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Christmas 2013

Ahh vacation! I’ve been a bit MIA this past week. Ben took the week off and the two of us have just been keeping busy doing silly things and basically just enjoying a stay-cation outside of the ordinary grind. It’s been wonderful and I’m already not looking forward to going back to work on Thursday. Why do vacations always have to go by so fast?

I’ve been going to bed too late, getting up too late, and not blogging regularly (ok, at all). I thought I’d start by recapping our Christmas. It’s almost unreal to think it was just on Wednesday and it seems a long time ago already.

Ben and I spent Christmas Eve enjoying our tradition of going out for breakfast. The year we first began dating, we’d only known one another a couple weeks when the holidays came around and decided not to celebrate together at all. Instead, we got together for breakfast and then wished one another a Merry Christmas and did our own thing. Somehow having breakfast out became a tradition for us ever since. 🙂

We met up with friends for a wonderful noon church service. I had a few last minute presents to wrap and Ben and I watched the classic “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” followed by “It’s a Wonderful Life”. We were still pretty sore from Body Pump (wimps!!) and gingerly made our way around the house laughing at one another as we grimaced at bending over or walking up stairs. Yes, we fine humor in odd things. Finally, just before bed, we opened one another’s stockings and wondered hoe much snow we’d get overnight.

Christmas began at 8am with my family. We had gotten a few inches of snow overnight and more was sprinkling throughout the day, so the roads weren’t great for traveling. As a result, we actually arrived at 8:15 – much to Alex and Matt’s chagrin. They were ready for some Christmas cheer and present un-wrapping!

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Mom had some breakfast casserole and cinnamon roll bread warm and ready. It was a delicious start to the day.

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Quick shot of the ceramic Christmas tree my Grandma made years and years ago. Does anyone else have one of these? I love them!

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We were due to celebrate with Ben’s side at 11am, and since Mom had breakfast ready to go, we grabbed plates and mugs of coffee and enjoyed a leisurely time opening gifts. I love watching everyone else open their presents – it’s actually more fun for me than opening my own. It’s a great feeling to be excited for someone.

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Matt photobombed our picture – love it!!

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My very own teenage mutant ninja turtle…

 

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This is the same ninja turtle that almost flipped out when he saw I had gotten him a Playstation 4 for Christmas. It was hilarious! Ben is normally so even-keeled and he actually looked like an excited and giddy child when he ripped the box open. Love it!!! 🙂

 

Ben and I made a triple batch of wassail and left everything simmering in the crockpot as we loaded up our loot and dropped it off at home. After a quick unloading and re-loading, we headed to see Ben’s family. Ben’s parents had this super cute set-up where they had some speakers set up outside playing Christmas music as we walked up the sidewalk. Talk about a festive greeting!

Every year the animals of their house guard the tree until it’s time to open presents. It’s pretty hilarious how excited they go surfing through the gift bags for their bones, snacks, and various toys…

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Izzy was happy to perch and watch me eat my noontime dinner:

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And then moved up close to check out my camera…

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Ha ha ha!!

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There was a little visitor out on the porch ready to come in for lunch!

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We left about 5:30 and went back to my parents’ for dinner. Mom served New York strip steak roast, mashed potatoes, and beans. It worked great because Ben’s mom served ham, squash, and jello.

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We played some games and everyone sampled the wassail. I think Dad and Alex liked it best. We made our way home way too late and I collapsed on my pillow after a wonderful day. It’s a lot of back and forth to be there for both sides of the family but it’s worth it. We love being so close to both sets of our parents so we have the ability to be a part of both Christmas celebrations!

It was a wonderful and joyous Christmas. We definitely have a lot to be thankful for!

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3 Responses

  1. That’s a lot of traveling! We split the holiday up by hosting the big dinner on Christmas eve and opening gifts for the family members. Then Christmas morning we stay home and do gifts to each other. Then go out for relaxed games and dessert in Christmas afternoon. I love the quiet of Christmas morning at home.

  2. You sound busy just like a lot of people during Christmas. But it sounds so much fun. This year we celebrated Christmas on Christmas Day evening with a delicious meal and opening gifts with our 2 daughters and new son-in-law. We have a daughter with Down syndrome and she makes Christmas very fun and enjoyable! Happy New Year to you and Ben! Snowing here in southern Minnesota today again. Temperature is only 2 above zero. Brrr!

  3. Oh my goodness!!! LOVE all of the pics, but especially the animals 🙂 🙂 What a great Christmas!

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