Sunday, December 22, 2013

It's Nearly Christmas and the Kids are Sick

It's finally the week of Christmas!  It's an exciting and magical time of the year! The kids have been looking forward to the season for months.

And now they are all sick.

I thought it would be a brief cold and they'd all be over it in just a few days.

But it's not.  And the clinic is full and appointments are scarce so I'm sure we'll be spending most of our Monday with a hope and prayer that we'll be seen.  It's likely that what they have is viral and has to run its course--leaving me with the process of treating the symptoms in attempts to make them comfortable. Not how I pictured our Christmas going. 

So last week was a pretty nice one, despite the onset of the crud. We did a lot of neat projects together that made them forget they were sick...for a minute. Some of the highlights include making Borax slime, cinnamon ornaments (which failed because I forgot to grease the sheet before baking them), trying our hand at making artificial snow from a dollar store craft kit, and wrapping presents. It was just nice to be with the kids, really with them. Not worried about school work and how much we were getting done (or how much we weren't). It was nice to play, to make, to laugh. We are a pretty close family by nature but there's something about Christmas and creating that really bring us together.

Our Borax slime!  It was cool to make and  fun to squeeze!

This week, we are heading home. Home for me is Ohio, though my children have never really known that as home. Adisson was 1 when we left Ohio for good. The little boys have never lived there. I keep telling Adam that as soon as he retires, we are going home to Ohio. I wonder if that is true. By then, our sons will be grown and likely on their own, making their lives in North Carolina. As much as I want to be near our family, I'll always want to be near my sons.

Make Your Own Snow kit we scored from the Dollar Tree.

Anyway, we are finally breaking for Christmas. As the year draws to a close, I have ideas and plans for next year. I'll discuss my resolutions for 2014 when I write up next week's blog post. I know I want to focus more on science education because it's the one thing we can all do together. I also want to remind myself that there is homeschool help available. I don't have to do it all on my own. But more on that next week. 

For now, though, I wish you the merriest of Christmases.  If you are fortunate enough to live near extended family, take a minute to recognize the blessing you have been afforded. Forming an Army family is truly a gift and the best way to make it through the difficulties military families face; but that never really takes the place of your family.  Grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins are so important and are missed when separated by distance.  I'm so beyond excited to spend time with our family this week.  Even with sick kiddos.


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