The year of the flu

It really has been so hit or miss on my poor little blog lately!  I think this year will go down in the history book as “The Year of the Flu”.  Pregnancy has left my immune system basically worthless and for the last month we have all taken turns passing around a variety of illnesses.  Chills, fever, aches, sore throats, coughing, throwing up… you name it, we’ve had it!  I’ll admit that I’m a little weary and ragged around the edges but I think we are starting to see the end of this (knock on wood).

Valentine’s Day was sweet this year, not romantic, but sweet. 
The kiddos get so much enjoyment out of Valentine’s Day and the anticipation is half the fun!

On Wednesday morning I went to our local tulip farm Dutch Hollow and picked out a bunch of tulips for Valentine’s Day gifts.  Love going to Dutch Hollow!  Gorgeous tulips for amazing prices and it is run by the nicest family!  While we were there buying our flowers, Farmer John (the owner) went out to the field and came back with a pink tulip for Miss E.  She could not have been more pleased!  I also decided I could get used to having 70 tulips sitting in my kitchen!

I was sick with the flu just days before Valentine’s day, but Grammy came to the rescue and made homemade suckers with the boys so they could share them with their classmates.

I got up extra early and packed a special lunch for the boys, complete with a little love letter. 

This is a picture I took of the boys that morning, with the flowers for their teachers.  J wasn’t real keen on being seen holding flowers but I wouldn’t take no for an answer.  G on the other hand could hardly wait to walk into the classroom with his tulips for Mrs. Boone!

After I dropped the boys off at school Miss E and I went to my parents house for breakfast.  My dad had worked all morning to make a special Valentine’s Day breakfast for us!  We’re pretty spoiled girls.

Yes, that’s a little glimpse of my ever-growing belly.  

Later that afternoon, our little school, put on a sweet Valentine’s Day performance for the local rest home.  They did such a good job!  Afterwards they passed out handmade cards, cookies, and hugs.

Cutie cousins :)

That afternoon my husband came home early from work with the flu, so I spent Valentine’s Day evening curled up on the couch with some candy and watched the first two episodes of Downton Abby.  Yes, yes, I know!  I’m terribly behind on the whole Downton Abby obsession, but I’m catching up!

Lastly… it’s that time of year again. 

Hope you had a lovely Valentine’s Day!  ~April

18 thoughts on “The year of the flu

  1. foreveranoatneygirl_n2Hisown

    aww!! i wish i lived closer and could help you out in some way! so much sickness wears on anyone, let alone when you’re pregnant! which, by the way, looks VERY cute on you!! eek!! i’m so excited for your baby. even though you’re a million miles away. =(
    all your little touches for the kids on Vday were soooo sweet! i did hte heart shaped sandwiches here too and they all thought it was so fun. your dad making a special breakfast for his girls; that is PRECIOUS!! i have to say i’m a teensy bit jealous. ;)
    Downton Abbey? behind on that one? ha. you and me both.
    i was so happy to see a post from you here; been missing you!
    much love,

  2. aliyagator

    Do you find that you eat with elbows on the table more while pregnant?  I totally do.  It’s like If I’m not leaning on the table with my arms that I’m too far away to eat .

    What a wonderful Valentines day.  :)  Very sweet.  The ONLY thing I did valentine-y was make heart shaped cookies.  Which I never decorated.  Was sort of hoping to be otherwise busy with a tiny little girl so I made no plans. 
    I can’t wait for some weather like that!

  3. lifeisadance

    Oh boy, I sure can relate with your “year of the flu” stuff! It sounds like you’ve had more than we did, but this morning I’m home from church with a littloe girl who has pink eye. It’s just been one thing after the other for us too. And you’re pregnant on top of it, and were so sick with that!! I do hope this is the last of it for you!!

    I am always struck with how gorgeous your kids are – their eyes are just stunning! Pretty sure they get that from you. :)

    And sweet sweet that your dad did a breakfast for you and E! You are looking fabulous!! I love your hair!! And you’ve got that pregnancy glow, even with being sick~ how did you do that?! :) Darling little tummy too. I just think pregnant women are soo beautiful!

    Love love to you!

  4. ABAHM

    I love all the sweet in the midst of winter woes.  We are fighting off the dreaded cold here after exposure from my eldest son.  We have tried to be sooooo careful so David won’t have sickness on top of all his ills.
    Love all the tulips!  You are right about being able to live with buckets of them me too!  One year the florist that was down the hill threw out a whole dumpster of flowers…we could only surmise they had a cancelled wedding or something.  My husband was very patient and dug out lots of flowers for me.  I had a huge bouquet of white tulips on my dresser that week, as well as other flowers around the house, and shared with neighbors, family, and friends.  Now that was FUN.
    Love that growing tummy!  
    You show the sweet kind of Valentines we love.  Love of God and family, and the school loving on the rest home is so lovely!

  5. redladybug18

    I hope all the sickies leave your house soon!  All that sickness doesn’t sound fun. 

    You and E are looking so cute and  the boys are so handsome with their flowers. 
    I bet their teacher loved the tulips and I love that big bunch on your table!  SO pretty!

  6. nov_way

    Loving the pictures and that baby-bump does look cute on you =D

    A great way for that day to be spent ^.^

    As for being prone to sickness, I hope you’re using more spices now. Might want to google ‘a 1/4 of cinnamon and some honey’ and see how it may be of great benefit to you and your sweet family.

  7. Richgem

    What a very loving dad you have to make a special breakfast for you! You, too are sweet for doing special things for your cutie pitootie kids! A big portion of my Vday was spent trying to get lots of blood out of my mother’s bedroom carpet, the curtain, the bathroom, the bedding. she’d had a massive nose bleed in the night). My hubby was a Love the evening before, bringing me a dozen pink roses, saying, Happy Valentine’s Day Eve! I’m so glad he did that because it made Vday and the stress of it more bearable.

  8. pettybunch

    I’m so sorry you’ve all been ill!! December and January was our turn, although Praise God we never had any stomach bugs!! You definitely are a beautiful pregnant lady. So glad to get a glimpse of the baby bump!

    Dannye is just getting into Downton Abbey, although she may be done sooner than she hoped with the little unseemly episode she’s ready to watch via internet viewing. Her sister told her about it, and said she had to change the channel during the vexing interlude!

    Your Valentine’s Day stuff is precious, and your children are even more so!!  I sure hope all is on the upswing for y’all!

  9. celebration_of_life

    Aww, must stop by and get tulips one day soon…they’re simply beautiful!
    So sorry you’ve all been sick!
    Yay, it’s time for baseball:)
    I’ve been thinkin’ it would be so fun to catch up face to face…miss you!

  10. twofus_1

    April, I was thinking last week that I haven’t heard from you for a long time, so this was quite a treat. :)  I’m so very sorry for all the sickness–that can be such a strain on a mom when it keeps going and going. :(  These brought smiles: your lunch treats for the boys, the opposite expressions on their faces, the tulips, and seeing your adorable pregnant belly.  

  11. appalolly

    Seriously?? You guys are out picking tulips and practicing softball?? No fair!!  It was below ZERO here this morning!

    Sorry to hear about all of the flu you have had going around.  That is NO fun.  I did enjoy getting a little glimpse of your belly, btw.

  12. down_onthefarm

    those tulips are breathtaking! i could e-a-s-i-l-y adjust to those in my house. :)
    bummers about all of the sickness, especially difficult, i know, when you are also growing a little person inside. we are taking our turn, jared and sarah are sick right now. i’m hoping that no one else joins them.
    i loveLOVE this peek at your tummy! so beautiful! and your lunch ideas need pinned— i want to remember them!

  13. Hutch5

    those tulips are amazing.
    YOU are adorable.
    love the heart themed lunches.
    the kids are getting big.
    and i can’t wait to meet this next one. :) )

    happy happy. as always to see an update from you!


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