Ada looking cute in Gatlinburg.
Rosie’s mild runny nose and night of low grade fever has spread with wild abandon.
Tyler has been sick or days and I am forcing him to go to the urgent treatment center tomorrow morning because I’m terrified his is turning into pneumonia again. He’s sweaty and glassy eyed and coughing up lots of yellow gunk often. He can’t miss a single day of work, he has no vacation days at all. It sucks so bad, poor thing needs to rest!
Ada succumbed to the germs last night. Out of the blue she spiked a hot, sweaty fever alternating with huge body shaking shivers. Her snot was so terrible, she kept gagging and moaning, “Mommy…” So sad. We stayed up all night long. At some point my throat started burning…and this morning I got a fever and a stuffy nose. My fever has stayed at 101 despite ibuprofen. I felt so terrible earlier that I begged my mom to come over after work and help me with the girls. I could barely move. My fever seems to be really low or gone right now, just at 99. The ibuprofen is going to wear off here in the next couple of hours though…blah.
Ada’s fever went away this morning and hasn’t come back. Aside from a stuffy nose she is perfectly fine and happy, chattering away.
I hope my fever goes away and doesn’t come back. It’s so difficult to be really sick while being a parent, and still keeping up with the chores on top of everything else…it gets scary in my 1,000 square foot house very fast if I am not constantly cleaning and reorganizing and vacuuming up fur and crumbs. I was kind of embarrassed to have my mom over this afternoon, but I was too sick to clean. *sigh*
Aside from the germy funk we’re trapped in, I’ve got the pictures I took in Gatlinburg with my 5d mark II to share. (Previous entry has all Instagram pictures taken with the iPhone.)
These are mostly pictures of Ada. Not because I don’t want pictures of Rosie, but simply because she as so busy running and playing hard that she wasn’t in hardly any pictures. Ada of course was glued to my side, so she’s in every one just about. I guess that’s what happens when your kids grow up…too busy for snuggles and photos and…I might cry now.
This was the view from our back porch deck at the cabin.
Ada and me on the porch.
Too bad it was very chilly out. We couldn’t utilize the huge built in picnic table out there.
Here’s an awkwardly over exposed shot of Rosie and Cade. (The light was so bright/shadowy at the cabin, and very dim in the rooms due to the wood paneling all over.)
Ada and our friends’ son Eli were playing with this glider in the cabin living room.
I snapped a picture just as Eli accidentally rocked Ada too hard and the chair went flying over. We laughed so hard when we saw the picture!
The following is a series I have titled Proper Enjoyment of an Oreo.
Ada is on the cabin stairs going up to our room from the living room.
She kills me.
This one is my favorite.
Crumb sweeper! This is my friend Carolina’s tiny poodle thing named Dobby. When she found him in the shelter he was bald from poor care, and he only has a couple of teeth left. He’s very, very tiny.
The cabin had a game table. The kids didn’t understand how to play any of the games, but they still spent quite a bit of time playing with the pieces…
(Ada had no shirt on because she kept taking it off and I gave up. Pick your battles…)
This picture confused me. Those are Cade’s feet and Rosie’s body.
I totally edited out my giant chin pimple.
Here’s my view across the board.
A series of Ada and Eli standing in front of the fireplace:
I love how Ada has no shirt and Eli has no pants.
From my point of view.
This is from when we tried to walk downtown and Ada morphed into a beast.
(Carolina is in the background.)
It was cold and windy out.
This is the taffy making machine at the candy shop. I wanted to stand and stare at it for a long time.
I desperately wanted to touch the taffy.
The girls both chose chocolate covered marshmallows to eat at the candy shop.
Gee, Ada looks just a little tired here…
I went into Walgreen’s to buy pain killers for my raging headache, and then I made The Emergency Stroller Purchase.
I conned her into it by telling her she would get a special yellow sticker. The price tag. It worked!
The sticker is still in our van and she picks it up every time we go somewhere and exclaims over it.
Tyler and Rosie having breakfast in the cabin the following morning:
The girls loved playing in the huge jacuzzi tub in our bathroom.
The light in our bedroom was extremely dim, but I still took these pictures of Ada laying on the bed after her bath…she was cracking me up.
Rosie immediately threw on her clothes and ran downstairs to play with Cade.
Ada stuck around for cute moments. Perhaps redeeming herself for the beastly attitude?
Then there was coloring…lots of coloring!
And yet more game piece play…how thrilling, right?
Ada’s pouty face!
Then we drove home, and that was it.
A very short and somewhat stressful vacation, but really nice to spend time with our friends regardless.