Thursday, December 29, 2011

If we took a holiday, took some time to celebrate

Oh, Christmas 2011, I already miss your face.

Christmas Eve began with Buddy, our elf, bidding Em adieu. Despite my annoyance with the AEF, our family certainly enjoyed Buddy's little shenanigans. Admittedly, I got a little sad setting him up for his last day, but I think it was a sweet good-bye. (Em did, too, for what it's worth, and she's even inquired about his whereabouts a few time since his departure.)

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Buddy's good-bye note 

That night after we got our protesting kid to bed -- seriously, Santa was thiiiiis close to leaving coal in her stocking based on that evening alone -- Santa stopped by, with a buttload of gifts from Senior Santas (my in-laws), too.
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The evening I wrapped this Rapunzel doll shortly after I'd seen this one at Chelsey's daughter's party.
Scariest present 
Mine turned out much less heartwarming and much more gonna-smother-you-while-you-sleep.

Em didn't care, though.

She was happy to rip everything open.
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Her one gift request this year was a penguin, but she went back and forth between asking for a BIG penguin and a tiny penguin, so Santa brought her both.
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Santa also brought her two play dwellings, which she can't get enough of.
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She's also addicted to her new Don't Break The Ice game, or as Em calls it, the "bam-bam-bam game!" She also managed to kick every adults' butt in the game.
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And even when she "lost," she exclaimed, "WE WON!"

Although Brent and I have been together for nearly 13 years, Christmas Day dinner was the first meal I'd ever made for my in-laws. I wanted to go all out, so I braved a turkey, scalloped potatoes, Brussels sprouts,  bread and pie. The bread and pie were premade, but still! I also tackled a mushroom pot pie especially for my brother-in-law. Brent, god bless him, suggested we place the finished pot pie under the broiler for a minute or two. I protested but finally gave in, only to have the pot pie pastry crust topping CATCH ON FIRE. I would've cried if I weren't too busy opening doors and windows and fanning our smoke detectors.

Brent was extra apologetic, and my brother-in-law even tasted and complimented the burnt crust that Brent had scraped off. Despite the drama, I think the dinner went well. I could've slapped some McNuggets on a plate with a side of ketchup and it would've still been great just because we were sharing it with our family.
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Em might've enjoyed it a little more with McNuggest, actually, but we'll just say it was a case of exhausted-after-so-many-gifts-eeee-I-love-Christmas-so-much-itis.
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Lest you think we forgot about the Hanukkah celebrations, here are three generations lighting the menorah. Em was particularly enamored by her grandfather's prayer skills. 
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Hope you all had a great holiday!

6 comments:

  1. What an awesome holiday!! Em's Christmas-itis face is priceless!

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  2. love. and your new place looks so warm and lovely, especially when filled with you + family.

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  3. I am so AEF.

    Muahahahahahahahahahahahaha.

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  4. I want you to know, despite expressing I thought the Elf was a little creepy, I am not part of the AEF! I actually love all the work you put into each day, I was very impressed!

    Now that Rapunzel all wrapped up like that? That's creepy! Even you admitted it!

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  5. I can't believe how creative you are with Buddy. It amazes me! I think the Elf is a cute idea and hope to implement it when my child is old enough to understand - maybe next year or the year after. But I know I'll never be able to live up to the scenes you created. Nice job mama! What great memories!

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  6. that looks like a very lovely christmas!

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