We ended up having to get a new computer. The replacement motherboard for the old one would have cost nearly as much as a new one, and we weren't positive that would have fixed it. We were able to transfer all of our pictures and files to the new computer without much trouble. Huge sigh of relief.
I think we've learned our lesson about backing up files. (Have you backed yours up lately?)
I spent the last couple of weeks crocheting like a maniac, since I found myself with quite a bit more free time, minus the computer. I also spent a little more time snuggling in the bed with the kiddos, rereading the same books over and over with them, and learning all the intricacies of Pokemon, which is my son's new obsession.
I'm getting ready to start planing the kids' birthday parties, which are coming up in the next few months. I look forward to doing their parties every year. We have them here at home, with typically the same crowd, 20-25 relatives. The big thing is that every year I pick whatever thing they're really into, and try to craft as much of the party as possible. Last year, It was Yo Gabba Gabba for baby V, and Transformers for L. This year it will be a princess party for V, the self proclaimed princess, and Pokemon for L.