Lest you think that we are dragging around all the time with clouds of gloom and doom over our heads, I'd like to share some photos of our Christmas fun. It's just part of the paradox that we can grieve and celebrate all at the same time. We had a hard Christmas, but we had a good Christmas, too, with holiday traditions soundly enjoyed. We made gingerbread men, trash (yes, trash, but not what you think), sweet'n'salty peanuts, and cookies; and ate it all! We had Christmas Eve breakfast at Cracker Barrel, guessed the Thing (Eric won it - it was a rubber band ball.), went to services, spent hours slowly opening gifts on Christmas Day, and watched a Christmas movie. Oh, and ate a huge dinner and lots and lots of dessert! We've also had to make New Year's resolutions after all that eating.Santa Patrick with Papa.Gilbert LOVES vacuums, so that's just what Nana and Papa gave him. The carpet at home is cleaner than ever!!Patrick loves rocking, and he loves climbing in and out, in and out, in and out! Katie, Eric, and Kelly: three islands in a sea of gifts!Gilbert and Justin are red-shirted bookends with Kristin and Alan in the middle. Guess what John's favorite TV show is!Christmas dinner with English Christmas Crackers, complete with paper crowns, little toys, and silly riddles.