It's a little late for a "New Year" post, but we rang in the new year a little differently this time. (I hope to do more of a "New Year" post when we get back in town.) Several of us were up New Years Eve at midnight with a stomach bug. Oh and it was the fun kind - the kind I have been trying to avoid all year! The kind where you need several pairs of sheets and pajamas handy. Our 2-year old had it over the weekend and then on Sunday night my 4-year old got it, my Mother got it (poor Mimi), and then myself. Luckily, after investing in gobs of Lysol and Purell, no one else in the family got it. But since Brian and my Dad were the sole caretakers for a while, much of our laundry has been discolored. Oh well. At least they were using hot water to kill the germs. But now we are all feeling much better and hope to enjoy our last day of vacation together.
Before we all got sick, the entire side of my family was able to be together for a day and half for Christmas. It was the first time in 2 years that everyone was able to be together. It was kind of crazy having a 7 year old and 7 more kids aged 4 and under in the house, plus all of the crazy adults - but we all had a great time.
We made several attempts at a family picture and this is one of the best. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.