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Christmas Eve Pictures

One of our traditions on Christmas eve is to open one present from other tree and our stockings. My kids know that the one present is a new pair of pajamas! But they love it, it’s their very special Christmas pajamas which they usually stay in all day on Christmas. So here are a few pictures from their Christmas pajamas this year. 




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Merry Christmas

And so Christmas is over! We had a great Christmas. We usually wake up our kids early in the morning, but they refuse to go to sleep and stayed up until about 3 am. Shockingly they were up at 8a.m! Everyone opened up their gifts and then we stuffed ourselves silly. We got some great deals this christmas, I must say. Many of things we got were shareable toys, well maybe not Bradly’s Harley. My husband was dead set on on our Baby boy getting a jeep like daddy’s until he saw the price tag! He was excited when he saw they had Harley’s and not only did they have them they were 50% off. So he had to get him one! As he likes to say one of the men in this house needs a Harley. I will live through my son. 🙂 My husband is the greatest I have to brag on him for a moment. I was surprised with a nintendo DS which I really wanted. I played this game at a friend house and next to reading it is my therapy! On top of my DS he got me first Tiffany’s item a return to Tiffany’s classic Bracelet. I was in shock. We usually have a pack that we will not buy each other gifts during Christmas and he is pretty good a keeping that pact. I usually get him gifts from the kids, just to show him how much we appreciate everything that he does. This year he told me that all that I do does not go unnoticed and because I have worked overtime and above and beyond the call of duty he wanted to show me how much he does notice and appreciate it! One thing my husband and I have learned is that NEXT Christmas is not guaranteed so we try to celebrate every Christmas like it will be our last Christmas together. So hugs and kisses to him! These past few days we have been relaxing around the house enjoying each other as a family! It has been great. And although we do exchange gifts on Christmas we use this time to reflect as a family not only over the past year, but over our history. We use to this time to discuss the bible and all that it means to us. We try to gain a better understanding of what this time means to us as a family. We make plans for the upcoming year, and what we would like to improve on this time next year, as well as what we want to keep around. We use this time to be thankful and to give back to others in anyway we can be it service, financial, spiritual, or emotional. I make my kids clean out their toy bins and give things away before they get more. They have to understand there is a such thing  as too much. We don’t waist food during the holidays as we understand their is family they may not have food to eat. So yes for the last 3 days we have only been eating leftovers! Waist not want not. We probably have one more day of supply left! This is the only time my husband will eat leftovers! So I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas/happy holiday. I hope that your Holiday was special to you and that you had peace, joy, and happiness during your holiday time! Pictures to follow! 

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Santa Stuggles

I am struggling with this whole Santa business. As a kid I grew up on Santa, and I was not traumatized or at least I don’t think so when I found out he didn’t exist. My little brain always made me question his existence. But in our family it was so much fun to do Santa. Our tradition was all kids under the age of 16 had to go to bed on New years eve at about 8. This would give the adults time to put together gifts and have a few “drinks.” At about 3 am when the adults were getting tired of partying and all the toys were out they would wake up the kids. When I say wake up I mean wake up. I remember hearing jumping on our roof which I later learned was my uncle on the roof pretending to be Santa. My family would run into the kids room screaming “wake up wake up Santa is here!” We would dart out of bed and run as fast we could to try and catch him of course we never did. But those memories really stand strong in my heart. Here is my problem. I am trying to teach my children that lying is not good. My dad who was not a part of my life as a child, but now we are close. Believes that lying about Santa sets your kids up to except lies in the future. HMMM. He also doesn’t want anyone else taking credit for his hard earned money. HMMM. My hubby does work hard to provide. On top of that I remember my older son asking me all these questions about G-d, and in mid conversation said well is Santa real. HUH! We were just talking about G-d. SOOO with my daughters I haven’t done the Santa thing as much. But somehow Jayden has started believing without my help. She was ranting and raving about Santa and I said where did you get that information from she proudly said “on T.V” What do you do? We were in Lowes in line and Jayden is singing her favorite song “Santa claus is a black man” She is singing loud and proud. My husband almost had a heart attack, as everyone kind of stared at us.  LOL. I said to him well he is. In our house anyway! I mean her daddy is in fact Santa. I want her to not only appreciate us, but I don’t want her to one day say you lied about Santa, or worse how do I know G-d is real. So many things. So I am questioning on if, when, and how will I break the news to her? How will my family feel? What new tradition will I set in place? So many things. 

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Let it snow, let it snow!

We got snow on Friday! My kids were so excited. It barely covered the ground and was gone by noon, but they enjoyed the little time they had with it. My 5 year old yelled “It’s Christmas, it’s Christmas” When she saw the snow. Enjoy. 




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Merry christmas from the Cole elves

A little from our family to yours during these holidays! Enjoy. 

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We are back!

After a brief break for the Thanksgiving Holiday we are back in the swing of things. We have put up our Christmas trees and we are ready! Yes trees as in plural. Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year beside 4th of July. So this year we decided to make rice crispy treats instead of cookies. I am ashamed to say this was my first time ever making them. It was really easy! So here are a few photos of our treats! 




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Time for the holiday’s


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