MAGICAL MERRY CHRISTMAS DAY

It all started out with Christmas tickles and smiles.

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Then opened a car or six from Grandma Soules (a little spoiled!). 

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Excited to see so many presents!

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Thrilled that this new barn is his for Christmas from his great-grandmother.

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From there, I stopped taking pictures and enjoyed the rest of the day.

Things I want to remember: 

  • Henry loving every gift that it took him three days to open all of his presents
  • Henry wanting to play with the new gift right away and forget about the rest
  • Simple Christmas dinner of ham, mashed potatoes, corn and cranberry sauce all made lovingly by Kevin
  • Sneaking Christmas kisses with Kevin all day long
  • Having the apartment completely quiet while Henry napped after so much excitement!
  • Every single little smile that Henry flashed up at us
  • The generosity of SO MANY of our friends that gave us Henry's orthotic braces
  • Henry just LOVING EVERYTHING, he was so excited that he couldn't sleep!

While it was a very simple, quiet Christmas-- It was very merry indeed! We could not have felt more blessed and loved. Thank goodness that our Savior was born and we're blessed each year as we celebrate his birth.  

MAGICAL MERRY CHRISTMAS EVE

While I realize I've already posted a few of my goals for 2016, I never had a chance to share our Christmas photos! It's never too late, right?!?

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Christmas Eve. This mama admitted what she really wanted for Christmas was the book Brooklyn after realizing that husband had not picked up on any hints. So instead of being upset, she pointed out a 25% off coupon and to the store we went! It was fun because we stopped for a treat that included Cheesecake Factory egg nog cheesecake. Henry showed us for the first time in the photo above that he could drink out of a straw! We were thrilled as it was something really BIG to check off his milestone list. We couldn't stop laughing though because who doesn't love a good vanilla bean frap? :)

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Back at home, we let Henry choose one gift to open and chose this one from his secret Santa. It was a toy ambulance and it's now his favorite! He kept showing it to my family when we skyped with them later that evening. 

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When you're seven plus months pregnant, you keep traditions at a minimum. We did Henry's favorite thing, which was watch Christmas Eve on Sesame Street for the 1,657th time and ate fettucini. We also continued our tradition of singing Happy Birthday to Jesus and eating cupcakes. Henry loved it. 

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All is calm, all is bright. Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night! 

A LOOK BACK AT 2015

Happy 2016 loves! 

While 2015, was the hardest year of my life, I'm glad that we made it through! I'm looking forward to new adventures and especially baby girl coming in February. 

However, I wanted to take a minute to look back on this hard year and point out the positives. As they say, "It was the worst of times and the best of times." 

JANUARY 

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January brought us lots of museum days, some of the coldest NYC weather and lots of snow. 

FEBRUARY 

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February brought us a fun Valentine's Day, sledding in the park and playing indoors at Gymboree. 

MARCH

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March gave us Saint Patrick's Day, along with a parade in NYC and the start of warmer days. 

APRIL

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In April, Henry turned ONE!!! Even Grandma Soules came out to celebrate!  

MAY

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The official start of constant park days and Henry exclaiming that we have to leave NOW! 

JUNE

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Grandpa and Grandma Soules come out to DC with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir on Grandpa's last tour with them. 

JULY

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After living in hotels, a friend's house, we finally have our own apartment again! We also learned that Henry is going to be a big brother! 

AUGUST

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August was filled with exploring our new area and hot chocolate dates in our pjs with mama.

SEPTEMBER

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The month we found out, IT'S A GIRL! 

OCTOBER

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Second Halloween as a happy minion and lots of nice fall days. 

NOVEMBER

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Our new tradition of having a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving with the works. Popcorn, jelly beans, toast, pretzels . . .

DECEMBER

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Excited on Christmas morning! We learned the true meaning of friendship as we received gifts from Secret Santas and so many gave to Henry to where we'll be able to afford his leg braces. 

Yes, yes we were still blessed despite the hardest move, losing thousands of dollars, months sleeping on the floor, but most importantly-- we learned from our trials and grew stronger, as a family. :) 

Here's to 2016 being EVEN BETTER!