barf. vomit. hurl. upchuck. blow chunks. toss your cookies. bow to the porcelain god.
this has been my life for the past few days.
thankfully, thank GOD, i haven’t gotten it.
it started with silas, then sean, then lily, and now gracie.
to be honest, its really all my fault.
you see, last week when we were driving home from santa barbara, i felt really nauseous. it soon passed (not pregnant, since i know a few of you will ask ;)), but in my delirium, i mentioned how thankful i was that we/the kids rarely get sick.
i’d love to say i don’t believe in jinxing, but really. how many times have you said, “oh the baby is sleeping so well”, then not more then 10 seconds later does said baby start crying? or, “the kids are playing so nicely together.” 5-4-3-2-1: “MOMMYYYYYYY! SHE HIT MEEEEEEE!”
so yes, i believe in jinxing.
and this was all my fault.

and it wouldn’t be so bad, if we were at home.
now robbers, don’t bother going to my house to ransack all my thrifted goodness, ’cause i know you want it, but people will be at my house even though i’m not. it might be awkward. for you. just wanted to save you time and embarrassment. you’re welcome.

so where are we? when we’re not throwing up in the car, we are currently in san francisco. we decided to travel a bit with sean for work and woke up in glorious sacramento this morning (in a $500 room for $90, thankyouverymuch priceline!). then this afternoon we made our way over to the city and we’ll hopefully get to explore a little over the next couple days. i thought we were in the clear – no one had been sick since around 4 this afternoon (btw, a paper lunch bag lined with a small plastic trash bag works excellent as a barf bag in the car. or at the valet desk. wherever you happen to be sick.) but one of the kiddos just woke up sean, alerting him to the imminent danger, and now our room smells like vomit. and i’ve been scrubbing it out of bedding, carpet, clothes, luggage, hands and hair for the last 45 minutes. do you think the hotel is going to be happy when we request a room change tomorrow? i don’t think i can handle the stink beyond tonight.

the kids have been awesome through all this. they have hardly complained and have been really sweet to each other. silas has asked to pray a number of times for his sisters. this whole throwing up thing is really new to them, because really gracie had only thrown up once or twice when she was just a toddler, lily never i don’t think, and silas once in his crib. now you are starting to see why we deserve this! i’m doing my best to keep things happy and light-hearted, but the nastiness is starting to get to me.

here i sit, in a vomit-stenched room, just payed $15 for internet, with 4 sickos behind me, who haven’t enjoyed a meal in a couple days, while i have selfishly been eating every last bite of my food, even sneaking twix and rollos, ok and gummy worms, when they weren’t looking. but maybe i haven’t really been so selfish at all, maybe i see each meal as “the last supper”, ’cause there’s a good chance their fate will be mine any minute.

i’m sure you’ll all excuse me for not having pictures in this post.

*on a happy note, i got to go into anthropologie tonight (a block from our hotel – eeeek!) and it was magical. as always.*


  1. 1

    what a bummer..hope things look up so..praying for your health too!

  2. 2

    I do hope that stomach bug passes quickly and you get to enjoy your time away from home. Why not try jinxing it with a new slant. Say something to the effect of “Wow, the kids haven’t been healthy for a while now”. That coupled with praying might just do the trick?

  3. 3

    oh no you guys! I’m so sorry. Praying it ends soon so you can enjoy your trip…. And also that you’ll receive a lovely stank/vomit free room tomorrow :) this may seem crazy, but if I were trapped in a smelly room you would see me with Kleenex shoved up my nose. Either that or Vicks Vapor Rub right under my nose. Its strong and masks all kinds of smell quite nicely :)

    Hope all is well tomorrow! If not, just head back to Anthro, take a deept breath & relax!

  4. 4

    So sorry to hear everyone is sick! It’s bad enough when you’re at home let alone travelling around Cali. But it sounds like you have kept your sense of humor about it. It’s either that or cry, right? ;-) We have been through a week of the sickies here too. One kiddo with strep, the other with a stomach bug and ear infection, then I was so lucky to get the stomach bug (guess that is what happens when you get puked on 4 times to save yourself from replacing your couch) and now it looks like i have a cold, hopefully not strep. I hope that you are able to stay well through all of this you are all well before your trip ends.

  5. 5

    I am sorry to hear that the stomach bug has hit with a vengeance. We were on break ffrom school last week and my 16 year old son got it. We all felt bad for him but we were all secretly terrified we would be next. Fortunately, he kept it to himself! I hope everyone feels better soon.

  6. 6

    We’ve had the same thing happening around here, but its been me instead of the kids. I had been so good about not getting sick, then I said something about it. That will teach me! I hope everyone is on the mend and that you don’t get it too!!

  7. 7

    Hope y’all are better soon. My 12 year old and grand baby have had it. It is a bad bug that blew through here. Love your blog! Just found out about you from At Second Street blog and Someday Crafts blog. Have a blessed day without the dreaded “puke” bug!!!

  8. 8

    You poor thing. Despite your horrible situation, I loved your post. Your quite humorous!

  9. 9

    there’s nothing i despise more than throwing up…or cleaning up throw up for that matter. hate it! loathe it!! i hope you are all better soon and i hope you are in the clear! my kids have hardly ever puked either…i hope i’m not jinxing my self now :)

  10. 10

    there’s nothing i despise more than throwing up…or cleaning up throw up for that matter. hate it! loathe it!! i hope you are all better soon and i hope you are in the clear! my kids have hardly ever puked either…i hope i’m not jinxing my self now :)

  11. 11

    You poor thing! That sounds awful! Hope you all get better soon. By the way, what hotel and room number are you staying in? I want to make sure the next time I am in SF to NOT stay there! :)

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    It’s the worst to be sick when you’re away from home! And even worse to be couped up in the room with the smell :( Definitely request a room change…they’ll want to deep clean it themselves anyway! Hopefully everyone will feel better soon! At least in time to enjoy a little bit of the city together…

  13. 13

    Oh that just stinks! (ha ha ha ha). I remember how freaked out my kids were the first time they vomited. They had no idea what was going on. Even now, I just hate it (duh)…seeing them so helpless and then the nasty aftermath.

  14. 14

    Sorry this happened to you especially when you are away! On the bright side, at least your home has not been infected! Hope it leaves quickly! Glad you were able to sneak out to Anthro.

  15. 15

    Oh no! We had the stomach bug her last week as well, not fun! Hope you all get to feeling better!

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    so sorry your family is puking. bummer. extra bummer today too, because my kids have no school…it would have been fun to meet you in San Francisco and go exploring. If you guys are feeling better {or you can sneak off by yourself} Bi-Rite Ice-Creamery is a MUST. The MUST is the salted caramel ice cream!!

  17. 17

    oh no!!!! How awful!!
    I am almost never sick, yet I always knock on wood whenever I say this because I totally believe in the power of a jinx. Ugh!!
    I hope you don’t come down with anything!! and I hope the kiddos get better soon!!!
    PS I love your Anthro. blurp!! Too cute!!

  18. 18

    Hope you all are better soon! I had that last week and it was awful!

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    shannon stinson says:

    the upside…and somebody may have already said this….is that at least you can leave the hotel room behind….with the awful smell. if you were home….you may be sitting with that longer than you care to! i am so sorry that you all have the “funk” and i really hope that you don’t take. you are “mom” after all….who would take care of everyone if you took it! praying it gets better …. and soon!

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    Definitely boo for the puke. BUT the city has been beautiful! I drove over a few days ago to check out Britex fabrics- 4 stories!

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    OH, SO SORRY for your pukie family. boo. boo. boo (but boy, am i glad it turned out uncle pluto was coming this weekend)!

    san fran! we have been wanting to pop over there. take the kids to the science museum.
    erg, but have you seen the price of gas!
    that alone makes me want to hurl.
    tell s.f. i said hello.

    love you.

  22. 22

    Bless your heart! and the kiddos too. And even though puking isn’t a funny matter (it’s my worst way to be sick, would rather cut off an arm than vomit), your post was too amusing. Written in a funny tongue in cheek awesome ‘voice’. Hope ya’ll DO get to enjoy your vaca.

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    all shall be well says:

    Praying for you all! (you make me laugh with your descriptions!)

  24. 24

    oh this is terrible news. i hope you all feel better really soon. we had that same nasty bug hit us the entire month of february and between the four kids and the hubby, we lost thirteen days of school. seriously. i would definitely ask for a room change. like now. or five minutes ago. whichever comes first. :)

  25. 25

    i’m sorry, b/c i KNOW you don’t think it’s funny, but hello…you’re post is so funny.
    praying for you guys!

  26. 26

    So sorry! We live outside of Sacramento and go to SF all the time. I everyone starts feeling better soon becasue there is so much to do there.

  27. 27

    Praying it passes soon Lindsey! I don’t have children, but I am a teacher and have seen it “fly.” Not fun at all. Praying it passes and that the rest of your trip is enjoyable.

    Feel better soon!


  28. 28

    ooooh yuck! about the sickos!
    and oooooh fun! isn’t the anthro in the City just amazing! two stories of incredibly wonderful, way beyond my budget goodness! i do so love the clearance rack downstairs! so many delightful finds!
    hope you stay healthy!

  29. 29

    You poor things!

    And I do believe in the jinx.

  30. 30

    Praying for good health for you and the fam. :( Being away from home and dealing with sickies can be a lot of work. Hang in there!

  31. 31

    Sorry to laugh but the title drew me in and I knew it was going to be a good one! Not that puke is good oh heavens no! I am so amazed you are traveling with pukies. The smell would definitely kill me. I hope they let you change rooms and you left a good tip!


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    maggie b. says:

    Eeeuw. Yuck. Blech! I’m so sorry … and sincerely hope it skips you, my friend!

  33. 33

    bless your poor little henceforth heart. more sympathetic i could not be. let’s hope it all passes quickly. once when i was a teen, my family was at the beach…we had the nicest suite for a week. on the day we were to leave, we decided (for some reason) to stay an extra day, but had to give up the large room…we thought one night in a double-bed room would be fine…we would be hitting the beach all day anyway…what the heck….then it hit….food poisoning….for 6…all 6…one bath room…both ways if you get my drift…it was a bad bad 36 hours. we heard they burned the room after we left…we don’t know…we could never bear the thought of returning….fell better.

  34. 34

    I am hoping you feel us….here is my story: 15 years ago I picked my son up from my parents house (best daycare ever) and Mom said “I think he ate toooo many green apples????….” Yep. 4 miles down the road came my 6 year old ulrp ulrp “mom!!! what IS this??” ulrp ulrp. Fast forward to this morning….my 11 year old, who has never urped. Ever. And Mama thought since she had a slight fever and no appetite she needed a Tylenol. Yeah….you guessed it. Upchuck city.

  35. 35

    I’m so sorry about all the sickness. Bless your heart for taking care of everyone and still being able to blog with humor. ♥

  36. 36

    I totally understand! I jinxed myself when I told some mom friends that my girls were both sleeping well in the same room… Haven’t had a full nights sleep in weeks :(


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    Barbara, Vienna says:

    Hope all are well soon – have a nice (healty) weekend!

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    Carol Dichmann says:

    WOW! So Sorry Lindsey, but I must say “WHAT A GREAT BLOG ENTRY!!” baaahahahahahhaaahaha! I’m so sorry, but I laughed so much!!! hee hee! And seeing you carry Lily the other day to your car after we JUST talked about it made me chuckle as well! I know so cynical! But as a mom and a nurse I totally get it! And sneaking candy….. I LOVE IT!!!

    I hope everyone feels better soon!….. Abby has slipped back into a febrile episode but alas….. no vomit….

  39. 39

    Oh how awful! Feel better!

  40. 40

    Oh, its no fun taking care of sick little ones! Hope you all feel better. Came to say “Hi” from At Second Street.

  41. 41

    aww, Linds. can i confess something? i totally LOL’d at a few of your sentences. my poor friend :{ i love your humor in the situation though.

    did God reward you with anything from Anthropologie? i hope so ;D

  42. 42

    Visiting from At Second Street to tell you hi and hope you feel better soon. Also hope I win your contest on her blog!!!

  43. 43

    thank you for making me laugh a little.. unfortunitly at your expense. but i just wanted you to know, i totally get what you are saying.. been there ( the jinxing) done that :) hope all is well shorty :)

  44. 44

    You know I did the same thing with my family 2 weeks ago. I never got it but all 5 kids had it. Hope everyone is better now.

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