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Christmas 2012

January 26, 2013

It’s January and I have this feeling like I should be ultra-organized, energized, and ready to rock out the new year.  I am, at this moment, none of those things.  House messier than ever? check! Fridge empty and no meal plan? check! Long work to do list? check! Behind on the blog? check!

Ah, well, so it goes. 🙂

Christmas 2012

I’ve affectionately renamed it Sickmas 2012, since we managed to contract and spread a nasty 24-48 hour vomiting/diarrhea bug.  Jason’s parents were probably looking forward to spending some serious time with the 5 grandkids, and instead they got a house full of sickness.  I think that we managed to have a good time anyways, at least when we weren’t vomiting.


We headed to Philly the Saturday before Christmas, breaking up the 10-hour drive with a short stop at the Pittsburgh Zoo.  It was a cold, windy day and many of the animals were actually out playing.  We got up close to a Siberian Tiger and polar bear and watched two lions wrestle.  The Pittsburgh zoo had a whole bunch of elephants (inside), and several different monkey species.  Lil was particularly thrilled by the gorillas, thanks to a series of gorilla videos on YouTube that she’s been watching.  We really try to limit technology (she’s got better things to do!), but when given the opportunity, she loves watching videos of animals, airplanes, or trains.



Lil was, once again, a champ in the car.  The last 45 min of the drive was a bit rough, but I can’t really blame her — I was over being in the car at that point, too.  We discovered the joy that is glow-in-the-dark bracelets… for over an hour.  She was amazed.

Unfortunately, the sickness began Sunday morning. The first time Lil ever vomited! And vomited, and vomited, and vomited. It was so very very sad. We got a lot of cuddles those first few days.


Santa visited Jim & Debbie’s, and we forced our sick kiddo on him all in the name of a picture. There was screaming. Sorry, Lil.



Lilly seemed to be feeling better by Christmas Eve, so we dressed up and went to mass together. My poor sick kiddo vommed about 10 minutes into the super-totally-packed mass and then passed out on my shoulder. A man standing nearby was kind enough to hand us paper towels, and luckily (?) I was the only one who really got hit with it. We stayed through the mass because it seemed better/easier than trying to pack a sleeping Lil up in the car mid-nap.


She seemed to feel better later that evening, and was willing to pose in her new Christmas jammies with her cousins and dogs.




Jason tried REALLY hard to get all 3 of them looking at the camera at the same time.  Lilly is so into riding on things (and yelling “NEIGH!”) that she was absolutely delighted when we suggested that she could sit on Barley.


Lilly seemed to be feeling a bit better on Christmas day.  Unfortunately, in the middle of the night on Christmas Eve, I started vomiting and felt horrible much of Christmas day.  Ironically, the only thing that I wanted to ask Jason for for Christmas was a nice, solid, guilt-free sleep until noon day.  Oh, I slept until noon guilt-free alright.  Cause I was too busy clutching my stomach and feeling sorry for myself to feel guilty for not really momming it up on Christmas.  Not quite what I had envisioned…

I managed to get out of bed for some present opening mid-day, but then went back to bed for the rest of the night. Jason took Lil to the family Christmas pj party with his extended family. J said she was a little out of it still, perhaps overwhelmed by all of the faces she didn’t recognize, but she perked up after eating 4 adult servings of pulled pork.

Unfortunately, our sweet nephew came down with the sickness next, and from there it spread to our other nieces and nephew, my SIL, and to Jason’s dad.

Jason’s mom bought adorable matching outfits for the kids for Christmas, and we miraculously found a 2-hour window of time to take photos where some of the kids had recovered and others hadn’t yet begun to vomit. I can barely handle the cuteness of Lil in a pony tail (or, as she calls it, “pone”). Where has my baby gone!?



Later in the week, we met up with J’s extended family again, playing shuffleboard and chit chatting.



We also went to the Camden aquarium with J’s brother, SIL, and their kiddos. It was awesome. Lil was into the fish, but probably equally into watching her older cousins. It was nice to get the kids out and playing somewhere new after laying around the house sick all week!


Lilly really liked splashing in the touch-a-stingray pools.  She was NOT into actually touching a stingray, but I can’t really blame her — neither am I.


The following day, we made the long trek back to Michigan. The trip was made easier by a super-tired toddler who slept most of the way, and we were all very happy to have an easy conclusion to Sickmas 2012!  Thanks to Jason’s parents & siblings for making the best of a very sick week.  We are so blessed to have a family that makes it a priority to gather together, even if that means illness spreading like wildfires. 🙂

6 Comments leave one →
  1. January 26, 2013 12:32 am

    Seriously GORGEOUS kids!

  2. January 26, 2013 3:54 pm

    That sounds like our Christmas last year, every person in my family came down with the norovirus- I’ve never been so sick in my life! I sympathize!

  3. Debbie permalink
    January 27, 2013 11:58 am

    It was a Christmas to remember, wasn’t it?! Every day the question was “who will it be today?” I’m still surprised there were a few of us who remained healthy. I loved having everyone in one place, sick or not. Thanks to all for traveling so far!

  4. January 27, 2013 4:11 pm

    Glad you all survived – our kids were sick around Christmas too – but more of a flu than vomiting, and all rallied on Christmas Day itself – and faded on Boxing Day.

    Great pics as always – even if dogs and child not all looking at the camera! Well done for trying though 🙂

  5. Katie permalink
    January 27, 2013 10:52 pm

    Ah, the vomming sickness spreads through my house every.single.year like clockwork! I feel for you guys and glad you survived!

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