Such precious time with sweet Kier-Bear in his old man hat
Well, we made it to Disney World. As to be expected, it was totally amazing. It was a close call because Kierian was so sick for so many days prior, we weren’t sure we’d swing it. The kids and I had to cancel our trip once, but we braved the flight and he did just fine after re-booking. Phew.
It’s funny to go to Disney and be the parent this time. Crazy to walk in my parents’ shoes. It doesn’t feel like that long ago that my family ventured there for me (and my brothers’ benefit). I am just beginning to discover the joy that comes from seeing your children over-the-moon happy.
Being that our kids are so little, we weren’t sure how much of Disney they would take in. Surprisingly, they were up for almost all of it (with the exception of a few rides). Daddy worked hard during the days and thankfully, my parents came down for a few of those days to help me out while he was tied up. Luke and I even got in a few date nights at the Disney Parks! (Yay for grandparents). And my good friend Andrea, who is the ultimate Disney Diva, helped me create a kid-friendly game plan for our adventure. Overall, we made some incredible memories last week.
Here are a few pictures from our wonderful little hiatus…
Don’t know if we would have done this trip if Luke hadn’t had a conference down there. But I’m so glad we did. Our kids won’t be little for long and before we know it, Disney magic won’t be quite as impactful. Just as much of a dream come true for us as it was for them…
Holy crap we have been completely clobbered by the flu in our house. Seriously. Don’t come near us.
Kierian has been sick since New Years off and on, and his latest bout has left him barfing for six days. Six. Effing. Days. He’s a skinny bean and doesn’t have much fat to spare. Poor dear. I keep hoping we’re gonna turn a corner here…
Man, it is so tough to see a little baby suffer. Watching Kierian get sick over and over again makes me think about all the babies in the world who are sick on a regular basis. It’s like for one iota of a second I get a glimpse into the depth of that suffering and it’s almost unbearable. I can’t imagine how hard it would be to have a child with a chronic illness that left them sick constantly. I can’t imagine being a mother of a baby in a place where access to clean water and medication was not a part of the equation.
I stayed at this Vihar in India while on retreat once:
and spoke with this ex-monk who worked there. He told me about how his little sister died because of bad water (ultimately dehydration). I seriously can’t even imagine what his family must have gone through. How many babies and people die of this every day? And something so completely preventable? Seeing a little baby who cannot yet talk beg for drink and cry with no tears is among the saddest sights to a Mama.
And I’m so glad that Luke and I have been here and been able to hold him and wash him and slowly rehabilitate him. How many babies and children are out there suffering from something and have no one to hold them? It is a terrible, horrible thought. It makes me want to squeeze mine so tightly.
So, again I am reminded to feel lucky. Though we have been completely capsized by this apparent epidemic, we have a hell of a support structure for our little man and I am allowed the confidence and peace to know that this flu is only temporary.
Well, the holidays are officially fun now. Having kids makes this time of year incredible. Cora is three and totally down with Santa and the whole gig. Kierian was just thrilled that Cora was so thrilled. So overall, amazing. Here a a few highlights of the season….
- Trip to Winter Park…late night tubing and sleigh rides:
- Parties, parties and more parties!
- Santa comes over for a visit! (Thank you Uncle Jeremy)
- Sharing meals with family for the holidays:
- Christmas morning: THE MOMENT:
- Sledding and skiing!!! (Same hill I did as a kid, Good ol Fairview High School):
- Lots of QT with Daddy
- Despite the flu, fondue this New Years!
Happy New Year ya’ll.