Within 12 hours of landing in Texas, the stomach virus hit our house. My sister-in-law and Anson were violently wiped out.
Normally, for a family this size we have a very strict protocol when a virus hits the house. That's a nice way of saying that I turn into a lunatic...a mix between a drill Sergent and Monk. We try our jim-dandyest to contain the wretched stomach bug and contain it, allowing it to claim minimal victims.
Under normal circumstances I'd never want our infected, disgusting family around anyone else's family. That's cruel. I'd only wish a stomach virus on someone I didn't care for (like the mean lady on the airplane who sat in front of Ashton). Even if I couldn't stand someone I don't think I'd wish a stomach virus on an entire family. I'd fear for my soul.
But what are we to do with a stomach virus among us and only a couple weeks in the States?
A stomach virus would normally put a huge damper on hanging out with friends/family and eating like fatty fat heads.
But not this week.
We're eating anyway. No matter how nauseous we feel. Even if we throw our food up. We're eating all the foods we have missed. Grapes. Apples. Cuties. Big piles of meat. Cheese. Bacon. Organic yogurt. Milk that requires refrigeration. Fajitas. And more bacon.
So far out of the 12 of us (5 Kramers, 6 Hendricks, 1 aunt) five have had stomach issues.
But instead of quarantining the sick-o's we're hanging out and trying to enjoy each other as we wait with expectation for who will drop next. The watching and waiting part sort of goes with our advent theme.
Even though we feel gross and look a little green we still managed to...
fly kites with G-paw
Hayden ate an apple so passionately he lost a tooth.
hang out by the fire
And when I say "by the fire" I mean far away from it. It's not even cold here today.
sit on each other and kiss the faces of the ones we love (and we don't even hold our breath.)
We ate root beer floats. Even though we're pretty sure we'd see them again soon.
And I sat with my super sick sister-in-law most of the day and talked and talked and talked.
Take that stomach virus. Take that.