We have had the flu in our house since February 11.
It started with Ryan, moved to me a few days later, then Megan, then Tyler, then the Husband on Monday the 19th.
It has been as awful as you may think it would be.
So much coughing.
So much vomit.
So much snot.
So much laundry.
We finally seem to be coming out of it, but, man, it has been kind of a nightmare. I have never been so sick in my life. I literally spent 72 hours in my bed doing absolutely nothing but watching Sister Wifes and taking naps.
I am still tired.
And we have so much cleaning to do.
It is insane.
Today is Ash Wednesday (in Catholic speak). It is the day that begins our 40 day journey of Lent ending on Easter Sunday. Lent is one of my favorite times of the year because I do think as a Catholic and person it is important to repent and look to the cross in order to be saved from our transgressions. There is a great video that I have watched over and over again that really explains Ash Wednesday…
I always give up coffee for Lent. As a rule. 40 days without coffee is a sacrifice. But I am not going to do that this year. I decided to give up/do three things that revolve around Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving.
Prayer: 10 Hail Mary’s a day for the next 40 days. That will be 400 Hail Mary’s by the end of Lent. I have a strong devotion to Mary our Mother so I think that will help me be a better mother and better wife.
Fasting: I will be participating in a “Lenten 40” as I am calling it. I can give a run-down of the list in another post if anyone is interested. I would do it now, but I left it at home today. Basically, I will be doing 40 reps of 10 different exercises every day during Lent. My whole family will be participating in this. We are fasting from laziness, compliance, and being out of control.
Almsgiving: I am going to go through all of the closets and drawers in the house and donate/trash things we do not need or things that are broken. I started this morning with Megan’s uniforms and will continue throughout the season. Some people do forty bags, but I am not limiting myself to that.
Hopefully, I will check in with progress throughout the 40 days. I am hoping by doing these things I will be transformed.
By the way Megan is giving up ice cream and Tyler is giving up McDonald’s. I think this will be good for all of us.
Oh man, this has been a hell of a week.
Shawn went back to work (finally) and with that came a whole lot of new juggling and schedules to get used to. Namely, I would now be taking Ryan to the sitter (my mother in law) in the morning and Shawn would be picking him up in the afternoon.
Have you ever had a toddler?????
Tasks that seem to be relatively simple turn into the biggest cluster when schedules are thrown off.
Needlesstosay, Ryan’s nap has been disrupted all week which turns into a horrible nights sleep for him (and his mother). And while we are at it, why not let the other two have sleeping break-downs and regression???????
It a word = HORRIBLE!!!!!
I broke down yesterday afternoon and purchased some melatonin. Unfortunately, Ryan does not like gummys (Who knew????) so I am going to have to go back for him. But M & T slept like rocks last night.
I have had a lot on my mind and have not slept well besides having the kids up. I am hoping this weekend will be a good mix of restful and exciting (Tyler’s Birthday Party.
I cannot believe I will have a seven year old on Monday but that is a post for another day.
have a great weekend!