Saturday, December 19, 2009

Christmas Break Has Begun

What a week! Not at all what I expected, but things are coming together nicely. Abby is finally feeling better. She is talking up a storm! Having a few days were she didn't have the energy to talk much was almost as bad, if not worse, than strep throat for her. As my dad says, "She just can't help herself. Abby has to talk." So true.

We still haven't done our Family Movie Night and milkshakes. We wanted to wait until Abby was feeling better. Rick is on a call out now, so maybe tonight. Elf is on tonight, and I love that movie. Maybe we'll skip Red Box.

Christmas shopping is almost finished. Just a couple little things left to do. I haven't even begun the wrapping yet. Rick and I usually work on that together. He wraps and I do the name tags. Gifts don't go under the tree until Christmas Eve night.

I'm off to do some more cleaning. I have got to get this house back into shape before I can lose myself in the kitchen with some Christmas baking. Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

On the Mend

UPDATE: Abby headed back to the doctor this afternoon because we thought she was having an allergic reaction to her medicine. The doctor thinks it is something viral on top of everything else. We got a different prescription for Abby just in case. Since she has been on an antibiotic for 24 hours she can go back to school tomorrow. Thank you, Lord! The kiddo is getting restless.

It wasn't the flu after all! Abby had a doctor's appointment today and her strep test came back positive. Now she is on antibiotics and Motrin. I can certainly tell when the Motrin is working as well as when it getting close to time for another dose. One more day home from school, and then she'll only have two days until Christmas break begins.

Rick stayed after work to plow, so we are going solo tonight. Scrambled eggs and toast for dinner. It's filling, but gentle on Abby's throat. :)

Monday, December 14, 2009

The Flu is Here

Rick and I headed out for our date day with no worries. The weather was beautiful and we were finally able to spend some time together. The plan was to have our date day and then go pick up the kids for a family movie night (courtesy of Red Box) and cake batter milkshakes from Steak 'n Shake. Rick isn't really a birthday cake fan.

I started feeling really nauseous about halfway through the day. I thought I just needed to get something to drink. It didn't work. We ended up coming home early and I went to bed. I felt so much better after a good night's and part of the afternoon's sleep. Abby, on the other hand, was pretty miserable. Yesterday was spent in her bed being as still as she possibly could. On the plus side, I was able to finish reading "On the Banks of Plum Creek" to her. We ended up reading for 3 hours! I didn't even realize how long it had been. I'm thankful that God gave us a sweet time together in the midst of the flu. Abby is home from school today, and hopes to head back tomorrow.

I love my man! He was disappointed that his birthday weekend didn't turn out the way we had planned. I can't say I blame him. He made not one, but two Walmart trips for the needed Ginger Ale and Motrin, and some other necessities. And not one complaint from a guy who hates to do grocery shopping. Rick said we'll do the family movie night and milkshakes once everyone is healthy again.

Happy Birthday, Rick! I love you madly!

Friday, December 11, 2009


Winter has finally made itself known in NE Ohio. This is the first winter that my husband, Rick, has been behind the wheel of a snowplow. While we are enjoying the overtime, getting used to being on call has stretched us both. Rick has been staying a my parent's house this week so that he can be closer to work if he gets called out at night. It's been 4 nights in a row away from home. We have been saying all along that we needed to move, and this week has shown us that the sooner we make that move the better. Our house will be going on the market in January.

Rick and I have already agreed on a couple different things regarding this winter. First, any overtime money will go towards our emergency fund. Second, we will have a evening away after the plowing season is done. It really helps to have goals and something to look forward to.

On the plus side, tomorrow is Rick's birthday. Rather than purchase gifts for him, we are going shopping together. He will have his birthday money to spend, and we'll hopefully be able to finish Christmas shopping for the kids. We did the same thing for my birthday and I loved it. Date days are awesome! I am especially thankful for it after having to be apart so much this week. Thanks to to my in-laws, Ken and Linda, for watching the kids tomorrow.