My parents had a wedding to attend in Las Vegas just before Christmas this year, so they had been planning on flying out with the girls to spend Christmas with us. We were so excited to have family coming, and I was particularly excited to use so many of my pride and joy stockings again this year :-).
I still got to use the stockings, but plans changed a little, and Christmas was spent at Children’s Hospital of Colorado instead.
Stockings hanging in the hospital room.
My nurse Deb got a wheelchair for me and let me leave the hospital room to go for a walk around the hospital! First time leaving the room since Friday morning (this was Tuesday night.)
Christmas tree at the entrance of the hospital.
Mom, dad, Aspen and Capri went outside to take pictures with the decorations outside, and Nate found a wheelchair and stayed inside to play with me.
After our walk, we went back to the room for monitoring and Christmas Eve festivities.
We playing charades, but I had to close my eyes and plug my ears because I was laughing so much and laughing hurt soooo bad!
We read The Night Before Christmas and The Christmas Story. We listened to some Christmas carols and everyone opened one gift. It wasn’t unlike other Christmas Eves, just a different location. Mom and Dad had brought Nate dinner from the Ronald McDonald house, and made grilled cheese sandwiches (a family tradition).
Christmas Eve Dinner at the Ronald McDonald House.
The nurses had made sugar cookies and invited the girls to decorate them. It was a fun night.
When my family got back to the Ronald McDonald House, Santa had already been there!
Each door had a sack like this..
…filled with gifts for the kids! Calvin got soooo many presents!!! Lucky kid!
(he wasn’t going to get any…)
We are so amazed and humbled by the generosity of others. Each of these toys will be so special to us and we look forward to teaching baby Cal about service and selfless giving.
The next morning my family came with lots of wagons of supplies. We made a Christmas brunch of Belgium waffles, bacon and eggs in the family room.
We took this picture for Wade, who was pretty upset about not having Christmas breakfast this year.
That afternoon we Skyped with Skyler in Argentina.
Gathered around the Christmas tree!
And the best Christmas present was getting discharged from the hospital Christmas afternoon!
Ready to go!
The worst part about getting discharged on Christmas was trying to get my prescriptions filled – the hospital pharmacy was closed, along with pretty much every other pharmacy in Denver. Finally after about 3 hours of searching, Dad and Nate found an open pharmacy and saved the day!
Christmas dinner at the Ronald McDonald –
we are SO grateful for the volunteers who spent their holidays serving so that we could have a nice Christmas. We plan to do the same someday!
We are also grateful for my family for coming to spend Christmas with us, otherwise it could have been a sad holiday!