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Christmas 2012

The Nativity was lovingly set up and cared for by Miss Margaret this year.
This picture didn't turn out all that great but it is proof that we were HOME for Christmas morning!!!  
Margaret is holding her 3 Santa gifts in our Santa paper for this year.
Wonder of wonders, a picture of the two of us.  As it turns out, this will be the *only* holiday picture of us. . .I need to get better about requesting "couple" pictures more often.
Frederick gave me a coupon book and I redeemed "one free hug" right away!
And Marie is busy on the side playing on my Christmas gift -- a Kindle Fire.
The kids took it upon themselves to purchase some gifts for Tom and me. . .Tom got tools and an Olive Garden gift card. . .I got some much-needed kitchen tools.
Miss Marie's Santa loot. . .Combustion Engine, the magnifying glass thing on the floor next to her and the stuffed Nemo on the chair with her.
A gift to Thomas from Grandma Wolf
Frederick's Madden game. . .and other Santa gifts on the sofa. . .Root Beer making kit and Age of Empires computer game.
Margaret tried to gather everything in one picture. . .her Furby and monogramed blanket from Santa (she received her gym warm-up outfit prior to Christmas by accident) as well as her new coat, hat, scarf and gloves from Grandma.  I also see the box with her spa stuff in the picture too :)
The requisite "after" picture.  Looks like Tom has gotten into the Roku I bought him (blue box)
Yep, there he his!  With his Dunkin' Donuts coffee mug in his other hand :)
Breakfast of Cracker Barrel bacon and pancakes as well as scrambled eggs all before hitting the road for our 300 mile drive north.
We made it!!!  Merry Christmas Nana!
And look, Grandma, I'm taller than you :)
Max was certainly happy to see everyone :)
And Grandpa Foster was there for dinner too!
And AUNT KATHY was in from UT!!!!  Yea!!!

And more presents. . .

 And even a duplicate gift for Margaret :)
We woke up to SNOW on Wednesday. . .the girls were the first out in it.
Grandpa Fred even had someone to shovel his snow :)
Because the roads were bad we were "stuck" inside. . .with puzzles to do. . .
. . .a train track to put together. . .
. . .things to build. . .
. . .and ping-pong to play.
Aunt Kathy played the winner :)
Looks like Kathy is in the winner's seat now!
And there was this crazy game, Killer Bunnies, that the kids gave Grandpa Fred for Christmas.  It took quite a bit of time for them to learn the basics but Thomas promises that they will all love it eventually (he's played with a friend before). 
And with lots of snow and ice comes extra work with the dog. . .luckily Nana had Erin there to help out with this duty sometimes.

Once the roads got better Fred & Tom took me out to pick out crown molding and baseboard for our dining room -- that is Fred & Nancy's gift to me this year -- yea!!!  Painting and installation comes with this gift -- awesome :)  That evening Tom and I were able to go out with our good friends whom we rarely see because of distance.  It was a very good time. . .then we stopped at my mom's house to work on her computer and just "hang out" for awhile.

It was a busy, full Christmas.  Because of the snow Wednesday we had to postpone the "cousins" gift/trip until Thursday, which actually worked out really well.  That post will have to wait -- glad to have these memories and times recorded, though, and looking forward to getting back to "life".

~ Jenni


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