Christmas at Disney

Dec
2013
19

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Last Friday we took our annual Christmas trip to Disney. It was a blast. If you’ve never been to Disney at Christmastime, you’ve got to do it. Ideally before mid-December and avoiding the week of thanksgiving, unless you like crowds. But Disney at Christmas is truly magical. The parks have a whole different look (parts start decorating in August to get everything ready in time!) There are special Christmas shows, parades, and all kinds of fun.

We started out at Epcot.

DSC_0038 DSC_0061DSC_0069 Trying to talk Papa into another shoulder ride ;)DSC_0087 DSC_0091We do lunch at Biergarten, the buffet in Germany. It is fantastic. The food is delicious, the live music is great, and it’s just a really good time.
DSC_0107 DSC_0114DSC_0174DSC_0149DSC_0179DSC_0306DSC_0237 (1)The kids were unimpressed with the buffet until we found watermelon on the dessert table :)DSC_0239 DSC_0248 DSC_0273DSC_0283Faith has been known to swipe an open stroller seat from time to time.DSC_0329 DSC_0351 Waiting for a Christmas story. Each country in Epcot has a performer who tells about how they celebrate Christmas in their country. It is so much fun. Norway is our favorite, with Julenissen, the Christmas barn elf :)DSC_0339DSC_0370 There was a really cool Frozen exhibit in Norway, too, featuring real artifacts that inspired styles in the movie. DSC_0372DSC_0383After dark we made our way over to Hollywood Studios for the Osbourne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights. DSC_0404Alia was tired <3DSC_0440DSC_0408DSC_0454DSC_0410Merry Christmas!

Making Lefse

Dec
2013
16

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I wrote about why we make lefse at Christmas time last year. Last night we made this year’s :)

I think I enjoyed this year’s more than any other. Usually I have one or two helpers in the kitchen but this time all of my siblings (& babies, & Alex :) were in there together. And it’s really just fun to be together.

DSC_0617 DSC_0618Alia thinks “jackpot!”DSC_0585 DSC_0587DSC_0591DSC_0598DSC_0625DSC_0608DSC_0623DSC_0606The tricky part. But Kaden loves to roll.DSC_0641DSC_0650DSC_0647DSC_0676 DSC_0682Mimi peeled the potatoes beforehand & cleaned up after. She’s the best :-)DSC_0685DSC_0693 Delicious.DSC_0701

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photoOr “the advent calendar we made with stuff we found around the house.”

Growing up we always made a paper chain to mark how many days were left until Christmas, and it was just thrilling to visualize the countdown. I love the advent calendars I’ve seen on Pinterest, but didn’t want to spend a lot on supplies. So this is what we came up with!

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We used a big ol’ stick we found outside, butcher’s paper to wrap the little treats/trinkets for each day (you could also reuse paper grocery bags for the same look), ribbons & hemp string to decorate & hang the wrapped gifts. The numbers we cut out with our Cricut machine, but you could totally cut or draw something freehand. And Landon got some sort of wall mounting thing to secure it to the wall, because once we put it all together that thing is heavy!

DSC_0025DSC_0029Kaden loves it. Except for the part that he only gets to open one each day :-/DSC_0041DSC_0052We wrapped up some little snacks (boxes of raisins, candy canes), & got some fun little Christmas things at Target for the gifts (stickers, stamps, mostly from the dollar spot.) This was today’s, a make your own gingerbread ornament kit. How cute are they?
DSC_0059Merry Christmas everyone :)

Pullen Park

Dec
2013
04

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We had a couple hours to fill before we flew home from Raleigh yesterday, so after reading about this cute little place online we spent our morning there. I’m so glad we did! We all had a nice time & the kids really loved it. The rides were $1 a piece & the playground was free.DSC_0005DSC_0065DSC_0034 DSC_0042DSC_0100 DSC_0085It’s one of the oldest amusement parks in America – built in 1887! The train was a fun little ride.DSC_0203DSC_0117 DSC_0119DSC_0125DSC_0134DSC_0208

The carousel was like a thrill ride – seriously the fastest merry go round I have ever been on. Landon said it made him feel sick. I thought it was fun :) Funny thing, it didn’t even have seat belts like every other slow carousel I’ve ever ridden.DSC_0192 DSC_0167DSC_0193DSC_0199

And now we are home. And there is no place I’d rather be :)

Virginia

Dec
2013
03

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Some more pictures from our trip to Virginia…

Every once in awhile I’m watching Alia or take a picture of her and I just think, my gosh, you are the prettiest little thing I’ve ever seen. I love these two of her.DSC_0120 - Version 3DSC_0133DSC_0237Admiring cousin Amanda’s Christmas tree.
DSC_0224DSC_0015DSC_0245At Nana & Papa’s.DSC_0338 DSC_0495 DSC_0484We made puffy paint socks & got a pair of slippers, but Alia really just liked wearing her red shoes :)DSC_0989 I finally got around to reading The Hunger Games series. They were really good. Very thought provoking. I’m wondering, are the people in the Capitol supposed to resemble Americans? A little bit? Exaggerated obviously. And I must say after the books that I absolutely love Peeta. From the first movie Gale was really convincing. But Peeta? You just can’t do better than that. I’m looking forward to seeing Catching Fire soon (asap!)DSC_1003Oatmeal for breakfast.DSC_0010DSC_1000DSC_0030snuggles. DSC_0057Making apple juice. Kaden loves it.DSC_0092DSC_0067DSC_0085Dinner time.DSC_0107 DSC_0097Nativity sets make fun toys.DSC_0045DSC_0042DSC_0076And now it’s December! Presents to wrap, cookies to bake. Most wonderful time of the year :)DSC_0061