I didn't really mean I wanted to stay here indefinitely! I arrived back in the office on Tuesday after my trip to the NASSP convention and my family promptly began coming down with a variety of illnesses. Swim Chick hadn't been feeling great for a couple of days, but she didn't have any fever or specific complaints, so I sent her on to school. I mentioned in my parenting observations post that she has strep throat. I found this out after getting a call from school to pick her up Tuesday morning. We made it in to the doctor and got the antibiotics. I left her home to rest and got back in to school to do some work that day. Yesterday, she insisted on going to school saying she felt fine. A lot of that had to do with her desire to go on a field trip she'd been looking forward to, but she didn't have any fever and had been on the meds for enough time not to be contagious, so I sent her.
Meanwhile....around 9:00 a.m. yesterday I got a call from Gym Girl's school nurse. Gym Girl was there saying her stomach hurt. No fever. I talked to Gym Girl asked her if she wanted to come home. She said she wasn't sure. Talked to nurse who said they were going to feed her some crackers and let her rest. Told both Gym Girl and nurse to call me if she needed to come home. Went to do a classroom observation. Mid "philosophers round table discussion" in AP European History, my number was called over the radio. Gym Girl had thrown up and needed to come home. I picked her up, got her settled, brought jello, sprite, and cold washcloths, and watched as she slept. I also got some cleaning done in my "found" time. By 2:00 p.m. she was running a fever and continued to until she went to bed.
So far Soccer Boy is doing fine. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that will continue. Last night Swim Chick came home and seemed fine. I dropped her off at church for youth group meeting. When I went back to pick her up, I took one look at her and knew she wasn't feeling good again. By the time we got home, she was running fever. So, today, the girls are all home together. Gym Girl seems to be feeling much better, and Swim Chick is doing okay. I expect we'll all make it back to school tomorrow. And I'll probably end up in on the weekend for a bit to try to catch up from missing so much work this week. Oh, well....life has a tendency to work out that way, doesn't it?
I'm trying to make the best of my time here, though. I'm planning to catch up on my movie viewing from Netflix and start a new book. I'll do some more cleaning, and I've got one of my favorite easy crockpot meals going for tonight. For a dump it and go meal, you can't beat this one.
1-2 lbs. lean beef stew meat
1 pkg. Lipton onion and mushroom soup mix
1 small can mushrooms
1 can Campbell's Healthy Choice cream of mushroom soup
1/2 c. red wine
Combine all ingredients in crock pot. Cook on low "all day" or at least 7 hours. I serve this over rice, but noodles work just as well. Pair it with green beans and biscuits or pan rolls.