When all else failes, recruit help (and say it is a birthday present from your Dad!). The couch is turning red! It has been neat to assist my Dad as he is at work. I feel like a little girl again as we listen to classical music and work on the floor. Thanks, Dad!
Have you ever realized that your family's traditions are not the national norm? When I was growing up we had a drunken tooth fairy that sometimes left us money depending on his sobriety level. When we lost a tooth we would place it in a glass of water on a shelf. Sometimes we would wake up and find change in the glass. At other times there may be a soggy dollar or nothing. The best thing was to find that the TF had inadvertantly left your tooth so you could repeat the process again. Having 9 kids in our home (and a fluctuating income level) allowed this system to work for the TF in my house growing up. I do wish you could have seen the look on Kris's face when I told him about it! You can see my the above note that this tradition has not been passed on in our house. There is not a rewarded tooth in our house, however, that does not fail to remind me of resoursefulness in parenting. Sometimes a tiny bit of hope can go a long way. Isabel has yet to loose a tooth...
It will take weeks for me to recover from events leading up to a quick trip down South let alone a gathering with my whole family. Tonight I am thankful for my family and my home to return too. I am struggling to "find my words" and a new focus for my blog now that construction is about done. There may be some random posts for a while as I sort this all out.
John took me and some of the family to see Phantom!! Amazing!