Friday, December 31, 2010

Christmas Morning....

....started at 5:30 a.m.  Not because of the excitement of exchanging gifts or finding out what Santa brought the children, or even because of what Christmas really represents.  Our morning began early because that's when Katie started vomiting.  By noon, she was done, but was very tired.  She still wanted everyone to open gifts but the pictures clearly portray how sick the poor little girl was...
She tried to be excited.  She tried to be happy.  She apologized over and over.  I felt so bad for her.  She would open a couple things, then sit or lay down; or was off to the bathroom for another session with Mr. Comode.  She eventually became so exhausted that she fell asleep on the bathroom floor and I gently placed a pillow under her head...
Thankfully, it wasn't a long, drawn-out virus.  But I know from experience that those first six hours seemed like an eternity to Katie.  She did perk up toward evening and we spent the evening with my family and managed to get a few good pictures (in front of my parents' nice fat tree!)...
(picture of our kids and their cousins)

Katie, of course, sacked out early.  Over the next two days, her appetite gradually returned and she was able to enjoy her new things.

This is our skinny tree.
At first, liked it.  It's pre-lit, after all!  Who doesn't like a pre-lit tree?  But it's too thin for me.  I like a big fat tree!  The trouble is that our room is small.  But next year, we'll try a new plan because I like my fat tree! :)

Emily said that this was the best Christmas ever!  Words every parent likes to hear.

Everyone got homemade quilts from my mother-in-law.  She did a beautiful job!  We had Christmas with them on Christmas Eve, so everyone was healthy and happy! :)

Even Maggie got a quilt!

My sister-in-law, who lives 400 miles or so away, stayed with us through Christmas. She and I managed to find a little time to sew together and made a couple shopping bags from scrap fabric I had in a box (pictures later).  I've already put them to good use!

Our Christmas Eve service at church was like no other.  I love the way they incorporated the children into the service by giving them all small bells that went with a meaningful story.

This is a picture of Emily at my extended family Christmas party.  I know it's a little out of place in this post, but it was too cute to not include!

All in all, it was a strange, but wonderful Christmas.  We are blessed by God through others, and I hope that in some small way, we blessed Him, too.


  1. Oh, poor thing!!! What a way to start the day. I'm surprised you went out that evening. I would've chucked it and stayed home. WHat a trooper.

  2. We weren't planning on going but she begged & hadn't thrown up in six hours and had no fever. My family really wanted us to come and my parents made a big turkey dinner, so we decided to go. It was against my better judgment but worked out fine. And yes, she sure was a trooper!

  3. Poor dear. We have had our share of Christmases like that. The worst was the year we had two toddlers and hubby and I were the ones sick... somehow it still worked out to a great day! Christmas has a way of doing that.

    Do you realize that your living room walls are the same color as mine? How neat is that?

    I agree a fat tree is the way to go. We love the prelit, too. The only catch is that after just four years many of the lights sections don't work but we think the tree is so beautiful we have resorted to stringing it anyway. Ha! That's how it goes, eh? Our living room is very small, too, but we just say its cozier with the tree and like the fact that the room seems to double in size come January when we pack the tree up. ☺

    Anyway, hubby and kids are watching football so I am enjoying a few minutes visiting blogs... which I almost never get time to do these days. So, I wanted to stop by and say, Hey!

    Happy New Year to you,