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Christmas fun at the Duke home

Christmas Eve

It was pouring rain nearly all day on Christmas Eve.  We had a breakfast party at our neighbors home, got to be Secret Santa’s to a less fortunate family, last minute grocery store run, & then we went to see another neighbor sing a solo at her church’s service. My youngest fell asleep on the drive home (5:30 p.m.) and I could not wake her up for a good hour after that.  We made and ate dinner, and before everyone changed, I wanted to grab a quick picture in all of our festive-ness….even if the baby was asleep;) When she woke up, I had to get a happy shot of her in her cute outfit.

Below…the tree on a tripod with a slow shutter speed….hmmm…not my finest.

Below is our Christmas miracle…4 children, sortof happily posing in front of the tree like mama asked…but don’t be fooled…

…then 5 seconds later…

I was so excited to find matching jammies at The Childrens Place, just a week or so before Christmas.  I meant to look sooner…it just kept getting forgotten.  Most of these are using my external flash.  I don’t know how to use it very well, and I don’t pop it on my camera too often, but I like these results better than super high ISO.  I set up my camera on a tripod to see how it would work on Christmas morning.  This was during our family dance/wrestle with excitement before the kids scurried off to bed.

A tradition carried on my from childhood is that the kids all sleep in the same room on Christmas Eve.  They’d actually been doing it all week.  My flash went SUPER bright here, but I love the expressions on their faces.

I left just after this pic, and 10 minutes later my youngest came down because “she wasn’t tired.” I let the big kids settle down with her on my lap, and then took her off to join them.  Just before 10, it was finally silent.

Christmas morning

We saved something special for the end…my son really wanted a hamster.  We gave him a poem that led him to the excitement!

Below, I surprised my hubby with an iphone.  He recently had a pay per minute trac fone, then upgraded and didn’t think he’d be able to get this latest and greatest, but I found a way.  He does so much for us, and never wants for anything fancy like this…I thought he could use a fun surprise. I have been planning it for almost 2 months, I was so excited for this moment!

my loot…

 Hope you had a wonderful day!

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  1. You definitely had a happy celebration! I appreciate that you shared your photos (especially the ones you consider less than professionally perfect). I learn from those too. My family surprised me with a new camera body and as I sat down to read the manual (gasp!), I showed my husband my copy of your book. Somehow you skinny version is much more inviting and less intimidating than the giant 250 pages one that came with the camera.

    Enjoy your day and your new camera purse. :-)

    Oh, and hats off to your for surprising your husband with the iPhone. It’s a wonderful feeling to give a surprise that the person would never give to himself.

  2. yay i am glad you got your big knife to go with your fork and spoon! love those. merry xmas :)

  3. I just got the same Jo Totes bag but in gray! I absolutely love it! Thanks for sharing your Christmas :)

  4. I LOVE The knife. May I ask where you got it? I have a space in my kitchen that I have been trying to figure out what to put there and a fork, knife and spoon that size would be perfect. Looks like you all had a wonderful Christmas. What a wonderful surprise for your husband! Happy New Year!

  5. We too have matching PJs which is a tradition that I love … thank you for sharing your Christmas … there is a glimpse of mine on my blog … all my best …

  6. Karen Peterson says:

    Yes, please share the giant silverware source!! Looks like a delightful time with the kids and I wish mine were all that young still; miss that time but still treasure my family moments now! Love the way your stairs look in your house (can you take a photo of those and share? I am assuming the tread is all wood and I love the molding around the stairs on the side wall)

    Glad you found a way to surprise your husband with the iPhone and be a blessing to him; what a lovely family you have!

  7. Kristen Duke says:

    The giant silverware is from Pier 1. They also have a whisk and a spatula that I saw the other day!

  8. Thanks for sharing these impressions!

  9. Oh my word!! i’m so excited he got an iphone. you know whats next…fb.

  10. Oh%20my%20word!!%20i’m%20so%20excited%20he%20got%20an%20iphone.%20you%20know%20whats%20next…fb.