Thursday, December 20, 2007

This and That

Well, we're all better! Woo hoo! The stomach flu made its way through our family, and left a trail of piled up laundry, scattered crayons and coloring books, and dirty sippy cups in it's path. So, I'm digging out...sloooowly, but digging sure is a lot easier when you're well!

We've decided to go back East for Christmas...home, that is. We had planned on staying here this year due to the growing size of,! But, I'm doing great, so we're gonna go! We're excited...really excited! Of course, that means I get to pack...if you don't already know how I feel about packing, see here!

Yesterday, in the car on the way home from Bible study, Jack asked me, "What is a policeman?" (in response to me telling him that the policeman says he needs to keep his seatbelt on.) I started off with "Er....well...umm..." then moved into more of a "well...let me see...a policeman is a man or sometimes a woman and, well...they keep us safe and...umm...." Ok, so all that to say, "What is a policeman?" I had NO idea how to explain it. At least not to my 3-year old. I suppose in an adult conversation, I'd come up with something witty about undeserved speeding tickets and donuts, but am I the only one who struggles through finding toddler comprehensible answers to these types of questions...on the fly?

Jason and I had a GREAT night out celebrating his birthday and our anniversary! We went to The Melting Pot for dinner, and had fun laughing and just being alone together. I had hoped to write/blog about "our story" earlier this week, but that will have to wait 'til another time. The next morning, the stomach flu arrived. Funny how life just...happens.

In baby news, everything is great! Not much has changed since last week, except that we're 7 days closer to meeting our new baby. I'm feeling very pregnant, but not terribly uncomfortable. If you pray, I'd sure appreciate your prayers as we travel. We'll take our time and I'll get out often, but 11 hours in the car + pregnant Mommy + 2 toddlers + many repeats of the "Bob the Builder" theme song can make for a looooong trip.

Well, that's it for now. Thank you all for your kind comments, emails, and phone calls as we muddled through the early part of this week!

On to the packing...


  1. I've heard Thee Melting Pot is great, but have never been there. Glad you are all getting better and I'm excited you are going home for Christmas! I'll pray for safe, trouble free travels!

  2. glad you had a nice night out before all the crud. i will be praying for your trip. when will you be leaving? and will you get to stay a while or have to come right home? what ever, i hope you have a great time and a very Merry Christmas.

  3. My husband and I use to go on dates to The Melting Pot before we married. Yum----what fond memories. :)

    It was good to get the e-mail from you. Glad everyone is better.

    Will pray for your trip home. Sure wish we could hop in a car and drive hoo. :( When you start to go bonkers, think of us and how going home by car is not even an option. We'll still pray for you. :)

    Have a wonderful time with family and Merry Christmas!

  4. Exciting! I am glad that all are getting over the yucky stomach flu!

    Come on over and see the winners!!

  5. Oh I'm so glad you got out before the flu hit - I was worried that you didn't make it. So will you be riding in style to Balmer???? Did you get it?

    Call/e-mail me when you all get settled in after your trip. Maybe we should try to do an adult's night out before the bean. As much as I love watching the kids play together, those opportunities will be few and far between the next couple of months. What do you think???

  6. Packing? Again?

    Have a wonderful journey and a very Merry Christmas.

    Glad you're all feeling better.

  7. I am glad to know you are feeling better.

    Sounds like a fun night out with hubby! Happy Belated Anniversary!

    I will be praying for your trip. It will be wonderful that you can be home with family for Christmas. I am a bit envious! We are staying put this year - driving isn't an option- mountains+snow+24 hours of driving=not this year! Have fun!!

  8. The East is the best! ;-)

    I'm so thankful everyone is well again - may that be the last of it in your house for the rest of winter!

  9. Can't wait, can't wait! Glad you're all better :) love ya

  10. Glad you are feeling better, Sarah. That is the worst.

    I am excited for your travel plans to see family. I can tell through your writing how much they mean to you.

    Have a great Christmas!

  11. Glad to hear you are all doing better! Sounds like you are going to have a great Christmas! Have a safe trip!

  12. I read an editorial in our paper once by a policeman. He stated something along the lines of "you speed, but think you dont deserve the ticket and then badmouth me in front of your kids. If someone else speeds or cuts you off, THEY deserve it, but not you in the same situation another day. You make comments about my stopping for a coffee break after a 10 hour shift, or while off-duty, but still in uniform, but you take 1-1/2 hour lunches in front of your kids. Kids that are out late causing a ruckus deserve punishment unless it is YOUR kid. etc. Yet, you can't understand why your kids are afraid of me, have a bad opinion of me and grow up hating me." Really hit home with me. I want my kids to know that policemen are there to keep us safe and to help us follow the rules. Kind of a healthy fear. So I don't use terms like "the policeman is going to get you in trouble or give us a ticket, unless you ..." I tell them "the policeman will give us a ticket because we deserve it right now for not following the rules, Let's get that seatbelt on, or make sure mommy drives safely, etc."
    Regarding your trip, as you are driving along for THAT long in the car, just imagine Bob is saying "Can you hold it?" "Yes, I CAN!" pregnancy, long car rides and bladder control do not mix.

  13. So thrilled you are going home. We can't wait to leave tomorrow for TX. My prayers will be with you as you travel. We have about 18 hours in the car, but I think taking a 19 yr old sounds wayyyyy easier than being in your car.

    We need to get together before Bean is here...REALLY!

    Enjoy your holiday little momma!

  14. Shaking my head in disbelief... you're nuts, Sarah! But I hope you have a blast!!!

  15. we LOVE the melting pot! Very fun place to go, and at least for us it is a "special occasions only" spot :) Have a wonderful time at home.

  16. sOOOOO glad you are doing better. Stomach flus are the worst...the worst!

    Enjoy your trip! I hope you have a great time with family! AND hoping you survive the car ride.

  17. Sorry to hear you all have had the flu bug. Glad you are feeling better.
    Safe travels to you guys. I hope your trip goes well.

    I want to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas a Blessed New Year!

  18. Have a wonderful trip & I hope it's very, very enjoyable for you. I love the Melting Pot. We went there years ago for our anniversary & it was very romantic. Glad you had a nice time. Merry Christmas friend!

  19. SG---

    Thanks for all of the updates. Hope you have a wonderful visit at home. This is the first year ever that I won't be seeing my family anywhere close to Christmas. We are planning to open presents via Skype though.

    Glad you had a nice anniversary. I am hoping to get a post up today or tomorrow about ours. Merry Christmas!


  20. Merry Christmas! I hope you all have a great day filled with lots of fun and laughter!

  21. Love the Melting Pot - -sorry it stuck with you so short a time. (Mine usually sticks around on my hips for at least a few months.) :) We were right there with ya in the middle of tummy flu mania...stinks, both literally and figuratively, I know. Praying for a safe, peaceful trip for you!!