Happy Christmas Flu

We barely pulled off Christmas morning.  I had to slap myself and say, “Make bacon woman!”  I had planned a British breakfast and by golly, there was going to be a British breakfast.
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I think it will be a new Christmas tradition.  British breakfast, not the flu.  Actually, this was the first year we had Christmas morning as a family.  We decided our family was finally big enough where it wouldn’t be drop dead boring to hang out with each other.  We’re our own party now.134229I had put a lot of planning into Christmas this year and even had the matching pink and red jammies for a photogenic Christmas morning.  I buttoned up one girl and stood back to look at her when she puked on the whole schmear.  Repeat on down the line.  You take what you can get I guess.

134230Having the flu over Christmas was kinda fortunate in a way.  It gave mommy a big ol’ chill pill.  Instead spending all Christmas Eve cleaning my house, I went to bed.  Instead of rushing around Christmas morning, I lounged drunkenly in one chair, waved my hand about and said, “Sure, open it.”  And instead of doing DIY projects all week, I ended up laying on Grammy’s couch watching Carmen Miranda movies with Jael.  

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I kept thinking how lucky my husband was for me to be deathly ill.  I’d come up to him after lunch and all I could say was, “Let’s take a nap.”   134232

Girls opening some presents.  I can see markers, an ant farm, yarn pom-poms, a dollhouse toaster….134235

And lo and behold, a pink mixer.  Which I am now returning.  I thought it was a mini one, like the Sunbeams usually are, but it’s full size.  Which won’t even fit in Jael’s new bake station.  I’m thinking I’ll do a vintage three quart Hobart instead.  After I spray paint it, naturally.
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Rahab with a vintage dolly from Grandma.  Jael holding the new, triple-weighted chess pieces.
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Gideon wearing his new hat and opening new underwear while being mocked by Jehu.  Watch it son, you’re next.134249

Jehu with new brush-tip markers.134253

Judith honing in for the kill.134254

Meet Christmas flu baby.134255

Crankiest baby in the world.134256

Gideon trying his new harmonica next to his new tool/Lego chest.  The boys got their Legos out of the attic and spent Christmas break sorting them.  Did I mention it locks?  It does.  Makes clean-up a breeze!  😉134257

The kids really made short work of of their huge gift pile.  Personally, I thought it was just the right amount of presents without being overkill.  Boy thought there could have been more presents.  Then I reminded him how much money I had spent and he said, “Nope, that’s good.”
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Rahab and her new Snow White puzzle, King Midas book, and ladybug tea set.134259

They found the breakfast tea still sitting on the table.  “I know, let’s have a tea party right here on the rug!”  I just sat there and took their picture.  Zombie mommy.  Isn’t she grand?  (Notice how all of these pictures are from the exact same angle.)134260

Jehu joining in.134263Shortly afterwards I told the kids to grab two pairs of pants and get in the car.  We barely made it to Jerome.  An hour and a half later we walked into the door of Marc’s parents’ house and passed out.  It was like a relay race.

They’re all yours now.

We eventually came to on Friday and drove home.  Marc and I took turns steering while the other coughed their brains out.  Sunday I drug myself out of bed and disinfected both bathrooms.  Monday I went to the grocery store, cleaned the basement, and reclaimed my humanity.  Tuesday I finished cleaning the whole house, finished the laundry, washed the laundry sorter, changed the sheets, washed the duvet, and caught up on blogging.  Wednesday I put all the Christmas stuff away.  And today I’m hanging pictures, spray painting, reworking my schedule, and making New Year’s resolutions.  I sidled up to Boy, who looked at me suspiciously and asked, “You’re not going to talk to me about New Year’s resolutions, are you?”  I laughed and said, “No, I wouldn’t do that!  …I’m jut going to make you a list.”  🙂

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4 thoughts on “Happy Christmas Flu

  1. I have to honestly ask. How much freaking paint do you go threw? Almost every post has you painting something.

  2. Pingback: Happy “Just Because” Flu | The Bucket Woman

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