I hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas! We had an interesting one to say the least. Things around here have been very hectic and I'm just getting around to my blog. Needless to say, I haven't done any reading for days.
It all started the week before Christmas when my daughter became very sick with some sort of virus and missed almost an entire week of school. She was feeling better so we went to a party on Sunday night (the 21st) and I sent her to school on that Monday. Since she was so far behind in her schoolwork, she had to take three big tests that day and then had her Winter Choir Concert that night. Evidently, that was a little too much for her because she came home and threw up all night -- everywhere! To make matters worse, we had my sister-in-law's family here with a 3 1/2 year old and a four month old. I was so worried that they would catch it!
On December 23rd, my husband came down with flu-like symptoms (headache, body aches, and 101 degree temperature.) We always host Christmas Eve for his entire family, but I wasn't sure that everyone would want to come to our house. I really didn't have to worry too much because my mother-in-law and her husband as well as my brother-in-law's girlfriend were all suffering from some sort of stomach virus. We ended up having a brief, modified Christmas Eve celebration. Of course, I had bought and prepared so much food in anticipation of our celebration. We're trying to eat it, but I have a feeling that a lot of it is going to go in the trash.
On Christmas Day, we were planning on driving to my parents and having dinner with them, my grandparents and my sister's family. My husband was still feeling poorly so my daughter and I went to church by ourselves in the morning. She made it about 20 minutes before I could tell that she wasn't feeling well. She was very pale and I could just see her puking all over the pews. I took her into the narthex and we made it until communion. At that point, I knew both her father and she would not be visiting my parents so my son and I went. When I got home around 7:00, I made my daughter eat some chicken noodle soup. I should have known better because right in the middle of dinner, she began throwing up again!!!!
I know I'm a little grumpy and venting, but I'm just so tired of the sickness in my house. Fortunately none of my company got ill, and my son and I still appear to be healthy. It's just so frustrating that I put so much work into the holidays and they didn't turn out like I had hoped. I'm sure there's a valuable lesson in there somewhere!!!!
In the meantime, I hope to start reading again. I have not read this little for over a year and I'm seriously missing it! On the bright side, I did clean out the basement and organize the toys to make room for all the new stuff. Today, I am home with my recovering daughter while my husband and son are in Philadelphia for my niece's baptism (another event that one of us is missing.) I desperately want to finish reading SWEETSMOKE, and I have a few other books that I need to read by the middle of January so I better get hopping!