• Christmas 2011

    December 25, 2011

    Hi, friends! Merry, merry, merry Christmas! Mal, Murphy, and I hope you all had a wonderful holiday with your family and friends.

    Here are a bunch of photos from our Christmas fun. Enjoy!

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    Friday night family get-together at my aunts’ house. Check out the dessert table!

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    Yankee Swap madness.

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    M & T.

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    Mom and me.

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    Christmas morning at my in-laws.

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    Pug presents.

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    Playtime!

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    Cinnamon buns + coffee at my mom’s house.

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    Back to my in-law’s house to open presents with the Haupert family.

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    More pug presents.

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    Back to my mom’s house for a late lunch and opening presents with my sister and her husband.

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    Nice wrapping job!

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    Lunch menu: baked ham with broccoli, green beans, mashed red potatoes, peas, beets, and rolls.

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    The ladies.

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    Ok, get serious.

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    And now we’re having a relaxing evening at home with a fire.

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    Thankfully for Murphy, not ALL of the sticks went into the fire.

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    Merry Christmas!

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    What was the best part about your Christmas?

    Mine: Spending time with my family and eating cinnamon buns with my mom.

    Mal: Not traveling across the country on Christmas Day.

    Murphy: His new peanut butter-filled bone.

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    Hillary of GRAS Pizza December 25, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    You look like you had such a nice holiday!!! What a lovely mix between your families – how lucky are you to be so close!?!

    Merry Christmas to you, M&M!

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    Jessica @ Sushi and Sit-Ups December 25, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    Merry Christmas Tina!!

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    Hilary December 25, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    I loved being able to relax and not have the pressure to go anywhere….and all the delicious food didn’t hurt either! And of course celebrating the true meaning of Christmas.

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    Patty December 25, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    we gave our beagle a peanut butter-filled bone, too! she can’t get enough of it, it’s so fun to watch her with it!

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    Tina December 25, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    Same with Murphy! He lost his mind over it today!

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    Ashley @ coffee cake and cardio December 25, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    Too cute! The best part of my day was skyping with my family.

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    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga December 25, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    Great pics and glad your holiday was lovely, Tina.

    And now if only I could reach thru my screen and grab one of those cinny rolls…yum!

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    Luv What You Do December 25, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    Nothing beats spending a day with family friends, but Chinese food and homemade goodies are always a great addition to Christmakah!

    A Chicago Bears victory over Green Bay would just be icing on the cake…but I won’t hold my breath!

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    Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile December 25, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    I loved spending time with my family and just enjoying good food, laughs, and each others company. Merry Christmas! :)

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    J @ ... semplicemente j ... December 25, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    The best part … family as always … being at home … volunteering at a Christmas breakfast with my daughters … talking to my family on the phone … and my daughters’ heartfelt presents …

    Happy Holidays … tomorrow it is Cinnamon Roll time for us … actually you made me crave them now … I guess I will have to wait until the morning!

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    katie @ KatieDid December 25, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    That’s so great you got to spend the holiday with so much of your family from all different sides. I’m also lucky I live close to family and get to see some on the holidays. Glad you had a nice christmas!

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    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen December 25, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    Wow, that’s a lot of back and forth, you’re lucky everyone lives so close! Looks like a great day :) Merry Christmas!

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    lynn @ the actor's diet December 25, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    what a lovely x-mas! i’m in new orleans, and although i’m having A BLAST i miss my family and being at my parent’s home too. that said, my pizza dinner was epic.

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    Kelsey December 25, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    The best part was spending time with my family. Tomorrow my mom and sister leave, and then the next day I leave. It was a nice last day together :)

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    Corrie Anne December 26, 2011 at 12:31 am

    Merry Christmas, Tina! I’m jealous of the not traveling!! And I love that green top — or is it a dress? The color is stunning!!

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    Tina December 26, 2011 at 7:57 am

    Thanks! Nope, it’s just a top!

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    Khushboo December 26, 2011 at 12:32 am

    Merry Christmas Tina! The best part about my Christmas was spending time with my family..and the food :)

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    Stacy @ Say It With Sprinkles December 26, 2011 at 1:03 am

    Merry Christmas, Tina! My favorite part was definitely hanging with my family!

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    Karlee @ BringingBackBalance December 26, 2011 at 4:17 am

    I love how you guys use actual socks as your stockings! That is soo cute!

    Merry Christmas :)

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    Liz December 26, 2011 at 5:31 am

    Looks like you had a wonderful holiday with your family – Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! The best part of my holiday, as usual, was spending it with all of my family, including the ones from out of state :)

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    Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin December 26, 2011 at 7:11 am

    It looks like you had a great Christmas – especially those cinnamon rolls! :D

    The best part of mine was playing board games and doing puzzles with my family.

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    Sarah December 26, 2011 at 7:29 am

    Just being with my family! I did have an awesome run outside with 0 snow on the ground. That was pretty great too :)

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    Alaina December 26, 2011 at 8:01 am

    What a fun filled Christmas! Mine was great this year! I got the Garmin Forerunner that I wanted! Used it yesterday on my 7 mile run and I loved it!! :-)

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    Tina December 26, 2011 at 8:20 am

    Nice!! Garmins are so great for running!

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    Lindsay December 26, 2011 at 8:04 am

    I don’t know if I could pick just one! We thought Christmas was going to be seriously hard this year, as we are stationed in the far, far away land of S. Korea~ BUT everyone banded together here to make it amazing…our own little family made up of many different families!! Fave parts:
    1. Santa struck on Christmas Eve! The base opened up the mailroom specially for Christmas on a Saturday and 6 care packages from our fam came through just in time!!
    2. Skyping with people from back home
    3. Realizing that though a different kind of Christmas, a wonderful one all the same:)

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    Lauren @ What Lauren Likes December 26, 2011 at 8:16 am

    Awww looks like a great Christmas :D

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    Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife December 26, 2011 at 8:48 am

    How fun! Looks totally awesome–Happy and Merry Christmas to you all :)

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    Lisa December 26, 2011 at 9:29 am

    The best part of my christmas was after everyone left our house and the gathering was over, my husband and I looked at eachother and said “Ahhh…” finally peace! lol that sounds terrible but its true!

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    Lauren December 26, 2011 at 9:40 am

    Looks like you had a great Christmas :-) I enjoyed spending time with my husband and family and relaxing in the afternoon with my favorite dogs!

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    Katie @ Peace Love & Oats December 26, 2011 at 9:42 am

    Haha, I think my brother’s puppy got more presents than any of us! Merry Christmas!

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    Mary @ Bites and Bliss December 26, 2011 at 11:13 am

    My goodness you had a busy Christmas! We used to give our animals presents all the time when I was younger (usually through my begging to do so) but sort of gave it up as the years went by. We did give a toy to our cat, though!

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    Erica @ For the Sake of Cake December 26, 2011 at 11:55 am

    Looks like you had a wonderful day! Merry Christmas Tina!

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    Lexi @ A Spoonful of Sunshine December 26, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Our dessert table looked just like yours…heaven!

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    Jessica @Hermoves December 26, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    The best part of the day for me was a Christmas day hike with my family and the dogs :) Endorphins can be little Christmas miracles when you’re overloading on family time!

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    Kelly M December 26, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    That looks like a wonderful day! My family calls it Dirty Santa or White Elephant gift exchange..first time I have heard it called Yankee Swap! Interesting

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    Lauren @ Focused 2 Be Fit December 27, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    Spending a whole week with my brother who lives out of town AND my new Canon PowerShot!!!!!

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    Angela @ The Chicken Scoop December 27, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    I just did a picture blog for Christmas too! My favorite part was spending time with family!
    ~Ang

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    Katie December 27, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    My black lab Kedzie received this gift for Christmas and LITERALLY went nuts — http://www.amazon.com/KONG-Stix-Medium-Colors-Vary/dp/B003QHZLSA.

    Seeing your post makes me think Murphy would love one as well!

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    Emily December 31, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    Looks like you had a wonderful Christmas!

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