I'll be honest, I don't ever remember a year where my kids were constantly sick. The skin has not yet grown back on their hands (that's weird you are saying to yourself. It is not just weird, it's really, really gross, it's also part of the Scarlet Fever), and last night Gracie was up all night throwing up, followed by Elly this morning. I am starting to wonder if there is any point in making plans, or if there will ever be a day that I do not have a child home sick. I am thinking that maybe it would be wise to buy shares in Lysol.
My plan had been to take all of the kids to the Tweed Festival of Trees on Sunday (you will notice that I said "I", because apparently looking at pretty things and getting into the Christmas spirit is not manly enough for Christopher). It is a holiday tradition. The vomit duo cut back our numbers for this year.
|The kids are looking at the wreath that I made.|
Local business and individuals sponsor the event. They either make a donation or they purchase a tree, wreath or swag, and decorate it. My friend Jane Patel owns the local Motel (Park Place Motel), and every year she purchases a wreath and I decorate it. I love to decorate it. (I'll share that tomorrow).
This morning Riley and Rowan and I went to the Festival of Trees. It was beautiful. We purchased $20.00 worth of tickets. Each ticket is $2.00. The kids eyes were huge as they looked at all of the trees and wreaths. I love to step back and just watch them. To them this is all magic. Each ticket to them represents hope. It's the hope of winning that tree. They planned where we would put that tree, and how we would get it home when they call us to tell us that we won it.
|This tree was sponsored by BMO.|
It was covered in mini-stockings full of money.
Needless to say.... we bid on it.
|I bid on this one. I can just see it on the mantle|
of my new fireplace.
Before we left for the festival I told the kids that if we won anything we would all share that item, it would not belong to just any one of us. There's nothing quite like the power of positive thinking. It seems a little silly to brief the kids in the event that we should win anything. In my entire life I have won two things. I would not win if I was the only person in the draw. There is still hope, hope is my middle name.
Part of the price of the admission includes a warm beverage and a cookie. The kids were pretty excited as the sidled up to the window. They both knew in advance that they wanted hot apple cider. I think that they could taste it before they even got to the window. As the volunteer handed them their little styrofoam cup, I could smell the apple and the cinnamon, I would actually even smell the heat of it. That smell is the smell of the holidays, well one of them. We stood there happily eating our treats.
As I have been sitting here writing this, every five minutes I have had to stop. Two very excited children keep asking me if they have drawn for the trees. They keep reminding Grace and Elly, that "when" we win we all have to share. No one dares to use the phone, because what if they call and the line is busy? The phone just rang, and I answered it. Rowan ran up to me after I had hung up,
"Did I win my tree, the toy tree?", "Nope, that was Dad." The suspense is killing them. I sure hope we get that call.