My 1-year-old fell and chomped on the finger he had in his mouth, and apparently it looked way worse than it was. The doctor decided not to do stitches or glue, and said to let it heal on its own. So pretty much, we sat in the E.R. for two hours and left with a $100 Band-aid.
(P.S: This is why I superglued my own finger back together at home when I cut it with a kitchen knife a few months ago!)
It was also quite an honor to make it onto The Today Show's list of funniest parents on Facebook for last week (see #9.)
I choose to believe that the list is ordered randomly instead of from most to least funny, because I'm clearly the funniest.
My kids' favorite feature of the new grocery store we've been shopping at for the last 6 months or so is the free sample table.
They start gearing up when we round the corner of the refrigerated section: "Can we get foooooood at the foooooooood place??"
On our last trip I said yes, and then tried to dislodge my heart from my throat when we got close enough to see what the free sample was: a small plate of salad.
I think I may have experienced heart palpitations. My hands for sure got clammy. How would my kids react to salad (SALAD!) at the same place where just last week they were each given a big chocolate chip cookie?
In the most bizarre turn of events I've ever witnessed, they not only ate the salad, they also requested salad with their lunch when we got home. Cue Twilight Zone theme music.
My son has had his eye on this humongous Lego Minecraft set for months. He's been doing extra chores and saving like crazy, but it cost $100 and he was still only about halfway there.
Then one day he and his sister came downstairs announcing that they'd pooled their money and were ready to buy the set. They would've both been totally broke after the transaction, though, so their other sister chipped in $5.
Still not sure how this arrangement came about or who approached who with the idea, but they sure were happy to rip open the Amazon box when it arrived.
Since it hadn't been a full enough week already, we also drove to Washington, D.C.!
Figured out a nifty road trip hack for forgetful parents. I was planning on bringing plastic cups for each kid for snacks, and of course brought things like berries that required individual cups. And then I forgot the cups.
But Phillip remembered that you could make one from a piece of paper! So not only did we get to eat our snacks after all, the kids stayed occupied for a few extra minutes looking up directions on Phillip's phone, following them, and marveling over how cool it was that you could make a cup from a flat piece of paper.
Got to remember that one for future reference.
Phillip and I have been to D.C. before by ourselves (well, we did have one baby with us but when you're used to 5 kids that's the functional equivalent of being alone) and I've always wanted to take the whole family there.
Most of the time I was either thinking, "This is the best vacation ever!" as my children got along and skipped among the monuments holding hands, or "Why did we ever think it was a good idea to come here?!" as I chased my overtired toddler around the Smithsonian while frantically doing head counts and trying to keep us all together.
(Despite my best efforts, we still may have had to find a museum employee to ask where they keep the lost preschoolers.)
I'll put more details about our trip on the blog in the next week or so, but this picture should pretty much sum it up for you.