New Girl!

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In one day, after a haircut and glasses, we got a new and improved, Annika! Of course, there was nothing wrong with the Annika we had before…except she couldn’t see super well to read. We think she’s pretty cute!

Oh, and the poses…all her!

Crazy?!

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These are roads at about 6 am the morning after Christmas..We were planning to head to Littleton for Julina’s engagement party, but we had gotten over a foot of snow and didn’t want to deal with accidents and delays. So, we left at 2:30AM!

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Rocky was pretty cramped at the kids feet, so he was pretty thrilled to take a break on Mom’s lap. All 75lbs of him =)

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Now, THAT’S a plate of nachos! The girls chowing down at Casa Bonita.

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We had a great three day mini-vacation with the Mannings/Narayans. We fit a lot in a short time too. We went to Julina and Nathan’s Party, went shopping, to see the new Star Wars movie, had some girls time/boys time and my favorite, all three couples stayed up and talked till almost the wee hours of the morning! SO FUN!

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Yes, we all froze our behinds off, but it had been a long time since ALL of us had been together, so we had to get a photo!

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First ones up on Christmas morning!

 

 

 

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Sister snuggles

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What a hot Santa!

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Someone was happy with his glow in the dark Star Wars shirt

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And her with her new watch!

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We had plans to get dressed for our nice Christmas dinner, but we just didn’t feel like it =)

Christmas Eve

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We always have Christmas Eve at our house, but this year, the weather disagreed! So at 4pm, with 5 or 6 inches of snow on the icy roads, we packed everything up and headed to Moms.

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It was so cozy and fun for all!

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Snow doggy!

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Let it snow!!!!

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We rarely get to make a good snowman here, the snow is usually so dry. We were all pretty stoked about this cute guy we made!

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Rocky made a friend! Isn’t he cute? We named him “Chubby”!

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Aw…

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Our gentle giant! He was very fascinated by his chubby friend.

Happy Birthday to me!

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After breakfast in bed, presents and two episodes of “I Love Lucy”, the kids, Ammon and I did some snuggling…

 

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Dinner at our favorite Chinese food place. Soooo good! The perfect ending to the perfect day.

The Nutcracker

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A local production company performs the Nutcracker every year and it’s been 5 years since we’ve gone, so we decided we had to have a girls night out! It was enjoyed by all and they did a spectacular job. The sets and costumes were bright and beautifully done and the actors/dancers were equally impressive.

Traditions

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Every year, like many families, our children look forward to our varied Christmas traditions. The gingerbread house is one of them…

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Making and decorating sugar cookies…then we deliver them to friends and neighbors…

 

A Night in Bethlehem

Our church always has a fun Christmas party and this year was no exception. Or maybe it was an exception because this year was the best one yet! It wasn’t the people or the food, it was the theme. We were to arrive in attire that would’ve been worn when the Savior was born and we “travelled to Bethlehem” to pay our taxes. While there, we ate pretty authentic food and sat on blankets we had brought while we enjoyed our fare.

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After we sang some hymns of Jesus’ birth, a live nativity was performed.

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Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus