For 10 days a stomach bug ravaged the Swanson house (plus a cold which turned into an ear infection for Simone). Illness entered our house on Saturday, December 15th and stuck around until Tuesday, December 25th. With that being said, we had to gracefully bow out of every organized, extended family celebration. Other than feeling a bit cooped up in the house, we actually had a wonderful Christmas holiday. The kids were perfectly content staying home and playing together with their new toys. And Dirk and I actually enjoyed the downtime with the kids. It was a very relaxing and peaceful Christmas. At the end of the day, we feel blessed to have our health, a beautiful family and a warm roof over our heads.