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This is what we were doing late Christmas Eve night to prepare for Samuel’s Christmas. 🙂 I think we went to bed around 12:45 am.

 

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Christmas Eve 2013

Christmas was busy for us. However we loved getting to spend so much time with family! Bill had to work half a day on Christmas Eve. So we started the day with breakfast at my mom’s. Then we met Bill at his mom & dad’s for lunch. Finally that evening we visited with the Raybons. So, like I said, it was a busy day! I am so far behind with blogging! I am going to just let the pictures speak for themselves.

 

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We had so much fun this year! I think this was the most exciting year with Samuel so far. This is a long post with a lot of pictures. We were really busy this year, but enjoyed our time with friends, church family, & family. It was great to see everyone & spend a little time with them.

The celebrations started off with Samuel’s preschool play. He was Joseph for one part. He did great! 😉 Joseph was a little distracted by his headdress though. Haha! It was adorable to see all the little ones singing together & even playing instruments on one song.

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Ready for preschool!

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Here’s his fan club.

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The cutest little Joseph!

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Then we went to lunch & Marbles museum with Emma, Mimi, & Pop-pop!

The first Friday in December we went with our friends Amy & Mitchell to a Christmas concert. It was awesome! It was Newsong’s A Very Merry Christmas tour. Loved it! Definitely want to go again next year. They had Newsong, Sidewalk Prophets, Audio Adrenaline, Love & The Outcome, & Jason Castro. I may have missed one, but I think that was all of them. It really got us into the Christmas spirit! I can’t believe we didn’t get a picture with Amy & Mitchell!

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We of course had to look at Christmas lights! We went to Piper Lights that is local & they had a wonderful drive-thru with a small store that had hot chocolate, coffee, & candy. They also had a small train ride that took you back through the lights. We took our niece Makayla with us. It was cold, but we had a blast!

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We continued our tradition of the Jesse Tree this year. It starts around Thanksgiving leading up the Jesus’ birthday. Samuel definitely understood more this year & was asking a few questions. We pray as parents that God will guide us to know how to teach & lead Samuel’s heart. Our prayer is for him to come to know Christ one day also & be used mightily for the Lord.

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Our 2013 family Christmas ornament:

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I found this Korean nativity & knew we had to have it! Isn’t it beautiful?! There are more pieces, but for now we got the basic set.

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Samuel also loved playing with this nativity paper set & book that we found.

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We enjoyed a Christmas party with our Sunday School class at the beginning of December. Lots of fun & laughs together!

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Ending Samuel’s preschool year they had a Christmas party! These little ones are a lot of fun! We had a Happy birthday Jesus party!

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Samuel’s cousin Rebecca is in his class. They love Mrs. Madison!

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We had some fun with a few Christmas crafts. The gingerbread house is in the back. I couldn’t find my other pictures for that. We also painted with snow paint. It dried puffy like snow!

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The first family gathering was with the Bakers. We haven’t been able to attend the last couple of years so it was nice to see extended family & enjoy time with them. Especially my Nanny.

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Then the following weekend we had the Ladd family Christmas. We don’t get to see all of these families enough during the year! James & Samuel had the most fun playing with a card board box. Samuel’s favorite gift was of course the BIG 18-wheeler he got from Grandma Ladd. 🙂

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We had another Christmas party later that night with the Price family. Lots of fun seeing them & the kids enjoyed playing with each other again.

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The kiddos hearing the story of Jesus’ birth.

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Happy birthday Jesus!

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I love to bake, but couldn’t find time this year to do much. I did have to make time for sugar cookies with my boy!

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We had a wonderful time seeing family that we don’t get to see nearly enough! We love you all & hope you all had a great Christmas too! I’ll be posting a separate post for Christmas Eve & Christmas Day. Lots of fun!

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