Friday, January 11, 2008

Christmas Concussions, etc.

We had such a fun, and crazy christmas vacation this year! We decided last minute that we'd leave 2 days early to beat the snow. I packed up all the stuff the night before, and then that morning, while trying to get last minute work projects done, Reid packed up the car.

Thank heavens for DVD players in minivans...and yes, i hate to say it, mcdonald's (specifically their play yards and their apples). The 8 hour road trip is only doable because of a combination of the two.

By Saturday, the 22nd, Abby had just started warming up to the Ashworths, and that's when the craziness all started. i decided to just list things, rather then write them in paragraphs - hoping for a great shock effect.

Grace got hives (22nd)
Abby fell down the stairs at friends, landed on tile -- got a concussion (22nd)
Abby and Mom went to Emergency Room, and abby got a CT scan (23rd)
Abby got the Influenza (24th)
Grace got a TERRIBLE cold(24th)
Emily got a TERRIBLE cold(24th)
No one slept at night(22nd-29thth)
Grace got into the Tylenol and overdosed (24th, call #1 to poison control)
Reid got sick(26th)
Abby plays in urine in the unflushed toilet (28th)
Mom and Abby ate some green beans that had botulism (3oth, call #2 to poison control and ER)
Mom gets the stomach flu and thinks she's dying of botulism...honestly (31st)
Abby's head kept swelling where she had fallen (26-31st) (3rd call to ER)
TOTAL amount of sleep obtained by Emily in 12 day period =39 hours
TOTAL amount of sleep obtained by Reid in a 12 day period = not much more than me

It sounds even worse when i tell it in person (you know the dramatic flair i can add to any story). and it was. it really was crazy. Yet somehow we managed to have SOOO much fun with all our family. Visiting with family, eating AMAZING food, and rounds of charades (celebrity bowl game), Apples to Apples, Farming Game, Scategories, and Speed Scrabble made it all worth it!
...and watching Grace open her Wiz o' Wiz of Oz present --she got a Toto dog and basket, Red Ruby slippers, and i made her a Dorothy dress out of some old curtains (very "Gone with the Wind" of me, i know!) She couldn't have been happier. sorry, no pics, just videos that i don't know how to edit and download yet...

maybe we'll just stay home next year.... :) (ju, you know i'm kidding)


Em Russ said...

WOW!! I don't even know what to say, that is amazing!! How could all of that stuff happen to you in just a short time span... man, I'd love to hear it all in person (to get your "dramatic flair" you know!!) Glad you were still able to be positive!

Steph Bowen said...

Wow! And all I got from Christmas was food poisoning (chinese on Christmas Eve). How are you guys doing now?

Mindy said...

Holy Cow!! I can't believe you guys made it out of Utah alive! If you figure out how to post the video, you should also tape yourself telling the story with your dramatic flair and post that! MERRY CHRISTMAS & Happy New Year.

Elise & Dan said...

Yikes! I'm really impressed that you were still able to have such a good time! I probably would have packed up and called it quits after the 2nd call to the ER. Glad you're all alive and well!

Snyder Family said...

Wow!!! Sounds like you had the most eventful holiday season ever. I can't believe the list. I hope you have all recovered. We on the other hand had a great time. I thought ours was bad but I won't complain at all. We went to Arizona. Sick, sick kids too. It is no fun. But we didn't have an ER visits thank goodness. Love to see the videos. Hope you are doing well. I am planning on going to the reunion come April.let me know if you need any help.

rachelcarmella said...

Hahaha. Sounds like you guys had a lot of fun. Vacations aren't the same without some shock value. I'm glad everyone came out ok :)

Brady said...

What a Christmas to remember (or parts you'd rather forget). How crazy was that?! Hope you guys are recovered.

Boston Paynes said...

Holy Crap !! Are you sure you are not the Gizwold family in disguise? Seriously, sorry to hear about your "fun" trip. Hopefully you guys are feeling better/back to normal and I totally agree with you on the DVD player & Macdonalds. We couldn't survive a roadtrip without either.

carie said...

I hope your ER co-pay is less than ours. At $100 a pop it can get pretty expensive during the holidays.

It was great to see you. Thanks for the room and board and if you ever feel inspired to check out more McDonald's, particularly 8 hours East of you, Visit US!

Em Russ said...

I have to tell you that I now have a fear of botulism.

Katt said...

OH MY GOSH!!! That's the kinda stuff you only read about in fictional books!! Nice to know that your life is larger than fiction!!