Sunday, January 06, 2008

Off to a rockin' start...

So.

Last time I posted I told you how we were going on a 4 day mini-vaca as a family and were excited to be leaving the sickies behind as we rang in 2008 as a healthy, relaxed little group.

Welllll...it didn't quite work out that way.

On Saturday we spent the day packing up our stuff (more of a "me" than a "we"), putting Christmas stuff away, shoveling walks (that was more of a "he" than a "we"), and finally loading all of our stuff and ourselves into the van. Seriously - you would have thought we were going for 4 weeks, not 4 days -- that thing was packed to the gills! We had already decided to just avoid the headache of taking the kids out to eat and instead brought enough food and drinks to last us the whole time. Also, the hot item of the week had been the new kitchen, fake food and tea sets that arrived at Christmas, so we decided to bring those along. (The kitchen barely comes up to my waist -- it's tiny. The fake food and tea sets are all in one 3-drawer rolling plastic bin, so it was easy traveling with those.) We also loaded up a bag full of trains and books. We were all set!

We planned on leaving around 1 but didn't get on the road until about 3. Not a big deal until we decided we needed to make two stops once we got into our little mountain town. By the time we got to the condo, checked in and got everything unloaded it was about 6. I think it was around this time that I told Chris I felt like I was getting sick. My throat was starting to hurt, I had a headache and I just felt a little "off". (Remember that Mitchell and I were both already on antibiotics for strep at this point.) I sort of shrugged it off though because I assumed it was just from having a busy day and not staying totally on top of drinking enough water, so I just started drinking a lot of it right then.

We had a fun night and made some pizzas for dinner. There was a great gas fireplace in the living room which really warmed the whole room -- and it was so cozy and relaxing. (The kids did a wonderful job of staying away from it, too!) The kids were so excited to be in the mountains and it was snowing off and on, which was beautiful to watch. Mitchell was already asking to go play outside in the snow, and we promised him that we would the next day.

We are a sports-loving family, so we were all having fun watching football together - especially since Mitchell insisted on bringing his new Broncos outfit and helmet with him. He loves to pretend he's in the game and "helping the team" - it makes us laugh to see him running around in his own little football game. Such a goof! The only problem that we found was that the large, rectangular window above the couch was REALLY drafty...super drafty. That weekend was filled with high wind and very cold temperatures so we had to improvise with some extra pillows and sheets to block the draft. We never got it completely sealed off but it was much better after our little alteration. The kids also had fun "making dinner" and just playing together in the living room.

We got everyone settled into bed that first night -- Georgia didn't really even fight sleeping in her pack n' play, which was fantastic! There was a little cut-out closet with no doors right inside of our bedroom that made the perfect, cozy little spot for her. Mitchell ended up just sleeping with us. We have a queen sized bed at home, so this HUGE king bed had more than enough room for all of us. Chris and I were both exhausted, so we all went to bed at the same time.

The next morning (Sunday) when I woke up - I knew I was about to get hammered. (I should mention here that we had some "people" over for dinner on Friday night and it turns out that one of them had been sick in bed with a bad cough/cold and the chills *read: fever* all day, yet didn't tell us this and still came to dinner at our house so I was hoping against hope that this wouldn't happen. I'm trying VERY hard not to be bitter or angry about this, as I'm sure you can understand.) I felt absolutely HORRIBLE and feverish. I also was starting to cough and every time that I did it felt like my entire throat and chest were literally on fire. (You know how it feels when you run in really cold weather? That burning?) Mitchell was also starting to cough a bit, which worried me as I was sure he'd soon be feeling like I was. We got everyone fed and sort of got our stuff a bit more settled in the kitchen and living room. It really is so very beautiful up there -- and the kids, like us, were amazed by the view out of our window. We all sat taking it in for awhile, watching for birds and squirrels and other wildlife. There were some gorgeous bluejays that kept flying in and out of the trees right off of our deck.

Mitchell was begging all morning to go outside, so we decided that since the wind hadn't kicked up too much yet, that it would be as good a time as any. (Good thing - the 20 minutes we were outside was it for the WHOLE weekend!!) I really can't believe that I'm putting this picture in here -- you can see how great I felt. Oh, and for the record, I didn't even BRING my makeup bag with me on the trip so just know that. (And BethAnne, my friend, I don't even want to HEAR about another horrible hair/no makeup day from you -- I've clearly trumped you but good in the looking glorious department.) Anyway - it was pretty cold out there (but then again, I had a fever) so we didn't stay long but the kids had so much fun just tromping around in the snow outside of our complex. They cleared the whole picnic table off -- I think that's what took the most time -- and Mitchell made a few great snow angels. Oh, and sweet Miss G did her usual face plant in the snow thing, of course. Then we headed back inside for more football and some hot chocolate and snacks.

I'll give you the nutshell version of the rest of the weekend:

*By about 2pm that day, Mitchell and I both were feeling awful. He and I both kept our fevers until Tuesday morning. His got up to 104 but was usually around 102 and mine was around 101 most of the time. Tylenol and motrin (just for him) helped, but only temporarily. *Georgia joined in on the fun for most of Monday by throwing up once and having a low grade fever, but other than that seemed to be feeling like herself most of the time. *Chris ended up escaping the sick bug -- but I wonder if that's because he was already on Tamiflu from his little episode the week before. *We watched a lot of football and cartoons and I was thankful that there was a Law & Order Marathon on tv all night long since I didn't do much sleeping. *Chris ran to the grocery store 3 times for more medicine, drinks, etc. which was the only money we spent, so at least that was a good thing *He got in the private hot tub on our deck exactly one time but was in sheer heaven while he was soaking *I was actually awake at midnight on New Year's -- of course that's because Mitchell's fever wouldn't go down and I was worried sick while he slept on me. *There were super high winds and it was freezing!! all weekend long, so even if we'd wanted to go outside, we couldn't have.

So.

Here we are, back at home a week later. (And it's the middle of the night as I'm still not sleeping very good, thanks to this monster cough.) I'm still sick, though much better. Mitchell is the same way. Georgia drank out of his cup a few days ago and today came down with a 101.6 degree fever and a cough. *ding,ding* Round 2 anyone??

Still.

It's manageable. It stinks like crazy and I truly have not been this sick in years, but it's manageable. And temporary. And as Chris and I kept repeating to each other all last weekend while we were away...at least we're together.

I'll be back more often once we kick this thing for good. Hope everyone else's year is off to a better start!

19 comments:

Mari said...

Oh Tara - I am so sorry. It stinks when you are so looking forward to something and then sickness hits. Glad there is a light at the end of the tunnel!

shelley said...

Tara! I'm so sorry that you all got sick, especially on your vacation! That's the worst! Hang in there, and hopefully Georgia won't get as sick as you and Mitchell did!

Alana said...

Well, my goodness. You all need to catch a break with the sickness. So sorry. Maybe this will be the worst of it for the year. Hope so! I've missed you on the blog...come back to us soon!

Kristen said...

What a bummer! I am so sorry to hear you all got sick. I will be praying you all kick this bug and can stay healthy the rest of the winter!

Love the picture of Mitchell in his Broncos uniform - Landon got the exact same Broncos uniform for Christmas. The helmet is on at all times - grocery store, gymnastics class, anywhere - loves it!

Jamie said...

Sounds like you got all your sick in right at the new year. I am thinking that this definitely means that you will have a healthy year.

Huge hugs, sweetie!

BethAnne said...

I am so sorry that you guys were sick --AGAIN! I cant believe that someone came to your house (I assume they know you are pregnant and have 2 small children) knowing they were sick! I pray you guys will all be back to 100% ASAP. And just for the record, the look on your face in that pic tells how bad you felt, but other than that you are beautiful without makeup!!! You have the most beautiful smile (even though it isnt seen in that picture ;-) hahaha

Sarah Markley said...

So sorry you guys aren't feeling well! I hope you can kick it for good!

Short Stop said...

Oh, you poor thing. Nothing is worse than sickness like that...it just wipes you out!

I'm glad you had some fun times in the midst of it!

Hope you're all totally well again soon! :)

Terri said...

Oh, that really stinks!! Especially when you're on vacation. I think it's kind of rude to go to someones house and expose them to something. Hope you're all over this and can start enjoying the new year on a better note, now!

I'm Sadie said...

I am so sorry your vacation wasn't what you had planned. I really hope everyone is feeling 100% now. (((BIG HUGS))) to you whole family!

Jennifer Partin said...

Dear friend,
I thought I was going to have to fly in from Japan to check up on you!!

I am sorry to hear of all the sickness again. I pray that your household is better soon and that hubby doesn't get sick too.

I enjoyed the post and pictures, even if things didn't go as planned. Missed seeing your lovely face!

Renee said...

(((((((Tara)))))))

I hope you guys are feeling better now. You definitely need some 'healthy' time. I will be praying for you.

It looks like you made the most of it, though, and had a great time. I'm glad you were able to get away and make some memories (even if they werent' the ones you were hoping to make).

Love you!!

Darlene R. said...

Oh man! I hope you all start feeling better soon.

Earen said...

Oh friend...I'm so sorry about your time away & being sick! I will be praying for you because on top of being pregnant, this won't be fun. I will call you back soon too dear! I miss you!

Jennifer Partin said...

How are you Tara? Haven't heard from you in 4 ever! I changed my header and Blog a bit. Hope you are feeling better!

Heather C said...

Praying you all feel much better soon! So sorry you had a rough time of it...

Heather

BethAnne said...

Okay, I know you guys MUST be feeling better by now, right? I certainly hope so! It would be nice if you could throw us a bone here and let us know how you are, but I am not being pushy or anything ;-) hahahahaha
Seriously, I hope you all are better.

Alana said...

Just checkin' on ya!

BethAnne said...

Okay, this post is from January 6th - today is the 15th ---- dont you think we need a little update? Hope all is well.