Carols and cuddles. Friends and fancies. Pomanders and popcorn. Leaves and Ebenezer. A silly elf…

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Every night: cuddles, Christmas stories, and carols by the light of their room trees. I love these two so much…sometimes I am staggered by the gratitude I feel at having been meant to be their mother.

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Trata made a party in the kitchen and went ziplining.

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Katie and Eric wanted to keep the crepe paper up all day—they were delighted in the magic of it.

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Making popcorn garland for our kitchen tree

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Diligent garland maker

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Making pomanders…smells so good!

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Together with the Bergons, making graham cracker houses. Thank you, again, Lauren, for making the houses in advance. What a fun decorating party!

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The scene, shortly after our kiddos went off to play…

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Eric in the Bergon’s glorious pile of leaves

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Making cookies: neopolitans, Mexican hot chocolate cookies, oatmeal-cranberry-hazelnut-white-chocolate, and ginger crinkles

Bill and I also took the kiddos on a family date this weekend to see A Christmas Carol: the Musical at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater.

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Eric meets Scrooge at the end of the production

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Katie was THRILLED to meet Scrooge (one of her favorite characters for three years now). This actor was an EXCELLENT Scrooge. Marley and Fezziwig were also notably amazing this time around.

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A huge hug for Scrooge.

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Listening to the Christmas carolers during intermission

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Eric and Daddy before the show

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Playbills!

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Family Photo #1

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Family Photo #2

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With our little people before our date

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And one more for the elf: he was found doing Katie’s homework one morning! Helpful little guy!

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