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8 days to 8 years old!!

Can't believe my eldest is going to be 8 years old in 8 days!!

We are planning some fun things for her. We are doing a countdown... and every day she gets to do or open something special for the next 8 days.

And we are doing a little party for her... should be perfect!

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Maddie, 10 months

She's such a sweetheart, can't believe she's already 10 months old! In not too much longer, we will be celebrating her first birthday. She wasn't feeling well today when we took these photos, but I didn't want more time to slip away. I love the photo in the bottom right with the cheerio on her chin. Much love!  
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Merry Christmas!!!

Tonight was a treat! We went on a limo ride to see the Christmas lights. We even exchanged gifts with Jenn & Peyt and opened in the limo. Was a great night!

Merry Christmas... only 2 more days!  
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Christmas Bucket List

I wanted to post what we are doing for our Christmas Countdown this year, even though we are already 11 days in.

For the past several years, I've created an Advent Calendar, giving us a window to open with something to do each day. But in a season where there are many requests on our time and energy, that sort of defeated the purpose of the season. So this year instead, we created a Christmas Bucket List. That way, when we feel like doing something extra, we will pick something.

Our list is below. Just a few of them have specific dates, but for the most part, we just wanted to be free to enjoy the season.

Here's our list:

  • Dec 6: Bakersfield Christmas Parade 
  • Dec 6: St Nicholas Day (Fills Boots with gifts, plus St. Nicholas: the story of Joyful Giving) 
  • Dec 7: Take a sleigh ride 
  • Dec 21: First Day of Winter Fun
  • Dec 24: Homemade Pizza (A DH family tradition)
  • Dec 25: Kneophla Soup (DW family tradition)
  • Write a letter to Santa 
  • Meet Santa 
  • Deck the halls, Christmas tree & Yard 
  • Popcorn Garland 
  • Gift-making workshop (making home-made gifts for the ones we love)
  • Christmas Cookies (If you make it, you gotta eat it!)
  • Holiday Lights at CALM (If you live in Bakersfield and haven't checked this out, definitely do!)
  • Family Game Night 
  • Annual Christmas Lights Drive (Haggin Oaks all the way!)
  • Create Ornaments (Salt Dough & Otherwise) 
  • Gingerbread Creations 
  • Christmas Carol 
  • Bless another Family- (we are excited to sponsor family with Bakersfield Homeless Center for year 2.) 
  • Attend a local Christmas Tree Lighting 
  • Make a nativity scene
  • Do something nice for a neighbor 
  • Read Christmas Books at the Bookstore 
  • ELF 
  • Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer 
  • The Very First Noel 
  • Charlie Brown Christmas 
  • It’s a Wonderful Life