Elliot turned five today! We had his "knight-themed" party with twelve or so of his friends on Friday. His big gift from his mom and dad was a new bike. He got a ton of new games from his friends. Here are some pictures:
For movie night today, Lisa and the kids watched Monsters, Inc. (2001,G). From reel.com:
Two monsters who specialize in scaring young children find their world turned upside down when a three-year-old girl follows them back to their headquarters.
They liked it, though Lisa thought it was a little too "rowdy." Elliot said, "What's rowdy?"
After church today we went out to eat with the Wanous clan to Los Cuatro Amigos. Later in the afternoon, we went sledding with them at Overlook Park. Here are some photos:
This afternoon us boys watched Lipscomb play Belmont in basketball on ESPN2 for the Atlantic Sun tournament championship and a bid to the NCAA tournament. Lipscomb had a short shot at the end of regulation to win it, but missed. Belmont then won the game in overtime. Since they were the number 1 seed in the Atlantic Sun after the regular season, Lipscomb gets the consolation prize of making their first trip to the NIT. Too bad they won't be going to their first NCAA tournament instead.
Finn came home from the hospital today. He's obviously doing much better...pretty much back to his normal self, though the cough still lingers. He's on breathing treatments and antibiotics.
In the middle of the night last night Lisa took Finn to the emergency room. He had been coughing, breathing rapidly and shallowly, and seemed to have a rapid pulse. It turns out that he has bacterial pneumonia. They tried to give him an iv for fluids and antibiotics, but they never could get one despite several attempts at poking. He seemed better to me when I saw him tonight than this morning. This morning, he seemed rather listless. Tonight he was perky and talkative and jumping around.
From an article in The Midland Daily News:
Consumers said it finished restoring power Monday to more than 252,000 customers who lost electricity last week due to severe weather. The company said more than 340 crews worked to restore power, including 84 from Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Wisconsin. Some 5,800 customers, including 700 in the Midland area, were still without power as of Monday morning.
Here's basically how the power system works. Electricity comes from the generating plant over high-voltage lines to a substation, where voltage is reduced but still remains high. The power is distributed over a series of circuits, then goes through a transformer where voltage is reduced to household levels.
Crews had to deal with a variety of problems: a small number of broken poles, broken cross arms atop the poles, high-voltage lines and distribution circuits that failed, and wires that came down with ice-laden trees. For each broken wire, someone had to climb the pole, splice the broken pieces together and get them high enough in the air so they wouldn't tangle with trees. One crew member working in mid-Michigan fell and suffered a broken leg, Ebelt said.
Today was Grandpa B's birthday, so we went down to the Bridges' house to celebrate.