Saturday, December 22, 2012

And So It Goes...

The house of ill continues as I came down with the crud and the three of us have been in lockdown since Thursday night. Ruby has the croup so, as one of colleagues put it, we are celebrating a  good old fashioned Christmas with a good old fashioned illness.  Fun stuff.  The house is a disaster and we've had to miss several festive activities. That song by Madness, "Welcome to the House of Fun" keeps going through my brain in a kind of maniacal way.  But we are making the best of it. With only a few flare ups of cabin fever, we've been reading The Witches by Dahl, watching holiday movies, listening to holiday music and doing some crafty things.

I've been doing my best to keep my head up, remembering that I am lucky to have my two girls with me and even as trying as it can be, it's a blessed thing. We are getting better, we don't need to do it ALL for heavens sake! And they are just happy to get to cut up pieces of paper into teeny tiny pieces. At one point, I said I was feeling frustrated as I hunted for my hot pad for the 10th time. Lucy said, "Imma give you a hug, Mama. I love you so much!" What a little warmer of hearts that one is!

I did feel like we needed to have something to offer Santa however, so I broke out the refrigerator dough and can of frosting and made some cookies. Not up to my normal standards but we had fun I think. These will not be up for public consumption however. No matter how many times I said it, they just coughed right onto the cookies. Luckily Santa is not a germaphobe!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Some festive pictures

Cake pops!

Rudolph #1

Rudolph #2

Sicky McSickersons

The past two days have been chock-full of sad, feverish faces and hacking bronchial coughs.  Ruby was sick all day on Sunday, vomiting (thankfully at her dad's house for once) and Lucy came down with it last night.  We just read, drew pictures, practiced letters and watched our fill of Christmas movies....trying to get those darn bugs out of the system.  

Lucy was better today but Ruby awoke from a 3 hour nap this afternoon (which if you know Ruby is a good indication of how sick she is -- that kid hates napping as much as I do) with a fever and chills and her cough is awful. No way is she well enough for school tomorrow.  I am out of sick leave so I called upon her dad who it turns out has the day off tomorrow which is super convenient.  His wish was to pick her up this evening.  So he did.  

Can I just say how gutted I hard it is having your sick child crying that she just wants to stay home as you have to physically hand her over?  All the while your other child is crying that she wants to go to daddy's too? 

Not fun.  And I don't get to see her until Thursday night.  Going to snuggle Lucy and drink a glass of wine now.

Holiday Prep

I had to go out if town for several days last week to help take care if Grandma Genie who was feeling not-so-good with chemo side effects. Thankfully she's home and feeling muscle better and on the down slope of her treatment.

It was great to be home and with my girlies and we had a fabulous weekend.
On Saturday we went and had pancakes at a Boys and Girls Club fundraiser......

Nom nom nom...

We got our tree!  We skipped into the store chanting, "Our tree our tree!  We got a beautiful tree!"

And Ruby has on, what we call in these parts, a get-up.

We had the loveliest neighbors over for dinner and all-in-all, it couldn't have been a more perfect weekend.  We are ready Christmas!!