A few merry pics + a sleigh ride

by Kim on December 26, 2013

Merry (belated) Christmas friends!

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I’ve been mostly avoiding the electronics for the past few days, to make room for all the requisite Christmas movie watching and family quality time spending, but I thought I’d drop in and unload a few pictures on you before this blog gets too dusty.

Oh, and I HAD to show you my new Stella & Dot necklace:

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The picture doesn’t do its sparkliness justice. Good job hubby!

Yesterday was Christmas #1 at my parents’ house. After raising 7 kids, they have a ridiiiiiculous assortment of toys available, and Mason’s always quick to make himself at home.

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We were a little late to the festivities, thanks to some nasty winter weather, so we missed the big present-opening extravaganza, but arrived just in time for the big meal. (Perfect timing IMO.)

After the meal, about 75% of the crowd got swallowed into the wholesome family tradition of playing video games.

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On the way home (and, again, as I’m writing this) I realized that I suck at taking pictures at family events. I’m not sure why. I guess, maybe, I’m worried everyone will think I’m taking pictures for the blog (which I am, of course—always) and then razz me for it.

But hello, it’s Christmas. Arguably the most justified day of the year to be obnoxious with a camera.

Oh well. I promise to do better for Christmas #2, which is this Saturday.

It’s kind of nice having a late Christmas actually—while everybody else is already dragging through their post-Christmas hangover, we’re only halfway done. Bring on round 2!

So we laid low today, and will be laying even lower tomorrow.

It’s…incredible. Like, really amazing.

We did get out for a little bit this evening, though—to, of all things, go on a sleigh ride. As in, the Festiveness Jack Pot.

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Some friends set it up and invited us to come along, and we were even brave/crazy enough to bring Mason. I was so paranoid about keeping him warm in the 27 degree weather that I bundled him up Christmas-Story-style, and he was actually hot to the touch when I took his coat off afterwards—poor kid!

The ride itself was pretty chill—just drifting through the quiet forest in the snow. I felt like the snow queen in the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. (Anyone?…)

Mason literally did not make a peep from start to finish, although we were ready with fresh Mickey Mouse episodes on both of our phones just in case. (Something we were not ready with? Diapers. You’d think, after almost 2 years of them, the diaper packing thing would be a little more habitual. Nope.)

Also, I have NO idea how those two horses were able to pull 20ish people in a gigantic sleigh like it was nothing. Horses are insane. That is all.

Well, off to bed—big day tomorrow! (LOL)

Hope you all had a fabulous Christmas!

for unto us

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Ali December 30, 2013 at 10:43 am

I love that Stella & Dot necklace!!
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Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries December 27, 2013 at 1:06 pm

Love your family photo – what a cute family you guys are!

Great job to your hubby – LOVE your necklace!
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Giselle@myhealthyhappyhome December 27, 2013 at 1:03 pm

7 kids! Wow! Love that necklace! I almost bought it at the last party I threw but decided not to and have been kicking myself ever since! Next time :-) Glad you had a wonderful Christmas and love the first photo of your cute little family!
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char eats greens December 27, 2013 at 9:31 am

I can’t believe your mom had 7 kids!!! My mom had 4 and I thought she was crazy!! Haha

I hope your second Christmas goes good!! I’m horrible at taking pictures at family gatherings too. Maybe we can work on that in the new year lol
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Carrie @ Eight Crazy Soles December 27, 2013 at 8:10 am

I just found a place a few hours near me that does sleigh rides. I think it needs to go on the must do list for 2014! Glad you had a great Christmas!
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