I hope you had a lovely holiday regardless of how you chose to spend it.
My family was fighting illness almost the entire time. I even suggested to a sick Bryan that we not go to Ohio. He quickly replied that it wasn't an option. He suffered through with a stomach ache the entire time. Cuckoo woke up Christmas morning with a fever and a sore throat. He basically cuddled up on my lap the entire day. When it was time to head to my dad's house for dinner, I only allowed the three kids who hadn't shown any sign of illness to go with me. My 90-year old Grandma and 1-month old niece were both going to be there, and I wasn't about to be the family who got them sick. To be even safer, the three kids and I changed clothes so as to leave those germs behind, too. Especially since I had been holding a feverish 5 year old all day and was planning on holding that itty bitty baby all evening.
Which will be my thankful numero uno.
1. I spent 4 hours Christmas Day doing this:
2. So far I have managed to avoid illness. Can you tell from this annual photo on the steps who was sick the day Santa came to our house? (He comes early, since we spend Christmas in Ohio.)
3. Buttercup and I spent most of that day binge watching Downton Abbey. We don't have Netflix, so had never seen it. She got the first season on DVD in her stocking. She was sick and didn't feel like moving, so we didn't. For 6 hours. We watched the entire season in one day.
4. The kids were happy with the gifts they received. The one Bryan picked out for Cuckoo made us all smile.
5. On our way out of town, we stopped at the library to let the kids pick out books for the trip, only to find the library closed. Bryan suggested we go to a half-price bookstore by the freeway. (He also made the comment, "It will probably be cheaper than the library", alluding to the ridiculous amount of fines we've paid over the years.) Turns out, it wasn't the chain store he thought it was, but a wonderful mom-and-pop place. Books were stacked as far as the eye could see. We would have liked to have more time to explore, but we had to get on the road.
6. It has been warm for December. Sure, it's been raining almost the entire month, but there was a few moments of sun yesterday. Before we loaded back into the van to head home, the boys were able to play outside and use up some of their pent-up energy.
7. We made it to and from Ohio without incident. No one vomited in the car. Traffic was moving. The kids were quiet. Bryan drove, so I got to do a whole mess of reading.
8. I found a new series that I am really enjoying. Added bonus, the books are only $2 on Kindle. I started the series on Wednesday, and I'm already on the third book. (It's called The Scavenger's Daughters by Kay Bratt if you are interested.)
9. Still thankful for our new(ish) washer and dryer. I was able to get all of the clothes from our trip washed and dried in two loads in no time at all.
10. The kids were well-behaved and polite and just plain easy the whole time we were gone. At one point, as the adults were all chatting over dessert (There are no kids besides ours at Christmas gatherings.), I glanced downstairs to find the kids all watching a Christmas movie. Cuckoo was cuddled up with Star and Turken was lying in the crook of Phoenix's arm. It made my heart melt to see them.
Alrighty, it's your turn. Did your heart melt this Christmas? What made you smile this week?
Have a lovely day!
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