Christmas in SoDak

bryan, karyn, hannie and i drove down to south dakota on christmas eve – despite really nasty winter weather.

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my mom was thawing a ham for the family meal on christmas day. it was my brother’s ham, so it was like he was there with us. right?

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but for christmas eve dinner, mom made two giant vats of soup – chicken noodle and split pea. yum!

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hannie likes bread best.

as we finished eating dinner, dad got a phone call from a friend. “looks like someone hit the front side of your van…” he said. dad looked outside, and though there was no damage to the van, there was a very large package next to it. bryan and i ran outside to bring it in…

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a 55″ lcd hdtv! dad was stunned and hannie was very excited.

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bryan, dad and i went to wal-mart to get a new entertainment center for the tv, while karyn, mom and hannie frosted and sprinkled cookies.

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hannie had an icing mustache, which was pretty funny, but she wouldn’t let me take a photo of it.
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so, that was a pretty exciting night.

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we also had a turducken for christmas day lunch. this was very exciting for everyone involved, i assure you.

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hannie got really excited about opening presents, so she got to open her stocking right away. i also let her open a small present i got for her.

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so many presents for hannie!

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but there were a few presents for the rest of us, too. fun!

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jason gave me a wii for christmas and now i have a new game to play on it – epic mickey! i started the other night. it’s kinda dark, but will be fun once i get into it, i think.
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karyn got her very own masher! wahoo!

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“hannie, are you silly?” “yeah!”

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mom and dad got a new camera for their trip to taiwan next month! take lots and lots of photos, okay, guys?!

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karyn disguised my last gift (which hannie helped me open) by wrapping it with a few random other things inside at least 5 different bags and boxes – it was a new ipod nano!
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we went to uncle tom’s & aunt kim’s for our first christmas day meal. grampa bob brought some “mystery wine” he made at home. it was pretty tasty!

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but kim opted for poinsettia cocktails instead.

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newest christmas tradition: cousin micheal’s robotic santa.

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tur! duck! hen!

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then it was time for the always hilarious dice game.

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shih tzu party central.

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cousin jenny and jeremy got married this year. they still seem to like each other, so that’s good, ‘eh?

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cousin jon got a pregnancy test. let’s hope it negative!

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hannie got a whoopee cushion. i have a video, which i’ll upload to youtube… someday…

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all tuckered out! i guess that was a pretty exhausting gift exchange for the puppies.

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oh, wait! one more gift for jeremy from cousin micheal!

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… it’s an… alligator?

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and for another oddity, steve made a christmas poo. but it was delish!

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for dinner, we joined aunt deb, gramma d, and cousin brock just down the road.

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gramma d got just a few more owls for christmas.

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good thing hannie was around to help gramma open all of her presents!

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we went home around 9pm. sioux falls was a-glow as we left it.

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we had to get on the road back to minneapolis by noon, but i was glad that kelsey and aurora could come over before we started packing up.

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can you imagine what life would be like to be that adorable? those eyes! she’s such a sweet little babe.

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hannie was a little unsure about not being the center of attention, but she hung around anyway.

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thanks for the visit, ladies!

when we got back to minneapolis, jason picked me up and whisked me away to st. paul for that night’s wild game. i won the tickets through email bingo at work! so even though the wild lost (unfortunately), we still had a pretty good time.

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the final score was 1-4. 🙁

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when i finally got home after the game, santa had brought jason another, special gift to give to me. santa sure is a sweet, generous guy!

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i’m feeling very blessed this holiday season – lots of great family, a wonderful boyfriend, and really super friends. i’m currently in indianola, iowa, with jason’s family – waiting for 2011 at midnight and a few more christmas festivities tomorrow. i hope you’re having an equally fantastic holiday season, too.

happy new year!