life rearranged

linking up my weekly phone pics with jeannett again! i’m thepleatedpoppy on instagram if you want to follow.

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so thankful for a long break from school and some extra playdates for my boy.  and so thankful he has sweet friends!

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we did our little family christmas early before we headed to orange county to be with sean’s family.  this was our first time doing christmas gifts at home and i am so glad we did, because the rest of our week turned out less than stellar…

the pic above was sean’s wrap job on silas’ new skate board.  i was just thankful i didn’t have to wrap another present!

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i also got a huge order from hawthorne threads just before we left.  i really wanted to bring it all with me to pet in the car (you think i’m kidding?), but decided that wasn’t a good choice.  i accidentally bought a few yards of flannel, thinking it was quilter’s cotton, so i did bring that with in hopes to make myself some new jammie bottoms.

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remember last week when our family all had the flu, except for si?  well, he got it on our way down south.  poor guy was such a trooper and had a great attitude.

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thankfully, the next day (christmas eve) he felt better and we took him to the vans skate park in orange.

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we pretended he was six so he could go in and ride with sean.

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he was so fun to watch!  they ended up staying for a few hours.  the girls and i watched for a bit, then went window shopping for a couple hours.  we were totally late to the church service, but it was so worth it because after that, the fun basically ended.

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lily ended up getting the flu again, this time on christmas morning (and all day), so she and i spent the day in captivity in our room, snuggling and watching movies and napping.

then silas got it (again!) on the day of our annual family olympics, so he and i both missed out on all the fun again.

then the girls went to a slumber party with their cousins and gracie came home early feeling sick.  so we decided to head home a day early and silas had to miss his special cousin time seeing the space shuttle in l.a.  and our family missed out on visiting close friends.

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our normally 4 hour drive home took well over 6 with all our potty stops (things are still not running properly!), but we are finally home.  home has never been a more welcome sight!

during all of these sick bugs, my kids have had great attitudes, even laughing right after throwing up, or giggling on the potty.  they have been troopers.  i tried for the first couple days to have a good attitude and count this extra time with them as a blessing, and see this little bit of sickness as nothing compared to major illnesses.  but my patience has worn thin and my rose colored glasses are off.  i am super bummed we basically missed christmas.  we missed traditions and celebrating.  we missed bonding with our loved ones.  we missed our friends.

and unfortunately, we also left our family with the flu big and have been knocking them out, one by one.

i am so thankful that we still have another week off of school to try to redeem last week!


  1. 1
    Barb Conner says:

    I’m new to your blog–even though you missed some activities, you were with the ones you love! Merry Christmas!

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    I understand totally, we have taken our daughter to Disney over Christmas break for the last three years but had to cancel due to my father in laws illness, I get that your bummed, so am I.

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    Oh Lindsey I can relate! My hubby came down with it on Christmas Eve so he was in bed. Then his grandmother was hospitalized with what was thought to be a heart attack so our traditions of Christmas Eve service then food & gifts at her house were obviously put off. (Now dont get me wrong, we felt horrible that she was sick…I dont want to sound like a total brat). But I do understand the thing about missing traditions. I even said to Eric “as much as we know Christmas is about much more than our traditions, I miss them when we cant do them!”
    Praying everyone at your house in on the mend…SOON!

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    So sorry everyone was sick, but at least you were all together and the illnesses were minor compared to what it could have been. No one was hospitalized, and your family is still together, ready to take on the world and work towards more traditions together. Enjoy the time you have together. :)

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    I’m so sorry, Lindsay! I just want to let you know that another family here in Michigan was right there with you. My oldest got the stomach flu on Sunday night, which caused us to miss the Nativity Pageant (she was supposed to be an angel) and Christmas Eve Mass. Then my youngest got it Christmas Eve and I got it Christmas Day (an hour from home at my BIL house). Due to, ahem, lingering issues we’ve been housebound all week. Because of the possible contagiousness we had to cancel my best friend and daughter driving from Chicago to visit, plus visits with college friends in town for Christmas. It has been such a bummer! It also doesn’t help that I’m 7 weeks pregnant and constantly nauseous and exhausted.

    Here’s hoping that 2013 (and my 2nd trimester!) gets off to a better start!

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    ughhhh. the flu is the WORST.
    That was basically our Thanksgiving. Lu spent the whole day puking…and we were out of town. We came home early, and kept getting text messages as everyone else started coming down with it. My brothers were in town from Texas…and I hadn’t seen them in two years…and I had to text my dad at 4 in the morning to tell them to not come up because I was up all night with Jill…and ended up coming down with it myself.
    And honestly, we’re STILL sick. Not with the flu..but with this cold/bronchitis bug that just won’t really go away fully. It’s been over a month. I’m REALLY sick of being sick. This year’s flu season has been brutal. :(
    Hugs, friend!

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    Oh Lindsay!

    We have been fighting off a flu bug (which comes in various forms but for sure a high fever, cough that will not go away plus nausea and just feeling gross, overall). Totally knocked out the excitement (and the ability to do a lot of extra fun things) that the season brings with it. But you know, I’ve come to realize that Christmas is what it is and as long as you’re with your own little family unit, that’s all that matters and it really makes you appreciate being healthy. Take good care of yourself and your family and enjoy the rest of your break from school and all that!

    Your Friend in Canada,

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    so sorry! hope this helps: BUTTERMILK =) yes, apparently the enzymes in it help the tummy – it has worked for our family – and with 6 children around we’ve tried many things =)
    If anyone has symptoms, I make a smoothie with buttermilk as the only liquid in it. add fruit and honey. or if you can drink it straight, go for it! Anyway, as soon as one child has it, I make this smoothie for everyone else. And if the sick child can tolerate the smoothie he gets it – it shortens the symptoms in him.
    Good luck! and we’ll pray for some healing your way! Merry Christmas!!

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    I had to laugh about wanting to pet the fabric….totally get it!

    This year I had the flu for Christmas. Four days of aches, fever and sleep. Ew.

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    Oh dear! Sorry to hear the bug spoiled all your festivities. Turns out the bug is prevalent this side of the big pond too! Hope you all recover thoroughly really soon. For sure, when you all sit together at the end of 2013, God-willing, you will remember what you were all doing together in 2012 -any shared memory is a shared memory!
    I’m also very appreciative of Jacqui’s comment (#8) – I’ll be making a mental note of that. Hopefully won’t have the opportunity to try out her buttermilk recommendation any time soon!
    Here’s to a healthy happy start to 2013 xx

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    Sorry you aren’t feeling well. Once everyone gets better, perhaps throw Jesus a birthday party or do something else “Christmas-y”.

    As an adult, I remember the Christmas’ that didn’t go as planned. One year my parents realized (after us kids unwrapped all their gifts) that they must have forgotten a bag of gifts for me somewhere and couldn’t find it. That next week, my mom took me out shopping – just the two of us. I don’t remember feeling disappointed that I had so many gifts less than my siblings. I just remember buying silly things with my mom.

    Your kids will always remember the Christmas that everyone kept passing around the flu (whether you want them to or not!). But perhaps doing a fun not-expected thing after they feel better will help them remember it fondly.

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    The new fabric order looks lovely! Can’t wait to see what your creative mind comes up with and the new combinations you will create. : ) New eye candy for sure! Hope everyone at your house is feeling much better! Happy New Year!

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    Oh no! That is awful. It happened to our family three years ago…worst Christmas ever. Hope you guys have super great week this week!

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    ughhh. i am so sorry about the sickness during the holidays. we have all had one form of flu or another for about 3 weeks and i THINK it is finally on it’s way out now. fingers crossed. i love the skate park pics, my boy would love that. oh and that fabric…sigh.

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    You poor babies! Missing out on favorite traditions is a disappointment, and I think it would be harder when you don’t feel well. Hopefully you can enjoy ringing in the New Year with happy, healthy tummies!

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    I understand as I was sick last weekend and missed date night to the symphony as well as our church Christmas party- however, being a pedi hem/onc nurse puts things in perspective for me. My little pity party seems silly when compared to the kids and families I care for that spent Christmas in the hospital fighting cancer. We must count our blessings!

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    Oh my, you poor things! I can relate, maybe it will make you feel better. I came down with the flu on Sunday, right before the Christmas pageant on Monday, which my husband and I wrote and were directing. My daughter came down with it too, and she had an integral part in the pageant in addition to being in the choir. Somehow we managed, I just wrapped a scarf around my face and tried not to talk to anyone I didn’t have to, but I was absolutely miserable! Then my two sons caught it on Christmas day. We spent the entire week in bed or on the couch. The worst part was I couldn’t hold my two month old nephew, for fear of getting him sick!! And of course, just like you, we spread it to everyone, including our senior pastor!! I’m glad you guys are all better now :) Cheers from the east coast!

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