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10:20 PM: Last night was tough. I didn't take the cough syrup with codeine because it's getting low, and I coughed until 1:30 in the morning! We missed the bus yet again (tomorrow is another day). I managed to get both girls to school and daycare eventually. Around mid-morning, I got a call from one of Elisabeth's teachers that her finger was hurting (she's still wearing the splint), so I took her some ibuprofin. This afternoon, I took two of our kitties (Achilles and Turtle) to the vet. Turtle meowed nonstop all the way there, while Achilles was completely silent. They got their vaccinations, and the vet recommended they both get their teeth cleaned. Since they're both elderly (age 12 and 15), they went ahead and did a blood draw (so now all three cats have a shaved neck). Everthing looks good, although Achilles has low platelets so we have to recheck him in a few weeks.

When I picked up Elisabeth today, we talked about our plans for the evening (the girls were going to watch a movie while some of us church women had a meeting). I said the I assumed there would be a DVD player, and Elisabeth asked me what "assume" means. I had trouble coming up with an explanation and finally decided on "when you have to make a decision and you don't have all the information you need, you might make a guess about how something is going to be." She wanted to know what happened if you were wrong. I told her you just have to do the best you can with what you know. I love it when kids ask interesting questions!

I bought ibuprofin tablets today, so when we got home after the meeting, Elisabeth tried taking a pill the same way Sophie did last night. Not quite as successful, but she did get it down. Quite a bit of residue was on her tongue, so apparently, the pill took a detour before being swallowed. Sophie swallowed her mercaptopurine (a half tablet) with no trouble.

Randall is having a good time at his conference. He met up with a good friend for dinner, and I'm looking forward to hearing all about it. I see from recent comments that we have a new visitor (Hi Patty!) due to our Christmas letter, so for all you new and returning visitors, thank you so much for your kind words, thoughts, and prayers! It's always good to hear from you.