2 hours of rehearsals. I'm thinking about getting a Nintendo DS so he can have something to do. No, not for the full 4 hours but for a bit at a time. I'm still thinking it through. He'd have to share anyway with his siblings so he wouldn't have it all that time even if I let him (which I won't).
Just rambling right now. I have a million thoughts, ideas and plan in mind with Ben deploying soon.