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While the cat’s away, the mouse will play…

I’m not sure which is which in this scenario, actually. Nick and the boys went off to a Winter Family Weekend and did this all weekend:

Conga line!

Conga line!

Square dancing

Square dancing

This may be the largest Gaga Ball group ever

This may be the largest Gaga Ball group ever

Carnival style games

Carnival style games

I drove home and spent time putting things away from our week at Grandma’s house and then went off and did this:

Hanging out with Asher and eating Christmas goodies

Hanging out with Asher and eating Christmas goodies

I love hanging out at my friend Lisa's house. It's soothing and fun all at once.

I love hanging out at my friend Lisa’s house. It’s soothing and fun all at once.

Looking at all the pretty trees at sunset.

Looking at all the pretty tree skeletons. I like to take walks and imagine myself in the wilderness with no one around for miles. It helps my creative brain fill back up.

I really can't get enough of winter sunsets. I took a walk and peered through all the tree limbs.

I really can’t get enough of winter sunsets. I took a walk and peered through all the tree limbs.

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Christmas Eve & Day

Grandpa got a new roulette wheel.

Grandpa got a new roulette wheel.

Greg loves his new take-apart nerf gun from Aunt April

Greg loves his new take-apart nerf gun from Aunt April

David is already at work on his new Lego set

David is already at work on his new Lego set

The tree is pretty. :)

The tree is pretty. 🙂

April is building her own muppet. I find this incredibly awesome. Why did I ask for a camera when I could have had a muppet of my own?!

April is building her own muppet. I find this incredibly awesome. Why did I ask for a camera when I could have had a muppet of my own?!

Setting up for Santa's visit

Setting up for Santa’s visit

Toys

Toys

more toys

more toys

Outdoor toys. Santa is a good man.

Outdoor toys. Santa is a good man.

Toys, really?  After all those others?

Toys, really? After all those others?

Waiting for boys to wake up. I never used to have to wait. This is getting weird.

Waiting for boys to wake up. I never used to have to wait. This is getting weird.

Finally, a boy!

Finally, a boy!

Another happy boy picture.

Another happy boy picture.

"A DS! For real! ONE THAT DOES THE INTERNET!!"

“A DS! For real! ONE THAT DOES THE INTERNET!!”

Soon this will become a very familiar sight. Oh my.

Soon this will become a very familiar sight. Oh my.

Santa even knows that David is a coin collector now.

Santa even knows that David is a coin collector now.

Playing quietly commences. Now Mama can get the croissants in the oven.

Playing quietly commences. Now Mama can get the croissants in the oven.

It may not be quite sunrise yet, but it's not dark any more, so we can totally go out and scooter. Right? Right.

It may not be quite sunrise yet, but it’s not dark any more, so we can totally go out and scooter. Right? Right.

"See, that's sunrise, Mama!"

“See, that’s sunrise, Mama!”

Using my new coffee mug from the boys (and the school's holiday store)

Using my new coffee mug from the boys (and the school’s holiday store)

The Punching Bag of Love

The Punching Bag of Love

Rose might not make it back home with us. She may be smuggled home in one of April's bags.

Rose might not make it back home with us. She may be smuggled home in one of April’s bags.

Another day, another Lego set built.

Another day, another Lego set built.