Merriest Christmas

This year we decided to spend Christmas at home. We have about a month left as a family of three, so all I really wanted for Christmas was a long weekend together at home. It was nice to keep everything low-key. We were able to relax and enjoy each other’s company.

On Christmas Eve we ordered takeout Chinese and baked cookies for Santa. Cookie baking with Lillian can be broken down into 4 stages.

Stage 1) We’re having so much fun. Maybe this can be a new Christmas Eve tradition?! She’s so excited and so cute!

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Stage 2) Ok, this is getting a little messy. I feel like I might be losing control of the situation. She’s had a lot of sugar. Should I be worried about her sugar/flour/raw egg intake?!

Stage 3) Holy sh*t did 20 bags of flour just explode in my kitchen?? She’s out of control. She won’t stop eating the dough and she’s ruining my cutouts faster than I can get them on the baking sheet!!

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Stage 4) Two presentable cookies make it on the baking sheet. I’ve lost my mind. Worst. Idea. Ever. I’m putting her to bed. I will finish said new tradition alone.

Good times. Moving on.

Blake and I woke up early on Christmas morning like two little kids. We couldn’t wait to start the day! When Lillian finally woke up, we headed downstairs to see what Santa left for her. She got a new sled and some fun stocking stuffers. I was really hoping Santa would leave me TUMS, but no such luck.

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We had caramel rolls and an egg bake for breakfast, then headed off to church. After church we opened presents. Lillian wasn’t that into it. She got bored easily and was distracted by the wrapping paper, boxes, and gifts that were already open. She did enjoy seeing what was in each package though. Whenever she opened a present containing stickers, which was a lot, she would get super excited and scream STICKERS, then jump up and down or run around the room with them.

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On my side of the family it’s tradition to have prime rib on Christmas. It’s something we all look forward to every year. Blake decided to keep the tradition alive and cook one for us. He did a great job. It turned out AMAZING!!

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We spent the evening relaxing, enjoying our new gifts, and eating homemade ice cream. Mmmm!

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Friday was a little boring. Blake had to work, so Lillian and I organized the house and played with all her new toys.

On Saturday we took Lillian’s sled out for a cruise around the neighborhood. She loved it. I knew she would because the girl LOVES to be outside. (for those always wondering about the winter darkness, these photos were taken around noon)

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We worked in the garage the rest of the day, mounting Blake’s caribou and moose.

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Sunday was a day of rest.

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It’s always hard being so far away from family during the holidays, but it’s also nice to start our own family traditions and make new memories together. We definitely had a very merry Christmas!

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An Alaskan Style Pumpkin Patch

In October we did what all young families do in the fall… we visited a pumpkin patch. And by pumpkin patch, what I really mean is a reindeer farm with a handful of pumpkins scattered around a field. An Alaskan style pumpkin patch! It turns out we decided to go on the busiest day of the month, so by the time we arrived there were literally 10 pumpkins left in the field. But that was ok because we were really there for the reindeer anyway.

We visited this same pumpkin patch last year and had a blast.

I was looking forward to heading back with Lillian, knowing she was at an age where she could enjoy it more. She had a fun time picking out a pumpkin, checking out the reindeer and elk, and running around the farm. She had a bit of a meltdown in the hay maze (after getting trampled by big kids!!), but it was nothing her dad and a few Crunchies couldn’t fix.

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Even though this took place way back in October, I still wanted to post about it and share the pictures. They kinda have a Christmasy vibe with the reindeer, right?!?!

I hope everyone is enjoying these last couple days of hustle and bustle before Christmas. Things are finally slowing down around here. We got all of our Christmas cards mailed, a few goodies baked, a tree chopped down and decorated, and last night we finally visited Santa. It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Much love,
Briana