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Christmas!!

11 Feb

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Our day will filled with some presents, food, fun and wearing our PJs all day! It was very low key since my extended family Christmas was the weekend before and Eric’s wasn’t happening until a couple of days after. I took a video of Parker Christmas morning hoping for something cute and smiley like normal but instead there were tears since he couldn’t touch the camera – figures! Maybe next year!

‘Twas the Weekend Before Christmas

28 Jan

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Who doesn’t like reminiscing Christmas a month after it’s over? These pictures are from Christmas at my parents, which we celebrated the 22nd – 24th. Parker had fun opening his first presents and the toys he received he still plays with every day – no duds yay! He was quite the trooper with staying up past his bedtime and enjoyed all the quality time with family he doesn’t get to see as often (they live about 3 hours away). Next up….Christmas Day!!

If You Give A Mouse A Cookie

22 Dec

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Last weekend we had our annual cookie baking extravaganza. Last year we decided to switch from cooking at Eric’s Aunt’s home to using a church kitchen. You see, this isn’t your average run-of-the-mill cookie baking – you may as well call us Betty Crocker. There is a system. Aunt Mary is the Head Elf who makes all the dough a day or two prior and is in charge of the oven and making sure we have no burnt cookies. Mammaw is on sugar cookie decorating duty. Eric’s mom is on detail duty (adding eyes and noses to the mice and swirled chocolate on toffee cookies) as well as keeping up with the cookie count, Jill keeps us organized and makes sure all dough balls are created equal before being baked – she has a keen eye for diameter, that girl. Myself, Casey and Eric’s dad fill in where needed and Eric always pops in halfway through to screw up our cookie count by “taste testing” and eating the supposed “broken” ones and just generally making a mess before he is kicked out. Last year we made 1,343 cookies. I unfortunately didn’t see the final count this year since we had to leave to see Santa but I’m pretty sure we were on par with last year. We also add a new cookie every year. It’s a crazy day, but it’s tradition and you can’t mess with tradition.

Dear Santa…

19 Dec

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This past weekend we were invited to a Pancake Breakfast by one of our friends so our boys could see Santa! Her little guy is 4.5 months and both he and Parker did great – no tears! Parker just stared at him at first, but then I broke out “Itsy Bitsy Spider” to get him to smile. Then just yesterday I was out shopping and there wasn’t a line for the Santa at the mall so I figured “when in Rome” and let Parker see Santa again. He happened to be in the same sweater and the background was a little more holiday-ish compared to other one and Parker has just been so nice I figured he deserved to see him twice! Once again he just stared at Santa until the photographer shook some jingle bells and then once again “Itsy Bitsy Spider” got a smile out of him. I hope it’s this easy in future years! Something tells me he is going to get everything on his list and more!

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Merry & Bright

17 Dec

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Did a little Christmas photo shoot at our house with Parker last week. He’s started this new nose crinkle sometimes when he smiles that is so cute and funny. No Grinch or Scrooge in this house! I can’t wait for Christmas morning!!

Thanksgiving

5 Dec

I shared this on Thanksgiving but wanted to follow up with some more pictures of our day.

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E & P sitting between both of Eric’s grandpas.

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Every year Eric’s grandpa plays God Bless America on his harmonica while everyone sings (there is usually a crowd of anywhere from 50-80 people depending on the year)

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Happy after his fill of mashed potatoes and corn!

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Post turkey play

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What I’m thankful for 🙂

Hope everyone else had a Happy Turkey day too!!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

22 Nov

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