I have, INDEED, been hiding under a rock for the past couple weeks! My "extra special" guy had a nasty run in with some kind of illness and there is nothing that will derail me faster than a sick kid. Any of the boys getting sick will do so, but toss in some migraines, some seizures and a lovely doggy who gets extremely nervous when her boy is not doing well... and, well... busy mom x infinity.
We are on the mend, however, and very much enjoying Autumn at the (Funny) Farm. The biggest (and incredibly enjoyable) seasonal difference being that I actually have some time to sit and enjoy some television. I'm not a big fan of TV, but I so enjoy watching a movie, cuddling with the boys. Last night we had some friends over for a movie night and we've got another movie night planned for this evening. It is always refreshing to spend some simple time in fellowship with friends, and, as any mom can imagine, simply the time to sit down for a bit, put your feet up and enjoy friends is a beautiful thing.
The other big difference that Autumn brings at the (Funny) Farm is our menu! Mama can cook again! It seems that all Summer long, I prepare lots of salads, lots of super-simple meals. Granted, I have boy children and as long as I feed them, they pretty much don't care what it is, but it is so wonderful to bust out the crock pot and turn on the oven to roast some chicken and some root veggies or put on a nice big pot of soup or stew... Yes, we are all enjoying the cooler temperatures!
Also, the very busy month of October has passed. Our busy-ness started on the 4th with a trip south to Peoria for Neurology appointments for all of the boys, it didn't stop until October 31st and that was with a couple of big cancellations in plans... still busy! :) But, we got through that and now... onto November's busy-ness.
November is Epilepsy Awareness Month. We've got some fun activities planned here in the Quad Cities for FUNdraising for the Epilepsy Foundation. November 14th (Monday), we've got a fundraiser going on at both Quad Cities locations of Buffalo Wild Wings. Jonah has requested that we hit Davenport (fundraiser going on all day) for lunch and Moline (fundraiser hours from 5 PM - 10 PM) for dinner. We shall see. But if you are interested in going to have some great wings and help support the Quad Cities Epilepsy Foundation, please let me know so I can get you a ticket to give to your server! Then on November 19th (Saturday) from 3-5 PM, we have a volunteer putting together a Zumba Dance fundraiser... For a minimum donation of only $5 (more is welcome!), you can take part in a (painfully long) Zumba class run by several different local instructors. Should be fun. I'll be donating more than $5 for the privilege of being at the registration table. This will be happening near Port Byron, so anyone wanting to carpool from Osco, let me know, we can get a nice group together! :)
Have a fantastic Weekend, Friends. Don't forget to tell those around you how much you love them.