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12.27.17 – Christmas Recap

27 Dec

It’s hard to believe Christmas has come and gone and the new year is fast approaching. We have enjoyed having Daddy home this week and have started a little purge/cleanup process while still finding lots of time to relax and unwind after a very busy December. But before we rush into another year, here’s a little recap of our holiday:

Kyle enjoyed a trip to Las Vegas with the Wagner boys to celebrate Jacob’s 21st birthday. The Wagner girls plus Logan hung with us all week, which was a lot of fun. We went to Indiana later in the week to reunite with Kyle have Christmas with the rest of the Wagner crew. It was our last time staying in Mimi and Grandpa’s house – the house of most of childhood. Very bittersweet!

We left early Christmas Eve, and our drive home ended up being quite eventful. We ended up in the ditch in rural Indiana. The tow truck ended up getting stuck trying to get us out, so we were there over two hours before finally continuing on our drive.

Not exactly the Christmas Eve we had planned, but certainly one to remember. The kids were troopers, and most importantly, we were very thankful to arrive home safe and sound 8 hours later.

After an eventful Christmas Eve, we enjoyed a nice, quiet day at home. Laney and I went sledding in the afternoon, which was so much fun. She declared it, “The best day EVER!” while we were hiking back up the hill, and that was all I needed to make my holiday complete after the hustle and bustle of the weeks prior.

We hope your Christmas was just as merry! Happy birthday, Jesus!

11.30.17 – Deck the Halls

30 Nov

Laney has been begging to decorate for Christmas since we were on our way home from our Thanksgiving travels. She assumed Christmas came immediately after Thanksgiving and now has a very serious countdown going. She was PUMPED we agreed to decorate last night. Decorating was a little more chaotic this year, but it was an overall success. We had only one non-edible item consumed – surprisingly, Greyson was not the culprit this time. And even more surprisingly, the boys have been very chill with the tree so far! The halls are decked just in time to start out Advent calendar countdown tomorrow. It’s shaping up to be the best Christmas yet!

12.25.16 – Christmas

25 Dec

Christmas was a bit of a whirlwind this year with getting home from the hospital on Christmas Eve. We loved having extended family coming to visit and meet the boys – even if we were quite sleep deprived. Here are a few quick snapshots I took during our visits the week of Christmas and New Years.

12.3.16 – Santa Visit

3 Dec

We went to visit Santa at Daddy’s work this morning. Laney was excited to go but kept asking me to tell Santa what she wanted. When it was our turn, she kept the tradition of not wanting to get close to him. We basically had to threaten her to get up there with Kyle (parents of the year – pressure of a long line behind us!).

Santa: Would you like a doll?

L: (shakes head no)

Santa: Would you like a truck?

L: (shakes head no)

Santa: Would you like a rock and two sticks?

L: (shakes head no)

OK, smile!

And we called it a day and checked this year’s visit off the to-do list. I guess she better write a letter to Santa or he isn’t going to know what to get her. 😉 I am really thankful Kyle’s office puts on such a nice event for the employees’ families. Sure beats spending a lot of money at the mall for a terrible picture!

Here’s the yearly comparison:


Hard to believe we will have two more little babes to add to the picture next year!

12.25.15 – Merry Christmas!

25 Dec

Merry Christmas! As I was flipping through old photos, I realized this is our tenth Christmas together (time sure does fly!). And I have to say it may have been our most fun Christmas yet!

We spent a quiet Christmas Eve making final preparations for the big day. Laney was PUMPED all day long but a little concerned about her elf, Snowflake, leaving. We went to our candlelight Christmas Eve service, ate a nice dinner out, set out our cookies for Santa, and snuggled up in our new PJ’s for our long winter’s nap.


The next morning Laney woke up at her normal time and seemed to have forgotten it was the big day! Her eyes lit up when we said, “MERRY CHRISTMAS!” She asked if Santa was here (still was confused on that whole process this year). She was a bit sad about Snowflake’s departure, but she immediately perked up at the prospect at opening presents.

We had lots of fun watching her open her gifts. The favorites were her binoculars (“it’s not a camera, Mom”), her piggy bank, her play camera, and her super hero costume.

After we spent a few minutes to enjoy the new goodies, we packed up and headed to Grandpa and Mimi’s house for more Christmas fun. We had fun catching up with extended family on both sides, and Laney couldn’t get enough of opening presents and eating treats.

I tried really hard to be present in the moment this year and not caught up in capturing every detail. My only regret is not getting a a family photo of the three of us at some point, but as Kyle always says I have some great “mental pictures” of this super special Christmas.

We also have two special birthdays after Christmas. Happy birthday, Mimi and Grandpa! Laney is always available to help unwrap presents, blow out candles, and of course assist with the cake eating!

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Hope you all had a magical Christmas!

12.23.15 – Merry Christmas Eve Eve!

23 Dec

“Only two more sleeps!” said a certain little toddler all day long.

We’ve sent out our Christmas cards:

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Side note: For once, I had the genius idea of using our wedding thank you cards to let Laney “help” with the Christmas card stuffing. I knew I saved those for a reason! 🙂

We’ve done our final shopping errands.

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We’ve checked out some Christmas lights:

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We’ve done ALL the fun Christmas crafts:

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We visited Daddy at work:

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And we’ve baked Santa’s cookies:

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And the day is FINALLY almost here. As we say goodbye to Snowflake the Elf and hello to Christmas Eve, so much excitement, anticipation, and love. I get misty-eyed just thinking about the magic about to unfold – especially when I think about the greatest Christmas miracle we were blessed with four years ago. Makes this time of year that much more special (read: emotional) for me. 😉 I am not sure who is most excited in this house, but I know I certainly can’t wait! May your homes be filled with love and happiness the next couple of days as we celebrate the greatest gift of all.


12.19.15 – Christmas with the Potts

23 Dec

We had a really nice weekend last weekend with Kyle’s side of the family for our Christmas gathering. Laney was so excited to see RJ all day. They played and giggled their way through the evening, and it was so heartwarming to see them interact. Papa’s train was the hit of the night.

They also had lots of fun with Great Papa.

Such a magical time of the year!