Holiday Decorating and Room Parties

19 12 2014

Amelia’s school had a fun Thanksgiving Feast at the End of November

Henry was excited to attend as well. Amelia likes playing with her good friend Sneha.

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We put up our annual decorations right after Thanksgiving

A tree on the porch and pictures with Santa

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The Christmas Village in the dining room

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Mommy’s childhood Nativity scene

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The elf on the shelf made his daily appearance throughout December, the kids enjoyed finding him

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The live tree in the living room

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A new addition this year- a special porcelain lighted Christmas tree from Mimi

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Amelia enjoyed her first year seeing the “Mini-Nut” a short version of the ballet the Nutcracker by the Maryland Youth Ballet

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We enjoyed the annual “Feminists-God-group” Christmas Party at Clare’s house

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Eddie and Henry

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Amelia got a special new outfit from Mimi and wore it to her school holiday party

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They made gingerbread houses at the party

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And Amelia gave us a special present

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Thanksgiving in Indiana

30 11 2014

We spent Thanksgiving in Indiana with all of my family this year. It was a lot of fun.

The kids played with Mimi’s dress-ups, our old doll house, the piano, a kitchen set and many other fun toys!

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We had a fun breakfast out at the Pancake House

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And it started to snow

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The Thanksgiving table was beautiful and the food was yummy

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Little cakes like our wedding cake from the Allens Bakery

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The turkey team

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Playing at the park

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Connor and Henry

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Professional Family Photos

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Swimming at the club

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Dinner in the Board Room at the club

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Our third floor bedroom

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Rockets at the park

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Family Fun at Conner Prairie

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Dinner at Bravo

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Grace, Gaga and Henry

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Breakfast with Santa at Conner Prairie

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Flying Home

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Veterans Day weekend & other November fun

19 11 2014

Grandma and Grandpa came to visit for two nights (unfortunately the trip was shorter than planned due to the kids having their first colds of the season and not feeling well.)

It was great to see them though and to celebrate Grandpa Paul’s birthday together.

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The kids still love walking with their strollers.

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We bought flashlights so we could take evening walks in the dark- thanks to daylight savings, but the kids love it.

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We checked out the newly designed Montgomery Mall one weekend.

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The family room in the food court is impressive.

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Often we can be found at the library in our Town Square.

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It is so rewarding and joyful to see the kids playing together.

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Amelia’s first school picture

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