Christmas wrap up and beyond

Once upon a time, the little family by the coast had a quiet little Christmas that was intimate and precious.

It started December 1st with cupcakes and Christmas movies…

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And on December 6th St. Nicholas came…

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There were many Christmas treats to be baked and eaten..

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and the flowers bloomed just in time.

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Christmas Eve they decided to change things around for the first time in over a decade. Instead of celebrating the Italian Feast of the 7 Fishes, they made a Danish feast to honor their Grandfather, John Rasmussen and their Viking roots.  Crisp roast duck, red cabbage and Brunede Kartofler.

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With Risalamande for dessert.

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Santa Claus made his appearance in the wee hours of the nights.

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And this scene, that has unfolded every Christmas morning for the last 21 years, was soaked up by the parents in their hearts and souls.

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There was even a little something under the tree for the mom.  She was stoked.

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We really had a great Christmas.  So much so that it was hard for me to post pics about it and share.  I think we stayed in our pajamas curled up on the couch most of the week watching The Office. Seriously.  It was just what we all needed.

12 days of Christmas are taken literally around here and on the 12th Night we had a little celebration like last years, but this time Bill was missing.

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He had hopped on a plane to Costa Rica for a week to do this.

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The anticipation of seeing him after 9 days was insanely delicious. I might have even texted him some (tastefully) revealing pics to his phone….which my daughter saw (because she combed through my texts to see what dad had to say) and said “Seriously mom? You guys are really weird.”

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November and December had wings

We did not drop off the face of the earth.  Life has just been super busy with the holidays and then my computer crashed.  And then I got a new job.  Yes, a J.O.B. Oy!

More about the J.O.B. later.

For now, here are a few catch up photos.

Christmas stuff was out before Thanksgiving week.  This year I was good with that.  I had so much to do and it was nice go be able to start my shopping early and get a bit of it done.

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We went and got our pagan Peppermint Frappes. Seriously people, the cups were muy bueno for Christmas cheer, so I have no clue why everyone was freaking the hell out over them.  Ho ho ho.

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I actually got to go to Thanksgiving in Galveston this year instead of staying home with the dogs.  My 15yo volunteered to stay and babysit this year.  I brought him gravy, pie and brownies with his turkey. I do Thanksgiving take-out the right way.  (Take notes billy).

I love the trip there and back.  It is a long day but fun to be in the car with my family and talk, listen to music and be goofy.

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We have had an outstanding fall early winter surf season so far.  Lots of big, clean waves every time a front comes through.  It has been epic and there has been much stoke in our surfing family here in the coastal bend.

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1st and 3rd at her home break! Yeeew!!

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With surfing comes injury sometimes.  I took a board to my head and split the crown of my head open.  Mia came up to me as I got out of the water and said “Mom, why is your hair pink.  OMG that isn’t pink, its blood!” and ran to get a friend on the pier because my husband thought I was motioning to him that I was going in and didn’t get the whole “I NEED YOU I AM BLEEDING” yell across the waves memo.

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You could see my skull and I got a concussion.  When the wind shoots your board up in the air and it comes down tail pin straight onto your head, things are going to be not so right.

It took about 5 days for the headache to go away, but I was back in the water about 9 days after it happened.  AND I scored waves!

Which brings us up to Christmas time.  I have no clue how I got up all the decorations amidst all the chaos, but somehow it was complete by December 1st.  AND!!  The first gift of Christmas arrived at our home.  Goodbye Big Red Couch.  Peeling leather, shark bites via Frankenpoopy, AKA Kona the Poopy Puppy,  led to its decline. In its place is the Dick Van Dyke.. retro baby!

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Will finish catching up in the next few days.

I will leave you with parting shots of thrilled dogs at Christmas time.

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