Sunday, January 4, 2015

Christmas in Minnesota!

We celebrated our little family Christmas last Sunday, but it was really low key.  G decided he needed a nap right in the middle of opening gifts, so we quickly rushed through his, and got him settled in his crib.  Then, Ava, Scott and I took our time getting through the rest of the gifts, and spent some nice time together.



New bath toys!


"Ooohhhh...."



I had Monday off, and took Ava to her school release day, and G to daycare.  It was a wonderful day at home where I was productive, and actually took an hour to sit down and watch TV...and the shows were what I wanted to watch!  Nothing on Nickelodeon, nothing about Fast & Loud cars, or Gold Rush...they were my shows, and it was wonderful!

Ava and I did have a bit of a rough start to the day, though...she had a dentist appointment at 8am, and while we were waiting to be called back to start her cleaning, their entire vacuum system when down.  No cleanings/appointments happening until they got that fixed!  Kind of a bummer, but we got it rescheduled for another day in January.  The dental staff felt so bad about it...and yesterday, I received a $10 gift card to Starbucks as a thank you.  Not 100% sure it was for the inconvenience of that appointment, or an end-of-year gift...either way, I'll take it! :)

We spent a fantastic (and a bit rushed) New Years with our very good friends in southern Minnesota.  It was a whirlwind trip, as we got there around 8:30pm, and were on the road, heading home by 9:15am the next day!  But, those 12+ hours were fun ones!  We all made it past midnight (except G - he was in bed around 10) and I'm not sure, but I think Ava and Isabel only got about 3 hours of sleep that night.  We've been ringing in the new year with the same group of people for at least the last 10 years...and it's always a good time!

She was sleeping within minutes after the car ride started...


Yesterday, we had Christmas with Grandma Deb, Grandpa Whitey, Scott's uncle Tom, and Scott's brother Tim.  It was another nice, relaxing family celebration, and the kids got some amazing gifts.  These are two lucky little ones, that's for sure!  Lots of fun new toys/clothes for the holidays this year!

Now it's back to the post-holidays reality...lots of work to do, but we have fun things planned that we can look forward to.  Plus, lots of good house projects to finish off this winter and start in the spring.  We're hoping that 2015 is going to be a great year!

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