We passed a stressful December. Sean, Faith and Abby made an unscheduled trip to Chicago to see Sean’s family and were gone for nearly a week. That was tough. While they were gone, Gloria fell ill with influenza which has been working its way through the rest of the family since. Bede is sick now and the rest of us are done with it. Thank goodness.

Christmas was nice though! We celebrated Christmas here and then went to my parents’ house for Boxing Day and an extended family party. The children are pleased with their gifts, I think, which were selected with care and love. I don’t have many pictures of it though.

Gilbert got this neat-o racetrack, Neo Track. It has a bajillion pieces but it’s bendy and easy to use. Highly recommend. Even though Bede’s favorite thing is to take it all apart. They also got one of those spring-steel insta-tent things that’s a big hit. Many (many!) books, Toy Story 3, lots and lots of blocks, wooden railway, hmm, did I mention books.

Bread and Jam for Frances Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel Warriors Super Edition: Bluestar's Prophecy How to Be a Pirate [HT BE A PIRATE] The Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book One: Lightning Thief Deluxe Edition There's a Wocket in My Pocket!Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard Volume 1 Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator The Princess Tales, Volume I The Princess Tales, Volume 2 Flags of the World Richard Scarry's Bedtime Stories (Pictureback(R))

And there must be more.

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