Thanks so much, you all, for the kind words yesterday. After I posted that, I actually managed to get everyone dressed and to the park for a while. I chatted with Julie while the girls played in the doggie drinking fountain (basically a spigot about a foot off the ground - endless fun!).
Afterwards, we came home and had lunch. It took over two hours to get both kids down for nap. Something is seriously wrong with Claire lately. I don't know if it's teething or what, but the child who used to be an awesome sleeper has decided to take a page out of her sister's book. Yuck. I was up until midnight (after it took until 11:30 to get MG to bed) and then up again at 5:45 with Claire. Even BJ has insomnia lately. Maybe I need to put Benadryl into the furnace filter so it's just in the atmosphere around here...
After nap I invited Karen and her boys over to play outside in the sprinkler and with the new swingset. Her husband came for dinner, too. We just had carry out pizza and relaxed. Not a bad end to what started out as a really boring day! Except for that whole sleep thing, it turned into a really good day.
I'm working on a post in my head about Big Issues like life and death and major illness..... It's cooking. I'm hoping to have time to work on it before I go to Grammaland for the weekend. But today's my day to work (and Dawn's day to handle nap! Yay!) so I need to get rolling.