Christmas Vacation Life, 2016

Just like the weeks that lead up to the holidays, the holidays them self pass by so quickly. Russ has been home with us for an entire week now and we have been loving our time together. I am dreading the very thought of him heading back to work come Tuesday… so let’s not talk about that m’kay.

Things around here have been a little different too. Without much school, I haven’t sat at my desk for hours on end. It has been such a nice and refreshing change of pace for everyone. Today I planned to share our Christmas recap but instead I decided to share a bunch of photos from life lately, including our Christmas. 

December 23rd was spent being lazy, celebrating Christmas with my parents, and driving around town working on our Christmas light scavenger hunts. Marissa would have gladly kept looking until she found EVERY single thing. However the rest of us gave up a lot sooner.

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Christmas PJ Party, 2016

My girls have been rocking Christmas pj’s every year since they were babies, but it wasn’t until recently that I started having a yearly photo-shoot with them. This year I decided that the living room tree being in front of the window wasn’t conducive to photo taking… so I started to move it. Before I began the voice of logic, aka Marissa, told me that was a bad idea. “Mom, what if you dump it over?!?!” Thankfully we live in a house that has 6 Christmas trees so finding another option wasn’t hard.

Our photos didn’t turn out quite as “magical” as I hoped they would. But, I am much happier with the end results compared to what I took last year.

I still feel like I have a lot of room for improvement, but I am happy with the progress I have made so far. Maybe I’ll figure it out by the time I have grand kids  :P.

This years pajamas were bought weeks ago at Kohls. With coupons and sales I ended up paying less that $7 a pair for them. I love that they are traditional button ups with just the right amount of Christmas to them. Sometimes I wish we gave the girls their pajamas as a present on Christmas eve, but I wouldn’t be able to capture these photos before Christmas. Maybe I should do two pairs next year?!

Do you buy your kids Christmas pajamas? 
When do you give them to them?

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Our Favorite Christmas Books

For the past 4 years I have wrapped 25 books and gave them to the girls one at a time as a December book Advent… until this year. It’s hard to let a tradition go, but eventually you outgrow them and I am learning (slowly) that it’s okay. Instead of wrapping the books this year, (which I didn’t miss one little bit) I put them out for the girls to enjoy the whole month.

Our favorite Christmas books, not the average list.

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2016 Christmas Bucketlist, Update #1

I shared our bucket list 2 weeks ago and soon afterwards I got a TERRIBLE cold. Easily the worst cold that I have had in years, not that any of them are good. I’ll be honest, the cold made me angry. It was the most wonderful time of the year and I felt like garbage. At first I felt too badly to care, then I became annoyed. I thought that surely our bucket list suffered for it. But when I took at look to see how we were doing so far, I was surprised!

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Christmas at Silver Dollar City, 2016

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is taking an annual trip to Silver Dollar City. This was year number 4 to load up the car and head down there. It was probably one of the fastest trips we’ve ever made, Russ and I both had colds, and the park was way busier than it has been the previous years. But, we still had fun. That’s the important part, right?! 

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