Handmade Christmas 2012

I made blankets for the kids this year for Christmas, and gave them on Christmas Eve. They both look exhausted in this photo because it was 9:30 at night and we had just gotten back from a long night of dinner and festivities with family.

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Gunner made the cutest paper penguin ornament for the tree. He even stamped the date and signed his name on the back (you can kind of see through it in the picture).

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Nola’s favorite movie currently is Coraline, and as a result, she asked Santa for a “little Nola” for Christmas (because Coraline has a Coraline doll in the movie). It took some scouring on Etsy to find a doll that was within our price range, looked (somewhat) like Nola, and was appropriate for a toddler. Finally found an absolutely adorable “little Nola” from TashiBear — all the way from Australia!

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I could have done without the kids’ waking up at 6:30am after I had stayed up until 3am wrapping presents (the sun wasn’t even up yet), but other than that, it was a wonderful couple of days. We all ended up taking naps on Christmas day, anyway. Can’t go wrong with holiday naps; with bellies full of cookies and pie and good food, and brains full of excitement and fun and love! Magnificently exhausting!

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