Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Still feeling puny

Amazing how getting the flu can knock you off your feet. The kids and I have been laughing at each other today at how weak and useless we are. We are definitely better after experiencing one last bout of chills and fever last night, but we are most surely NOT back to normal.
Joel does not tire of playing his guitar. It is THE cutest thing! This week Mark is getting in extra practice time because J asks him to go down in the office so they can "play guitar" together. Mark just spends some more time on what he's been learning, and Joel sits on a guitar case beside him and strums away.
Here was my view today from the couch

Ringing in the New Year!

This year Mark and I opted for a quiet New Year's Eve at home. We put the kids to bed at a decent hour (they had had one two many late nights recently), and we snuggled up to watch a movie.

As it turned out, 4 out of 5 Billingtons were up all night. That flu bug that Joel had a couple of days ago bit Sam and Jack within an hour of each other sometime after midnight. Mark took care of Jack upstairs, and I stayed close to Sam in the living room next to the other bathroom. It was a tough night for everyone except Joel (who missed all the excitement--lucky him!)

In the morning, while the kids were laying around on the couch (and visiting the bathroom) and Mark was catching some zzzz's, I decided to tackle the job of putting away the Christmas stuff. And was my turn. I spent the rest of the day on the couch with the kids. We slept, listened to Odysseys, and read Inkheart.

There's always a silver lining, and mine was that Mark finished the Christmas demolition. He even took all the decorations off the tree and wrapped each one individually. It was so nice to be able to miss that one task that I don't particularly relish. Mark was our hero yesterday--playing nurse, stripping beds and remaking them, entertaining Joel so he would leave us sickies alone, delivering 7-up, and sympathizing with us. We were thankful for him!