Thursday, January 7, 2016

Christmas Day:

all photos by Grace Braaksma 

Nick and Grace made the journey down from Fargo to spend their first married Christmas with us all! We enjoyed our week together greatly.

We woke up to Emily already here and making the coffee. Henry slept until 7:30, the longest he has slept in a while! We read the Christmas story, opened stockings, and opened our gifts. Simple simple simple was the key this year. The boys were so sweet and thankful for their gifts.

After presents, we ate cranberry orange cinnamon rolls and kept refilling our mugs with coffee.  It was a perfectly slow morning sitting around the table and talking and watching the boys play. Later on in the day a fort was built and we started working on lunch.

I made a pot roast (that sadly did not get nearly tender enough), mashed potatoes, kale salad, and dinner rolls. We were too tired and too stuffed to even think about making a dessert for lunch.

That evening the Clark's came over and we had dessert with them. Grandma's chocolate cherry cake and a chocolate pecan pie. We swamped a few more gifts, passed some babies around, and watched Uncle Nick wrestle all the children.

We ended the night playing games and eating more dessert and drinking hot tea in attempts at staying warm in our drafty house.

It was the perfectly simple Christmas day.

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