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Photos from our Christmas{es}

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I declared Christmas officially over earlier this week in my post about writing Thank You cards. And I am ready to move on…but I realized I never shared any photos from our three Christmas celebrations and I got some really sweet and funny pictures I’m dying to share…so here’s one more Christmas post before I move on.

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Our own family Christmas started the Sunday before Christmas. In years past we have schlepped everything down to Missouri for Christmas there. Last year, though, we broke the back windshield of my van trying to pack up so this year we thought maybe Santa would just come early. The kids had no idea and it was really cute!christmas 2012
Ben got a huge nerf gun {bought before the Newtown tragedy or I might have passed}.

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Anna’s been begging for all things American Girl doll. She got a mini doll and a book set {as well as a trip to the American Girl Doll Store in Chicago on New Years Day!}

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Cora got a super fun wooden dollhouse which everyone seems to love {including Ben}. There’s just something about doll houses!

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And Sara got a huge tunnel and a new baby doll.

After our family Christmas in Iowa, we headed to Missouri for Christmas with my parents, sister and her family, and my grandparents.
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We have a standing practical joke or consumables theme in my family and this year we had a Moustache Christmas. It was pretty funny and best of all, we got a free wax when we pulled those suckers off. OUCH!

christmas 2012Everyone had a mustache. It was really hilarious.

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And then we came back to Iowa for one final family Christmas with my hub’s family.
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Grandpa got a 4 wheeler so the first order of business was to go sledding…I knew I should have bought them helmets!
tire sleddingLook Ma – NO HANDS! Uncle Jake should know better… 😉

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Beautiful cousins. I hope they grow up to be great friends.

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Of course, Sara had to get in on all of the action, too!

And now all of the festivities really are over. The decorations are packed away and the purging and cleaning must begin in earnest. I’m not sure how we accumulate so much junk, but I’m pretty sure that three Chirstmases sure don’t help…

Anyway, I hope your holidays were packed with fun, good food, and great memories. Despite the work and traveling, I look forward to doing it all again next year.

Happy New Year!

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About Michelle Marine

Michelle Marine is the author of How to Raise Chickens for Meat, a long time green living enthusiast and rural Iowa mom of four. An avid traveler, Michelle has lived on three different continents and has driven all four kids across the entire USA (by herself!). She loves sharing farm-to-table recipes, their family travel adventures, and gardening and homesteading tips on her popular lifestyle blog, SimplifyLiveLove.com.


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