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Christmas 2014

These holidays were amazing! We spent 2 weeks playing, relaxing, and enjoying family. This year was very fun because Callie got very excited about Santa visiting and was amazed when he brought her exactly what she wanted. Liam was, of course, quite oblivious to the whole event, although was quite excited about the fact that there was a tree in our house with a never ending supply of shiny balls to play with :-)
We were very spoiled to have Preston spend a full week(ish) with us at home. We went on many adventures and enjoyed much time together.

We started December with our annual cookie decorating at the Knowles house. Liam and Preston stayed home, while Callie and I enjoyed some fun cousin/aunt/grandma time. Each year gets a bit easier and easier (and much more fun) with the kids.

I love this picture! It about sums up Callie's hysterical personality.

The gang

The day ended with some much needed quiet time with Grandma

We headed to the local fruit stand to pick out a tree this year. 

Trying to find the perfect ornament to put on the tree

Many of the ornaments ended up in the same spot on the tree but it was done by Callie and Liam all by themselves!

I then took the kids to the fairgrounds to enjoy some Christmas activities. 
Sitting in the pretend chimney together

We spend a very wet day at the zoo to feed the reindeer. It was very very wet and we didn't take any pictures except this one....the best we could get

Christmas Eve:

We were blessed by having 2 kids sleep in a bit on Christmas day. When they finally woke up, we opened presents together and had a nice breakfast. Then we headed over to the Knowles house to spend the rest of the day with our cousins and aunts/uncles and grandma and grandpa. 

Callie was more than happy to help Liam open his presents

Playing catch with cousin Bennett

Before the opening of the presents

The gang 

Snuggles with Grandma

We then headed to the cabin to celebrate Christmas with the Grahams. We enjoyed some very relaxing days. 
Snuggles with Nana and Granddad

Callie got a pair of new binoculars for Christmas - we went on many walks at the cabin to try to see some animals

Walking around the cabin

We headed up to Staircase to enjoy a little hike and some rock throwing into the cold, cold lake


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