Christmas 2014

Obviously this post is a rather late, but I did just have a baby recently, so I think it’s understandable that I have gotten a bit behind 🙂

We so enjoyed our Christmas, though, and I do want to share just a bit and post some photos here. Our celebrations started off with our Christmas party with our missional community group from church.

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We are super blessed to have these people in our lives…and even though I doubt he’s really aware of it yet, Atticus already has two built-in best friends in our group!

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We basically announced to our families when we told them we were pregnant that we were not going to be traveling for any holidays in 2014, and they were welcome to do whatever they wanted, but we’d be here for everything. We were so blessed that Matt’s sister and mom visited before and after Christmas, and my whole family came for Christmas itself.

The girls, of course, continue to love their uncles beyond measure. They enjoyed some rocket-ship construction with Uncle David…

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…reading books with Uncle Danny and Sharon…

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…snuggling with Uncle Danny and SharonIMG_1291…and doing puzzles with Uncle David (and me)!

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And of course, we can’t forget Sharon, who remains a favorite of both girls, for obvious reasons! Here she is helping them to frost cookies.

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And here she is painting their fingernails.

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And she also apparently gives piggy-back rides!

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Danny and Sharon actually brought their dog, Dixie, with them for this trip. I was a bit apprehensive at first about how things would go with 7 adults, 2 kids, a newborn, and a dog all in one house, but Dixie was the most well-behaved, pleasant dog I’ve ever met. The girls loved her, of course!

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She was a bit less enamored with them – she enjoyed having them along on her walks but otherwise generally hid in the guest room until they went to bed at night!

Not to be forgotten, Atticus enjoyed snuggling with every member of the family at some point during their time here 🙂

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The girls and my dad and I made our traditional Christmas cut-out cookies…

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…though some of us were distracted by the tastiness of the dough itself!

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We also looked into other activities that we could enjoy as a whole family, and we opted to give bowling a try.

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Thankfully it was a hit for everyone!

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And then we had the more traditionally Christmas-related activities – a Christmas Eve church service (to which the girls wore these adorable outfits that their Aunt Denya sent for them!)…

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…our Christmas dinner (of which I made none – thank you again, family!)…

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…and of course our Christmas tree and gifts to one another!

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My dad hadn’t upgraded his phone in quite some time, so we got him an iPhone for Christmas. It’s a good thing he had Madeleine CaiQun to show him how to operate it! “This is how you plug it in. Then it needs to be brighter. Here. This is the weather – it tells you if you need to wear a jacket or not…”

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And then we were blessed to have a warm enough day for the girls to try out the plasma cars that my mom got for them! It took a bit of time for them to figure it out, but they were loving this!

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It was such a great Christmas and so much good time with so many people who are so special to us!

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