Did I mention that Andrew was out of town? That Grinch timed his cruel plot so well. ;)
This morning during our family scripture study, we talked about cultivating an attitude of gratitude. So, if I was to try to apply our lesson to today's blog post, I would point out the good things that came from our week of "yuck."
We shifted out of the hustle and bustle holiday gear into something more low key. There was more cuddling, I cleaned the bathrooms really well and extra time spent in the bathtub and/or shower. Hopefully I was more tender as I handled my sick babes. It's for certain that the kids stepped up and helped more (depending on who was healthy) when they could as they knew I was struggling myself to keep it together without Dad. Friends and neighbors stepped up with acts of service to our family which is always very appreciated. Just yesterday, a friend brought us a big crock pot of chicken noodle soup and rolls. I'm feeling "behind" in regards to my Christmas preparation and am not 100% better myself, but I feel grateful that we are well on our way to being healthy for Christmas day (knock on wood).
Wanting to escape the house for a bit on Friday, Andrew (who was finally home) drove us to Willard bay to see the lights and visit Santa. We got there early which meant there was no line to see Santa. Knowing the children were void of fevers, they were allowed to sit on his lap and share with him their Christmas wishes.
Other December happenings I'd like to note include:
Forrest is 19 months old!
As for his big brother, look how handsome he is in his first grade photo.
The secretary surprised me when she looked up, noticed me standing there and said,
"Oh, I have something for you!" I thought that was really odd for her to have something for me. Of all the parents who have kids at that school, she had something at her desk for me. She had no idea I was coming in that morning. She smiled as she explained:
"This note was found in the hall and it belongs to your daughter. It's just so cute, I thought you should read it." I was touched by her thoughtfulness in hanging on to this for me. She was right, this letter brightened my week in a big way.