The other day, Soren came charging up to us excitedly toting his yellow doodle board and chattering about what he'd written. Dan and I had been talking and Soren and Anders had been playing in the other room. When he showed us this (below), out of the blue, we were pretty floored! It was completely unprompted. The kid writes the way a child musical prodigy plays back whatever he/she hears. Soren is basically teaching himself to read and write. I don't do nearly as much with him as I should and yet, here he is standing at my elbow reading my e-mails out loud and writing things like "Yes on Prop 8." So, after we took the obligatory picture of his genius, we asked him to write other things. He did, of course, without any help. Oh my, what am I going to do to keep this child from getting bored in school? I know he'll love the social interactions, but school is school, you're supposed to learn things there. I hope he comes up against a subject that challenges him so that he can apply himself and learn to appreciate hard academic work.
These are a few pictures of Soren and his new habit of falling asleep just about anywhere. I don't know if this habit is here to stay or if it's a result of sickness (I'm inclined to believe it's the latter), but I must admit that I'm lovin' it for the time being! The storyboard shows Soren with a rag on his head. He's had a fever off and on for the last two and a half days. Today it peaked at 104.4 degrees at which point we promptly gave him another dose of Motrin and stuck him in a cool bath. I feel so bad for him because he's SOOO hot and he begs me for medicine and he's extremely lethargic (thus the falling asleep everywhere). Our home teacher came over this evening and gave Soren a blessing in which he was told his fever would break tonight. I'm so grateful for the power of the priesthood in our lives (thanks Jared)! Right now Soren has come out of his lethargy and is playing with a couple of thermometers like they're cars. Just the fact that he's upright is a solid indication that he's on the mend! We really need for our family to get better and stay better for a while. I'm tired of tending to sickness and all its side effects: nausea, vomiting, fever, sore throat, cough, stuffy nose, runny nose, diarrhea, headache, lethargy, etc. We have actually experienced every single one of those in the last week and a half. Blah!
And here is my endless laundry that I'm trying futilely to keep up with. I look at this and think I'll be doing laundry 'til my hair turns grey (well, I will really, but I'm talking about all of these piles specifically). If I was to look on the bright side here, I would say that at least Soren has a slew of options for cushy nap locations. :)