Sick As a Dog

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(Penelope enjoying the heater in her hair)

The kids have a new favorite Christmas song that is nothing but dogs barking to the tune of jingle bells.   They all laugh and dance, but Woo mostly plays it for Penelope, because it's the only song that will make her break out in a laugh and occasionally bark at the speakers. 

Which is funny because all my kids are terrified of dogs.

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One afternoon Ruby, Herbie, Moses and Linus were out traipsing around in the snow. All at once, I heard bloodcurdling screams in the front yard. They congregated on the front porch, and something began to claw at the front door.

I took a peak out the window, and sure enough, there was a small black dog in the front yard.

Moses and Herbie had climbed on top of the table on the porch and were halfway up the pole. Linus was between the screen door and the front door, desperately trying to get inside.

And Ruby put her hand out to the dogs nose and held his collar (just like her Dad had taught her to do). "Run around to the back, guys! I've got him!"

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Penelope and I got the flu this week. 

I think that Wednesday afternoon-through-night was one of the worst days of my life. 

In my humble opinion, I think that having the flu while pregnant is worse than labor. (Although Woo described similar things while he was sick, maybe it had nothing to do with being pregnant -- just the flu!)

I was totally out of commission, and shivered in bed, left to my dark, dark fears about the sun never shining again, that I'd never be able to take care of six little kids, and worst of all --- that I was going to go into labor right that second!

Woo gave me a blessing, and almost immediately my mood lightened and my temperature started to go down. (Also, I did not go into labor.)

The world is right again now that we're all feeling better.

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Linus seems to have given up stuffing mints and Gu down his jammies in favor of keeping a baby doll in there all day long.  

He almost looks like me.

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Not to be outdone by Moses' "I love you, Mom!" before naps, Linus has started to say, "I love you, Mom, AND I like you!" before he falls asleep.

To which Moses counters with, "AND I love everyone in the whole entire world!"

Here's a couple more pictures, and that's all for the week.

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(Moses, more than happy to make himself a giant glob of jam sandwich while Mom lays on the couch)

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(Linus and his homemade camera)

Hope you all had a good one!