Tuesday, December 27, 2011


We have had a very busy week of celebrating Christmas this year!  It started on Thursday morning with the FOUR family Christmas.  We baked a butterbraid for breakfast, opened presents, went out for lunch, played with the new toys, had Emma & Kolden come over to exchange gifts,prepared a fancy (including getting "dressed up") steak & crab leg dinner and went for a car ride to look at the Christmas light displays in our neighborhood!  Marissa picked out her favorite dress and then picked out a dress for me.  You'll notice in the pictures that we are dressed exactly alike.  I even got a very special necklace from Marissa.  She has been so excited to give it to me and it will always be special because she picked it out especially for me!  Here's a few photos from our day.

Kids posing before opening their gifts!

Marissa making a "HEART!"

My very special necklace from my VERY special girl!

Marissa, Brody, Kolden & Emma

Matching dresses!

Our Christmas Dinner

Daddy and Marissa

The boys!

Friday morning, we headed over to my mom's house for Christmas with her!  We ate a delicious breakfast, opened our presents, worked on installing the light that we had given her, did some more eating of a fabulous lunch, took Brody into the doctor (he had a sinus infection) and worked on putting together all the toys, watched Christmas Vacation movie and then I passed out on the couch! 

Marissa making dessert!


Brody's new bike!

Saturday morning, we loaded up and headed down to Iowa at 7:00AM!  We enjoyed a Christmas Eve lunch with my family, did some baking at Grandma's house and after we got the kids down watched, "It's a Wonderful Life."  Christmas Day, we went to church and then spent the day with family playing games and catching up!  Monday, we packed up and headed to my brother's to celebrate Christmas with them.  The moment we got there Lukas & Marissa were off and running!  They are such good friends!  Lukas cried so hard for Marissa to stay!!!  I felt so bad for him! 

Baking with Great-Grandma

Playing with Drew!

Great Grandkids minus two

Brody wanted nothing to do with this picture!

Best Buddies!  Lukas & Marissa

The Christmas celebrating isn't over yet!  We have next weekend to celebrate with the Holgrimson side of the family!  Hope everyone enjoyed their 50 degree Christmas!  I know we sure did!!!

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