I woke up at 8 to Sam's coughing. He woke up Rachel, as I still thought we might be going to my aunt's and then we all had breakfast. Sam and Rachel tried on their Hallowe'en costumes and played (and got in each other's way a few times!) and I talked to Katherine on the phone in lieu of an in-person visit. Then I talked to my friend Karen about potential Hallowe'en plans.
During this time my bagel was toasting and it got cold. I hurriedly ate a strawberry yogurt somewhere in there and we Skyped with my parents. We often Skype them after our breakfast, first thing in their morning. I love that the kids get to see my parents and my parents get to see the kids in their daily routines. Then Sam and Rachel played, I ate my cold bagel, made some tea and checked computer stuff (e-mail, blogs, Facebook, the weather.) I also played a few rounds of "Mad Birds," as Sam calls it, with him cheering me on. It's not selfish on my part, it's entertaining Sam, really :)
Then Sam went and played downstairs for a bit while I did dishes and Rachel alternately walked around and played. And whined a bit, to be honest. (In the far right of the picture below you can see my cup of tea waiting patiently for me to drink it.) My dish doing music was Les Mis today, inspired by a post written by Erika, a blog friend of mine.
Then I changed some diapers, got some laundry going and played with Sam and Rachel downstairs for a bit. Then I fed Rachel some lunch, heated up some soup for me, and tried to ignore Sam's meltdown because I cut his sandwich into three pieces instead of two. After that it was naptime. Thankfully. Sam refused to sleep in his bed so we compromised on him being in his rocking chair.
At about 4:45 I woke up Rachel and Sam, put the challah in the oven to bake and attempted to attack Mount Laundry-more, as Dave sometimes calls it. Fortunately I had distracting help from Sam and Rachel as they played peek-a-boo with some of the laundry!