Here, once again, is our only picture from this week. Mariah and I were going on a walk during a particularly cold, sunny morning, so I had her all decked out for the weather. She was less than thrilled, but she looked terribly cute.
This has been a sick week at our house. Since this week was Thanksgiving, instead of complaining, I’ll describe our week by counting the many blessings we’ve received.
Blessing #1: Anna threw up in Michael’s, the craft store, and while it was an unpleasant surprise and totally gross, clothes are easy to clean up, she was inside the cart so it didn’t get on any merchandise, and after I cleaned up the goop on her, the worker lady sent me on my way and cleaned up the little puddle in the aisle underneath the cart. All in all, it was very tidy, considering. She threw up several more times that night, but since there was pretty much nothing left in her stomach, it wasn’t too messy.
Blessing #2: Despite feeling yucky, Anna managed to remain fairly cheerful through the week. She was feeling better, so we got to go to the home of a nice family from our ward for Thanksgiving dinner, and both girls were feeling great and had a wonderful time. They both ate a dinner almost entirely made up of mashed potatoes and Jell-o, so who could complain about that?
Blessing #3: On Friday morning, since everyone was feeling good, we went Black Friday shopping. We got about five feet into our first store when Anna started feeling bad, but she held herself together while I picked out, tried on, and purchased four shirts, two pairs of pants, and a jacket for myself (Black Friday is the day we shop for ourselves, not for other people – duh!). She was looking worse, so when I’d finished, we headed out, but Adam wanted to run in to Best Buy on the way home. I stayed in the car with Anna, and before he’d been gone for five minutes, she’d thrown up again. So where are the blessings? She didn’t throw up in the middle of shopping, I was sitting next to her in the car, so I caught the goop in a blanket and the only part of the actual car that got dirty was her seatbelt. Plus, although Adam was planning to buy something and wait in the hideously long line, he ended up not finding what he wanted, so he came out rather quickly and we were able to head home.
Blessing #4: She hasn’t thrown-up since then.
Blessing #5: Mariah has thrown-up twice in the last hour, but at least I don’t have two girls really sick at the same time. Plus, both times have been almost entirely in her bed, so we just whip the sheets off, get her some new blankets, and pop her back in the bed. We may have a long night ahead of us, but we also sort of know what to expect with this little illness, so we’re not worrying about whether it’s something more serious and we’re more prepared for what kind of night it might be.
Blessing #6: Neither of us has gotten sick yet. Hopefully we won’t at all, especially considering how much work Adam has to do (he can’t afford to take time off for himself or to cover for me). But so far my prayer that we won’t have more than one person sick at a time has been answered, so I’m going to have faith that it will continue to be answered.
Blessing #7: A washing machine. And a dryer.