game plan…

This Christmas was going to be magical. I was gonna be ready.

Decorations were up after Thanksgiving. 98% presents were bought and wrapped by December 1st.


Elf spottings occurred regularly. Christmas treats were made and delivered.


But then something happened. Time flew by. It was two days until Christmas Eve and I hadn’t started treasure hunts, and Christmas cards were coming back in the mail (sorry if you didn’t get our card, we moved and some of you did too!).


(Christmas Eve jammies and hats & gloves and flashlights)

But have no fear, we pulled it all together. Christmas Eve day was spent playing games and eating yummy food. Our plan worked perfectly and the little tikes were exhausted and OUT on the drive home.

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So Santa’s elves were able to prep the tree, and I set the table for breakfast…and Santa stopped by!

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They even slept in until 7!!! But the excitement on their faces was PRICELESS!

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They loved everything they opened. They were having so much fun they helped me and Darin open ours. I enjoyed relaxing and watching the kids become overwhelmed with all their new treasures. Of course we had to scramble to get to church on time! During which Natalie was spinning circles to all the musical numbers. I didn’t know whether to stop her or just laugh!


We headed up to be with family again where we found my Dad ready to play Santa. Luke was the elf for a while but I didn’t get a picture of him. Natalie tried being the elf, but she wouldn’t wear the hat and she quite after Santa found a present for her. The big boys were all excited to get their RC helicopters (especially since I had convinced them they weren’t getting them) and the little boys LOVED their RC monster trucks!

I have to say we were spoiled again this year! We have been blessed with so much. We are grateful for everything. Grateful for family and friends and the strength of the gospel to guide us!

MaGiCaL? I think we are on our way!

p.s. I’ll  have to post Natalie’s treasure hunt later, because it is hilarious!


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