Because lately, this side of the rainbow has sucked royally. The day after my last post, we discovered that Rowan had brought home head lice from school. We found the buggers on Brynn and me as well, and our entire house was turned upside down to rid ourselves of the nasty pests! Anything that could be washed in hot water got thrown in a giant pile which took 2 days to deal with. All our pillows had to go in the freezer for 2 days, and anything else that couldn't be machine washed got packed tightly in plastic bags and quarantined for 2 weeks. (My house looks way different not covered in stuffed animals, but I have two very animal/baby deprived kiddos on my hands that are aching for something to snuggle with besides old towels.) All 4 of us did the shampoo treatment, and then spent 4-5 hours per day for the first 3 days picking eggs and bugs out of our hair. I lost my cool more than once. If you really want to test your patience, try spending an hour and a half carefully picking through the hair of a kid who can't sit still, has sensory issues and doesn't like her head touched in general, and has a knack of jerking away the minute you see something you need to get out. We had to wash every piece of bedding, every towel, every couch cover, and every article of clothing daily. And still, I felt like I couldn't get my house (or us) clean enough. My sanity ran very, very thin last week. On top of this, my 14 year old cat's senior blood work came back spotty - issues with kidney and liver, and we are now officially headed down the road of elderly pet. *sigh*
But we have now done the second shampoo treatment, and not a bug nor egg was found this time around. We're doing a third next week, just to make SURE they are GONE. LORD!!
I kept the girls home and away from people all week, with the exception of a trip to Michaels to stockpile on crafty items to get us through the week. Girl Scout camps are right around the corner, and its SWAP season! (SWAPs are little Shared With A Pal crafts that you pin on your camp hat and trade with other scouts.)
We chose 4 different SWAPs to make: Sleeping bag girls, Fly swatters, Bees, and Bears. Rowan helped with almost all of them, but after she dropped and broke my new cool-glue gun we had to go back to the hot-glue which means I do all the gluing. I have blisters on at least 3 fingers to prove how hot that dang glue is!
For Day Camp, I am leading a unit of 9 girls this summer and am really looking forward to it! I am providing camp t-shirts for the girls this year, which they will get to decorate on June 15th at our pre-camp meeting. I got busy with fabric paint this afternoon and starting putting the little camp emblem I designed on the shirts. Still waiting to hear back from several parents about the size their kiddo needs, but I bought a ton of shirts in different sizes when Michaels had them on sale, 2 for $5!
And because I am so crafty, I also made each camper a "Camp Journal" to carry with her each day - it has blank paper inside where she can write or sketch things we see and learn about. I have attached a pencil to each one, as well as a small magnifying glass for close-up critter or vegetation inspection!