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Christmas (2015) in July

Here I am, wondering how I’ll ever get this blog caught up after a nearly year-long pause…. what better place to start than Christmas? Now that we’re well over 6 months past the holidays, the stress has been forgotten and the amazingness has lingered. This past year was especially great as we got the one thing we wanted but the last thing we expected…. my sister. My dad seamlessly pulled off the surprise of a lifetime. After a lot of deliberation Jory had decided she wouldn’t make it home from North Carolina for Christmas. This would be a first and our spirits were low. Little did we know she and my dad...

Giving Thanks

Let me come right out and say we celebrated Thanksgiving this year in the presence of our Christmas tree. The snow-covered trees outside had me yearning for holiday cheer inside so the weekend before Turkey Day we went for it. The tree went up and Emerson decorated to her heart’s content. For a whole week I enjoyed the dirty little secret Christmas tree before turning the lights on for all to see. Next on our to-do list was to wait in suspense until Meggie and Mimi arrived! Lucky for us they came an entire day early and Emerson was in heaven. We hadn’t all been home together since last Christmas so it was a...

Happy Independence Day!

We hope everyone had a fun 4th of July! Perfect weather, family and friends, and backyard games were just a few elements of our holiday. Emerson was outside bouncing and swimming all afternoon and had even more fun once her friend Bremer showed up to play! We grilled, ate a lot of desserts, and finally cuddled up in bed to watch amazing live fireworks  (WAY too tired to fight the crowds in Okoboji). I literally wish every day was the 4th of July – always a favorite holiday!...

Family Reunion

We had the pleasure of seeing lots and lots of family this weekend! Nabers from all over the country gathered at the Lakes for some excellent meals, fun in the sun, and a competitive cribbage tournament — a Naber tradition! Emerson has been talking about how excited she is to see her cousins for weeks now. When it came right down to it and they all showed up she didn’t quite know what to do! Turns out she’s a shy girl just like her mama. Even so, we had a great time seeing everyone, but I wish I could have been in about 5 places at a time because the weekend...