Christmas and New Years!

Well, the Christmas Season was a pretty busy and fun time for us!  We did many holiday activities this year….and I have so many pictures to share!  My mom’s health has continued to be great, which we are so thankful for.  Here are some pictures from what we have been up to!

First up, Jenna’s 6th Annual Christmas Cookie Party!  This party is always so much fun, and her friends are AWESOME!!

Jenna's 6th Annual Cookie Party Crew!

Jenna’s 6th Annual Cookie Party Crew!

Jackson Dressed up for the occasion

Jackson Dressed up for the occasion

Mom and her best friend Amy (also our cookie party photographer)

Mom and her best friend Amy (also our cookie party photographer)

Myself and Mama Jules!

Myself and Mama Jules!

Jenna's mother in law (Louann) and Jackson!

Jenna’s mother in law (Louann) and Jackson!

Megan Hanson brought Chocolate Chip Martinis!

Megan Hanson brought Chocolate Chip Martinis!

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The following week we went down to Macy’s 8th floor to look at the Christmas Display with our friends Amy, Cheryl and Catey.  This is a tradition that my mom and Amy have been doing since my sister and Megan (Amy’s daughter) were little girls.  We continue the tradition every year followed by lunch at the sky room.

Macy's 8th floor!

Macy’s 8th floor!

Later that week we were off to see “A Christmas Carol” at the Gurthrie.  My sister’s mother-in-law treated us to the show for Christmas.  We had the best handicap seats and all really enjoyed it!  This is another Minneapolis Christmas “Must”.

Intermission (right after I snapped this pic I got scolded by an usher...haha)

Intermission (right after I snapped this pic I got scolded by an usher…haha)

And now we have arrived to Christmas.  Christmas Eve we had family and friends over.  My brother Nathan was able to come over with his entire family as well.  This is the first year in FOREVER that we have all been together.  It was chaotic fun! Christmas day we opened presents in the morning and then headed over to my sister’s for Christmas dinner with her in-laws

Grandpa Kast laughing with Jackson

Grandpa Kast laughing with Jackson

My dad, sister and Jack

My dad, sister and Jack

Nate's entire family.  The boys from the left are Jordan, Julian and Joshua.  It is becoming impossible to get Julian to smile for the camera!

Nate’s entire family. The boys from the left are Jordan, Julian and Joshua. It is becoming impossible to get Julian to smile for the camera!

Kate and myself

My bestie Kate stopped over with her mom, husband and little boy

Nate and Grandpa

Nate and Grandpa

Family pic from Christmas day

Family pic from Christmas day

My sister and I Christmas Eve

My sister and I Christmas Eve

Dad and I on Christmas Day

Dad and I on Christmas Day

Mom sporting her new Christmas duds!

Mom sporting her new Christmas duds!

New years eve, my brother and his wife got our family tickets to the Beach Boys.  My mom, dad, brother and I had such a great time at the concert.  I love a concert where you know all of the words and can sing along.  It brought back so many childhood memories.  Again, we had amazing handicap seats.  Thanks Nate and Souvanny!

Mom and Dad at the concert

Mom and Dad at the concert

My brother Nate and I

My brother Nate and I

And on a final note, my dad has been in Florida this past week, so it has been pretty much Mama Jules and myself.  We have kept ourselves busy hanging with friends, seeing movies and shopping with my sister.  My dad absolutely hates my sister’s puppy climbing on my mom, but when Rog is away, the girlies will play 🙂

Jackson giving Mama Jules some puppy therapy

Jackson giving Mama Jules some puppy therapy

 

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