Another thing that has given out is our ice maker. Since I LOVE ice water, this is particularly grating. I think it's given us warning--this whole winter it could never really keep up, but I kept blaming it on the kids filling up their water bottles before basketball practices. But when basketball stopped, things never got better. It made less and less and less ice . . . and now it's just not making any. The freezer isn't really all that cold either. Ice cream never stays frozen. We are seeing the writing on the wall, and so we're starting to research new fridges. In the meantime, I'm buying a 20 pound bag of ice a week, and we're going right through it, lol.
There were many tears this morning when the kids got up. If he did break his back, he will have to be put down. Best case scenario is he sprained it, which he could heal from, although it would take a long time. I told the girls that if we had to put him down, our next pet would probably be a dog, because I didn't think we could emotionally handle another fragile creature. This caused fresh paroxysms of grief from Grace, in particular: "I didn't want to TRADE Pikachu for a dog!" Well, no, none of us do, and this is not a scenario we never even imagined.
We didn't take him to the vet today, and I'm not going to take him tomorrow either. The only real thing a vet could do is x-ray the back and tell us definitely if something is broken (for several hundred dollars). The internet pretty much said he'll either start showing improvement after 3 days or so, or he won't, in which case it probably is broken. If it is broken, we'll have to put him down--and Grace really doesn't want him to die on her birthday, which is tomorrow. So we are putting off potential bad news, and praying the Lord will allow him to heal.
In the meantime, we are limping along, trying to finish the year out, as finals and APs start next week. I wish I could say we will all be done with school in 2 weeks, but alas, Micah has really ramped up the tantrums this month, so he's still not off on his way with reading. And the girls still have a fair amount left in math and grammar to finish that they will have to do over the summer. Ah, the elusive summer break. Not this year! But I'll be happy if things will just stop breaking around here.