This past weekend was my family's Christmas get together. We go every year and gather with my Mom and siblings, nieces and nephews, and kiddos galore. But for some reason my enthusiasm was lacking and I just was pushing myself to get excited about the trip. I had my baking and candy making ready:
All the other things my sister and I had planned were ready. Then the weather decided to take a bit of a turn from mild to Winter.
About 6in. of the white stuff fell on Wednesday with the chance of more on the way. However, I was hopeful for good driving conditions by the time Friday arrived. And it was all good. I called my sister on Thursday to say all was good here when she answered and sounded like death warmed over...yep, she was sick. What to do now. Stay home, or hope it was just a little cold and go? We decided to go. Once we arrived Midge was indeed pretty sick and her and I trouped off to the clinic where her daughter is a nurse. Oh dear, she had strep and bronchitis. She lives with and helps take care of Mom and I was worried Mom would be next. But she was doing good and my brothers arrived from all over the world to help celebrate.
Rick, Jim, and even Phil (who flew in from Panama) gathered in Mom's kitchen.
Mom looking festive around her beautiful tree on Friday night.
Mom looking not so festive on Saturday morning at the same clinic....and with step and bronchitis. Boy, it hit fast! No party for her that day. Jack stayed home to take care of Mom while Midge and I went to help with the big party at my niece, Katie's home.
The table was set for all the gang.
The butler was ready to serve.
Of course the kid's table is always the best spot!
Refreshments were flowing...
Food was going...fast!
After dinner the games began...the cellophane wrapped gift game is always fun and a hit with everyone. It's silly and loud!
The photos by the tree....me and my sister, who was feeling much better thank goodness!
Santa brings up the excitement quota a few notches! He brought lots of goodies for the kiddos and everyone had fun. It was just weird not to have Mom and Jack there and we left a little early to get back to them. Mom was doing good that night but by Sunday morning she wasn't doing so hot. We got her up and put lots of fluids and a little food along with her meds in her, and she was perking up. It was a thought that we might have to take her to the hospital if she didn't seem better soon. While that was going on my brother Phil called from the hotel where he and my other siblings were staying. He was sick! His was the intestinal kind. Holy cow! He wanted to get out of the hotel and stay at Moms so we went and picked him and Jim up and brought them back. At that point Jack and I decided it was best if we headed back to Ohio. If we were going to get sick we didn't want it to be on the 6 hour drive back home. Mom was doing better and Jim was healthy and could be a help to Midge. So this family trip didn't turn out to be the usual one that happens. I'm hoping all will be well soon and that we don't get it! I'll be checking in with them today and pray all is good. This time of year can be filled with the joy of family and friends and celebrating but sometimes you have to just go with the flow...or the flu! This family gathering will be one for the books and hopefully one we don't repeat again! Today Jack and I will finish our last minute things for our family gathering on Christmas day....at least that's the plan!
Welcome to the Pines! I'm a wife of many, many years with my Chiropractor hubbie, the Mom to 4 all grown up boys/now men...and Grandmother to 9 super Grandkiddos. I work in surgery and my simple adventures are here for your amusement..can you take it?