Sunday, December 28, 2008

I'm Back!

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!

13 comments:

Megan said...

So sorry to hear that your Christmas seems to have turned into quite a nightmare! Hope everybody makes a good recovery now (and that everybody who is healthy stays healthy) and that you'll be able to get back to your reading. Not reading for days just doesn't *feel* right!

Andi said...

Oh gosh, what a holiday! I hope everyone is on the fast track to recovery and you can get back to your reading. :)

Janicu said...

Oh man, I especially feel for your daughter, because throwing up helplessly is the worst feeling! And this is from someone with a cough for about 3 weeks (even after taking meds for a week). I'd rather have the cough. Hope everything clears up soon and everyone feels better.

Michele said...

Hugs Julie! I'm sorry you had such a modified, sickly Christmas. It's hard to deal with changes when you really have something planned in your head. I pray that you all are over the sickies and can enjoy the rest of the holiday times together.

Serena said...

Here's a big hug. I hope that all gets better soon and the sickness leaves your house and your family alone.

Jenny Girl said...

Hugs and good thoughts your way Julie. So sorry your holidays got sidetracked. Hope your daughter feels better soon. The poor thing. They just had to give her the three tests in one day too :(

Here is to a happy and healthy start to 2009. Hope you can get back toy our soon.

Lisa said...

I'm sorry to hear about all the sickness you had to deal with. I hope everyone is starting to feel better and you get back in your groove. Happy New Year, Julie!

bermudaonion said...

Sorry to hear about all the germs that have been hanging around your house. Being sick is bad enough, but being sick around the holidays just stinks.

Bookfool said...

Wow, not your favorite Christmas, then? I hope your daughter is back to 100%, soon. I don't comment often, but I love your reviews.

Amy said...

Julie I'm so sorry! I'm praying that your daughter feels better soon poor thing! And that God surprises you with an unexpected blessing and that you get lots of time to read!

S. Krishna said...

I'm sorry that everyone was so sick for your Christmas! I haven't read at all either and I'm looking forward to getting home and getting back to it!

Kristina said...

I'm so sorry Julie! It always happens like that around the holidays! I hope to hear that everyone is better? I wonder what it was? Now get reading!

Anna said...

I hope everyone is feeling better now. Sorry this happened on the holidays.

--Anna
Diary of an Eccentric