Saturday, December 25, 2010

best. christmas. ever.

We set out to make this the best christmas ever (because if you don't, then what the hell's the point?), and we succeeded. The kids had a blast and we did also. Matthew has been feeling ok. He is starting to experience some more serious symptom of graft vs host disease. Mostly leg rashes but also some considerable nausea. He felt pretty good for most of the day but also had some stretches where he seemed very tired and weak.

The pic above pretty much says it all.

Claire did not want to go downstairs without Matthew.  She waited for him in his bed while we unhooked his IV fluids and then they went down together.  Awesome big sister.

Present hangover

 harley davidson santa. 
(claire is not pictured because, as she said, "I like Christmas.  I'm just not that into Santa)
We missed the special needs days for the Naperville Santa so learned of this dude during our normal stalking of harley davidsons.  worked out well as there were very few people there.  Still very limited as far as places we can go.


Garbis Grapevine said...

Glad you guys had a great Christmas. Hope the little guy feels better soon. A Greek candle was lit last night:-)

The Hitmaker said...

Merry Christmas to all of you.
The best part of this is that Claire wouldn't go downstairs without the dude--that is solid gold. Great big sister.
Also love that Gene is playing with the train long after the kids have been wiped out.
Keep on keeping on, and here's to good things to come.

Peg Baker said...

Dear Gene and Nicole,

These are great photos of Matthew and Claire! You all continue to have our daily prayers. Please give our Christmas hugs to the children, to each other and to the family.

Merry Christmas!
Love, Peg and Michael

Sue Joy said...

Merry Christmas Furibondo's! Great pics and what a sweet big sis!

Melissa said...

Merry Christmas Furibondos! Very sweet pics - glad to hear it was the best Christmas ever! (Gene - I always thought Claire looked like you but she looks so much like Nicole in these pictures! So cute!!)

Katie Leisner said...

Happy holidays, Furibondos! What great pictures!

Thank you for linking to The Cara Program's website and promoting our work to help homeless and at-risk adults stabilize their lives through our life- and career-skills training, job placement and other services! Much appreciated!

JM Beluga said...

Merry Christmas! So sweet that Claire waited for Matthew b4 she ran downstairs. Love it. Here's to 2011! May it be the best.year.ever.

The Olsons