Monthly Archives: December 2013


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Christmas in Sugarwoods 2013

Beautiful Christmas Morning bread with candles. We sang, “Happy Birthday” to Jesus and blew out the candles. Marmie had a wonderful idea this year. She put out her manger scene earlier in December, but didn’t put out baby Jesus in the manger. We kept telling the girls that baby Jesus would be here on Christmas […]

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A Pink Christmas

Early Christmas morning… the coffee is brewed, the candles are lit, the carols are playing softly in the background. It’s finally time for 2 very good little girls to open their long-awaited presents. The big gift this year was the one that their Daddy lovingly spent long hours building for them. ┬áBoth he and I […]

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Christmas Eve

This year we spent Christmas Eve at Uncle Kogi’s cabin…. Such a treat considering his home had been empty and cold for 2 years while he was away at photography school. It was always so sad to his dark house and unplowed driveway when we went to visit Marmie and Papa in Sugarwoods. Now there […]

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Christmas Program

All ready for Sunday morning church. Today was our Christmas program, and Ava and Emma Bear were little angels. Emma wasn’t real thrilled with the white sheet dress that prevented her from walking or crawling very well, but she sure did look precious. Mark was Joseph again this year… complete with glasses and a warm […]

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Frosting and Sprinkles

Auntie Angela had a fun activity for the older girls to do during our Christmas in the City visit… decorating gingerbread cookies! I think that this is Ava’s favorite activity EVER, since it involves being artistic and eating candy. The girls did such a good job decorating and sharing frosting, sprinkles and candy. It kept […]

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Christmas in the City 2013

We braved the cold and wind to watch the Hollidazzle Parade in downtown Minneapolis. Ava and Papa enjoy all the lighted floats pass by. Emma did not like the cold, though. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any snowpants for her yet, and the two pairs of pants just didn’t keep her real warm. Even the blankets […]

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Decking the Halls

“The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.” -Burton Hillis This was the first year that Ava really understood and enjoyed decorating the tree. Last year she wanted to play with the ornaments, and she cried each time we took them away […]

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Scotch Pine

“The perfect Christmas tree? All Christmas trees are perfect!” – Charles N. Barnard

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