This post could also be titled…”the day the flu hit the Macs”. Actually, Griffin started throwing up on Saturday night, but it didn’t last long so we were hoping it was just a reaction to his shots or some flukey thing. But Monday morning when we were packing up the car to go to my in-law’s house for Christmas Eve Joel started feeling yucky. As soon as we got there he decided to go back home and lay down…and then the puking began. I was so disappointed that we couldn’t be together on Christmas Eve…and even more sad for Joel that he had to miss his family’s Christmas. Such a bummer. But I decided that I needed to make the best of it and we ended having a wonderful day (except that we missed Joel a lot of course!).
Joel’s family always eats brunch together on Christmas Eve morning. My father-in-law reads the Christmas story and this year some of the cousins even helped him out.
They always have stocking gifts for the kids and adults. We are seriously spoiled every year.
This is Griffin’s “I’m excited about Christmas” face.
These three cousins had to hide while Papa and Bammy got out their gifts. I followed behind them to make sure they weren’t peeking and found them all like this.
The big surprise was a new bike for each of them. They were so excited.
Levi loves his new bike. He has been riding it all over the house because it has been so cold outside. Griffin is pretty sure that is is actually his bike…Levi is reassuring him over and over that it is his…and only his. We have a lot to learn about sharing this year.
We hung out all day, went to the Christmas Eve service at church, and then came back to my in-laws for dinner and presents. I didn’t get any family pictures because my hands were a little full without Joel there…and it wouldn’t have been a family picture anyway!
The cousins always get new jammies and put them on before present time. The littlest cousin was missing this year because he had to go to bed. It is fun to look back and see this group grow.
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While looking back is so fun, I think looking back is sometimes one of the hardest things about the holidays for me. It is a reminder of someone who was in those cousin pictures who no longer is. Looking back floods my mind with thoughts of wondering what things would be like if Cora was still here and reminds me of the hole that is in these pictures…and constantly in my heart.
My in-laws helped me load up the car after a fun day with family and we went back home to check on daddy. I got everyone in bed and the house picked up and finally got into bed around midnight. Not too long after that is when the throw up began. First Levi, then me, and at one point three out of the four of us were throwing up at the same time. Nice. We didn’t get much sleep and it was definitely not the way I had hoped to spend our Christmas. I was tempted to be grumpy about the whole thing…I mean, Christmas day was pretty much ruined, right?! But as I lay in bed that morning and Levi rolled over and squeezed my hand, I was reminded of what a privilege it is to be his mama…to be up all night to give him comfort. It was definitely not glamorous or a picture perfect Christmas…but taking care of my sick baby, and being home with my sick family was a gift. I told Joel how thankful I was to be able to hold my boys on Christmas morning…sick and all…and he said he had a similar sense of thankfulness as he sat with them on the couch while I tried to catch up on my sleep. It wasn’t such a bad Christmas after all. We were together…and it was just the flu. Looking back also reminds me to be grateful for the little things.
So, we have postponed our little family Christmas and have one more big family Christmas to go. And then my Levi is turning three! Lots of partying to come.
Hope you all have had a wonderful and meaningful Christmas!