Kayla was so sweet when Kelli went to the hospital. She called me and said, “Mom, how can I help?” I told her that I was going to have to be helping Kelli so I was going to get behind on blog posts. She said she would write a couple to try to help. Isn’t she the best daughter??
This is a guest post from Kayla…
Jasper and I enjoyed the beautiful weather in Iowa last week. We went for a long walk to The Cone Shop. It is a locally-owned place with a Dairy Queen or A&W type food selection. Watching Jasper eat his ice cream cone made my day.
He is definitely his father’s child and managed to stay clean enough for us to try the library afterward.
We found the most adorable book…Five Little Monkeys Reading in Bed.
It’s a take on the rhyme only the monkeys read in bed and Mama comes in and says, “Good night! Sweet dreams! No more reading in bed!”
This happens a couple of times until Mama takes all of the books away. Then the little monkeys hear Mama laughing and crying so they find her reading in bed and repeat her words back to her.
I had to send a copy to my siblings with kids because it reminded me of a similar time in our family. For some backstory, we had to run laps around the house when we got in trouble. It was genius because most of us hated running and it got us out of the house long enough to cool off a bit. When we tried arguing with Mom she would just count instead of arguing back.
One day, for whatever reason, Mom’s five little monkeys were being ridiculous. I think we had to get the cleaning done but we were laughing and playing pranks and telling bad jokes instead. Mom declared that the next person to so much as giggle was running a lap.
You guessed it, the next person to laugh was Mom. We all loved telling her to go run a lap and cheer her on.
My gift note read, “We loved this book and thought you folks might too. It made me think of the time that Grandma Jo told us that the next person to laugh would be in trouble but then she laughed! Love you!”
Jo writing now…
An update on Jasper:
Jasper had an overnight stay in the hospital on Friday night. He has been hospitalized three times in the last three months with breathing problems for three days, four days, and thankfully just overnight this last Friday. At this point, they are suspecting viral asthma which means he has an asthmatic reaction to exposure to viruses like the common cold. He has been referred to doctors in Iowa City. I hope we learn more soon on how best to help Jasper.
On Friday night three of my nine grandchildren were all in the hospital. Crazy!!