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celebrating christmas

22 Jan

{ok ok ok…I know I keep saying how things are getting crazy and how I’m going to catch up on posting but than I’m not catching up. I feel like I just keep making excuses. I don’t really know what is going on….I feel like my blogging motivation has been pretty low since before Christmas. I’m not sure why but I’m hoping I can get better again starting now. I really appreciate everyone out there who is still reading my blog}

I know this post is late but I want to tell you about our Christmas. It was a pretty quiet day but it was a really great day, better than I thought it would be. I knew Christmas was going to be really hard this year without my grandmother. It definitely was, but I think our family did a great job of just getting together and loving one another.

Dan and I started out the day with stockings. We decided not to do presents because we don’t have a lot of money but thought stockings would be fun. Dan did a great job with my stocking! Lots of yummy things and practical things because that is just who Dan is and I love it.

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We got ready for the day and headed over to my step-grandmother Barbara’s house for some snacks. Some of my step-dad’s siblings were there. We hung out for a bit and had some yummy food.

After that, we went over to my grandfather’s house for the rest of the day.

The house was warm and cozy and felt right for Christmas. For the past few years, we have been doing our family Christmas on a day other than Christmas so that everyone can be there. I’m so glad that we were able to all get together on Christmas this year because I think it made it easier.

We had lots of presents under the tree.

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Our family is definitely a present opening family. As soon as everyone was together, we decided to dive right in to the presents. I was nominated to be Santa so I passed out all of the presents. Our tradition is to do one present at a time so that everyone can see what everyone else is getting. It is my favorite way to open presents.

My mom and I both made Shutterfly books for everyone. She made books of just us 4 cousins with pictures of us throughout the years. I made books of just the 4 of us with DeDe, my grandmother. I think everyone loved both of the books.

When the presents were done, we just spent some time relaxing, listening to Ryan play some songs on the guitar. We also ate some delicious food.

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Julia and I also went through my grandmother’s jewelry so we could decide what we would like to keep and what we didn’t want. It made me sad but felt good to go through some things.

I made my brother and cousin put on their presents so I could get some pictures of them. Yay T-Rex!

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I love spending time with these people. With the exception of Joe, we all live pretty close to each other but I still don’t feel like I see them very often. Life gets so crazy. I wanted to make sure we got some family shots before we all headed home.

Love my little brother. He is one amazing person.

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And of course we had to get some with Bubby.

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For a day I thought was going to be so hard was actually really nice and relaxing. It was a great way to spend Christmas. As much as I miss DeDe, I’m so glad I still get to spend Christmas with these crazy people.

 

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photo friday

4 Jan
christmas at mom's

christmas at mom’s

snowy walkway to the beach

snowy walkway to the beach

rocky beach

rocky beach

pretty snowy christmas decorations downtown

pretty snowy christmas decorations downtown

christmas tree in portsmouth

christmas tree in portsmouth

skiing on my new skis!

skiing on my new skis!

beautiful view from gunstock

beautiful view from gunstock

snowy trees

snowy trees

9 favorite from 2012

9 favorite from 2012

ready to run with the hubby

ready to run with the hubby

running the resolution 5k

running the resolution 5k

sunset behind the trees

sunset behind the trees

red sunrise behind the tree

red sunrise behind the tree

Happy Friday everyone! Dan and I are off to NY to visit Dan’s parents for Christmas! Enjoy your weekend!

photo friday

28 Dec
I went to Great Island Common for my grandmother's birthday

I went to Great Island Common for my grandmother’s birthday

new hair cut

new hair cut

early christmas present from Dan

early christmas present from Dan

stocking stuff from the hubby

stocking stuff from the hubby

snow on christmas!

snow on christmas!

christmas eve at my aunt and uncle's

christmas eve at my aunt and uncle’s

christmas day at my step-gram's

christmas day at my step-gram’s

acoustic performance by my brother

acoustic performance by my brother

christmas day at my grandfather's

christmas day at my grandfather’s

 

a gift from my cousin - a picture she drew a long time ago

a gift from my cousin – a picture she drew a long time ago

one of my favorite presents from my mom - a book all about the cousins

one of my favorite presents from my mom – a book all about the cousins

doing some jewelry organizing

doing some jewelry organizing

tons of rain when we were supposed to be getting snow

tons of rain when we were supposed to be getting snow

Happy Weekend!

christmas trees with the family

27 Dec

Another tradition we have around the holidays is getting our Christmas tree. We always go with my mom and brother to pick out Christmas trees. I love this tradition. We go to the gorgeous tree farm in Madbury, NH. We wander around trying to find the perfect tree. They have sleds and saws that you can use and they also have hot apple cider for when you are finished in the cold. It is the perfect place.

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My mom and step-dad get 2 trees, one for inside and one for outside.

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Dan and I were looking for a skinny tree to fit in our apartment. We found one that looked great right away but, of course, we wanted to look around just to make sure. We went back to that first one. We usually end up getting one of the first trees we find.

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After the tree farm, we went back to my mom’s for lunch. Then we went home to decorate our tree! Dan isn’t really into decorating so I do most of it on my own. I don’t mind though because I love doing it.

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We have a mix of ornaments, some that we have bought together and some that I’ve gotten from my mom that she doesn’t want to use anymore. Dan and I try and buy at least one new ornament every year just to keep some new ones in the mix. Here are some of my favorite ornaments that we have. Some are new and some are old.

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I love Christmas time. It took me a little time to get into the spirit this year, but going to pick out a tree and decorating our tree definitely helped.

 

christmas parade and family time

27 Dec

I am currently on vacation from school so I’m going to try and catch up on some posts.

The Sunday after Thanksgiving, my mom’s side of the family always gets together. We go to the Christmas parade in Dover and eat and spend time together. This year was no different. The only person who couldn’t be there was my cousin Joe because he had to head back to school in West Virginia.

We all got to my grandfather’s house and hung out for a little bit. Then we got bundled up and went to stand in our usual spot to watch the parade. The parade seemed shorter this year but we still had fun. And Santa was great. This parade always has a great Santa at the end.

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On our walk back to the car, we decided to take a little detour. My grandparents used to live right by this museum with a cannon outside. We always used to climb on the cannon and we would pretend that we were shooting off somewhere amazing. We walked right by so we decided to recreate our climbing. It was a little harder now that we’re a little older but it was still fun and we laughed like crazy.

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After our little detour, we went back to my grandfather’s to decorate the tree and eat some food. My mom always puts the lights on the tree, because she is amazing at it.

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Then my cousin Julia and I always do the ornaments. The boys never want to help decorate. We always have a lot of fun with it.

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We wanted to make sure we got some family pictures of everyone together. I wish Joe had been there but we still got some amazing pictures. We set the timer on our camera so everyone could be in the pictures. My grandfather is sitting right in the center and his face never changes, even with all the craziness going on around him. I love our family.

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This year is definitely a lot harder not having my grandmother around, but I feel like it has brought our family closer together. We’re making sure to take even more pictures and spend even more time together. These are some of my favorite people in the whole world and I’m so lucky to be able to spend so much of my time with them and to call them family.

 

merry christmas and happy holidays

25 Dec

Hello everyone!

I just wanted to say Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you blog readers out there.

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Thank you so much to everyone who reads my blog. I love doing this and it makes me feel wonderful knowing that people actually read what I have to say. 

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday and get to spend lots of time with family and friends having fun and relaxing.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

 

wonderful words

19 Dec

Some Christmas quotes to get you through the week.

christmas cheer christmas in my heart christmas means a little more christmas quotes you want the moon merry and brightlove is whats in the room

Happy Wednesday!

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