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It happens every single year.

The anticipation.  The hustle.  The planning.  The excitement.  The traditions.  The chaos.

And then you blink and it’s December 26.

I always hate how quickly it comes and goes.  There’s so many things I don’t want to forget.

I don’t want to forget about our Christmas celebration in Montana before we headed to Texas.  We ate a delicious meal, and got the boys a handful of simple gifts. I was reminded that I married into a fantastic family, and that kids don’t need extravagant gifts for it to be special.  Ohh, and we had a far from perfect tree we took down as soon as possible.  Let’s just say it wasn’t Better Homes and Gardens worthy.  See what I mean?

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I don’t want to forget about how our first morning in Texas Elijah unwrapped most of presents under the tree.  I wish I would have taken a second to take a picture, but mama wasn’t feeling very happy in the moment.  🙂

I don’t want to forget about having to roam the halls of church with David on Christmas Eve, because his 15 month old body is way too loud and active to sit still for an entire hour.  It’s a huge church with several services so it’s funny that every year I always run into the old same friend out in the halls with her daughter too.

I don’t want to forget about our large family gathering we do every year.  Growing up, all our extended family would spend the night at our house and we would spend Christmas together.  I think one year there were over 30 of us.  Well, eventually most of my cousins got married and had their own families, so now we just all get together a few days before Christmas.  One of the best parts is my kids getting to play with their extended cousins they never see.

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I don’t want to forget about Spades.  This year my family has logged hours and hours playing Spades.  Most of us just learned how to play this year, but my goodness it is fun.  I’ve also learned that I really, really hate to lose!

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I don’t want to forget about how clingy David has been to me.  Christmas day seemed the most intense.  I couldn’t even walk out of the room without him having a melt down.  If he could sing, I think he would have given me a version of “All I Want for Christmas is You.”  It’s good though.  And I have to remind myself that.  This stage passes oh so fast, and before I know it he will be all grown up just like his big brother.

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I don’t want to forget about snow in Texas on Christmas day.  Coming from Montana, we weren’t too impressed with an inch on the ground, but it was so fun to see so many friends on Facebook be out in the snow with their kids!  Snow in Texas doesn’t happen too often, so snow on Christmas day was extra special!

I don’t want to forget about Spiderman.  Elijah has never actually seen Spiderman on TV, but you would never know it.  It is all about him right now.  So of course, he was able to add to his collection this Christmas.  We now have the sweatshirt, multiple figurines and Spiderman toothbrush to name a few.

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I don’t want to forget about all the other thoughtful gifts my family got for my boys.  It is true that kids make Christmas so much more fun.

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And most of all, I don’t want to forget about why we celebrate Christmas in the first place.  If I were being honest, I would say that having small children makes this difficult.  When my 3 year old thinks of Christmas, all he wants is the gifts under the tree.  So… we’re working on that.  And luckily we also have the other 364 days to teach our kids about our God.

I get excited thinking celebrating Christmas in the future.  I want it to be such a magical time for my little guys… just like it was for me when I was a child.  And lucky for us… we are still in Texas and headed down to Houston tomorrow to celebrate Christmas one more time.  We can’t wait!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!
-Abby

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