Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Preparations

It's been a busy couple of days around here! 

Yesterday we finished the last minute Christmas shopping and went to the library to replenish our book habit.  The girls and I made dipped pretzels - something we do every year.  I must say, it's not nearly as messy as it was when they were toddlers!

Last night, we went to my mom's extended family Christmas gathering.  There was food and a visit from Santa and family members crammed into every corner.
Rachel refused to sit on Santa's lap, but she was more than willing to collect a present from him.
Katherine's gift was a bundt pan, which pleased her immensely.
This morning, the girls went to Granny and Poppy's.  Kate helped Granny bake her famous candy cane bread.  Then she came home and used her new bundt pan to make a peppermint chocolate cake with chocolate ganache frosting.
After that, she made a double batch of no-bake cherry cheesecake by herself.  This girl LOVES to cook!

We lit the advent candles at our church's early Christmas Eve service.  Our friend Sarah sang Oh Holy Night and Rachel listened to that big voice in complete awe.  Katherine helped our pastor light the candles during Silent Night and it was beautiful, as always.

Afterward we posed for the rare family picture.
Once we were home, we each opened one present.  New pajamas for all the girls, including Jessica the doll!  Steve got a stuffed Charlie Brown and Snoopy.
Now milk and cookies have been set out, the girls are tucked into bed, and Santa is on his way.  Merry Christmas!



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