Friday, December 16, 2011


December has been flying by. My friends and I ran another half marathon, this time we did White Rock. The weather was horrible, but the rain and frigid temperatures sped up our feet.

I finished in 1:50, which was three minutes faster than my previous time. Jeff was sweet enough to meet me at mile 9 with smile and to yell "You're doing great!". Made me want to cry! But I pushed through and it was worth it.

 That night we gathered at Trulucks to celebrate with lots of carbs. Who would have ever thought I would enjoying training, racing and sweating so much?!

Christmas magic has been all around our home. The girls helped me decorate and our little red Elf has been a source of constant entertainment. We have been loving on baby Jesus and singing songs about Santa too. There is so much love and happiness around Christmas time. This year Maisy is asking for a stuffed Barney and Afton wants a stuffed Care Bear Cousins Elephant- it's kind of a 'vintage' themed Christmas I guess!

At school, Santa came by helicopter to visit the kids. All the Kindergarten students dressed up as elves-- Maisy even joined in on the fun. Everyone brought a present to help Santa out with his job.

Afton had the best time preparing for Christmas at school- writing letters, making ornaments, and taking care of the class elves. This year there is lots of interest in elves! Her teacher has made this season so special. I am thankful for her wonderful school. 

Dear Santa Fairy Dust, Maisy wants Barney, Mom wants junk?! I think this must be written in code:)
Maisy is having her moments of 'terrible twos', but she makes up for them by dressing like a princess, only wearing "Dorothy shoes", saying the absolute cutest things, and giving lots of kisses.

 Finally we made our annual  trip to see Santa at Town Square. He is my favorite :) Santa always remembers us and this year he promised Afton "this would be her best Christmas yet". Maisy was a little unsure, but she went ahead and particpated--- just to make sure she gets that Barney!

The girls can't wait for more Christmas fun. We have lots of family coming in town over the next few days. We are so excited to be home for the holidays, building traditions and celebrating the birth of Christ together.

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