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Christmas 2015

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

We had a nice family Christmas at home, which is my favorite kind. Santa brought the kids a lot of great stuff plus E and I bought the kids a Disney Infinity so there was plenty to keep everyone busy all day (and hopefully for many many more days).

We walked to the 4:30 family service at our church. Caroline wore one of my Christmas dresses.

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 Before bed we put out cookies for Santa and carrots for the reindeer with a drawing Caroline made and put in an envelope she borrowed from church. Then we sprinkling the lawn with “reindeer food” that Caroline made at school (oats + glitter).

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We open one present each on Christmas Eve.

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And then we tried to get some photos in our matching jams.

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And then after the kids went to bed SANTA CAME!

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And then Christmas was chaos. With bacon and waffles.

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It was a very Star Wars Christmas.

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Caroline is SUPER excited about her first graphic novel.

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Monday, December 28th, 2015

Christmas happened last week and it already feels like it was a super long time ago. I am NOT looking forward to putting all of it away.

Sunday:

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Pretty sure she insists on church JUST for the cookies

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Shopping assistant

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Dropped the kids off for FOUR HOURS of art (clearly they did not make these)

Monday:

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Toddler playdate

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Warm enough for a nap-walk

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This free-from-the-trash coupe is working out well

Tuesday:

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ALOOOOOOOONE shopping

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Good dog

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Good Daddy

Wednesday:

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Blech

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How Linc feels about the weather

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Side-eye master

Thursday:

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Bare feet on Christmas Eve

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Last minute Santa cookies

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An angel got her wings

Friday:

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The only shot I got where they are all in the matching jams

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Disney Infinity for 8 hours straight

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Sticking to the 4 main food groups

Saturday:

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Soooooo much of this

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HEY GUYS THEY HAVE CHRISTMAS HERE TOO!

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Borrowing toys from his cousins

After that week of super crazy warm weather mother nature is getting us back with rain, freezing rain, more rain, and ice. It’s unpleasant. I’m REALLY wishing I had brought my Vitamin D with me on our trip, because I’ve completely forgotten what the sun looks like.

I have a hundred Christmas photos to post but by the time I do it no one will care about Christmas anymore. Hopefully they are quickly followed by a very interesting recap of my completed 365 photo project, which I am probably never going to shut up about. ALMOST DONE!

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Essex Steam Train North Pole Express 2015

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

We did the Essex Steam Train North Pole Express (it’s basically the Polar Express without the trademark) two years ago and it was great. I skipped it last year because we have to buy tickets in August and last August I had a 1 month old and couldn’t get my act together. Plus E was gone that whole summer/fall and I was VERY sure I couldn’t take 3 kids on a magical nighttime train ride alone. But this year I planned to stay home on ticket day and got my fastest fingers ready and bought tickets for the last train on Caroline’s actual birthday day so we could all go. I think next year I’m going to spring for the first-class tickets. They’re a ridiculous amount of money, but I’m not throwing Caroline a big party next year so I feel like we can swing it. Plus I saw one of the elves who host the first class cars and she looked like a legit magical snow queen. Caroline would lose her actual mind.

It is a wonderfully done event full of good cheer – it’s well organized and everyone goes out of their way to make the kids feel special and really believe in Santa magic. The cars are decorated, there are special songs, they give you cookies and hot cocoa, and the whole last 20 minutes is a big dance party where the kids just go crazy in the aisles. All three kids had a blast.

p.s. In case you were wondering, the pajamas are from Hanna Andersson.

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This girl worked at the station and I am not sure if she was an extra elf or a fairy or a snowflake or what, but she chatted with Caroline and it was SO adorable. She told her she peeked at Santa’s list and Caroline was definitely on the nice side. Caroline squealed she was so excited.

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Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

Hey look! My blog is working again! It is no longer infected with vicious malware because my host company fixed it. Which is good, because I have literally no idea how that happened OR how to fix it. So here’s last week’s post, late but done.

Sunday:

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Nutcracker

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Very excited

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Luke and Yoda

Monday:

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Very scenic view of Groton Long Point

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My UPS guy is very busy

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Warrior baby

Tuesday:

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Santa is delivering these to Linc and Caroline

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Helping wrap presents, because babies should totally have scissors

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Evan’s “can” sentence: “She can be a superhero”. THAT’S RIGHT SHE CAN.

Wednesday:

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Seriously in love with my Rocksbox this time. I might keep the necklace.

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This is their favorite game

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Sleepy baby

Thursday:

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That’s not my fairy!

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Twinning

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Fish girl

Friday:

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Surprised face

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Destroyer of worlds

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Grown up cards night

Saturday:

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Caroline really thought we should keep them

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Polar Express train at bedtime = tired baby

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But he woke up for the cookies and Santa

Three more days until Christmas and it’s currently 60 degrees outside. We might go to Boston on Christmas Eve because it will be warm enough not to bring coats for walking around. I’m still not complaining, because I am sure we’ll be burried in snow before spring.

The rest of my plans for this week include making fudge and cookies and letting the kids eat as many sweets as they want because Christmas. I love Christmas.

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Monday, December 7th, 2015

Sorry, planning a party, no time to remember anything else including my blog, my children and where I put my keys.

Sunday:

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CUTEST PRINT EVER

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My town can be pretty cute

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Driving directly into the sun – scenic but inconvenient 

Monday:

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The only time he is EVER still

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We introduced Evan to video games

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SO HELPFUL

Tuesday:

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He’s pretending to be the more mature one

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I MADE THOSE WHICH IS NOT AT ALL CRAZY

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Editing and watching Arrow, two of my favorites

Wednesday:

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HAPPY PEPPERMINT SEASON (ignore my nails)

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Thank goodness he loves sleeping

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Caroline is in that box

Thursday:

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Doin’ important baby work

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SURE HAVE A COOKIE JUST STAND STILL

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She’s very excited Darth Vader is on her pajamas

Friday:

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Post-flu-shot faces

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She got send home from school for “feeling sick”

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Hot chocolate stirring spoons: chocolate marshmallow, white chocolate peppermint, salted caramel

Ok, be back next week when I can think straight again and not spend all my time trying to imagine Nutcracker themed names for various cookies.

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