Anyway, this really isn't about my personal goals (which, I admit, I do have). We had one of the most eventful New Year's Eve days that I think we've ever had!
We started off the day with Devin making smoothies at Claire's request. After Claire had her smoothie, she told me her throat and face felt scratchy--like it does when she has nuts. Unfortunately, I told her she was just imagining things and she should drink some water and eat an apple, and she'd be fine. Then, the kids sat down to watch a movie and Claire told me she was feeling really sick and itchy. Again, being the good mom that I am, I told her just to lie still and she'll feel better.
Well, she didn't. Within an hour, she had a SERIOUS reaction (we still don't know to what) and looked like she had eaten an almond (luckily it wasn't as serious as when she eats cashews, but still...), so I gave her a dose of Benadryl. It didn't do anything. I gave her another one and called Devin at the embassy. I left Josh in charge of the kids (my housekeeper was on the way, but I couldn't wait--besides, he's 10 and is pretty responsible) and zoomed off to the embassy with a very puffy Claire. I dropped her off to Devin so he could take her to the Health Unit while I tried to find somewhere to park. By the time I got in, Claire was worse (she had HUGE raised hives covering her whole body--especially her face and neck!!!) and the nurses had called motorpool for a ride and the emergency room to tell us we were coming. The nurse came with us with a huge bag full of emergency things (like oxygen and stuff) and we took off in the big armored SUV for the hospital.
When we got to the hospital, even the doctors/nurses there made the 'oh my goodness' face for a split second before they put on their 'it's all ok and you'll be fine' face that they're supposed to always have on! Wow. They checked her over, gave her some shots, and within minutes of the shots the swelling went down and she looked almost totally normal (other than being pretty pale and puffy around the eyes still--from crying, of course)! She got a prescription for a week's worth of allergy meds. We had a fun time trying to find them, too. Most pharmacies said they didn't have it and it was hard to find. Silly. But, she's ok now, and you'd never know we were sitting in the emergency room all morning!! I don't like allergic reactions. Especially when I don't know what it was that caused it! No one had any nuts. We think MAYBE she had a reaction to the orange peel that Devin put into the smoothie--and the only reason we think this is because orange/grapefruit peel gives me an allergic reaction when I touch it. The oils make my face/mouth/tongue go totally numb. That's all we can think of. Total mystery. The doctors didn't know, either. Scary. Now, though, I know that when Claire says she's starting to feel scratchy, I do something about it. Yikes.
After Claire's exciting trip to the hospital, we headed back to the embassy. One of Devin's co-workers owns a bird, and that bird laid eggs and they actually hatched! So, the guy had a whole bunch of birds and asked if we wanted some! Yes! So, we picked up the birds to take home with us. Everyone loves the little critters--that still have no name yet... I wanted to call them Alfred and Hitchcock: The Birds...but my kids didn't get it, so they're still nameless.
We finally got home and I was so beat... The kids and I were supposed to have gone to the Children's Museum since it was Monday (cleaning day), but the morning rush to the hospital sort of shot that. I started to make our New Year's Eve dinner, when Devin came home early! Hooray! They closed the embassy early, which was very nice of them. So, Devin took the kids to the Children's Museum while I made dinner! I made all the traditional things for New Year's Eve: Ham, black eyed peas, green beans, rolls, ice cream... We had some friends over for dinner and enjoyed some great times eating, playing, and watching movies! :) Then, three of my friend's boys (she has 4--and her husband is in Iraq right now) stayed the night with us! So, we had all 7 kids sleeping in one room! Woohoo!! Good times. The kids were all asleep by about 11pm, and we were too tired to try to stay up, so we all brought in the New Year by sleeping. Ha!
So, happy New Year, everyone! I hope 2013 brings lots of fun and excitement and experiences that you'll never forget (in a good way)!