Thankfully, it wasn't a long, drawn-out virus. But I know from experience that those first six hours seemed like an eternity to Katie. She did perk up toward evening and we spent the evening with my family and managed to get a few good pictures (in front of my parents' nice fat tree!)...
(picture of our kids and their cousins)
Katie, of course, sacked out early. Over the next two days, her appetite gradually returned and she was able to enjoy her new things.
This is our skinny tree.
At first, liked it. It's pre-lit, after all! Who doesn't like a pre-lit tree? But it's too thin for me. I like a big fat tree! The trouble is that our room is small. But next year, we'll try a new plan because I like my fat tree! :)
Emily said that this was the best Christmas ever! Words every parent likes to hear.
Everyone got homemade quilts from my mother-in-law. She did a beautiful job! We had Christmas with them on Christmas Eve, so everyone was healthy and happy! :)
Even Maggie got a quilt!
My sister-in-law, who lives 400 miles or so away, stayed with us through Christmas. She and I managed to find a little time to sew together and made a couple shopping bags from scrap fabric I had in a box (pictures later). I've already put them to good use!
Our Christmas Eve service at church was like no other. I love the way they incorporated the children into the service by giving them all small bells that went with a meaningful story.
This is a picture of Emily at my extended family Christmas party. I know it's a little out of place in this post, but it was too cute to not include!
All in all, it was a strange, but wonderful Christmas. We are blessed by God through others, and I hope that in some small way, we blessed Him, too.