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A Christmas to Remember…I’m Gonna Miss This Some Day

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It’s been a good Christmas Day. Every Christmas Day is good, because we get to celebrate the birth of our Savior. But today was remarkably cooler than recent ones of memory.

It was a day of traditions. Early morning rising to read the Christmas Story.

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Opening presents and being silly.

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Cinnamon rolls for breakfast and baking sweets.

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Two hours of assembling your presents.

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Followed by a full day of watching you playing together.

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Making our own pizzas for lunch.

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Mom says she had fun teaching you how to play your new DS.

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I think she just used it as an excuse to have a little fun herself. 🙂

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We even had time to add a new tradition…that promises to become an annual one. You liked the first course of vegetables and bread with cheese fondue…but not as much as the fruits and “mallemows” with chocolate.

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It was definitely fun watching you try something new.

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And there’s nothing better than a belly full of chocolate to cuddle up and watch our favorite Christmas movies together before bedtime.

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It was indeed a Christmas to remember. I’m thankful for the miracle of the birth of Christ, and I’m thankful for days like today. I’m gonna miss this some day.

Love,

Dad

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Pork Chops & Apple Sauce

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It’s a sad, bittersweet moment tonight. For about the last two years, SI you and I have had a mutual understanding. We’ve agreed that whenever I want, I can come to you for my pork chops and apple sauce fix, and in return I won’t abuse the privilege by doing it too much.  I don’t blame you directly for now believing that your belly button is NOT your apple sauce…that it’s apparently called a belly. Tonight when I tried to get me some apple sauce, you told me “NO” for the first time EVER…wouldn’t even let me try, as you tried to set me straight by correcting me and telling me “it’s NO apple sauce! It’s my “buy-eee!'”

I don’t know who told you otherwise, but when I find out who it was, I’m going to have a stern conversation with them.  I mean really!  Who would do such a thing?!  Ruin a daddy’s bonding moment with his youngest son?  That’s just rude!  At least you still have pork chops.  Whoever spoiled the apple sauce better never try to tell you that your pork chops are something other than just that.  Now I’ll just have to work harder at protecting your innocence.  Because I’m still gonna be coming to you for my pork chops AND my apple sauce.

Love,

Dad

A Weekend to Remember

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There is nothing that brings me more joy than spending time with you, my kids.  This past weekend, we held our annual Family Life Celebration weekend, our 5th year doing it.  It’s a way for your mother and I to celebrate each of you and your lives, how you’ve impacted our family so much…a way for us to celebrate the births and adoptions of each of you and rejoice in who you are and to just love on you for the whole weekend.  What a great weekend this year!

I truly enjoyed spending Friday floating on the river with you.  This was the 4th year we’ve done the float, and it was by far the best.  SD, I love the excitement you bring to everything we do, and floating on the river is no exception.  The way you embrace life with such passion and energy is refreshing and inspiring to me.  Watching your excitement as you have so much fun really makes it fun.  NE, you’re getting more and more brave, taking more chances this year than last.  Watching you grow and become more confident in who you are and what you want is really cool.  You’re swimming out farther on your own than ever before, and really coming into your own.  Throwing rocks into the water from the edge is a lot of fun.  I really am enjoying this stage in your life.  SI, this was your first float with us, and you really had a good time.  I had an even better time.   Having you cling to me as we float in the water keeps me young.  You are all energy all the time, and I love it.

The picnic on Saturday was a blast…hot and humid, but a great day.  I really love that we’re blessed enough to be able to do this for you every year, and I am already looking forward to next year.  Spending time with the three of you rejuvenates my soul.  Having a weekend where family and friends can come together to spend time with you and love on you is a true blessing, and I look forward to continuing this tradition for as long as we’re able.  Next  year, I’m thinking we need to incorporate a camping trip somehow.  Either way, the weekend is all about you.

Love,

Dad