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Christmas 2016

All my Christmas decorations are gone. Christmas is fun, but it’s nice when it’s over.

Christmas Eve, we talked about the Nativity and sang songs, of course.img_8594

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And the kids opened presents that they picked out for each other. img_8600

And MM made sure we left out some milk and cookies for Santa Claus. img_8605

And she hung her stocking with care. img_8608

This is what she woke up to Christmas morning:img_8618

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It’s a doll house you can build and configure however you want. On one side, there are drawings of a house, and the other side is a whiteboard you can draw on. It also came with 35 pieces of furniture and 8 pipe cleaner dolls. img_8620

I worked really hard on this project. The design isn’t perfect, or close to, but it’s still fun.

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SR woke up to this race track:
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And BB very excitedly woke up to Legos.

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Dillon got his Christmas presents early, so his pile was very small. img_8630

My pile was slightly bigger, but neither of us care about presents that much.

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This was the wrapping paper the kids went through:img_8632

 

And here they are on Christmas morning:img_8635

 

They were very happy. img_8640

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MM gave me a present. She had painted this picture at her school, with the help of her bus driver, actually. She said she didn’t paint the horse, but she worked on everything else. img_8657

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There is a lot not pictured. We went to church–there was a storm coming in, and MM prayed that we would make it to church, and the storm came a few hours later than it should have so that we could make it there and back safely. When we got home, the snow and the wind picked up quite a lot.

We also had a few more presents to open. I gave my kids a Kindle Fire, which I love because there are really good parental controls so they only get 30 minutes on it every day. They also got Disney Cranium and new crayons. And a family memory game, and new outfits from Grandma, and some more board games from the other Grandma, and sticker books, and dinosaurs, and lots of good things.

I love playing with new stuff and spending time with family. I don’t like ham, so that needs to stop being a thing on Christmas. I need a new meat selection. I do love frog eye salad, which I make every Christmas. And I love the time to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

It’s such a big, convoluted holiday. But it’s pretty awesome too.

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