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Sunday, December 25, 2016

Christmas Evening

We spent the evening with the Scollay side of the family.  
More presents, great food and family rounded out our day. 

This was left off the other post.
The boys gave me this bird feeder because they know I like to take pictures of pretty birds.  Interested to see what we attract. 
 Time to pass out the gifts. 

 Judy made this t-shirt quilt for Eli
 Tyler was so excited for this, it wasn't officially on his list but he really wanted it!

 Judy also made this wall hanging for Rich that highlights a trip they took to the northwest.
 Cousins were given the boys' old Leappads and bags, excited for them to get some use after sitting on the shelf the last couple of years.

 Pre-dinner Gingerbread house building

I'm excited that we received a new tent for the family because both of our old ones are shot.  This will make our trip in June easier to plan knowing we can camp through the second half. 
I also received an Instant Pot cooker, so excited to see what it can do! 
Cody received cash to go towards his DC trip next fall, plus a cool LEGO Technic Go-Kart and Nano block set.  
Tyler added to his LEGO collection and picked up some cash to go towards his meet season travel. 
Keith received a new camping cot that will hopefully make our week away more comfortable, a new dish washable travel coffee mug and some Starbuck's cash. 

We had a very Merry Christmas!

Christmas Eve and Morning

We have had a relaxing Christmas time this year.  
Christmas eve was spent finishing up a couple of last minute items and watching movies.  
The boys opened the last day on the advent calendar to complete their LEGO sets.   
It's be a tortuous month, building a couple of pieces each day.

 Tyler put out some fudge and a Coke for Santa.  
He was insistent that we find a cool Coke bottle.

 Christmas Morning!
 This boy loves his fluffy friends, a new lion for his collection
 A new watch to replace the one lost during the summer.

 More LEGO!

 A cool, wooden dragster the boys found for Keith up at Apple Hill
 Ready for swim season!
We also had a round of new cameras at the house with Mom getting a new one, mom's old one passed down to Cody and Tyler picking up a new pocket sized one. 

 Let the building begin! 

 This is about as clean as his room gets
 Already built 3 sets by 10am

This afternoon we will head to the Scollay Family Christmas

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Adventures of Freddy the Elf, 2016 edition

Freddy came back for another December of fun!  

He hung the candy cane garland and let us know he was going to be hanging around for the month. 

 Swinging on his hoop swing in the entry way.

Do the thing, score the points!  Happy Sporty Day to the boys!
 Do Sport Things today!

With a party hat and card, Freddy was ready to celebrate Stu's Birthday

Livin' the hammock life.  Chillin' like a snowman at the North Pole.

No Talkie before the coffee.

Poinsettia game is on point

Taking the reins of his prehistoric team.

With his poncho, rain cap and make-shift umbrella, Freddy is ready to attack the rainy day. 

There can't be too many lights on the tree.  Freddy decided a few more would really make it shine. 

Freddy has mastered his pull over and is ready to stick it like Dalton.  Good luck to Tyler at his Season Opener Meet 

Teacher was coming so Freddy left her a little rhyme.  

A few rounds of cornhole with Foxy, getting ready for the 2017 Reindeer Games in February. 

Freddy is hanging out on the wreath, showing off his handy work.  An anxiety inducing, countdown to Christmas chain. 

Freddy doesn't have a Snapchat account, but loves the funny photo filters so much he made his own. 

With a handmade, ugly ornament and his sparkly bow tie, Freddy is ready for the Momtourage Christmas Party. 

Checking in on the Christmas prep with his pals Tigger, Pooh and Eeyore

Freddy showed off his elf skills by building this awesome tree house. 

Snuggling up with bear to read Rudolph, Freddy's favorite. 

In an effort to add some variety to the rest of his year, Freddy is considering a 2nd career with the circus. 

Spidey Elf

Freddy decided that the Cirque shows looked more fun that the circus

Freddy is excited to see his reindeer friends, so he mixed up a batch of Reindeer Feed for them.

 In an effort to make sure Santa can find him, Freddy hung out on the stockings his last day.