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Christmas Recap 2012

Christmas is 363 days away and some people already have their Christmas decorations up…unbelievable!

<Cue pity laugh here please.>

Heard that joke via Facebook and thought it was *hilarious*. My mom didn’t think it was so funy, so I’m not sure if it legitimately is a good joke or if I was delirious from high levels of laziness. Either way, I thought it would be a good way to kick of today’s post. 😉

Another Christmas has come and gone, quite successfully for this girl. I’ve still got a few gifts to give (a niece and nephew need presents, after all) but for the most part Christmas is wrapping up and I’m starting to look ahead to the new year. I didn’t take bazillions of pictures from our family celebrations over the past few days…but I think I can pull together enough to create a “slideshow of memories” that I can look back on for years to come. And since my diary is public domain these days, you can enjoy the memories too!


Friday, December 21 – School Christmas Party / Load up the dog, husband, husband’s BFF, and a trunk-full of bags and drive to the in-laws

Kinder party was a *major* success. In case you ever find yourself needing to throw a Christmas party for a bunch of 5 year olds,  here’s what you should do:

– Force everyone to participate in the YouTube version of “Just Dance 2” to the song ‘Jingle Bells’

– Find a quick and easy craft that the kids can do without much help or many supplies (include a craft for parents to work on, which in this case was something for the kiddos from Sandy Hook in CT)

– Play the always enjoyable game of “Pin the Nose on the Snowman”

– Feed them lots of sweets (don’t worry, they’ll be going home with their family shortly)

– Remind them of their manners during the class book exchange (throwing your book across the carpet because you ‘Don’t like samurais.’ is not appropriate. I’m just saying.)

– Pass out beautifully wrapped gifts (books, of course) and allow the kids to rip the paper to shreds.

– Take all the hand-made keepsake ornaments off of the tree

– Send everyone off with a Jib-Jab “Elf Yourself” video of all the kiddos in the class (for extra grins & giggles, include yourself, the principal, and your dog in the video)

Whew. No wonder I was so tired on the 3 hour drive to my in-laws.

But not too tired to feel like this…

Then, somehow or another, said motion sickness led to a brief, yet Hirojima sized blow-up between the husband and I. The fight itself was only witnessed by his BFF (awkward!)…the 30 minutes of non-stop tears afterwards were witnessed by the rest of the family. And the dogs. It’s not Christmas without a little crying!


Saturday, December 22 – “Christmas with the Thompsons” = Fancy breakfast, Bible Study, Junk Food, & Board Games, Cookie Decorating Contest

D, my mother-in-law, set a beautiful table for us and made french toast using homemade bread. Sooooo good. Afterwards we had a family bible study, then exchanged gifts, played the crazy gift-wrap game (I won!) and stuffed ourselves while playing board games. (‘Settlers of Catan’ was the favorite game of the weekend – I got it for the hubster for Christmas.)

My place setting…so fun!


The necklace Chris got me for Christmas…remind me to tell you THAT story some time. 😉


I won the crazy Christmas wrapping game! Yay for gift cards!

gift card

My Christmas cookies…I did win, but when it’s against bleeding gingerbread men & killer snowmen that’s not saying much.



Sunday, December 23 – Church, pack up & drive home, last minute to-do’s



Monday, December 24 – Load up and drive to my parents / Fancy Christmas Eve Dinner

Last year Mom decided to start a new family tradition…the fancy Christmas Eve dinner! She bought a beautiful tablecloth, coordinating napkins / napkin rings for us to use, and even gets a fresh table arrangement from the florist. This year my friend K came over for a few and was shocked to see me ironing a tablecloth….especially since at her house they are still chasing around 3 younger siblings and definitely don’t have time for busting out the fine china. Everything she cooked was delicious, and I enjoy sitting around the table with my family just laughing and swapping ‘favorite Christmas’ stories.

Our beautiful family dinner table…



Looks like someone was ready for Santa to come…



Tuesday, December 25 – Merry Christmas! Family gift exchange / Gamblin family Christmas / Naps, board games, & left overs

Christmas morning at my parents house has to be one of my favorite times of the year. I love everything about it…the Christmas lights glowing, a warm fire in the wood stove, everyone gathered around the tree laughing…it truly is the most wonderful time of the year. My parents have always made Christmas a special time, and this year was no exception!

Huxley was obviously thrilled to be wearing the Santa costume that Uncle Raul let him have. 😛



Mom & I rockin’ our Christmas pajamas…so comfy & cozy, especially with a fire in the wood stove!


Even Huxley had a couple of gifts to open…


Here’s my little family…back from all the parties & settling in for a relaxing Christmas evening. (P.S. – Don’t you love the infinity scarf mom got me?)



Wednesday, December 26 – Pure Laziness…or as I’ve decided to call it “Laziest Day of 2012”

Pretty sure no explaination is needed on this one. I’ll just say…it was glorious!


No if’s, and’s, or but’s about it…I am one blessed girl. Being surrounded by my family & making memories together is something I pray I never take for granted. Thank you all for a beautiful Christmas!


P.S. – Not my best post ever…the pictures were doing weird stuff and it was a lot of info to try and organize. If you made it this far, you’re a champ!

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From my family to yours…

We wish you a Merry Christmas, we wish you a Merry Christmas, we wish you a Merry Christmas….


And a happy new year!


The Thompson’s

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