Christmas was easy this year. Easy is good….especially since Henry and I were not up to speed. David, Lori and the twins came up the Thursday night before Christmas for the Solstice Party that Lori always hosts. Since they are living in GA now, Doc and Cathy are kind enough to open their home for the party so that the tradition can be kept alive. I miss all of the Murfreesboro folk and especially our supper clubs that we carried on for several years. The Solstice party lets us relive those times at least once a year. Anyway, we had the party on the Saturday evening before Christmas. All was well and everyone had a great time.
Then, DUN_DUN_DA_DUNNNNNNN. Disaster struck Monday. I had to work at the yarn store and went in feeling ok. But, Henry woke up feeling not so well. At some point that day David started feeling bad. Lori started downhill and I called Henry to bring me my headache medicine because I thought I was getting a migraine due to my upset tummy and headache. He came in to drop off the medicine and looked awful. I called right before I went home at 6:30 only to find out it had started. David and Henry were throwing up and sick, sick, sick. Lori was so nauseated she could not stand and I think she had a fever. I ran to Walgreens for 7-up, ginger-ale and chicken soup. I made it long enough to get everything set up for the sick house and then I was down (or up sick) all night. Three of the four girls remained well and Mycah, the one who got sick, got a very mild case. Needless to say, by Thursday evening, Henry and I were a bit better, but not really excited about Christmas. Henry’s tummy recovered much better than mine and he was able to eat on Christmas…..I was still picking the day after Christmas.
Thank goodness most everything was done before the illness struck and our family had made a joint decision to focus on spending time with one another rather than going over the top with things. It worked out wonderfully. The girls opened presents and played Christmas morning. Then we went to the Ladd Christmas (dad’s) at my cousin’s new house. They were great hosts and we had a good time. me and Henry made gingerbread houses with the little kids while the adults played White Elephant. Then, best of all, was the day after Christmas. We went to Mom’s. She had decided to do Christmas the day after so that we could all be there and not be rushed. We would up staying most of the day. We ate, knitted, chatted and the kids played. Of course, there were presents. Mycah’s favorite toy this year happened to be from Meme. She got a full child sized drum set. She has had the best time jamming on the drums.
After we all got better and all Christmas activities were over, Henry, the girls and I went to GA to spend New Years with David, Lori and the twins. There was a full moon on New Years Eve, so Henry went scouting for the local fairy cows. He successfully found them and was able to convince them to give him enough Fairy Milk for all four girls. They have now had fairy milk at the farm in Christiana, Meme’s, our Iowa City apartment, our new house and now, GA. It’s a good thing Poppa knows how to talk to the local fairies and he must have developed a good reputation with them, so that all seem pretty willing to help him out with an emergency fairy milk run.
On New Year’s Day, the big girls introduced the little ones to the rip stick, snappers and confetti poppers. Fun was had by all.
My favorite moment of the whole couple of weeks was the one where Mycah crawled into my arms for an afternoon nap. She is in perpetual motion at all times, so the slow down was wlecome adn so, so sweet.
Whew…..glad I got that off my chest!!!!!