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It was exciting to celebrate our first Christmas in our very own home! Although we didn’t get a Christmas tree (owing to the fact that we wouldn’t actually be here for Christmas) I had much fun decorating our mantel with greenery, the Nativity scene, and our stockings. Novia loved to point out each of our stockings to anyone who graced our living room and was willing to listen.

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For the fun of it (a phrase that my mother often used any time she wanted me to try on a dress that I knew I hated… love you Mom!), I decided to try rolling Novia’s hair in rags the night before Christmas Eve. Due to the impending snow storm later that day, we had moved up our travels to the farm and thus moved up our Christmas morning tradition to Christmas Eve morning. Anyway, Novia sat very well… with the help of Winnie The Pooh… and allowed me to roll many, many, many rags in her hair. I think the rags were just as cute as the resulting curls!
Christmas Eve morning Novia came out to find her present already set up in our dining room. She didn’t squeal or clap like I thought she might, but took it all in stride and went directly to playing.
before we knew it she was “cooking” with the intensity of Chef Ramsey (minus the cursing). Here are some other pics of our morning, including the hair reveal. I had noidea her hair was capable of being that curly!

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Novia opening her “bubby” book from Daddy & Momma.
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 Adam got two of his favorite movies from this past year.
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Novia’s long hair transformed into a poodle doo!
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Novia looks like our neighbor girl from behind.

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Later, dear friends Robin and Nissa (also known as Cece Daddy andCece Mommy) and their dog Sadie(Cece) came over for Christmas Eve brunch. Novia was thrilled to show them her kitchen and was soon making coffee for Uncle Robin. We had a great brunch and introduced the Sutphen’s to my family’s traditional Christmas fare of Swedish Sausage (also known as Potato Sausage).

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In the afternoon, after Robin, Nissa and Sadie had gone home, we met my parents and drove through the snowstorm out to my family farm. We would be staying at the farm with my brother and sister-in-law for three days. Kyle and Jen have sheep as you might remember from this previous post, so Novia calls them Baa Daddy and Baa Mommy. She could not stop talking about going to see the “baby” baas (they’re really not babies anymore)! We headed out with Kyle to feed the sheep. Novia fretted over their feeding like any good mother and would pester my brother to go out to the barn with him at each feeding for the rest of our visit.

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The baa “babies” eating their grain that Novia poured for them.
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Novia discussing important “baa” issues with Uncle Kyle.
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Novia and Auntie Jen (aka Baa Mommy).
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Novia and Uncle Kyle (aka Baa Daddy).
Oh, and our family received another delightful gift on Christmas Eve…. my oldest brother, Tom, got engaged to a wonderful girl named Tessa! More about that to come.

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