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Christmas Recap

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Presents were opened by 6:05 am.

We had nowhere to go and it was great.

Big breakfast | toy building | Wii playing |  picture taking

Michael gave me a camera. He’s the best gift-giver ever!!! Remember the Stand Mixer! I gave him a can opener. Lame.

 

So out of the 600+ I’ve taken, here are some of the *better* ones:

 

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That last one is the only one I edited…that’s a whole other ballgame!! Lots of googling and YouTube “How to” ahead!!

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a NEW number!!

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Yesterday we celebrated at Chuck E Cheese, whenever someone would wish him “Happy Birthday” Josh would tell them he’s not a new number yet. 🙂

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Josh and Jaeden, best buds!

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Getting a little help from dad, pushing the pedal haha.

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She wasn’t very impressed with Chuck E. or his rides.
Now we’re off to meet grandma for lunch at the birthday boys favorite place – Chick-Fil-A

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Silly boy!

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Say, “Candy!”

Back in November we had family pictures scheduled, but two weeks prior to the shoot the photographer cancelled. Her camera broke and then was moving, so no time to reschedule. It’s not exactly easy finding a good photographer during the holiday season and definitely not easy when you live in a small town. I was pretty bummed. Finally I decided I’d just do them myself. They aren’t taken with a fancy camera. But I’m happy. It made for good memories. And sticky hands.

Enjoy.

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Sweet•Tart

Today J helped me make homemade Pop-Tarts.

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Serious concentration – brushing on egg.
His favorite part was stabbing! the holes.

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After baking for 20 minutes and hearing, “Are they ready?!” 436 times, it was time to enjoy them. I drizzled ours with honey instead topping with icing – So good!!

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That’s his YUMMY face!

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Leader of The Pack

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Today we were invited to breakfast at school to recognize Abby for her great grades and leadership. Very proud of her!

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Notice Lydia’s mouth, stuffed Full!

Last night we put up our tree. It’s a Christmas Miracle been a looooong time since we’ve put up a tree so the kids were SO excited! I wanted to go cut down our own, sip on hot chocolate, caroling through the woods.. But Michael snapped me back to reality and reminded me we have 4 kids and it’ll only end in whining and me upset it wasn’t perfect. So we did the next best thing.

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Can’t beat a 6′ tree for $17.98!!

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We also picked up some fun glasses that reflect the lights as snowmen.
She loves the tree!

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And he’s saying, “Pleeeease can I open just one?!”

It feels like a warm Spring day, but I know the cold is coming. Boooo! As I write I’m letting them enjoy Popsicles in the tub (the safest place to eat a Popsicle!).

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Have a great weekend! Stay warm!!

(Birthday love to cousin Addy and Aunt Katrina!)

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