Saturday, December 26, 2015

12-26-15 Spectator Christmas

Several days ago I came down with Baby E's stomach bug, which put me seriously out of commission on Christmas Eve. We were out and about when I felt it coming on... A massive headache and nausea. When we got home, I called Tim and begged him to come home from work, knowing that pretty soon I'd be down for the count. Thankfully, he got home not too much later and took over with the kids. The rest of the day I either got sick, or slept. 

As I laid in bed I heard the kids come running up the stairs, excited to go to bed, knowing that Christmas would be in the morning. Tim read to them from their Bible before putting them down.

Fortunately by late evening I was feeling well enough to get up and I came down and helped Tim prep things for the next morning. It was frustrating to not get everything done I had wanted to, but it couldn't be helped. We did what we could and crawled into bed around 3.

The next morning they woke up and couldn't wait to get downstairs. I was feeling well enough to go down with them, there was no way I was going to miss it, so I settled into a chair and watched. It was strange to not pass out the presents, to not hug and kiss on the kids, to not be able to play with their new toys. But I enjoyed as they squealed with delight at all their gifts. They were even excited about toothpaste! 

Don't laugh at my tree! I realize the top of it isn't decorated. I couldn't reach it to finish it. It's still pretty! Ha! 

The other day, C brought home a small wrapped package from school and said it was a present for me. Feeling it, I thought it was a small tub of playdoh, but I was so excited to see that it was a small bowl she had made and painted in art class.

The big present for the kids was a train table. 

After opening presents, I went back to sleep and slept a lot of the day. When I finally got up, we headed over to Rebecca's house to exchange gifts and visit. 

These kids really love Ms. Rebecca and her family! It is such a blessing to have them in our lives. 

After the visit, I headed back home for more sleep while Tim and the kids went to their grandparents house for dinner. Unfortunately I don't have any pictures from that. :( I was able to come for about a half hour before I headed home for more sleep. Seriously, so much sleep. 

I was pretty bummed that I missed most of Christmas Day, but I was grateful for the time I had with the family. It was the first Christmas in our house, and the first interactive Christmas for Baby E. I'm feeling much better today, but I will wait until tomorrow to tackle today's photos!