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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Christmas Time

Looking at my blog I just realized it has been almost 2 months since I have written a post. We have now lived in Ohio about 6 weeks. I am going to catch-up going backwards, starting with Christmas.

I was super excited this year that we got to go to FLORIDA for Christmas. The last time we were with my family for Christmas was 7 years ago right before we moved to Kansas. Our kids had never experienced Christmas in Florida. Our realist Payton did make sure she let us know it did not feel like Christmas since Florida is so warm.

We had a wonderful Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at Salem, then had Christmas morning as a family, before heading on a plane mid-day to fly to Orlando. We got to spend a whole week with family, enjoying the warm weather.

Christmas Morning in Ohio

Elsa and Anna were in Dayton Airport

Arriving in Orlando

Swimming on Christmas break

Christmas with The Wiens Family

 








This picture cracks me up, reality of taking pictures with little ones.




Cousins 3 weeks apart in age, checking out each other's booboo's



We had some good down time and got to visit Jordan and Jaime on the East Coast one day then headed to Bradenton to visit friends on the West Coast the next day. We loved being outside!

Mr. Southards insists on stopping at a family favorite on our way across Florida, Parksdale Farms for world famous Strawberry Shortcakes (and milkshakes)




Don't mind #3, she will get her share of the whip cream.

Daddy managed some naps himself during nap time

Enjoying walks outside

Nothing like a playdate with my sweet friend Lindsay and her 6 kids (one is hiding behind her). Just a quiet afternoon with 10 kids 6-years-old and under!

Had some precious time with my sweet Grandma who is 93 years-young. She is now living in a home (my Dad refers to as a resort). Buster got to visit for her New Year's party.    

We flew home New Year's Day in time to have our dear friends from KS the Zimmers spend the night with us. We were so thankful for our trip, but were also glad to come "home" to Ohio.
 

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