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Away in a Manger

Keira is not only talking a lot more now, but she is also becoming quite the singer.  We have been singing this song to the girls since the beginning of December, pretty much every day and night, and she can sing almost all of it by herself already. It’s not always the easiest to understand everything she says, but if you sing along to yourself, that helps. 🙂

Setting up the tree

As soon as Thanksgiving is over, I love getting our Christmas decorations out and getting the tree put up. Not a day before, but basically right after we eat the turkey. Ok, not that soon. But pretty close. Oh, and Christmas music can start being listened to as well. These are the rules people! Ha!

It’s fun seeing the girls get excited about it too. Violet especially. As she would say, “I’m so exciting!”










We had a great Christmas with both sides of our family.  Micah’s mom and brother were able to be here for Christmas this year and we also spent the time with Katrina’s family as well.  We are cherishing this time together with all our family as much as possible, because before we know it, we will be headed to the ends of the earth.

Me and my girls

Me and my girls

Christmas meal with family

Christmas meal with family

Having fun with cousins

Having fun with cousins

Enjoying the newest addition

Enjoying the newest addition

Even Keira wanted to hold baby Afton

Even Keira wanted to hold baby Afton

Christmas is coming…




..and these girls are very happy about it!!


Christmas #3

Yesterday we got another package in the mail filled with more Christmas gifts! A big thank you to Micah’s Dad & family in Virginia, Tom and Mischelle. Violet was so excited to open more presents! Ok, we were excited too. One of gifts from them was a book written by Mischelle’s daughter, Emily. It is called I.C.U. and it is a real page turner. Check out her website to find out how you can get a copy!


Really cool digital thermometer!


Violet checking out Keira's onesie

A new little book Violet is "reading" to Keira

The Jungle Book movie!


Trying out the new jammies!

Chocolate!!! and my new meat thermometer! Oh yeah!

Christmas and New Years Happenings

In the morning we celebrated Christmas as a family, read a great story, then we opened up a few presents. Violet had been waiting and waiting! We had been getting packages in the mail, and if there were things for Christmas we kept telling her that she needed to wait. She is doing very well learning patience.

In the evening were invited by our co-workers to join them for a roasted lamb dinner, and it was some of the best lamb we’ve ever had, it was awesome! Afterwards we sang some Christmas songs, even Violet sang. I’m so glad we have been singing them with her, she really enjoyed singing with everyone.

Gudrun preparing the feast

That's one nice looking leg!

Violet playing with their guinea pig

A pretty sunrise we got to enjoy the next morning before it hid behind the clouds for the rest of the day

On Tuesday, Micah’s mom arrived for a short visit to see the girls and enjoy some family time for Christmas. So we had another Christmas day on Thursday. Violet was so happy to see Grammy, and of course open more presents. 🙂

Tea time

Craft time

New trike from Grammy

On Friday, Micah took his mom to see inside the Kremlin, which she has missed the first time she was here. Inside the walls there are many cathedrals and palaces, you can read more about it here.

Saturday evening, we were invited to a New Years Eve dinner/party with Russian friends of ours and their family. This is a very good thing to be invited to, because New Years is the biggest holiday of the year. They usually celebrate by getting together with friends and family and eat lots of traditional Russian dishes. So around 9 pm we all bundled up and headed out in the cold for the party. We had a great time eating and practicing our Russian and at midnight the president gave his short speech on tv to give his wishes to everyone for the new year. Afterwards the clock tower rang 12 times followed by smooches of the couples who were there and then the fireworks began. And they continued on and off sporadically until after we got home around 4 am. BTW, Violet stayed up the whole time until we got into the car and then she was out! She was really good the whole time and they all enjoyed having her there too.

We also celebrated a birthday

We wish you all a happy and healthy new year!

Merry Christmas!