We were so excited to get to travel to Oklahoma for our first Christmas celebration of the season with my side of the family. We were a little nervous to be around a lot of people at one time, since we had not done that really since my diagnosis. My white blood count has been low since starting chemo; thus, being around a lot of people in an small space has been off limits. I have actually learned how to be extremely careful so that I do not get ill. Did you know a recent study found that people touched their faces an average of 3.6 times per hour, and common objects an average of 3.3 times per hour? This rate of self-touching means that people likely get germs on their hands much more frequently than they wash germs off their hands. So, I constantly wash my hands and am extremely aware of everything I touch. The concern we have with getting around crowds of folks though is due to the exposure of our children. If our children become ill, it will be pretty easy for me to get sick since I am responsible for taking care of them. Children carry lots of germs and tend to put their hands (which are huge germ carriers) in their mouths. So, while we were visiting we used Lysol a TON, trying to be cognizant of everything that other children playing with or touched before allowing Luke or Abbey to touch them. Also, with Abbey crawling everywhere, we even regularly used Lysol on the carpet and made sure no one wore shoes in the house. We were so thankful that everyone we visited was not sick. Here are some photo memories from our visit.
|Abbey in her Christmas pjs.|
|Cousins in their Christmas pjs (poor little Kaylee wasn't happy about the photo session at this point in time)|
|Lilly is thinking about which of her gifts she would like to play with first|
|Kaylee was excited to try on her Cinderella wedding dress. Doesn't she look so pretty?|
|It was a cinderella Christmas for the little girls! Linnea is here playing with her new "my first cinderella" doll.|
|Little Natalie tries out her new chair|
|Dr. Linnea, the veterinarian|
|The beautiful weather meant outside play was a must for the kiddos!|
|Kaylee, Traber and Luke were pretending to see animals all over the yard.|
We were so glad got to visit with some of our aunts and uncles and cousins while we were there. It was so much fun hanging out with them and visiting, even if for a short while. I miss my family so much! Here is a photo of Abbey opening a gift of new books from my cousin Kristin (and her husband, Michael):
We even managed to get my family together for a silly group photo:
And, we made sure we visited our favorite Christmas lights display--at Rhema Bible Church. They have millions of lights, including a huge light display that is choreographed to music. Luke absolutely loved this and didn't want to leave.
We drove back home on Monday, the morning of Christmas eve. We were concerned there would be many others also traveling, causing some bad traffic. However, traffic was actually lighter than usual. We had a great drive home. Most importantly, we had a wonderful time in Oklahoma and no one got sick!
We were excited to be able to spend Christmas day at our house. There is just something about watching your kids experience Christmas morning in your own house that is so special.
|Coming down the stairs..he spots his new bike.|
|Checking out his new bike.|
|We left santa one of these "Ninjabread" cookies.|
|Luke and Abbey were checking out one of Abbey's gifts (Luke has played with this toy even more than Abbey--go figure!)|
We have one more celebration of Jesus' birth with Drew's side of the family this weekend. I am so thankful I was able to get my chemo today so that we can celebrate with them soon! More uplifting of spirits to come! :-)