1.) Christmas Eve:
We spent Christmas Eve with my family. It was nice to have dinner with everyone and get to spend time together. Miss. E had a blast! She had everyone running around the house playing "monsters" and she played all of the adults out!
2.) Christmas Day/ Boxing Day
My in-laws arrived late Christmas Eve (technically, early Christmas Day). Miss. E opened her gifts from Santa in the morning. She received a tool set and a hard hat. She is always stealing Daddy's tools so Santa figured plastic ones would be safer! She was thrilled and set to fixing everything around the house.
3.) She fixed her barn (a gift from her Grandparents) several times. Ha ha! The animals were grateful.
4.) New Year's Eve (Family Style)
We spent New Year's Eve together at home. I did a little organizing (of course!) and then we settled into some fun activities. We ate some treats (cheese and crackers, chips and baking). Hubby and I enjoyed a little bubbly and Miss. E enjoyed an apple juice. We played Paw Patrol Bingo, which was fun and watched Fuller House on Netflix. We did a few of those Netflix countdowns with Miss. E and used our homemade noismakers (Yogurt containers filled with macaroni). Miss. E loved every minute! She especially loved yelling "Happy New Year!!!". It was the perfect way to end the year.
5. New Year's Eve (after Miss. E went to bed)
After Miss. E was tucked in, Hubby and I continued our Fuller House marathon. At midnight we toasted to 2017 and watched fireworks out of our kitchen window (perks of living in a small town, I guess). We don't know who did the fireworks, but they really went all out! After the fireworks, we read through the gratitude jar. It was a lovely, and emotional, way to look back on 2016. Some of the 'gratitude' slips were about being pregnant and that was hard to read, knowing that we miscarried. There were many happy moments in 2016 and many things to be grateful for. It was nice to be reminded that there was a huge amount of good throughout the past year.
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