Since they hadn't spoken to their dad in more than 24 hours, and everyone was feeling cruddy because of a head cold that has spread like wildfire - the kids were really excited to talk to Charlie on the phone yesterday. They each took turns saying "HI DADDY!! Dee doo la fla wee twee zee!!!" Then they would hesitate and when prompted, what does a cow, duck, horse, donkey say ... enthusiastically respond "Moo! Quack! Neigh! HEE-HAW!"
Elizabeth was so happy to hear his voice, she actually smothered the phone in kisses.
This morning I groggily woke up to William calling out "Mommy!! NOSE!!!" Hoping with every ounce of my being that maybe I'd only have one stuffy-headed toddler in bed with me and that maybe, I could catch another hour or so of sleep, I tiptoed as gently as possible past the girl's room to retrieve their brother.
Moments later, all three were spread out in our big toasty bed. They didn't go back to sleep, and they certainly wouldn't let me go to sleep, either. If the picture looks dark - it's because the sun wasn't up yet at 4:45 AM.
If Charlie had been home - I highly doubt I would have been up, either.