Christmas Fun-Joy...Revealed!

OK, I'll get to it now. I'm bored - the cable box isn't working so I can't be lazy and watch TV. Might as well post some pictures.

Friday we took off for Wisconsin. Both Liz and Hayden had bad colds, and Hayden didn't like sleeping in a different room (in fact, all three places we stayed he had trouble going to sleep the first night). We stayed with her parents from Friday until Monday, with Sunday being the big Christmas get-together at her sister's house in McFarland. Unfortunately, by Sunday afternoon Hayden was just miserable - no one could comfort him and he just kept crying. We guessed that he might have an ear infection, so we took him to urgent care and we were right. They gave him meds and painkillers - fortunately, her family waited until we got back to open gifts. It was also nice to see one of my nephews back from Iraq:

If you like in the Milwaukee metro area and were watching the 10 PM news broadcast on WTMJ (NBC), you may recognize Luke as he was the guy they featured coming home from the Middle East. (And the sign he's showing is not one he used in Iraq; it was in a car emergency pack he got from his family as a semi-joke gift since he just purchased his first car.

Monday we headed off to my Mom's in Oostburg. She told us that she has to have her thyroid removed due to swelling (fortunately it's not cancer). She should be back home the next day, but any surgery on your parent is a bit nerve-racking so I hope she does well. She spoiled Hayden with all sorts of gifts, including some frog named Tadd (or something like that), which Hayden absolutely loved:

By Tuesday night Hayden was back to his old happy self again, but Liz's sinuses were under a lot of pressure. So, Wednesday we made another trip to urgent care (in Sheboygan this time) so Liz could get a confirmation that she had a sinus infection (which she did). Another perscription filled and we were off to Milwaukee to visit my biological family. Hayden was once again spoiled with presents, one of which I'm really excited about, but I haven't put it together yet so I don't know how he'll react when he sees it. I won't state what it is just yet, but you can see it in the background of this picture:

During this trip, Hayden picked up that when the orange light on the camera goes on, it's time to giggle and smile because we're about to take a picture. Needless to say, he used that fact to his full advantage:

I know I'm biased, but isn't he the cutest kid you've ever seen?!

I also got some gifts here and there. While I'm thankful for everything I got, two gifts really meant a lot to me. Liz got me Neil Peart's "Anatomy of a Drum Solo", and my Mom got me the the complete "Calvin and Hobbes" collection.

So, even though this Christmas was a bit stressful at times, I feel very blessed with my family. Especially with the little guy:

* Posted at 12.30.2005 08:48:20 PM CST | Link *

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