• Elijah Ricks

October Daze

It will come as no surprise to our regular readers that this was another full week of activity. Monday was not terribly productive until the night. Kira went to work and I decided to work through my cold to install some shelves in our mud room. We had removed the shelves from a closet upstairs, and could always use more in the mud room that serves several purposes, including as the laundry station. It was a lot of work, but they look great.

This was the week that my cold took its worst toll – my stuffy nose kept me from breathing easily through the night on Monday, so that I was quite tired for my long Tuesday. I also nearly lost my voice by the end of the day, and didn’t quite recover by Thursday when I taught next. To add to the nonsense of Tuesday, my train home was delayed about 45 minutes after a suicide-by-train occurred on the train ahead of us. I finally got to bed just before midnight. My nose is much better now, and I seem to be the worst one off in the family so far. 

We had a very full week in between work as well. Wednesday afternoon we had parent-teacher conferences for the school kids. We were not surprised to learn that they are excelling in their schoolwork, and that their teachers are impressed with their character as well. Carver’s teacher raved about how well he is like by his peers. Avey’s teachers were also thrilled about her performance. One of her teachers even mentioned that she notices how Avey is mindful of the others in the class, seeming to approach kids who don’t have partners to work with and asking if they’d like to work with her. Avey didn’t seem to think it was much more than necessity of finding a partner, but Kira and I are still thankful that she is making the partner-finding less of an ordeal for those kids.

Thursday was special because they had no school on Friday. Carver’s class was doing something special where he could dress like a rock star, so Kira spiked up his hair and got him looking rocking good.

Also on Thursday was a fun day at the library for the younger boys. They dressed up a little like a pirate and a skeleton, although you can’t fully tell what either is. Still, they had fun, and that’s all that matters. 

Friday was a lame day home from school as I had to go to a meeting on campus, and Kira had arranged for three of the kids to have doctor appointments. It was a long day for her and the kids waiting around, with Kira filling out paperwork. By the time I got home, the kids were getting set up to eat dinner while they watched the latest installment of the Hotel Transylvania series.

Saturday was a rough day. I was really tired from the busy week and still recovering from my cold, but I was feeling a lot of pressure to get some projects done. We had planned to go to a “Fall Festival” at Kira’s branch, but it was late enough, that we felt it would be better for me to stay home and get Merritt to bed. I was fine with that, as I didn’t really want to go, and Merritt would have been a total nutcase if he stayed up much longer. The kids had a pretty good time, and then came home ready to sleep. Avey stayed up to watch a movie with Kira and me, and then we all called it a night.

Today is a typical Sunday, but the weather is wet, windy, and cold. Looks like we’re stuck inside again. We’ll see if we can pass the time by carving our pumpkins, though, so stay tuned for photos!


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