My five year old was supposed to go see her dad, but ended up with the flu and vomiting so she couldn't. It took seventy dollars.to get her meds (tamiflu and an albuterol inhaler) which decimated my grocery budget. My mom gave me a wad of cash that ended up being enough to buy groceries AND pick up some extra gifts and stocking stuffers. My two year old ended up with some virus (not the flu) that gave him blisters in his mouth so all he wanted to do was nurse, and so me, the five year old and the two year old missed out on Christmas with my MIL, which upset the two year old very much (he loves his Nina).
We also had to bag our anniversary plans, and it was just crazy. The kids got lots of greatly gifts which made them happy. Since they were happy I was happy. My MIL gave me a $100 gift card to Dillard's that I am excited to use.