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Just a few Christmas pictures

I didn’t take as many Christmas Day photos as I have in years past …but I do have a few to share. 😉

Joshua decorated this gift bag, which initially had someone’s name written on it in sharpie.   So, he just worked around it creatively.   Isn’t it great?

gift bag art

Since Christmas was on a Sunday this year, we had to head out to church on Christmas morning.   Fortunately, our church service is on the late side, so we had time to open gifts before we left.

Joshua Christmas

We thought we’d just have time for stockings, but I guess we work fast. 😉

Zoe Christmas

Sonia Christmas

Lisey Christmas

(Lisey is quite into Pusheen these days.)

Lisey Christmas

sonia and peas

Mr. FG and Joshua

snoopy card

One of my favorite things from Mr. FG was this super cute card.   I love Snoopy and Woodstock so much. <3


Zoe was hard at work before Christmas making custom cards for all of us.   So great.   A turtle for Sonia, a cute coffee guy for Joshua, Pusheen for Lisey, and so on.

Zoe's cards

And Sonia knitted little guys for all of us. This one is mine.

sonia knits

After church, some of us changed right back into pajamas.

And then we had a nothing-specific-going-on kind of afternoon evening (yay!)   Joshua spent some time with a friend, a friend of the girls came over, we watched a movie, and we ate our traditional dinner of crepes (so easy!)

christmas crepes

And after dinner, all six of us played a round of Pictionary, a gift we gave to Sonia and Zoe.


Mr. FG and Joshua were kind of an unstoppable team, and they handily beat all the rest of us.   I think we’re not going to let them pair up next time. 😉

So, that was our day…nothing fancy or formal, which is just the way we like it!

I hope your Christmas was just the way you like it too.

Oh, and Happy New Year!

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Tuesday 3rd of January 2017

Looks like your Christmas was really nice.

My wife did a couple of handmade (crocheted) presents for people and they really seemed to like them. I do wish I was crafty enough to make things for people but unfortunately I'm not so great with that. I can bake at least!

Our Christmas was a bit ... difficult in some ways. Unfortunately with my daughter being 1, this was her first Christmas she could somewhat understand and people kind of went nuts on buying her stuff (my parents bought her a couch; a kid-sized couch but still ...) so it was a bit overwhelming to me. That said, some nice times were had and we (at least) were generally frugal about the whole thing.


Tuesday 3rd of January 2017

And baking is a lovely way to bless people around the holidays. Especially if you bake bread!


Monday 2nd of January 2017

You have very clever and talented children, I can tell it comes from their smart parents.

I'm totally stealing that bag decorating idea, it was great.


Monday 2nd of January 2017

I totally loved the bag re-use as well! Sometimes it is difficult to cover a name on the bag, but I can usually get away with a bow or large self-stick tag! :-)


Monday 2nd of January 2017

I don't think Mr. FG and I can take credit for any of their artistic ability! Neither of us is particularly artsy, but all of our kids are, somehow.


Monday 2nd of January 2017

Wow! Your kids are so talented. Love the cards, bag and critter. So cute!


Monday 2nd of January 2017

The little guy that Sonia knitted is so cute. My granddaughter would love to make some. Can you tell me where Sonia got her patterns? Thanks


Monday 2nd of January 2017

Sonia gets her patterns from Ravelry, usually. I know one of the sets she uses is called Woodland Wuzzies, which is a set of patterns for a variety of little woodland creatures.


Monday 2nd of January 2017

Hi! I'm Ananya, I'm 9 years old and my mom's a big fan of your blog. My mom also convinced me to read this series called Mrs. Piggle Wiggle after reading about it on your blog and now I really enjoy that series. We also learned about Calico Critters from you, and I got Calico Critters for Christmas, too! They are the Sandy Cat family. I love them so much I'm probably going to ask for Calico Critters next year too! I even have the 2nd Edition of Pictionary! We would also like to Thank You for posting all those great ideas! Please post some more books! I hope you write back to me! :)


Monday 2nd of January 2017

Oh, I'm so glad that you're enjoying the Mrs. Piggle Wiggle books. I loved them when I was a kid too.

I'll have to tell Sonia and Zoe that you got the cat family. I don't think we have any of the cats at our house!

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