I have been so sick since last Thursday. You know that phrase, “Sick as a dog.” Well, that was me from Thursday to about Monday. I didn’t go to the doctor, but you arm chair physicians can diagnose me.
I woke up Thursday and felt so-so. I took a 3 mile walk anyway thinking the exercise would help me feel better. It didn’t. By that afternoon I was on the couch with chills, fatigue, and no energy to do anything. I rallied myself enough to get dinner for everyone and then headed to bed. Repeat the same feelings of terribleness on Friday and Saturday and you get the idea.
On Sunday I started to feel slightly better but then realized I was getting a sinus infection. Then I started to feel worse again. I finally turned the corner on Christmas Eve and am just now getting back to normal.
Needless to say that wasn’t how I planned my weekend before Christmas. My poor husband ended up wrapping all the gifts I hadn’t yet wrapped, which was quite a few with a family of nine. He also mailed everything that was now going to be late, went “big” grocery shopping for me on the Monday before Christmas and braved crazy last-minute shoppers. Seriously crazy. Think “People of Wal-Mart” crazy.
Anyway, by Christmas Eve I was doing “okay” but not terrific. Needless to say, this wasn’t how I had envisioned Christmas week with all the family home.
Christmas morning was the first time I put on a decent pair of clothes all week and actually put some makeup on. After all, I knew there would be pictures.
Here’s the kids waiting to come into the living room.
John and I always make them wait to come in. I don’t know why though – because we actually wrap every single last gift.
Then we took the traditional “in front of the tree” picture and one of the girls took a picture of John and I.
As you can see, I look pale but I was there!
And so was candy in the form of stockings, candy people brought by, and candy people gave the kids. There are some candies that still tempt me but not when I’m sick. I eventually put the candy we got away so that no one would be tempted!
All in all we had a great day. I was off my game but realized once again that the most important thing was being together as a family.
Seeing the interaction between them all and cherishing the moments we have.
I hope you had a terrific Christmas morning and you did not have to suffer from sickness like I did. Fortunately, no one else in the family got it and for that I am eternally grateful!
How was your holiday? Any musings or words of wisdom to share? Diane