I told the older children about it earlier in the week because I wanted to check with the boys and see if they wanted to do Valentines or not (they didn't.) The rest of the children I told early Thursday morning. They were very excited and couldn't wait to get started on their boxes. I told them they had to use whatever supplies we had in the house and Anthony and Christian decided they wanted to make Pirate Ships. Lily wanted to make a dalmatian puppy, and for Emmie I thought we would just decorate a box with some hearts and glitter. I got them started on their boxes and started reading our morning read aloud when Emelia came in complaining that her ear hurt. She was not running fever but she said it hurt a lot. I gave her some Tylenol and put her on the couch with her favorite show on. By the afternoon she was worse and it was hurting more. She was even crying in her sleep. I tried to get her in to the doctor, but they were out of the office. They called me that evening though and I got her appointment set for Friday morning. She had never been to the doctor before. She will be three years old next month and has not seen a doctor since we were discharged from the hospital when she was born.
So, Friday morning I loaded all of the children up in the van and drove into town. I took the baby into the doctor's office and left the others in the van with Chelsea. My baby was pretty miserable and had not slept at all well the night before. She had an ear infection. We left the doctor's and ran two quick errands on the way to the party. I dropped the children off at the party with Chelsea to watch them (sometimes it is so nice to have an older child that can do these things!), and took Emelia and ran to the store and the pharmacy to get her medicine. Then I took her to Sonic because I promised her a coke when she had to take her medicine. We went back to the party and let the children finish the game of Bingo that was started.
The children had a great time at the party. We all pitched in for pizza and drinks so first they had lunch. They also played a cake walk game, bingo, and of course exchanged valentines.The big boys went outside to play football. There were 31 children signed up for the valentine exchange and several older children that chose not to participate in that, and I think that everyone except for Emmie that signed up came so it was a pretty good crowd. I asked Chelsea to take some pictures for me, and she did get a few.
|Lily, Christian, and Anthony's boxes. I never did get one made for Emmie|
I was sorry that Emelia and I missed it, but I am so glad the children got to go. And thankfully, Emelia is much, much better today!