Saturday, April 12, 2014

The vacation that wasn't.

Back in November I came across a Living Social deal for an overnight at a hotel on the Beach that also had an indoor pool. It was like $60 a night, so I snatched up two of the deals. They didn't expire until the end of February, and I knew we'd have plenty of time in early January while Dave was on break. 
We planned to go the first weekend in January, but when I got home from work on Friday night (with a plan of leaving Saturday morning...) I walked in the door to two feverish kids, one of which puked shortly before bedtime. We decided to postpone our vacation to another weekend. (you'll later learn why this is ironic)

We headed out to the beach on the afternoon of the last Friday in January, excited to spend two fun-filled nights at a hotel. 

As soon as we checked in, we changed into our suits and headed to the pool. Our kids have become such little guppies lately! They love swimming, and thanks to their puddle jumpers they've become pretty independent in the pool.

We swam for a long time, and then headed back to our room for Family Movie Night...

When we woke up the next morning, Dave wasn't feeling well. We had some breakfast, and he rallied so we could all go play on the beach =)

After our beach play, we headed into downtown Seaside to grab lunch and play for a bit...


By the afternoon, David was feeling really poorly. He stayed back in the hotel room while I took the twins to the pool...

That evening, Abbey started coughing and felt like she was getting a fever. I ended up making a late night run to the grocery store for children's Tylenol (which was SO frustrating...I swear this is the one time I've forgotten to pack it, and of course it's the one time it's needed)

She tossed and turned and coughed until around Midnight we finally realized none of us were going to get any sleep this way. Two outta four of us sick and all sharing one room? Nope. So I chugged a Red Bull and loaded up our family to drive us home.

About an hour into our trip, Abbey said she felt sick. About a second later she puked everywhere. All over her carseat and jammies. And we were on a poorly lit highway in the middle of no where.
We stripped her down and used baby wipes to clean her off. Luckily we had our bags of clothes for the weekend with us, so we had something clean to change her into.

We made it home a little after 2am, quickly bathed Abbey, and then we all went to bed.

I thought for sure the kids would sleep until 11am.

I was wrong.

They were up and raring to go by 8am. Well, Abbey was still feeling a little puny, but Luke was up to his usual shenanigans...

In the 15 days that followed, our little family passed around one horrible illness after another.
It was AWFUL.

Like, I can still hardly talk about it awful.

We ALL got really, really sick. And snowed in.
That's right, a random snow and ice storm came during this time as well.
The only bright side was the snow meant Dave and I didn't actually have to pick up the phone to call in sick to work.

Luke got a horrible, nasty cold. Dave had a nasty sinus infection. Abbey had bronchiolitis. I had a double ear infection, pneumonia, and a bruised rib from hacking so hard.


Abbey had to get a chest xray to rule out pneumonia...

...which, Thank God, it wasn't. But her bronchiolitis went on for so long, she finally was RX'd her first antibiotic ever. Six straight days of fever and feeling crummy. Poor thing!

And Luke, bless his heart, our boy smiled even with a mask on ;)

It was probably the sickest I have ever been. And Dave was so sick too. We were both trying to care for our sick children. And occasionally make a meal. And it went on for over 2 weeks.


But. We are all healthy now, and have been for quite some time. And I'm so, so grateful. That's the upside of being really sure appreciate being well again!!

And we're going to schedule a Beach Vacation Do Over for sometime in this Spring, because this one SO does not count.

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