The Grand House

Christmas with the Champion Eater!

You know Christmas is going to be great when Hank the Tank looks this good in his holiday pajamas!!!

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Sweet baby boy did not disappoint this Christmas…he woke up VERY HAPPY although he has no idea who Santa is and could have cared less that we bought him a Tickle Me Elmo.

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Henry’s Nana and Pap went all out with the gifts for him and cousins Lily and Caroline.

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Henry got like 20 new truck books and a tiny keyboard that he points at and shouts “Oooooo!!!”

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We also celebrated Christmas with a non-stop day of eating. Henry, you know, is a champion eater who had ham and eggs in the morning…3 different casseroles at his Aunt Susie’s for lunch…and prime rib, potatoes and tiramisu at his favorite Aunt Trudy’s!

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I didn’t get Mark a gift and he didn’t get me one…we put a new roof on the new house instead.

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I always thought I’d love diamonds under the tree…but now I’m a girl who gets excited about new shingles and a french door that’s coming in a few weeks!

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Family, Moving In

The stockings were hung from the hamper with care!

This is the extent of our Christmas decorations…2 stockings that Mark hung from our hamper.

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Aren’t they festive?!

Just because we aren’t winning any holiday decorating awards doesn’t mean we don’t have the Christmas spirit. In fact, I think we have MORE Christmas spirit this year than ever!

This season, we’re celebrating in the first home that we own TOGETHER. And even though we aren’t finished with the renovation, it’s becoming apparent that this JOURNEY has been the blessing all along.

We’ve developed new friendships, rekindled old ones and made A TON OF MEMORIES (like our temporary “ladder living”) while rehabbing this house from top to bottom.

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In the process, my appreciation for my husband has grown by leaps and bounds as I watch him transform our home.

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I’ve been praying for a Christmas miracle…that we’d wake up on Christmas morning and the house would be finished! I doubt that will happen, but as long as I wake up next to this guy I know we’ll be okay. 🙂

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MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY!!!

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Family

Hell just froze over

I am cooking.

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Correction…I am cooking AND baking.

This has never happened, and I’m not even that happy about it.

But when your very pregnant sister, who is one of your favorite humans, throws a Christmas party and needs you to bring food…you get in the kitchen.

For starters, I turned the oven on but left a bunch of pans and plastic tops in the drawer underneath.

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Now, my Pyrex lid looks like this.

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But I am not deterred. I will forge on…but first, a quick walk up to Arsenal Ciderhouse for some hard apple cider. Maybe that will make me a better cook!

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