Christmas 2011: That's a Wrap

01 - 04: Annelise's Christmas program at school. They did a pseudo-play-musical hybrid that was cute, had catchy songs and was actually not boring. I am a fan of not boring.

05. Annelise could not put Diary of a Wimpy Kid down the afternoon she got it (from her class exchange). Santa brought her the recent Cabin Fever one and she has of course breezed right through it like butter. I'm glad she likes them but I think we'll stick with the library from now on.

06 - 08: The photos from our Christmas card. I'd show you the card but the Shutterfly embed thing is huge and annoying, so you'll just have to use your imagination.

09 - 10: The annual Christmas Eve pickle search yielded a book (surprise!), The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, which was cute. We also did our last Jesse Tree advent, baked the world's yummiest gingersnap cookies along with the devil's pretzel crack bark, I decided to update photo frames & arrangements throughout the house, because projects like that are critical on Christmas Eve and not cray-cray at all (the mood struck and could not be ignored), and finished things up after our little elf went to bed with a late night wrapping fiesta while watching A Christmas Story. As you do.

11 - 12: Christmas morning dawned grey and rainy instead of bright but still early and the flurry of unwrapping began. We then feasted on bubble bread and piggies in a blanket before scrambling off to church. After church we enjoyed a yummy lunch at my dad and Peggy's house followed by lots of basketball and sports watching (Peggy's grandsons were there and Annelise was in heav. en). Unfortunately, in all the flurry, I did not take many pictures. Blerg.

13: Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.

14 - 19: We spent the day after Christmas out in the country with Scott's sister, brother-in-law and brother which involved cuddling with two adorable dogs, the care and feeding of horses (Annelise & Aunt Karen), fire safety & adventuring (Annelise & Uncle Bill), duck feeding, movie watching, soccer (Uncle Ron, Uncle Bill, Scott and Annelise) kitten playing, eating (all of us) and the all important roasting of marshmallows & s'more consumption. Which are all the makings of a good day. I took a few pictures but never got any of everyone together. Blerg.

20: Is there anything better than sleeping late in your cozy new princess pajamas and then spending a handful of gloriously lazy hours putting together one of your three new Harry Potter Lego sets? I think not.

It's been a wonderful holiday.

Although I'm slightly confused as to what day it is.

And I can't tell you the last time I exercised.

And I've eaten waaaay too many gingersnaps and pretzel crack bits than can be good for one person to consume.

I have a huge zit on my chin to show for it.

But like I said, it's been a wonderful holiday.

How was yours?


  1. Enjoyed receiving your card and love the scrabble tile photo idea, may have to steal that one.

    Diary of a Wimpy kid books are how I got Griffin to love reading so I say do whatever works!

    My kids saw Harry Potter (the first one) this week on a DVD we borrowed from the library. Is that crazy that they have never seen it before?!

  2. I can tell you that the last time I exercised was two weeks ago. Ugh. Too much busy and then sick this week. Oh well, I'll get back in gear next week when life is normal again.

    Our Christmas was mostly pleasant. Kids were happy with gifts, as were grownups (Hubs got me a Kindle and gray Converse!). Mostly peaceful, but the inevitable squabbles that come with six kids under one roof. But all good in the end.

    And date night tonight--hooray!


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