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Christmas Eve
Dan and I took Owen to the candlelight Christmas Eve service at Rolling Hills.

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The Solid Rock service was actually on Sunday at the normal service times and locations. Rolling Hills did not provide childcare during the candlelight services because they wanted the entire family to enjoy them. There were a few times when Dan got up and walked to the back of the church holding Owen so he didn’t interrupt anyone (thanks Dan!!), but overall I think he did ok.

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Then when we got home it was just about time to open our stockings, give Owen a bath, read him “The Night Before Christmas”, and put him to bed.

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Christmas #2
The day after Christmas, Dan’s kids came over and we celebrated with them! It’s always so fun to see them all, especially since Dan absolutely loves them to pieces and is always so happy when they are around. 🙂 We exchanged gifts, ate pizza, and had a great time! Of course, Hallie and Owen were getting in trouble together hahaha but it’s so hard to get angry at these adorable faces 🙂

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Isn’t it so funny that they have the same expression on their face?? And Owen looks like a Hobbit in this pic with his fat foot sticking up LOL!
Owen got more clothes, a pair of new sneakers, and a couple of rubber duckies (which he loves)!

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Preparing for Thanksgiving and Christmas was at times stressful, but it was so worth it. We all had a great time. We’re so blessed to have those in our lives – my family, Dan’s kids, and of course friends. My favorite part of Christmas used to be opening my presents, but now my favorite part is watching family and friends open my presents to them. 🙂
It’s so weird that the holidays are (just about) over, now we can plan Owen’s first birthday! 😐 How is that sneaking up on us already?!

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Merry Christmas everyone!! We just ate, opened all of our presents, and now everyone has gone home. We are now putting Owen down for bed, and to tell you the truth, today was really great. Dan and I were able to go to coffee this morning (even if we had to cut it short cus of Owen’s impatience lol), then we went home and cooked, got ready for family to come over, and we watched some Christmas movies. We all got some really great gifts, at least I know that Owen and I did! But the most important thing is knowing that everyone had a great time! We had a really yummy feast and watched How the Grinch Stole Christmas (the cartoon version). Owen got a couple of hoodies, some toys, books, movies, a maraca and shaker egg (Santa’s stocking stuffer to Owen), a rocking horse from Grandma, and a gift basket from Santa full of clothes, Disney Sing-a-long tapes, socks, and a toy ring of keys (Owen LOVES to play with our actual keys, so we Santa figured it’d be better for Owen to have his own).

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Dan opened up a CD for Owen at his credit union and I made a blanket for him. Owen really really loved his blanket 😀 as soon as he saw it and felt it, he started to lay down and curl up close to it. 🙂 That was the best part of Christmas for me! 🙂 I bought the fabric for the blanket at Jo-Ann Fabric and used my new sewing machine to assemble it. It is SUPER soft and I might put a satin trim around it (I have the binding, but can’t decide if I’d/Owen would like it).

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I got Dan a Magic Bullet (for work), a homemade coupon book, a Starbucks giftcard, and some nice soap from Lush. Dan got me giftcards to Forever 21, H&M, lots of kitchen stuff, a Paula Deen calendar and a Paula Deen notepad (I love Paula Deen LOL!!).

We also made our own Christmas cards too! I took an idea I saw on Pinterest and Dan, Owen and I made them! They turned out real good!

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We had such a great day and I’m really really pleased with how Owen’s first Christmas turned out! 😀

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I love Christmas. It is by far my favorite holiday. Christmas is the only holiday where I actually decorate our home and really get into the holiday cheer. 🙂

One of the things I saw on Pinterest was to make an advent calendar of activities to do with your family or loved one. One activity for each day leading up to Christmas, starting with December 1st.

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Yes, I made that lol. There are some really fancy ones out there, but since this is our first year doing this I wanted to test it out. If we like it then I’ll spend more time, money and effort in making a nicer looking one. But for now this is what we have!

Here’s what each day looks like:

Sat Dec 1: Deck the halls! (Decorate our house)
Sun 2: Make festive cupcakes
Mon 3: Play a board game
Tue 4: Make hot chocolate
Wed 5: Watch “White Christmas”
Thu 6: Donate toys Owen doesn’t play with
Fri 7: Make Christmas cards
Sat 8: Get pictures taken with Santa
Sun 9: Make Christmas cookies
Mon 10: Tell each other three things you love about them
Tue 11: Play 20 questions
Wed 12: Make New Year’s resolutions
Thu 13: Go get a Christmas treat
Fri 14: Watch “The Polar Express”
Sat 15: Go to Peacock Lane
Sun 16: Make a festive brunch
Mon 17: Watch “It’s A Wonderful Life”
Tue 18: Make Owen’s ornament
Wed 19: Have a romantic candlelit dinner (even if it’s just grilled cheese sandwiches lol)
Thu 20: Give each other a back massage with holiday scented lotion
Fri 21: Watch “Love Actually”
Sat 22: Tour the Lights! Drive around the neighborhood and look at everyone’s lights
Sun 23: Go to the Solid Rock Christmas service
Mon 24:
•Go to the Rolling Hills candlelight service
• Open stockings
• Read “The Night Before Christmas” to Owen
Tue 25: Merry Christmas!!

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