*Holiday Stories · *In a Nut Shell

Advent 2014

This advent was a beautiful season for us. We have very small spaces in our home, so I didn’t do an advent wreath, or set out a big Nativity scene, to help us prepare for Christ’s birth, but I did set out our tiny scene! Aside from those, I had all of our Christmas shopping done by Thanksgiving, except for our secret santa gifts we do on each side of the family, so we were able to quietly reflect without the hubbub of shopping.

We got our tree very early this year because Lowell was gone for two weeks leading to Christmas, so we wanted to get it while he was still home so it wasn’t something we had to scramble to do when he got home.

don't you just love Lowell in suspenders??
don’t you just love Lowell in suspenders??

On the feast of St Nicholas, we celebrated with making ginger bread men. These kids never cease in amazing me with their brilliant, and/or silly, ideas!

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Karolina beheaded her little Gingy
Karolina beheaded her little Gingy
George's very own creation
George’s very own creation

About one week after Lowell left, his sister, Jane, flew in from the east coast to spend five days with us. The kids were pretty surprised to see her but couldn’t keep her name straight! The boys always called her Auntie Grace or Auntie Dom. By the morning she left, I believe they finally didn’t make that mistake. Maybe next time she can stay for 6 or 7 days? While she was here, we had yucky weather so didn’t get out much. I took her to see my family one day, and we went to dinner and to The Mission Inn in downtown Riverside for their festival of lights with Uncle B.

auntie jane

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The Entrance to the Mission Inn
The Entrance to the Mission Inn

 

Jane, Dalton, and the kids and me
Jane, Dalton, and the kids and me
Karolina went willingly into Uncle B's arms. A very proud moment!
Karolina went willingly into Uncle B’s arms. A very proud moment!

Phillip turned three just before Christmas on the 22nd. Unfortunately, I only got one picture of him right before he opened his gifts the morning of. We had a mostly relaxed day. Lowell got home late Saturday/early Sunday, so we were laying low while he was slowly recovering from travelling all over SC, MD, and VA. We took Phillip to get some pizza and then stopped by one of our favorite breweries to stock up on some brews for Christmas. They also happen to make some killer root beer, so the kids weren’t too disappointed by this little pit stop. ;) When we got home, we had chocolate cupcakes with home made icing.

Happy Birthday, Phillip!
Happy Birthday, Phillip!

Now, if I hurry, and stay organized, I might get in a simple recap of how we’ve been spending our Twelve Days of Christmas before 2015 gets here!

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