Friday, December 27, 2013

Christmas 2013

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Christmas Eve goodies for Santa and his "rain dear," courtesy of Sami. Good thing we were ready because...

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He came!

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He tucked old dolls into new beds with new jammies.

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He left remote control Rock Crawlers and light sabers for the boys.

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Gordon got a new Lion he named Lionel.

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Spencer's elephant, Efelee, got a brother. (Apparently Efelee was lonely.) Spencer named him Baby.

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Ali's bed for Caroline was especially beautiful.

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Eliza asked Santa for a nutcracker.

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Spencer gave Doug a BMW. (Remote control version. We weren't quite ready to replace his '91 pathfinder with the real deal.)

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Ballerina Barbie and Anna (from Frozen) danced together.

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Ute paraphernalia for all.

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Sami bought Eliza the Saige movie.

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Darth and Obiwan dueled.

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Since Christmas morning another Darth and Obiwan have been making cameo appearances on/in the children's nativity set. It's always a new fight scene. Here, the Empire appears to be striking back.

Who dunnit? I'm pretty sure it's my third boy. Dougie.


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Eliza was over the moon about her new Van Gogh calendar. It was at the top of her list.

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These red cheeks and lips made me want to put down the camera and hold this little fella for a while. Fever and all he was still smiling.

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Christmas Eve pajamas were perfectly suited for the girls. Kitties for Sam. Ballerinas for Ali. Horses for Eliza.

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Eliza's small tree held up better than our big one.

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She decorated it herself and even made a pipe-cleaner tree for her wood pigeon fairy.

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And now, to back up just a bit. I wanted to share with you our teacher gifts for this year. This is what we gave Ali and Sami's teacher.

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For Eliza's teacher, we planned something different. Eliza changed schools this year to attend a school with a more liberal arts emphasis, smaller classes, exceptional teachers, and a wonderful culture for learning. It's pretty amazing when a teacher knows your child as well as you do (and in some cases, better). He recognizes and appreciates Eliza's creativity, he challenges her, he inspires her, and she is having a phenomenal year. A teacher like that is worth celebrating.

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So we had our friend, also named Lisa, design a terrarium for Mr. Flox. With a gnome that looks... just like him! 

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And another for his teacher-helper, Miss Prisca. These were so much fun to deliver. If you live local and you're interested, you can see more of Lisa's creativity on Instagram @leafdesigns.

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A couple weeks before Christmas, we let the kids sleep under the Christmas tree. Their first time ever. They were out of their minds excited.

When they were finally asleep, I couldn't stop looking at their sweet little faces. I wanted to cuddle up next to them. 


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These are precious days. When we spin magic for our children. And they spin it for us.

Hope your Christmas sparkled with light and love.


4 comments:

  1. Such beautiful, happy faces! Merry Christmas, Cath xoxoxo

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  2. The magic of Christmas is a wonderful thing. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Kel, Merry Christmas to you too! And your darling boys! Love you.

    Leslie - And you know magic. Thanks for all you do. xoxo

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  4. Love those terrariums by Lisa...she is awesome!

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