Merry Christmas!

I just wanted to take a break from the new toys, coffee, lounging around, scattered boxes & wrapping paper, leftover cookies, dirty dishes, and all the day after Christmas chaos to wish our family and friends a Merry Christmas. We hope you enjoyed the day loving your people and remembering the real reason for the season. We sure did! Love you all!!

 

 

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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Preparing For Christmas

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas with their loved ones. We take off for North Dakota tonight to celebrate a late Christmas with ours! I will post later about how we spent our first Christmas as a family of three. For now, I’d like to share some of the fun and exciting things we did to prepare for it!

I have lots of great Christmas preparation memories. Some of my favorite include:

  • Setting up the video camera and decorating the Christmas tree with my brothers. Decorating could not commence until Elmo & Patsy’s Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer or Mickey’s Christmas Carol album was in the record player on full blast.
  • Baking Christmas goodies for days! My mom still calls to get our Christmas goody order and is sure to bake something special for each of us.
  • Driving to Bismarck on Christmas Eve EVE to start Christmas shopping with my mom. We would sprint around the mall until she crossed off every item on her shopping list. Who needs Christmas in July? With a little determination (and procrastination), all it really takes is one evening folks.

This year I was so excited to share these memories with Lillian and to create some new ones! Here are some of the festive things we did to prepare for Christmas:

1. We attended the Eagle River tree lighting. This was such a fun event to take Lillian to! It turned out to be a beautiful night. Lillian rode around in her carrier, checking out all the people, while Blake and I sampled yummy food and drinks. Here’s a fun Christmas in Alaska fact: Wherever there’s a Santa there’s usually always reindeer! I didn’t get any pictures of them though. :(

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2. We shopped for and delivered goods to those in need. Blake’s work hosted a donation center so that is where Santa’s Little Helper and I delivered to. Canned goods are always a winner but if you’re ever looking for  ideas, we found that hats, gloves, and warm wool socks make great donation items.

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3. We went to a festive show! Blake and I called in our favorite babysitter and had a fun night out on the town with a bunch of friends. We saw Christmas In Spenard, an Alaskan musical comedy. It was great. Wassail!

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4. We planned our Christmas goody menu and baked for days! Our menu included Snowball Cookies, Pretzel Shortbread, Party Mix, Spicy Goldfish (or as Blake likes to call them… Spicy Tuna), Nacho Snack Mix, Lemon Buddies and Fudge. The recipes for my great grandma’s Fudge and my mom’s Spicy Goldfish can be found here.

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5. We ventured out to a tree farm to pick out the perfect Christmas tree. This was a spur of the moment trip so please excuse Lillian’s crazy outfit and my wet hair.

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6. We took Lillian to see Santa… twice! She saw him at the tree farm and we also took her to the mall. She handled sitting on his lap like a champ but kept grabbing for his beard and trying to put it in her mouth. I know, gross!!

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Wow! That was a lot of fun packed into one post. I better get going. We leave in a few hours and I haven’t started packing yet. I hope everyone has a safe and happy New Year. We will be celebrating it in the air, probably with a screaming child. Thank goodness they serve alcohol on planes… and in airports. Cheers!!