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Merry Christmas

Well, I have just enough time after Christmas Day to pop up a few pictures and wish everyone a happy 25th. We celebrated at home just the 7 of us. It was lovely. We skyped some people, played with new toys and ate tons of not so healthy foods. Hopefully I can share more later, but for now – I hope that whatever you celebrate this month was amazing! 

New Pj's with cookies for Santa

New Pj’s with cookies for Santa

They may not be hung by the chimney with care, but they were filled with love.

They may not be hung by the chimney with care, but they were filled with love.

Happy kids

Happy kids

Yup... that is a poop emoji on the far right...

Yup… that is a poop emoji on the far right…

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Skyping with family

Skyping with family

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Zander and his latch hook kit.

Zander and his latch hook kit.

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Colouring Echo's new dollhouse for her 18 inch dolls.

Colouring Echo’s new dollhouse for her 18 inch dolls.

My Christmas exchange mailing... straight from Australia!!!

My Christmas exchange mailing… straight from Australia!!!

Scalloped potatoes and ham!

Scalloped potatoes and ham!

Merry Christmas 2014

Merry Christmas (belatedly) to you and yours! As usual I am behind on my reporting but I am making a real try to catch up… just you watch, November will spontaneously pop up one of these days! And then you will be in the know again!

Anyway… Christmas Day for the Reinsch-Johnson clan. It was a different one from our previous ones here in Minnesota. First off because we really did not have extended family beyond Nana and Baba here for the day or eve. In the previous years Christmas Eve was our time with Ken’s Uncle Moose, Aunt Colleen and their two kids. But this has been a rough year for Moose (Paul) and while he is on the mend they were really not able to come over for the traditional Ukrainian meal of potato soup and perogies. It was probably for the best as this December has been one of illness for the family. So many yucky colds! But thank goodness we were assured that he is better and home again.IMAG0894

Of course we DID enjoy our meal… and the company was wonderful as was.IMAG0903

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That evening we did put out our cookies and milk for Santa. In our new pj’s.IMAG0914

Echo and Ken spread Reindeer Food out on the lawn since we went to bed without a speck of snow to be seen really.IMAG0918

Christmas Day was just the household and it was wonderful. We did not manage to Skype with Gammie as she was having issues on her end but we did text back and forth and take some pictures of the openings.102_0204

102_0206Amazingly enough with two countries and multiple states we did not have any duplicate gifts this year! Each and every one was well received and I can honestly say I have not seen the kids happier.102_0207

102_0211102_0212We had calls with both sets of grandparents… Alberta and South Carolina. As well as a lovely chat with My brother James and his wife Holly… well mostly Holly. Even a peek in on Cousin Jimmie.102_0215

102_0214Dinner was a delicious turkey and trimmings thanks to the hard work of Nana and Baba. But for the most part after the excitement of the great toy opening it was a nice, quiet and relaxed day.102_0219

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Recounting the Final Days Before Christmas

Working my way to THE day… next entry… I promise!

December 23-24

Two days until Christmas and the excitement is high! We recorded our yearly Christmas concert which I posted on Facebook (I am on there as Lisa Reinsch-Johnson if you wish to see it. Just request that I friend you due to my blog!). We did a single song this time – an extended version of We Wish You a Merry Christmas. I added in the Phrase 1 between each of the following and at the end to really get us singing and dancing. You can find the words we used HERE. Thanks to Noella Designs.

We had more classic movies and drawings to do…101_5669

101_5668What a reading list we have had this year and almost all of them from our own shelves!!!101_5670

The kids ALL volunteered to clean  the bathroom for Christmas and did a wonderful job!101_5671

The kids spent some time baking with daddy to round off our pre Christmas preparation. So much happy holiday vibes in the house!101_5672

Our Christmas Eve ended up much quieter than anticipated. Ken’s uncle and his family usually come over for a traditional Ukrainian style food dinner. Sadly his uncle was released from the hospital the morning of Christmas Eve with strict instructions to stay off his feet post surgery. We are praying for his fast recovery and that this is the end of surgery for him. But it did mean a lack of company with a table full of food!101_5678

The table looked amazing.101_5677

As did the brand new Christmas pj’s.101_5686

We had a gift for the bigger 4 to open from Nana and Baba – Wikki Sticks! what a fun activity!101_5680

101_5688And Echo opened one too… a frog that moves its mouth and makes noise. Surprised her a little!!101_5687

Of course we left cookies and milk for Santa and carrots and special reindeer food outside for the reindeer. The kids were so excited! And a night at home was perfect for a restful and quick settle down to bed in the evening.101_5689

101_5691101_5692Definitely necessary as Ken had a kitchen set to build (thanks to Holly and James) and we had presents to sort out and place under the tree.photo (82)

101_5695Earlier in the day I made Echo a baby Jesus out of a sock. You can make this super simple baby as well using the instructions found HERE. Thanks to Catholic Icing for this super simple sweety!photo (82a)