Christmas 2013 (No, Really!).

Yep, I’m really doing it.  Almost a month late and I’m going to recap Christmas.  Feels totally ridiculous and self-indulgent, but we had so much fun and I have captured every holiday season on here since 2009!  I can’t possibly miss this one.

I’ve also been in a major posting lull because I’ve felt so backlogged and behind.  I’m going to do a quick catch-up on a few fun things so that I can finally move forward in real-time!

Starting with – snow!!  We have had exactly one hour of snow this year.  We woke up to a blanket of white, with the promise of rain to start melting it in the early morning.  I woke Cullen up and he ran to the window and just stared in amazement.  We threw on coats and boots right on top of pajamas and headed outside before breakfast. 

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Cullen has only ever really seen snow one other time before, so this was understandably very exciting.  Also exciting that adorable toddler rain boots can double as snow boots in the winter!

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We ran around for an hour – tasting, throwing, snow-balling, and freezing. 

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And within just an hour of waking up, the rain started and the snow began to melt.  It was gone as quick as it came, but man was it fun.  Maybe we’ll get one more snow day before the season is over?

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That night – family arrived from Ohio and Indiana!

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We spent five glorious days with my mom, her fiancé, and my little sister.  We did a good mix of exploring around the city, doing fun seasonal things like Zoo Lights, and just hanging around the house enjoying the company. 

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Grandma taught Cullen how to bake sugar cookies…

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And when they were ready we all decorated them together at the kitchen table.  Cullen spent the whole time picking the sprinkles off the cookies and eating them. 

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We ate lots of yummy home cooked meals and sat around talking and playing board games at night – one of my favorite things to do during the holidays!  During one of our mornings, we loaded our whole crew up and headed down to Seattle Center to go to the top of the Space Needle!

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My mom and Jim really wanted to go up, and clearly Cullen is always down to visit his favorite Seattle spot.  It started out cloudy and grey and then suddenly the sun came out!  It was fun to point out all the Seattle landmarks and spots that we visit from way up high.

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And the highlight was Cullen’s visit with SPACE NEEDLE SANTA!  This is definitely going on our yearly holiday must-do list.  He was in a rocket ship and Cullen was super impressed.  Hilarious!

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On Christmas Eve we had a low key day at home with obligatory posted family holiday photos.  Mom, Jim, and Cullen…

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My favorite Seattle crew.  :)

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Mom and Sarah – looking adorable as always…

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Check out smiley Graham! 

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Last but not least, me and my favorite girl. 

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We had a yummy Xmas Eve dinner of roasted broccoli and onions…

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A delicious Field Roast loaf, courtesy of my friend Lacey!

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Roasted tri-color carrots…

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And a giant bowl of mashed potatoes with vegan gravy.  So delicious!

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Christmas morning we were up (too) early, as little people were eager to get downstairs.  We came down and quickly got to work preparing our breakfast spread.

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I made Ashley’s gingerbread donuts – just as delicious as last time!

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Casey’s famous scrambled eggs…

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And an enormous fruit salad – my favorite.

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Cullen was super overwhelmed with all the food, family, and festivities.  Naturally, he wanted to open and play with each toy as he unwrapped them. 

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It was also Graham’s FIRST Christmas, and as expected he was a perfect angel.  So adorable!

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It took a loooooooong time to get through the gifts, and by the end Cullen was so overwhelmed he started refusing them – ha!  We barely even got him anything, and I’m glad we didn’t buy more. 

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He got a pair of new pajamas, two puzzles, a basketball hoop, and a pair of shoes.  Pretty boring stuff from mom and dad!  The puzzles were a hit.

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He is completely obsessed with his Super Why floor puzzle.  We do it at least once a day!

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During presents, Graham either hung out in someone’s lap or rocked in his Rock-A-Roo (fun post and giveaway for one coming up soon!). 

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We ended up stretching presents out all throughout the day, and even stashed some away for future rainy days.  Note that he got several new jerseys from family members, and insisted on wearing all of them.  Twenty five is definitely the favorite, and he begs to wear it every single day.  (Go Seahawks!)

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The hoops was a hit, and I like that we got a small one that can be stashed away on the back of the door if we need to consolidate space.  At some point we’ll probably get a bigger one for the backyard, but this more compact version is great for now. 

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Mimi and Grandpa got him this awesome shopping cart to go with his kitchen, and I think by the end of the day we all looked a bit like Mr. Monkey. 

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It was a wonderful holiday and we felt so lucky that our family traveled so far to come spend it with us.  As always it went by way too quickly.  Thanks for indulging me on this totally absurd late trip down memory lane – it was fun to look back through the pictures!  Next up, I’ll fill you in on our fun New Years adventures and then I should be all caught up.  Wishful thinking!