December Daily 2015: December 23rd – 25th~

As the days get closer to Christmas it’s what we like to call Christmas-palooza!

Days of eating, gift exchanging and being together.

December 23rd~

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It all begins with my family.

And of course, Dada Jim has to magically guess what is in his gift.

This year we made it easy on him.

He quickly guessed a basketball to go with the basketball goal he got for his birthday.

However, the second basketball  we gave to Grandma Sally was quite the surprise.

To both of them. He he.

The same day Tinsel planned to defeat Darth Vader and blow up the Death Star by using the Star Wars Lego space crafts built by the kids and Travis.

Hartly wrote him a letter telling him how we’d all miss him.

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Our Christmas Eve started with Tinsel reading to many of Hartly’s stuffed animals the story of the birth of Jesus.

See….that elf can behave!

The rest of the day was spent with Travis’ family.

December 24th~

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It was an early bedtime for Hartly and me.

She started begging to go to bed around 6 pm, so that Santa could come.

That girl!

I think I managed to hold her off until 8 pm.

And finally….December 25th~

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More gifts, food, family and hugs.

Isn’t that the best part?

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Since we’ve had crazy warm temperatures and tons of rain this Winter, I wanted to included a bit of snow in my album.

To make my Winter wonderland shaker page I used a mixture of Heidi Swapp Snow and Papertrey Ink Star sequins against an October Afternoon patterned paper.

I placed all the lists, letters to and from Santa and miscellaneous items in the back of the last day.

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And finally I created an envelope to hold many of the Christmas cards we received.

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I simply can not believe that today is the last day of December.

It flew by.

I guess that means we were having too much fun.

Happy New Year!!

To see more of my past December Daily albums, click here.

I used~

October Afternoon Under The Tree Collection, Previous October Afternoon Collections, Heidi Swapp Snow, Papertrey Ink Star Sequins, Wink Of Stella, We R Memory Keepers Fuse

December Daily 2015: December 20th – 22nd~

We’ve been attending a new church recently.

The Big Kids are comfortable there since several of their friends attend; however,  Hartly has been happier sitting with their friends rather than joining in the Children activities.

So, it was quite the surprise when she agreed to be an angel in the annual Christmas pageant.

December 20th~

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An even bigger surprise is that Pastor’s wife talked both Ashlyn and Holden into joining in as well.

Especially since Holden told me there was absolutely NO way he was dressing up. He he.

December 21st~

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I wanted to include one of Hartly’s holiday masterpieces in my album, so her Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer completes December 21st.

December 22nd~

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Today’s newspaper included the letters to Santa from all the local school children.

We had the best time reading all the letters from Hartly’s friends and classmates.

To see more of my past December Daily albums, click here.

I used~

October Afternoon Under The Tree Collection, Previous October Afternoon Collections, American Crafts Glitter Hearts and Tags, Wink Of Stella

December Daily 2015: December 19th~

I don’t know about you, but it’s been a while since I’ve actually seen a Salvation Army Donation Collector and heard their ringing bells.

Must be all the online shopping.

December 19th~

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So it was a perfect time to empty out my change purse.

To see more of my past December Daily albums, click here.

I used~

October Afternoon Under The Tree Collection, October Afternoon Stamps, American Crafts Christmas Clothes Pins, Thickers, Twine, Wink Of Stella

December Daily 2015: December 16th – 18th~

It’s been a busy couple of days, so I’m finally back to my December Daily and catching up.

December 16th~

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Guess who forgot to take a picture of her Mom’s birthday dinner?

Yes, that would be me. Yikes.

So instead I decided to document Hartly’s favorite song this Christmas season….Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer.

We have sung this song over and over.

Especially since we have to sing her lyrics or start completely over. Sigh.

December 17th & 18th~

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Yes, that’s Holden and me standing in line waiting to see Star Wars The Force Awakens on opening night.

And it was fabulous!!

For whatever reason Hartly decided to spend Friday night as an actual Elf On The Shelf.

She had the pose down perfectly and even stayed perched on the sofa for a good twenty minutes.

That’s a record for her being still!

To see more of my past December Daily albums, click here.

I used~

October Afternoon Under The Tree Collection, October Afternoon Stamps, American Crafts Christmas Clothes Pins, Thickers, Twine, Wink Of Stella

 

December Daily 2015: December 15th~

Someone got a bit excited today when the new Simon Says Stamp Holly Jolly Christmas Kit arrived.

Okay…two of us got really excited.

But, only one of us decided she just had to make a color video using the cute little nutcracker stamp.

December 15th~

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After convincing Holden and I to set everything up for her she got right to work.

It was so cute listening to her trying to be the next Kristina Werner or Nichol Magourik.

She even provided her own Christmas music by using her Singing Elf microphone.

She’s currently trying to talk me into creating a YouTube channel for her…..we’ll see about that.

One thing is certain that this child dreams BIG!!

If you’d like to see her video~

I know the Grandmas will get a kick out of it. He he.

Her finished card~

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To see more of my past December Daily albums, click here.

I used~

October Afternoon Under The Tree Collection, Maggie Holmes Decorative Pins, Simon Says Stamp Holly Jolly Christmas Kit

December Daily 2015: December 14th~

Today was filled with several doctor’s appointments, which meant a lot of sitting around and waiting and a teeny, tiny bit of Christmas shopping.

Best of all we got another little peek at Baby Andrews #4!!

December 14th~

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And I got an early Christmas present from my Mom…a vintage typewriter. Thanks Mom!!

I used the typewriter to add my date and simple journaling.

I’ve tucked today’s ultrasound pictures behind the page and used the little deer clip to hold them in place.

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You can also see the opposite side of yesterday’s mini page decorated with the adorable toy solider from the October Afternoon Under The Tree collection.

To see more of my past December Daily albums, click here.

I used~

October Afternoon Under The Tree Collection, Maggie Holmes Decorative Pins, Thickers, Wink Of Stella

December Daily 2015: December 13th~

Did you know there is an Elf On The Shelf Winter Collection?

I didn’t until Tinsel appeared this morning….in our freezer of all places.

And he was sporting a puffy down jacket to keep him warm.

December 13th~

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That elf!

I wanted to use the Gift Dressings card from October Afternoon Under The Tree collection, so I filled it with buttons, enamel shapes and decorative brads.

After decorating the other side as well I used my Fuse to seal everything in.

I found this worked better than just using a 4×6 page protector, since the binder holes lined up perfectly. Yay!

To see more of my past December Daily albums, click here.

I used~

October Afternoon Under The Tree Collection, Fancy Pants Merry Little Christmas Button Set, Thickers, Wink Of Stella