What is it about New Year’s Eve?

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Pass the tissue. Again.

I’m always sick on New Year’s. I can count on one hand the number of New Year’s Eves in the past fifteen years that I’ve been well.

It’s strange because I actually have a pretty good immune system. I don’t get sick much during the rest of the year, but the holidays always get me. I don’t remember this being the case before I had kids. My first New Year’s of motherhood was 2000– the big Y2K. I remember staying up until midnight, determined to see the new millennium come. I was sick on the couch with a sinus infection.

Two years later I was sick again. I delivered my son on January 3, and I had no voice. In fact, the antibiotics they gave me for the delivery made me well. I left the hospital feeling great (with my new baby boy).

Year after year, it’s been a consistent pattern. I’ve missed more church choir Christmas performances than I’ve participated in–usually because I have some kind of bronchial gunk that zaps my voice.

This year was no different. My kids have all had one bug or other since September. I stayed healthy. I went in and got a flu shot because I recently took a fulltime job, and I knew I’d have a higher chance of being exposed.

I’d rejoiced in the fact that I made it through Christmas without getting sick, but I left work on December 31st feeling lousy. Two days later I sounded terrible. I began to worry that I’d end up in the walk-in clinic begging for antibiotics.

Saturday, January 3rd, was my son’s birthday. He turned thirteen. He said, “Mom, are you ever well on my birthday?”

I started wondering. Sure, there have been years when I wasn’t sick on his birthday, but some of those were years when I got sick at Christmas and was on the mend when the new year rolled around. As I’ve gotten older, the holidays seem less fun. Maybe this is why. Someone is always sick. If it’s not me or my kids, it’s the cousins, who inevitably share their colds with us.

Maybe my body knows that at Christmas, I’m guaranteed a little down time, so it takes advantage of the window of opportunity.

I don’t know, but it’s becoming annoyingly predictable.

 

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My FAVORITE Harvest

Love, love, love August in Eastern Washington. It’s harvest time. I am so lucky to have a husband who planted a nectarine tree for me and tends it all year long, just because he knows I love them. That, my friends, is true love. He is THE BEST!

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Swpid-20140802-052850.jpgo, my NILA friends, are you hungry for some farm-fresh nectarines courtesy of Mr. Hansen?

Mmmmm. So good.

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#BeforeTheyFindUs Blog Tour- Day 4

Day Four? How did I manage to miss posting about days 2 and 3?

My daughter broke her leg and I spent ten hours in the ER in the very same week that my in-laws returned from a two year mission in Ecuador AND two families of cousins came to visit. EEK!

You know, I scheduled this blog tour on my spring break from school. My week was supposed to be WIDE open.

No matter. If you missed any of the posts from the previous days, you can follow them on the links below.

Day 2- March 25th

-Sweet Southern Home >> Review
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YA Story Teller >> Review
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Mythical Books >> Guest Post
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Shattering Words >> Review
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A Book Addict’s Bookshelves >> Top 10 List
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Istyria book blog >> Review

Day 3- March 26th

-Mom With A Kindle >> Interview
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Between Printed Pages >> Review
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Addicted Readers >> Excerpt
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Fic Central >> Review
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Romance Schmomance  >> Review
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Book Lovers Life >>  Guest Post
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My Full Bookshelf Reviews >> Review

Day 4- March 27th

-Literary Nook >> Review + Excerpt
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All in One Place >> Review
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Beauty and the Bookshelf  >> Interview
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Living in a Bookworld >> Review
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Read More Sleep Less Blog  >> Review + “Behind the Scenes”
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Gabic Reads >> Review
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We Live and Breathe Books >> Review

Don’t forget to enter the giveaways at any of these blog stops. Up for grabs: $25 Amazon gift card, autographed paperback of Before They Find Us, ebooks of Before They Find Us and Painted Blind, and this cute charm necklace plus BTFU swag:

You still have a few more days to enter to win the cute book-lover shoes! The raffle ends March 31st.
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Thanks for following the blog tour. I’d love to hear your comments about it.

 

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#BeforeTheyFindUs Blog Tour- Day 1

Today kicks off the Before They Find Us Blog Tour with Xpresso Book Tours! I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with such an awesome group of book bloggers. Make sure to hit every stop. And, don’t forget to register for the giveaway!

March 24th
-Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile  >> Review
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We Do Write >> Interview
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Lose Time Reading >> Review
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StarAngels’ Reviews >> Review
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From the Shadows  >> Top 10 List
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Pink Fluffy Hearts: Diary of a Coffee Addict >> Review
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TNT Reviews >> Review
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Pieces of Whimsy >> Review

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