Friday, December 27, 2013

Merry Belated Christmas!

If you haven't gotten a Christmas card from us, don't be hurt. Thanks to students who attended school with the flu, I caught it before school even got out, then passed it on to Shekina. Now I have bronchitis, and my parents and Goddy have colds. We've spent the break sick, and the kids didn't even get to go see Santa (a major disappointment for me), because frankly, I just couldn't do it. It wasn't the first Christmas together we wanted or expected, but in the end, it hasn't been half bad. We've ventured out to a gathering or two to see loved ones and old friends, but mostly we've stayed home, holed up in my parents' house in the country, warming ourselves with soup and hot ginger tea, playing word games and puzzles, and watching Goddy watch his new electric trains go round and round the track for the millionth time. 

When we came home from Congo in July, it was strongly suggested that we cocoon for up to six months. We did so until Shekina went to school in September and I started work in October, quite a good bit of time. That being said, it has been positively lovely, no matter how sick we are, to reconnect in this fashion again. Here's to more days spent together around the fire and Christmas tree. We hope you were able to find the same, minus the hacking and fevers. 

Merry Christmas from the Boltons

P.S. My Christmas cards may not make it out of the house until next July, but by damn, they're going to be sent sometime! 

Pictures from our holidays (so far): 

Sick on the couch, with a fire behind her and a TV in front of her. 

Toasting to our first Christmas Eve together 

This new (used from family) train table has kept Godson occupied for much of the last three days! He LOVES it! 

Mr. Dirty-Nose Conductor 

Christmas dinner 

Christmas fun with cousin Coleman 

And cousin Olivia 

Fuzzy, dirty-nosed Chubs

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!

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