Our Christmas Story

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It is Sunday, Dec 28th and our Christmas 2014 has officially come to an end.  We had a busy week, but as always, a fun one too.  Our holiday started off with Christmas Eve at home with the four of us.  We enjoy making a special dinner before opening our gifts.  We toasted to the wonderful year we’ve had, to good health, and good grades (we throw that in for the girls..ha!).   We love our family time together.  Nate prepared this fabulous meal that we all enjoyed, and it was a winner.

Roast Chicken Cacciatore w/Red Wine Butter

Roast Chicken Cacciatore w/Red Wine Butter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our gift opening was a lot of fun this year.  Now that Megan can drive, she did her own shopping and Kelly went with a friend and did the midnight shopping after Thanksgiving.  So we didn’t know what anyone was getting.   My favorite gift had to be to Megan, from Kelly.  She wrapped up a jar of peanut butter!  Megan was in heaven.  She loves her peanut butter and is always dipping something into our jar.  So Kelly decided she needed her own private stock.  Ha!

What a great idea!

What a great idea!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The girls had great ideas for their dad.  Megan gave him a Minnesota Wild coffee travel mug, which he loves.  He said he needed a new one and this was perfect and looks cool.  Kelly found a book on Trout Fishing.  It has such wonderful pictures, that it can double as a watercolor book for Nate to start up his painting again.

Thoughtful gifts~

Thoughtful gifts~

Kelly got two of her favorite things…musicals and clothes.  It’s what she lives for these days!

She will sing along to these.

She will sing along to these.

pretty sweater from Megs.

pretty sweater from Megs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was out shopping and found these fun, colorful wine glasses.  I took a picture of them to post on Instagram because I thought it mad a pretty picture.  Well, Megan saw this picture and ran out the next day and bought a set for me!  I love them!  I may try them out on New Year’s Eve.

Party glasses!

Party glasses!

A few electronics were given out this year as well.  Nate got a Kindle and the girls got iPads.  They were all pretty excited about these gadgets.

Silver & Gold...

Silver & Gold…

Now he can read at night w/out needing a light on.

Now he can read at night w/out turning the light on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Christmas Day, we headed up to Hugo where Jim and Sandra hosted a delicious dinner party.  Greg and Courtney, Terry and Evan, Christina and Paula, and even Great Grandma Gloria from Puerto Rico, were among the guests that day.  Being a 2 1/2 year old, Paula demanded a lot of attention.  She is quite a little character and lots of fun to be around.  Of course, we brought her a little something for Christmas as did Terry.  We gave her play dough and Terry’s gift was a tiara, earrings & fancy shoes.  She turned into the queen after that and loved her jewels.

Everyone wanted to play w/the play dough~

Everyone wanted to play w/the play dough~

Terry loves to buy girl gifts.

Terry loves to buy girl gifts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dressed up for the party~

Dressed up for the holidays~

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While we girls were playing dress-up, the guys were testing out the appetizers and drinks and enjoying each other’s company.  It’s what guys do and they enjoyed themselves and some relaxing time to be away from work.

The three wise-men

The three wise-men

We had a fun time, took many pictures and even skyped to Mom, Dad, and Peggy in Arizona.  It was nice to see their faces and have a little chat.

SISTERS~ Terry & I like to pose a bit.

SISTERS~ Terry & I like to pose a bit.

Sandra w/her mom, Gloria.

Sandra w/her mom, Gloria.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Getting the cousins together was easy.

Getting the cousins together was easy.

The night ended, we slept, woke up the next morning, got in the car and headed to Sheboygan.  Six hours later, we were “Christmas-ing” once again…this time, with the Solberg side.

We met Grandma & Grandpa, Brett, Chad & Jody and the cousins at a restaurant called, The Horse & Plow, in Kohler, which is just the next town over from Sheboygan.  It was a very nice, laid back place that hit the spot after the long drive.  When it came time to look at the menu, I knew we were definitely in Wisconsin because the first thing I spotted was Mac ’N’ Brats, rather than Mac ’N’ Cheese.   Both Megan and Kelly thought it sounded great, so they ordered it up.  Kelly let me have a taste and it was quite good.  You sure can tell that they boil their brats in beer…it had some of that flavoring for sure.

Looked pretty good~

Looked pretty good~

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After dinner, we walked around the beautiful building called the American Club where this restaurant was located.  Every year, they decorate the trees with tons and tons of white lights.  It is absolutely gorgeous!  We were so lucky to have a lovely, warm evening to stroll along outside this huge building and along the courtyards with no snow in sight and just enjoy the surroundings.  I would love to go back in the summer and look at the gardens when they are in full bloom.

Reminds me of an old Victorian picture.

Reminds me of an old Victorian picture.

The next day, we all met at Dell & Jere’s house for the Solberg Christmas party.  We had a nice time, hanging out in their cozy, warm and always inviting house.  This year, we had appetizers, crockpots filled with goodies, and desserts to munch on throughout the day.  Perfect way to celebrate and enjoy each other’s company and do some catching up with our families.

Kelly & Grandpa played the guitar & talked about music most of the night~

Kelly & Grandpa played the guitar & talked about music most of the night~

Chad & Jody are always full of smiles~

Chad & Jody are always full of smiles~

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When we first got to their house, the girls and I noticed this bowl full of felt ornaments on the table in the living room.  We took a look at them and discovered that Grandma had been busy making these cute things.  Each one had a picture of one of us when we were much younger.  They were adorable and such fun to look at!   Cute idea Grandma.  We love them!

We each found the one with ourselves on it.

We each found the one with ourselves on it.

The adults like to play a ‘white elephant’ game each year.   We sit around the table and play a simple dice game, then choose a gift if/when you win that round.  I think Grandma wins for the best white elephant this year.  Her face turned a little red I think, when she opened this up.

There are buttons to push for sound!  ha~

There are buttons to push for sound! ha~

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nate won these rocket espresso cups from Brett.  He thinks they’re pretty cool, now he will want an espresso machine to go with them.

3-2-1...blast off!

3-2-1…blast off!

I won these~ I’m set for Easter.

I won these~ I’m set for Easter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kelly & cousin Hayley, both 9th graders, are looking a lot alike these days.

Kelly & cousin Hayley, both 9th graders, are looking a lot alike these days.

That concludes our 2014 Christmas Story.  I hope you enjoyed all of your festivities and family time together.

From our house to yours…..Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

hand made wool mittens from my friend Elizabeth~

hand made wool mittens from my friend Elizabeth~

Notice... there is no snow this year!  :)

Notice… there is no snow this year! 🙂

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3 comments

  1. It started with your beautiful tree as i took the journey of your Christmas blog ,lots of glitter and gems and fun gifts ,cute photos .Wonderful family time and magical moments.
    Happy Christmas.

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