So, these aren't the real pictures of what our traditional family Twelfth Day of Christmas looked like, but they do explain the lack of posting. Our girls were hit hard by the stomach flu the weeks following Christmas, both during our Michigan trip and when we returned home. Poor Mali only made it back to school for a few hours before she came down with it. On a related note, she has become a devoted Price is Right Fan and is eagerly planning a family vacation there in 18 years.
We did manage to open their last gifts to celebrate that night (Karaoke CD's, a piggy bank to paint, and a Melissa & Doug sticker pad) and to have a turkey dinner for those who felt up for food. Jonathan was so excited to open his last stocking stuffer of Beer Flavored Jelly Belly beans!
And just for fun, here is a shot of our fancy girl, dressed in some of her gifts. Christmas is always beautiful, even while the world and all of its sickness may not be.