Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and Bring on the Snow!!

Here we are in 2014.  It's been a blur of a couple years... I never believed people who said once they had kids the time just flew by, but here we are with a two-year-old and many times it seems like we brought her home from the hospital weeks ago.  I won't recap AGAIN all the changes that's meant for us over the past two years, but it's been CRAZY and AMAZING.  I can't wait for what this year brings- I am pretty excited... even though I have no idea what to expect.  I can probably say we will stay here in Saratoga, probably in our same house and I can definitely say we won't be getting a dog this year.  Other than that, it's all up in the air.

Anyway... back to a few weeks ago when Christmas was still something we were looking forward to...

We went to NH Christmas Eve, arrived in time for the early evening mass at church (where MiniM.E. was great despite asking repeatedly if it was over starting after the pre-mass choir), ate tons of delicious food including a super fancy cheesecake from our neighbor, woke up at a reasonable hour Christmas morning and opened a slew of presents (most of which MiniM.E. opened halfway, just to see what things were, and immediately moved on to the next present).

The hilarious event of the day was right after the most exciting event of the day (where MiniM.E. got the puppy in a bag she asked Santa for): Dolly also asked Santa for a present, a giant stuffed horse from Hannaford.  Santa came through and the stuffed horse sat "hidden" on the bouncing rocking horse.  To make sure MiniM.E. saw it, we said, "Look MiniM.E.! Santa brought the stuffed horse for Dolly!! Do you want us to take it down so you can play with it??"  MiniM.E. glared at us and said, almost as if annoyed, "No! That's Dolly's horse."  She hasn't touched it yet.

We had a fantastic prime rib dinner.  MiniM.E. woke up in the night screaming because it wasn't Christmas anymore, and we spent the rest of our NH vacation playing with new toys and visiting with family.  We saw H. & C. on Thursday, my aunt and uncle on Friday, went down to CT to see my other aunt and uncle, their two kids and my grand-cousin(?) Saturday and drove home Sunday.

Here's our week in photos.

what? we aren't leaving til tomorrow??? 
all dressed up for church 

traditional Christmas Eve present
(pajamas she wouldn't wear)
Christmas Eve present #2
so excited Santa brought a puppy in a bag!
mini xylophone was a huge hit
and opening... 
and opening... 
and opening... 
Honey Bunches loved the paper.
modeling her new slippers.  she will only wear them nude.
family photo 
Happy Birthday Baby Jesus cake
festive hat
presents with H.

snow angel! 
playing with SÅND

Baby L. in CT
testing out the baby toys
petting the bunny with Uncle Mark
our family photo
I would love to say that we had an eventful night New Year's Eve, went to First Night and stayed out to see fireworks, but we just walked to a neighbor's for a few drinks, MiniM.E. was done after an hour or so, we came home, put her to bed, watched a TV show and went to bed by 10.  Happy New Year!!

And now here we are on day 2 of 2014 watching the snow fall softly outside.  Keep warm!

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