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‘Twas the Night Before BenSparkmas

Eva and the Nativity
Photo-A-Day #4274

On the day of Christmas Eve we were finishing up our last minute decorations, making cookies for Santa and chicken stew for the family dinner. The kids got to decorate their individual trees. They each have a mini tree that we put on a chest upstairs in the landing between all the bedrooms. Each year we get the kids a special ornament for their own trees. this year Eva got a ballerina Barbie and Andrew a Finding Dory one, that speaks. I kinda wish that they didn’t notice that their ornaments made any noise, because they insisted on my putting in the batteries. Andrew has a limit of pushing the button once a day. He only missed that by 8,999 pushes.

We then went to 4pm Mass. Andrew fell asleep on me for most of the ceremony. Then we woke up and was very groggy. He refused to have his photo taken at the Nativity Scene this year. That is too bad because we have photos of the kids in front of that from each year. I would have liked to have both kids in the photo but it makes no sense to try and make the kid take a photo.

After Mass we had the family over for Chicken stew. Allison made a double batch this year. We had to use two crock pots. Allison also made Chocolate Crinkles and they were delicious. Santa is going to get some incredible cookies tonight.

And now we are watching A Christmas Story and Christmas Vacation. That and A Charlie Brown Christmas earlier tonight and we hit all the major Christmas movies that we love. Get some rest everyone and have a fantastic Christmas tomorrow.

Cramming for Christmas

Photo-A-Day #2450

Did you ever cram for exams? You spend a few all nighters and learn everything that you possibly can to do well on the exam, just to completely forget it the moment you walk out of the exam room. Well, with a brand new baby, a new house and things still not where you expect them to be I feel like I’ve been cramming for Christmas. Continue reading Cramming for Christmas