2:00am Friday morning Ella starts screaming and she has a fever. We give her acamoli and go back to sleep.
In the morning Lorien takes Ella to Terem, who promptly send her to the hospital since Ella is so young. We're hoping that she gets to come home for Shabbat.
In the meanwhile I'm cooking food for the 10 guests we have planned for lunch.
(BBQ wings + cutlets, deli roll, brocolli kugel, and soup, thanks for asking).
Thankfully my parents were with us and mom helped get the kids bathed and gave me the time to finish cooking and cleaning everything in the house even in Lorien's absence. (I even found time to spraypaint the old gas BBQ that we were gifted by my parents. The actual barbequeing this time though was done in the Piltz's old charcoal grill with the bag of nice coals that we still had. I figured we should use it up anyways since we're getting am outdoor gas line put in on Sunday, yay).
News from Lorien says that they're going to be in hospital until Monday. Great. No reason to cancel guests though! My parents offer to stay for Shabbat, but I tell them to go ahead and go to my brother's for Shabbat as planned. Getting into Shabbat is the hard part, once we're there it's easy.
Ironically the house is cleaner than usual and I get come home from shul to a set table (since I set it myself beforehand). The neighbours offered to let me drop off Sefi while I went to shul, and I took them up on it for Friday night.
Dinner was short, just soup and challah. Since Lorien wasn't home there was no dessert baked, so Chana shared with us some candy rollup thing. The kids were then swiftly put to bed and I crashed on the couch for 30 minutes until there was a knock on the door and some guests came by to play some games.
Marc and I played Lord of the Rings and split two games (bad guys winning both times though).
Then we played Tigris & Euphrates with Dan and Mory. A notable game that shows that it's not the tiles you draw, it's how you play. I drew only 2 green tiles all game, and didn't draw any black tiles for the first 2/3 of the game, and got all my black points on the last 3 turns, and I won. I also was not exceptionally luck on any conflicts losing as many revolts as I won, and losing more wars than I won. Then we played two games of Tsuro
In the morning I decided to not send Sefi out and just daven
at home. I walked Chana across the street so she could go to kids minyan, then put the food on the blech and prayed. Then after setting the table I went on a walk with Sefi up to Shul. On the way we found an intriguing sight. A line of caterpillars crawling across the walkway head to tail to head to tail. I'd never seen that before.
We went home to await our guests and set up whatever remained. And I told Chana some "stories"
( The story of the Chicken KingCollapse )( The story of Princess Chana, the Ugliest Princess in the WorldCollapse )( Superhero Sefi and the Supervillian shirt-stealing KingCollapse )
Lunch was with two other families and a bunch of kids. It was a shame Lorien was not there since it was so much fun and the conversation was great. The kids all got along pretty well, and the food was good.
After lunch Chana was invited to go play at somebody else's house with one of the kids who was there, and Sefi went down for a nap in the middle of lunch. So I got to actually have a nice nap.
After Sefi got up from his nap we snuggled a little and then played some Sorry Sliders.
Sefi came out with me for Maariv, and then right before Havdalah we got some great news that Lorien would be coming home after all!
Evidently the doctors were unable to get a lumbar puncture or IV in properly. (Yay medical incompetance?) So they decided to just observe and since the fever didn't come back they OK'd the discharge and gave Lor some doses of antibiotic to use until we could fill a script.
Bottom line. I don't have to do all the cleaning and prep for Pesach myself. Yay! (Also my mom gets to go back up to Sfat for the week as planned, instead of staying in Bet Shemesh to help out with the kids).