Yesterday we had a truly excellent day. In the morning we went to the 2nd public libraries' story time and made Mardi Gras masks. When we got home, we took Missy for a walk and noticed all the spring changes in his favorite bushes along the way.
This is his favorite bush. See all the new growth right on the edges of the "leaves?" I assume they'll be this years seeds, but I'm not familiar with this bush and we won't be here long enough to document it for a year.
After Dad came home, we took Matthew to play at the park. He loves having his Dad chase him at the park.
Around bedtime Matthew, who was slumped in my lap, asked, "Is it almost my bedtime?" I said, "Yes it is, are you tired?" "Yes." "Do you want me to tuck you in?" "Yes, and read 2 bedtime stories." So, very surprised, I tucked him in, and followed all the rituals (2 stories, hugs and kisses, read the story wall hanging and tell Dad it's his turn to say goodnight.) I didn't hear another peep all night. Lately he loudly sings any song he can think of to stay awake and plays with his animals, so that he can stay up till we go to bed. Really I don't know why we try and enforce a bedtime, except if we let him stay up he gets really whiny and grouchy. Anyway, in the middle of the night, I heard him calling me and crying. As I was hurriedly getting up, he announced, "I'm sick" and proceeded to retch. I picked him up and rushed him to the bathroom in the nick of time. Poor guy. His almost year healthy streak ended. This morning he is subdued, but cheerful, with a low grade fever. No more sickness, but I'm being cautious today anyway. He has a nasty sounding cough though. I think he got that from a little boy coughing on him at storytime this week or it's sinus drainage.
One more thing I'd like to talk about is this neat article I saw in Old House Gardens newest newsletter. It's about plants that react to TNT as bomb sniffers. I'd love to be a part of that research. I knew I should have gotten a biology degree in plant science. And if you haven't ever visited or shopped at Old House Gardens, you really need to check them out. They are a FABULOUS company. Need a little extra incentive to visit them? They are having a 10% off sale on their dahlias through the 9th.