Monday, July 20, 2015

much sickness. very fun.

So remember how Matt was sick during our vacation and it was super lame? Yeah, well. What I didn't mention is that he'd also been sick (although not THAT sick) the week-ish before vacation. And then we came home and he was just progressively sicker. And so it turns out he has mono. Yep! MONO! Like a high schooler! And I am also sick, although hopefully not with mono. But let me tell you, we were one heck of a household last week. Sick Erika. Sicker Mattie. 
Did someone say something about "in sickness and in health"? Okay, got it.
Poor Millie was trying to raise was pathetic. It's convenient that she can walk now, though. Millie, go get Mommy some tea. Good girl...

Just kidding. Maybe.

Maybe I'll get your tea if you get yourself together and PUT SOME CLOTHES ON ME, WOMAN!
Fortunately, we're both feeling a good bit better so far this week. Tired, but functioning. And even MORE fortunately, Millie seems to have escaped our House o' Germs unscathed this time. Miracle of miracles. Despite our under-the-weatherness, we still managed to get Millie to the ENT last week so that we could schedule her surgery for tubes for THIS week! I am seriously so excited. I am so incredibly tired of the poor thing's constant ear infections. I can't wait for her to feel (and hear) better!

So between sickness and trying to take care of Mattie and Millie and still go to work on occasion, too...there hasn't been a whole lot of excitement in the last week. Except for Millie. She's always exciting. Since her parents have been total duds, she's taken a renewed interest in befriending animals.

Heeeeere kitty kitty!!! Come be my friend!
Lolas are a girl's best friend.
And this has nothing to do with anything, but one day I went to pick her up at school and she was napping like Spiderman. It was basically the greatest thing ever.

Even sick mommies can manage to pull out the baby pool for hours of saying "SIT, Millie! Sit on your bottom! NO, Millie, no jumping. SIT, Millie!" fun.

But what kind of chump would sit when they know how to JUMP? "Sit" is for dogs, I tell ya.
Um, is anyone going to pull these weeds? Seriously, this is humiliating.
Between traveling and being sick, I've managed to do a lot of reading the last weeks. Since it's been awhile since I've done a good 'book report,' here are a few of my recent favorites (and not-so-favorites).

We Were Liars (E.Lockhart): LOVED it. Ten out of five stars. I mean, maybe I'm exaggerating, but I knew basically nothing about this book and it was just awesome. Easy, quick, well-written.

The Girl on the Train (Paula Hawkins): Enjoyed it. Four out of five stars. I think this one was just overhyped for me. It was a good read, but I just didn't feel like it was anywhere near the caliber of Gone Girl, which is what most folks seemed to compare it to. Decent mystery, good character development, but the end of the day, it really wasn't anything super special, I felt like.

Dark Places (Gillian Flynn): Awesome. Seven out of ten stars. (Note: there may be something flawed with my rating system; I can't seem to stay within my own parameters...) This was a much more satisfying mystery than Girl on the Train- nearly up to Gone Girl level, if slightly less twisted. It was definitely still dark and probably disturbing to some, but I really enjoyed it.

The Nightingale (Kristin Hannah): Captivating. I'm running out of adjectives, I think. ;) Five out of five stars. But to be honest, I didn't finish the last third of the book. HA. This was my book club book for this month and my reserve copy didn't come in until late and so I just wasn't able to finish it before we met last week. I LOOOOVED every single minute of it up until I had to stop reading, and then at our meeting, the other girls filled me in on how everything wrapped up. Annnnd I cried (along with the girls describing it) the whole time that they told me what happened, and now I a) know how it ends and b) can't bring myself to suffer through actually READING it, so I'm not sure if I will. But still, this is an amazing historical fiction about two sisters living in German-occupied France during WWII. Read it.

Matched trilogy (Ally Condie): I should probably rate these separately. Book 1: 5/5 for YA Dystopian. Extremely similar to Hunger Games and The Giver, with a few new elements thrown in for variety. Very enjoyable and left me wanting more. Book 2: 2/5 for anything. Seriously almost gave up. The pace crashed to a halt and this book was trying WAY too hard to be deep. Teenage melodrama, blah. Probably wouldn't have pressed on to Book 3 except that I already had it sitting on my table...Book 3 (50% through): 4/5 for YA Dystopian. So far I'm loving it. The pace has picked way back up and we're getting to some good action and not just love-conflicted soliloquies. So although I haven't finished, I think I will overall end up liking the series. You can skip book 2, though. I can just summarize what happens in about 3 minutes and you can save yourself a lot of eye rolling.

So anyway, now I'm all accounted for. No time for blogging thanks to household sickness, the ridiculously cute baby, and a whole lotta "summer reading" (ha, although I read this much all the time, but it sounds peppier if I call it "summer reading," right?). My "to read" list is getting low, though, so let me know what I need to get to next!

PS. If you have a few minutes, would you pray for Katie Hall and her two boys? They are friends of my friend Colleen, and they lost their husband and daddy unexpectedly earlier this month, three weeks after the birth of their second son. I can't imagine that kind of loss at a time like that (or any time, really), but I know that the prayers and support even of strangers can be a comfort during painful seasons. You can visit Colleen's post for more information about David's life and how to pray and support his family in this difficult time. Thanks, friends.


  1. You're the second family I know hit with mono...crazy! Hoping both you and Matt are back to health ASAP! Just say the word and I'll fly down to take care of Millie. :)

  2. Oh no mono is the worst! Glad you're both on the road to recovery. Good luck for little Millie with those tubes!

  3. I am so sorry for all the sickness.

    Cannot imagine the pain of losing a husband/daddy. I will def be praying for that family.

  4. Super lame about all the sickness in the house! And terrible for your friend's friend- I will pray!

    I expect detailed and helpful notes about Millie's tubes for when it's our turn with Colby next week, ok?

  5. Hope you guys get to feeling better soon so that Millie can quick taking care of you sicklings! haha Prayers that everything goes well with getting her tubes put in.

    So sorry to hear of the loss, I can't even fathom going through that. :(

  6. Mono? I haven't heard about mono since 7th grade. I hope he feels better soon!

    Cracks me up about the baby pool. This is the point where you really have to like the name you chose for your child because you will say it A LOT!!!

  7. That is so so so sad - going to check out the story now - thanks for sharing!!!

    I love the pics with her and the animals! Well, I love every pic of her!!!! She is TOO much!

  8. Even though Millie has had her share of sicknesses in her short little life, it sure was nice of her to let you and Matt have the sick spotlight without her for a little while! Sweet little thing.

    Been thinking of Katie and her kids all morning - praying for peace as they grieve...

  9. Lots of info in 1 post! Sorry everyone is sick but glad everyone is mending. And man that's horrible about that family - will definitely pray for them. There is so much sadness out there, definitely makes me hold my family a little closer and is a good reminder that life is short!

    Books! I did a YA post Sunday talking about/ranking all the YA dystopian books I've read - I 100% concur about Matched - the 2nd book was TOUGH but the 3rd one way made up for it. I was thinking about reading Dark Places (I'm doing a book challenge and needed a book with 'light' or 'dark' in the title) but was a little scared - this one sounded way twisty and creepy. I liked Gone Girl (and thought The Girl on the Train was good but not GOOD...have you read Luckiest Girl Alive? Probably near The Girl on the Train - dark/twisty wise - as in not so much) but don't typically go for super dark/twisty so was unsure about Dark Places...

  10. Sorry for all the sickness:( But THANK YOU for the book reviews. I picked up one from my library already and put holds on two more! I really like reading...I don't like finding books to read so thanks for doing that for me!

    1. Hahaha I feel the same way-- figuring out what to read next can be way too much work!! Glad I could help a little!! :)

  11. I don't know why but this post kind of made me laugh. Once upon a time, this would have been enough material for a weeks worth of blogs. Now, it's like shove it all in because you might not blog for a week. Still very impressed with all of your reading! You accomplish so much with you evenings!

  12. We are like reading twins! I just finished The Nightingale yesterday, AMAZING! I also read we were liars and the girl on the train this month. I agree that The Girl on the Train wasn't as good as I was expecting. I really liked We Were Liars though. What's next on your list? I'm reading Silent Wife for our book club this month and just got All The Light You Cannot See from the library and I'm excited for another WWII book.

    I hope you and Matt are feeling better, Millie is adorable as usual! :)

    1. I haven't heard of Silent Wife- I will have to investigate!! I've heard such great things about All the Light You Cannot See, I will definitely be reading that sometime...I'm on a WWII kick, too!

  13. Adorable pictures! I hope you feel better and I'll send a prayer to your friend's family.

  14. So sorry you guys are under the weather. Glad to hear ya'll seem to be turning the corner! YEAH for the book reviews! I just downloaded We Were Liars. I also just downloaded The Young Elites per a recommendation. Sounds like it might be up your alley!

    1. I haven't heard of The Young Elites! I will look it up!!

    2. Oh, heck yeah- it's by the same author as the Legend trilogy!!!! Just put it on hold at the library- thanks so much for the recommendation!!

  15. I'm so sorry you all have been so sick, although thankful that Millie escaped this time. I hope her tubes surgery went as well as it could have and that those tubes cure all her infections, even the non-ear related ones :)

    Thanks for all the books recommendations. I can't read to get back into reading again. Lately with all the new job info coming into my brain, reading (sadly) has been put on hold.

    And I am praying for Katie and her boys. I cannot imagine what they are going through. They have been on my mind ever since I read your post (and then Colleen's blog).


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