December in Review

Well, it is that time again! Our December went by quickly as we awaited Christmas Day. We had a nice time as a family and spent much of our time at home while everyone took turns with the cold and the flu. We started the month with sickness and we are ending it that way too. Here are some highlights from December.

Early in the month we attended BP’s annual Christmas Party of the kids with Grandpa Darrel. The boys had a wonderful time.

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We attended Lynden’s Lighted Parade. The boys look forward to the parade all year long and this year didn’t disappoint.

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Andy installed carpet stair runners for me and I love them!

We decorated a gingerbread house together as a family. We love the pre-made houses you can find at Costco because they come as a complete set (all candy and frosting included) and it is already built. Technically it is edible, but if you want to munch on tasty candy I would recommend buying something more fresh and delicious.

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We took Eli and Luke each on a separate shopping trip and dinner out. It was nice to spend some time with them individually. Eli chose to eat at La Fiamma (noddles and butter) and Luke at Boundary Bay (Mac and Cheese). Andy and I enjoyed our more exciting meals and helped them choose a gift for each other. Interestingly, when they found out prior to shopping that they would be picking out gifts for each other they negotiated over what to get; at the ages of four and two I’d say that is pretty clever.  Eli said, “Luke, will you get me a Bruder Hay Baler?” Luke replied, “Yes I will, Will you get me a tractor?” Eli readily agreed. And just like that the deal was done. Right before my eyes at the breakfast table. So much for surprises.

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On Thursday, December 17th we had snow! It started while Eli was at preschool and I was so worried it would be over with by the time he got home. (He’s been hoping for snow for a LONG time now since last year was a bust.) We just had a dusting but it was enough to play in so we made it count. We built a tiny snowman together and found a mini carrot for the nose. Our snowman didn’t last long because apparently Lola likes carrots…and sticks… It was an ugly scene. :o)

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Lola loves the snow. And carrots. And sticks.
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Not surprisingly, Eli’s idea of fun is using the snow shovel to clear the patio.

We made a lot of cookies together this December. Gingerbread, Peanut Butter Blossoms, Sugar Cookies, Spritz Cookies, and Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars. (Note the sprinkle-smothered gingerbread man on the lower right.)

Andy was able to have a few days home at Christmas time and we are so thankful for the time we have together as a family. On Christmas Eve we celebrated with my side of the family at my parent’s house. Eli was so excited he went to Grandma and Grandpa’s early to spend the morning with my mom and we joined him in the afternoon after Luke’s nap. We had a nice time sharing our traditional meal of Swedish Meatballs, Mashed Potatoes, Salad and more. I think at some point in the future I would like to make Lefsa for the meal as well.

On Christmas morning we opened gifts at home with the boys, enjoyed some tasty cinnamon rolls from the Lynden Dutch Bakery and had a nice low key morning — until we accidentally flooded a portion of the basement with our washing machine! Whoops! Thank goodness for friends that live near by with dehumidifiers and fans (and just about any other tool we could ever possibly need).

We spent the afternoon with Andy’s family, sharing a meal and opening gifts. We didn’t stay into the evening, because by this point Eli was starting to feel ill and he was ready to be home. Both boys were in bed early and out like a light.

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Sick with the flu.

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Since then we’ve been battling head cold/flu symptoms, cleaning up Christmas and building Legos like crazy.

Happy New Year Everyone! We are looking forward to 2016.

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