Tuesday, January 3, 2012

"we encourage" - Make the Most Of It

We had a very interesting Christmas this year.

Here's a tip. This is one thing you don't want to hear your 3 year old say a few days before Christmas...

"Mommy, I'm spray pooping!"

Just take a minute...soak that in.

At this point I still thought we could get through it and be fine in time for Christmas. 
It wasn't to be.

The stomach flu made it's way through each one of us {except Hubby, thank God}over the next several days.

By Christmas Eve we were starting to feel a bit better but didn't want to risk getting anyone else sick so we decided to cancel all our plans and hunker down.

And yes, I was sad. We spend every Christmas Eve with my parents and brother and I've never missed it. Ever since I can remember Christmas Eve has been how our family spends Christmas. Just hanging out, singing a few carols. This year that wasn't going to happen.
Christmas day Hubby's Mom always comes to spend the day with us. That wasn't going to happen either.

By Christmas afternoon we were feeling mostly back to normal so we headed to the park to try out J's new bike.
And although this wasn't our typical routine, here is how it went down...

First of all, hello, took her one try and off she went. Rockstar!

Not everyone got new gear, but does it look like he cares? A new hat and the world's oldest big wheel are just fine by him.

There was lots of laughing.

And plenty of time to just be together. Enjoying each other.
{yes, my 20 month old rocks skinny jeans, what about it?}

Had to include a shot of the highly anticipated cowboy boots. I'm not sure he has taken them off since Christmas.

While I was laying down on the blanket, because that's what I do at the park, my oldest said,
"This is the best and the worst Christmas."
When I asked why , he explained.

"The worst because we were sick, but the best because we just got to be together. No schedule, nothing else to worry about except having fun with each other."

Ok, now I have to take a minute.

He was so right. Although we did miss our time with family we were still together.
Hubby still read the story of Christ's birth before we tucked them in on Christmas Eve. The kids still experienced the anticipation of waking up on Christmas morning and running to the tree.
We were still able to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, and make some great memories.

I'm happy we made the most of our situation.  I could have let it go a very different way. But isn't that always the case? We choose how to handle what is happening around us. This Christmas we chose joy, and I'm so grateful we did.



hannah singer said...

i love your cute, sweet family.
amen for making the most of it!
don't let a little spray poop get you down;)

god is good. all the time.
p.s. when do y'all begin your mexico trip?


Erin said...

Out of the mouths of kids....truly precious! :) What a sweet reminder!

Heather said...

I'm so sorry you guys were sick for Christmas, but am so happy to hear that beauty came out of it! We were under the weather for most of the past week too, and our Christmas/New Year's was definitely different... but oh well, your kid was right!! :) More time together! xoxo

Renee said...

Looks like your day was blessed. Thanks for sharing these great pics!

stacey said...

spray pooping... that actually made me laugh. tell it like it is, i say!!

i'm glad your christmas turned out wonderful despite all the sickies!

Eunora said...

Great reminder; to choose joy in any situation! Thanks for reminding us of this.

katygirl said...

Good reminder, jami!! And I totally laughed at the spray pooping. Sorry :/

Elisabeth said...

this is such a great idea - i'm excited to link up next week :)

and your family is so cute! what great pictures..and i'm glad you are all finally feeling better :)

Darcie Santoyo said...

sounds like the best and worst Christmas to me too lol :)

the lowes said...

oh thats the sweetest. :) such a treasure to make that memory of all just "being". what a special Christmas (minus the spray pooping part) :)

Mama Bear said...

Sorry y'all were sick! It was a bad year for many including our family and dear friends of ours. Glad you still managed to make family memories. Happy New Year to you and your family!