We spent the week of Christmas in KY visiting Ben's family. At full capacity, we had 9 adults, 2 children, and 5 dogs inside the house. I should note that the 5 dogs were of the large variety and enjoyed being with the people, so maybe it was more like having 16 people all together. All in all, we had a good time. We did a lot of sitting around, reading, eating, talking, playing games, and sleeping. However, once Christmas Eve came, several of us did a lot more sleeping and a lot less eating than we had originally planned.
That was when Christmas 2008 will forever be known in the Evans house as the Christmas that the 24-hr stomach flu hit. It all started when we got up on Christmas Eve morning and we learned that Ben's mom had been up most of the night with various digestive system issues affecting both ends. We were all like, "aw man, hope she feels better," and "hope no one else gets sick." We sure enough, as Christmas Eve wore on, 4 more of us got sick: Ben's dad, Ben's sister, Ben, and me. Yeah, it was not particularly fun, as from mid-afternoon Christmas Eve until early Christmas morning, Ben and I took turns worshiping the porcelain god and/or riding the porcelain bus in one bathroom, while Ben's sister and dad took over another bathroom. Luckily everyone felt mostly better by Friday morning, and no other family members have gotten sick so far.
I will say that while having a stomach bug is no fun, it probably did curtail some of the holiday weight gain that might have happened ordinarily. Plus, it sure does make for a good story that will be talked about for many years to come!