Thursday, December 26, 2013

A Merry Bogard Christmas!

C H R I S T M A S  2013
 We got home from Salt Lake with my family for our Christmas
staycation at Little America on Christmas Eve, just in time
to spread reindeer food outside for Santa's hungry reindeer coming that night.
 It was far too cold for Emery to spread her reindeer food.
 Next we set out cookies and milk for The Big Man in Red.
 Santa got spoiled and got homemade cookies from a new recipe I found with
browned butter and pulsed pecans. 
I think this was Ellie's favorite part, setting out cookies for Santa.
So we sprinkled reindeer food, plated cookies and went straight to bed.
It helped that we swam, ran around with cousins and had been so busy the two days
before, because kids, and parents were exhausted.
 Christmas Morning!
The excitement radiated from the girls.
 Mom Santa came!
...and he ate his cookies!!!
When you are really excited to put out cookies, you are really excited
when then get eaten.
  Santa left Emery an easel with art supplies 
and he left Ellie a scooter.
We next went through our stockings.
Each person got some fun item they wanted.
 Lots of photographers in this family.
  We had lots of items from NYC,
Santa must have known we just got back from there.
 The girls opened the gifts they had gotten each other.
They both shopped for each other, and kept it a secret.
I think it was their favorite part of the whole morning and favorite gift they opened.
{mid hug}
After Emery opened her Rapunzel doll Ellie got her,
Ellie said "Mom can I tell her now"
lol, yes dear you can tell her the secret of the present she just opened.
Emery got Ellie an Elsa doll from Frozen the movie,
and Lambie from Doc McStuffins.
They were thrilled.  
And hugged each other after each gift.
So sweet!
 Let the present opening begin!
 Each girl was very patient and waited for the other to open each gift and
see what the other got.  They thanked us after each gift and were so sweet.
Emery did tell Jeremy "you get me two presents"
it was so funny, but for the most part they were appreciative and patient. 
 Some of the from Grandma Linda. 
Hope we wrapped them up to her standards, she is the
wrapping queen.
 Jeremy got one total surprise,
headphones with a microphone to use while shooting his new gun.
{ps they work REALLY good, I'm using them to spy on everyone! haha
You can whisper from across the room and hear the person.  They are
designed to muffle the gun sound, but pick up other noises.  Very cool.}
 Mesmerized by all their gifts.
 Ellie got "Girl Legos"
one of the items on her list.
Plus a Snow White doll which is what she was for Halloween.
 We loved watching the magic of Christmas in
the girls' eyes.
 Sheer excitement.
 Doc McStuffins!
We sorta had a Doc McStuffins theme going on,
with the kit, slippers, lip gloss, etc.
Someone was in heaven.
And we all got to be her patients all day long.
She opened her clinic right up! haha
A mixer that really works.
Christmas with girls.
The girls were really cute to come give us hugs and loves after
opening each gift.
 It was the perfect Christmas morning.
And it wouldn't be complete without Santa Pancakes!
The girls look forward to these every year.
And I have to say fresh raspberry jam and whipped cream
is the only way to eat pancakes.
The after Christmas box and wrapping paper chaos.
The second best part of Christmas is the hours
of entertainment for the kids while Mom and Dad take
a much needed nap.
It's a Christmas Miracle in itself.

We had a fabulous Christmas, and the best part was actually
spending Christmas on Christmas.  Sometimes we have had to have
"Bogard Christmas:" on random days based on Jeremy's work schedule.
Luckily the girls are young and have no idea when Christmas really is.
This year we went to SLC for our annual family trip,
everyone had lots of fun.  We got to do our traditional Christmas Eve festivities
that we do every year with my family, then come home and prep for Santa.
Christmas morning was magical.
I think having kids is what makes Christmas so magical and fun.
Their pure excitement and joy was so fun to watch.
We spent the day playing with toys, napping, snacking, and watching
new movies.  It was the perfect day.
Hope you had a Merry Christmas too!

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