Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Clute Family Christmas 2015

Oh Christmas, you were amazing. Can't we do this all over again in a few months? Oh wait, it's my pocketbook calling....yes I'm being told that it's a no go. Insufficient funds. Blast. I am so sad it's over already. All that prep and planning and excitement gone in a matter of hours. But oh the memories and fun we had! This year it was just us, at home, for Christmas. Norah's very first Christmas. Everything went perfectly and we had a wonderful time together as a family. I tried really hard this year to capture a lot of it on video, but still managed some good photos here and there....
family group photo!!
On Christmas Eve we spent some time at our neighbors house hanging out and making Christmas cookies, then it was time to go home and prep for Santa's visit!! First up: sprinkle the reindeer food Jinx left on our grass. 

step 2: set out the milk and cookies for Santa

step 3: send kiddos to bed, eat cookies, and put out all the presents!! (this took longer than imagined. That art easel was not an easy one to put together!)

step 4: mommy stuffs the stockings  (I got the easy job)

Looks like we were all good this year!

And finally, after a restless night from being way too excited, Christmas morning!! 
Opening up her stocking

Santa got us Aladdin!!
 Pause for breakfast and a picture of the girls. Adorbs.

and of course some cuddles with our reindog harley

After breakfast Norah took a nap while the rest of us opened up some presents...
more jammies!!

our official box chewer

smiles with my girl and our twinnie necklaces

Charlotte Grace and Norah Jane. love this!! Thanks Mom!

new helmet for C

and Daddy too!!

so excited to do some bike riding

Eventually Norah woke up and we continued on with the presents...

Big sister helping little open her gifts
oooo what did I get??!

her Sofia coach!!

very very intrigued

her little farm animals 
You know you are getting older with changing priorities when you request a sewing machine for Christmas. haha. Can't wait to hem something or make a cape! ;)

helping out with the ribbon

see a resemblance? a couple of cuties

Opening her most requested item....Sofia figurines. It was a Sofia Christmas!!

so excited!!
and now Daddy to help open packages and put things together. This is why we keep this handsome fellow around. ;)

serious business over here

selfie with my little

I only had one "surprise" gift for Matt aka not something on his designated wish list and boy was he shocked.....ADELE tickets!!!! I snagged these right when they went on sale last week and was so anxious to tell him but managed to keep the secret :) 
October 2016. date night. 

I somehow managed to convince these two rascals to take a few more photos. How did we get so lucky to have such beautiful little girls?!

Merry 1st Christmas Miss Norah!!

I almost forgot, when Rachel was here we opened up the gifts she got us. She got the girls new sleeping bags for the camper: a fox for Norah and a raccoon for Charlotte. 
Harley wants us to leave these out for him to play with. So comfy!
And I got a new pack for Norah...the Ergo 360. She  can now see out!!

what??! I love this Ma!!
A purrrrrfect hat for winter...thanks Grandma Clute!

For those not on Facebook, here is a little recap of Jinx's adventures at our house over the holidays. There was much more creativity this year and he only forgot to move twice! Charlotte was more excited to see him move about this year, which was a lot of fun. But seriously, why did I even buy this thing? More work for me and with mommy brain it sure is challenging. Can he just go back to the North Pole forever? haha. Until next year Jinxie....maybe.

welcome note and some new goggles


a flour of a mess. Snow angel

Bungy Jumping with Santa. He liked this so much he did it two days in a row!!

tied to the train, what did you do Jinx?!

frozen by Elsa, oh Jinx

Elf band stand. It's Moose on guitar!!

midnight workout session. Macaroni workout bench.

post Christmas morning in her bed, with her new Pooh. Happy girl.

We hope you all had an unforgettable Christmas with your families as well. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

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