Saturday, November 23, 2013

LICE!!! And other fun things

Last week started off with a bang. Monday was the usual routine and Tuesday was much of the first.
I picked the girls up from school, they did their homework and then all the kids were watching TV while I made dinner. My grandma was going to come with us to Ella's swim practice to watch her swim so we were a little ahead of schedule... so we wouldn't be running late later :-). I should preface this by saying that the elementary school had recently sent home two letters that lice going around. I read them quickly and threw them away. But when Ella came in to the kitchen telling me she kept getting mosquito bites on her head and neck I freaked out, "WHAT?!" I looked at her head and quickly saw a little brown bug. I yelled for Mike to come downstairs and tell me what the bug was. He did a quick search online and sure enough it was an exact match for lice.
My first thought was to call my friend Bryn who I knew would have all the answers for me. She told me there was a place, aptly named "The Lice Place," that was a bit pricey but would take care of it all for you or you could just buy their good comb and go through it all yourself. It was a no brainer for me. I will pay whatever you want if you solve this problem for me!
I made Ella put a swim cap on, we ate dinner quickly and headed right over. First they checked me since I was less likely to have them and I was told I was in the clear. Then on to Ella who, no surprise, had lice. What was surprising was how many were in there and how long they thought she had had them. I naively assumed she got it that day at school, had hardly had been around us or the house, we found it and we would get rid of it. When I was told that she had probably had them for over a week I was grossed out. The Lice Place made me feel way less stressed though when they told me they don't live long when not on a human head so there was no need to wash everything in the entire house. We put all the pillows and the kids' favorite stuff animals in the dryer for awhile, got new hair brushes just to be safe, washed Ella's bedding and combed all the kids hair for the next week. Amazingly no one else had it (although every time my head itched at all I immediately ran to the bathroom and combed through my hair making sure I was still in the clear). Man am I glad that adventure is over! The worst part of it all for Ella has been that I won't let her wear her hair down anymore because I'm paranoid she will get it again :-). (and that is the ONLY way she was wearing her hair previously)
Other highlights...
Ella's swim picture day (Grace is her swimming BFF, they first met at the meet in New Orleans last year and are both SO excited for it again this year).
Preston's preschool teacher sent these photos of him at "little" school.
Killing time at the park before piano with my cute girls on Thursday.
And later that night at the 1st grade WOW night at school.
The next day (Friday, the 15th) I was at the school volunteering with Addie's science lab and her teachers were SO excited to tell me that Addie had won the drawing for the prize from the night before. They told me to stop by the office on my way out to get it. When I asked the office they told me they would go find it and I asked if Addie could just bring it home (I needed to get to a photo shoot) but they told me it was BIG and she wouldn't be able to carry it. I laughed out loud when they brought the huge box full of stuff out. What a lucky girl...only Adeline :-).

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