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Tis the Season

29 Dec

I’ve taught my children well.  It’s much better to give than to receive.

It began a week before Christmas.  Amp eagerly accepted a gift from a girl friend of his he hadn’t seen in a while.  After a few days, he decided to pass it on and let others enjoy the fun.

Chip, unwillingly, was the next recipient.  He immediately decided to share with his sister, as it completely overwhelmed him.  He offered it to me too, but I’m trying to decline.  Trying. I may end up giving in

I’m hoping Mario’s a little more selfish and decides to keep the gift all to herself, and not try to pass it on to Link or Hubby.  Surely, they won’t feel left out or unloved if she does….

This gift, of course, is the flu – or some version of it.

I mentioned a while back how Amp was pretty sick right before Christmas.  He’d tested negative for strep and the flu, but was running a fever, coughing up gunk, and aching in the head so they gave him antibiotics.

Christmas morning, Chip awoke with a headache.  I pumped him with ibuprofen so he could enjoy the day.  The next day he felt incredibly worse, so he drove himself to the doctor.  Like Amp, he didn’t have strep or the flu, but x-rays revealed bronchitis, so he’s on antibiotics, steroids and prescription cough meds.

That same morning, Mario awoke with a major headache and cough, but claimed she was fine.  I opted to skip the docs for a day, but after seeing what Amp and Chip were going through, I decided to take her in today.  She was the lucky one to test positive for Type B Flu.  No cure for it, but Tamaflu will hopefully shorten the duration of its life.  After all, she has New Year’s Eve plans…

I’ve politely declined the gift, but the kids are insistent little buggers, and so I’ve given in and taken a little.  Just enough to make my chest congested and my body ache.  I WILL NOT give in completely.  It’s been years since I’ve been knocked down by an illness and I don’t plan to start now.

I hauled my weary self out for a short, but long 5.5 mile run, only my second run in 2 weeks, then I cleaned the bathrooms and set out to disinfect as many surfaces as possible.

And now I sit….

Bundled in my winter coat. Snuggled under a blanket. Sipping hot chocolate.  Ignoring my aches and stifling my coughs.

And witnessing the first snowfall of the year.

A perfect time to share some Christmas memories with you all.

But first:

Softly falling snowflakes.

Softly falling snowflakes. Only 3 days late.

I could handle winter if we would get snow like this on a regular basis.  Just beautiful!

I could handle winter if we would get snow like this on a regular basis. Just beautiful!

Christmas Eve

Waiting patiently for her gift.

Waiting patiently for her gift.

Chancie will lay patiently for a little while, but as soon as we begin opening, she wants to be in on the fun.  She can be quite incessant until we finally give her a gift to open.

Becoming a pain....

Becoming a pain….

She's very gentle when opening her gifts.

She’s very gentle when opening her gifts.

She's so adorable when she closes her eyes and nibbles it open bit by bit.

She’s so adorable when she closes her eyes and nibbles it open bit by bit.

Once she’s opened her chews, she gets one every time she gets riled up.  I suppose we’re rewarding her “bad” behavior, but whatever…. it keeps her quiet for a while.

Link opening his gift from Amp - who happened to be his Secret Santa.

Link opening his gift from Amp – who happened to be his Secret Santa.

Chip opening up his gift from Mario - his Secret Santa.

Chip opening up his gift from Mario – his Secret Santa. She pried her nose out of her One Direction book from Link long enough to say “Your Welcome”.

Amp's loving the gift from Florida Grandpa.  They all got a book of dollar bills that he put together.  Very creative!

Amp’s loving the gift from Florida Grandpa. They all got a book of dollar bills that he put together. Very creative!

On Christmas Day, we headed to my in-laws. We decided to do a ‘rob-your-neighbor’ gift exchange this year.  We all gathered around the gifts and had a blast.  This seemed to be more fun than our usual gift buying off a list.

SR, Hubby, MIL

SR, Hubby, MIL

Hubby, MIL, Nephew, SIL, Nephew's girlfriend.

Hubby, MIL, Nephew, SIL, Nephew’s girlfriend.

More in-laws and nieces and nephew.

More in-laws and nieces and nephew.

Hubby's mom seems to have good and bad days.  Today happened to be a good day.

Hubby’s mom seems to have good and bad days. Today happened to be a good day.

Hubby’s Dad, however, has been deteriorating quickly.  We were happy to still have him around for Christmas, but he slept through most of it in the next room.  After the gift exchange, we all converged in there to spend the rest of the day with him.

We have yet to celebrate Christmas with my mom.  Between crazy work schedules and then the sharing of the flu, we haven’t quite found the perfect time.

I’m okay with that for now.  ‘Cause, don’t tell her, but I haven’t finished buying her gifts yet.

I’m hoping she, of all people, understands.

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Posted by on December 29, 2012 in Family, Holidays, Parenting

 

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9 responses to “Tis the Season

  1. territerri

    December 29, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    Ugh… So sorry to hear that you guys are battling various illnesses. Hope it passes quickly and you’re back to normal soon.

    Looks like you had a fun Christmas! Chancie is cute with her gifts. Lucy quickly destroyed her new toys. (We thought they were indestructible. We were wrong.)

     
    • shadowrun300

      December 30, 2012 at 2:08 am

      Yeah – we’re pretty well down for the count around here. Hubby may get lucky and avoid it all. Thank goodness, ’cause we need someone to get us tissues and water and blankets. 🙂
      I bet Lucy was a blast at Christmas! Hope you enjoyed your family celebration today!

       
  2. Abby

    December 30, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Oh no, not the Merry Christmas flu! (I had it last year – sucked!) I hope everyone, including YOU , is on the mend. Winter pictures are pretty. And looks like a nice time with the in-laws. I miss having family gathered Christmases, but not with the current set of in-laws. Those always turned into not-so-niceys, and they weren’t even fun for me to just watch anymore.

    And Chancie is too cute opening her gifts! Does she know she’s a dog??

     
    • shadowrun300

      December 31, 2012 at 9:40 pm

      It’s been a miserable 4 days for me, but hopefully I’m on the mend now.
      Family gathered Christmases are not always enjoyable, so good for you for just avoiding them. At least you, Magnum and the boys had a nice time!
      Chancie is ALL dog when it comes to destroying chews, and shoes, and stuffed animals, but when it comes to gifts, she’s so sweet and gentle with them. It IS quite cute!

       
  3. The Thin Lady Inside

    December 31, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    I am sorry about the flu and the rest of the health issues! 😦 That’s not fun! The first Christmas I spent with hubby and his family (we were dating) everyone was sick (except for me) they were all throwing up all night long on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day… I know it’s horrible to spend any day like that, but specially the holidays… I am sorry also about your hubby’s dad 😦 I am glad at least he was having a “better day” Big Hugs for you all!

     
    • shadowrun300

      December 31, 2012 at 9:44 pm

      Seems like we always have someone sick on Christmas or New Year;s. A few years ago I spent New Year’s Eve in the ER with Mario. We were still there when the clock struck twelve. I, however, have always bragged about how I NEVER get sick. And I NEVER do… until now. ;( And it got me good. I’ve been a mess for 4 days now.

       
  4. Rock Chef

    January 1, 2013 at 12:29 am

    Hope you feel.better soon.
    Our dogs are much less restrained with their presents, they just shred everything.

     
    • shadowrun300

      January 1, 2013 at 12:42 am

      Thanks, RC! Four days later, and I’m finally on the mend. It’s been rough for sure.
      I think most dogs like to shred things, so I find it funny that Chancie’s so gentle with her presents. Very fun to watch her! 🙂

       
  5. agg79

    January 3, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Ah, the Christmas flu. The gift that keeps on giving (and has a no return policy). That really makes the holidays “special”. Hope everyone is doing better now. And I hope that you are able to shake off your gift. The 1/2 marathon is only 4 months away.

    Sounds like a great Christmas for everyone, despite the croop. Chancie is cute with her gifts. My two are not all that interested in wrapped gifts, just all the excitement. And, as usual, we always get them each one of those ginormous rawhide bones to gnaw/slobber on for a while. I usually find at least one of the mauled end pieces tucked under the couch a few days later.

     

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