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WHITE CHRISTMAS EVE!

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Here’s nephew Luke’s Elf on the Shelf. His name is Jack. We found him by the Nutella jar this morning. A good place to be, non?

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The weathermen in Oklahoma are particularly amazing when it comes to Oklahoma-specific weather, such as tornadoes. Or thunderstorms. But snow? Well, to be fair, we’re just not that good at it. They tend to … overpredict. So when they told us that there was a chance of snow on Christmas Eve, I think  the entire state heaved a collective bellylaugh.

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But the weathermen got the last laugh, because we got 14.1″ in Oklahoma City alone, a record to end all previous records. I cannot ever remember a Christmas like this. It totally made the day amazing!

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Here’s Dad, enjoying trying his first-ever piece of Slim Jim beef jerky. He says once was enough.

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Jude, enjoying Wingo’s choo train (Wingo is what he calls my mom.)

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Hmmm. Is it ever going to be time for us to go outside and play in the snow?

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YES! Yes, it is TIME TO PLAY IN THE SNOOOOOOOOW! Simon, Eric, and Earl each individually went out into the snow, and each said that it was absolutely awful. It was whiteout conditions, apparently and visibility was terrible. People were stuck, stranded in their cars in the snow. Suddenly all those people in their 4-wheel drive SUVs didn’t look so foolish anymore for having big ol’ cars.  Simon brought Jude some warm snow clothes, however, this green fleece outfit was a year too small for him. He was absolutely stuffed into that, but he was warm!

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Ready for snow.

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First, trepidatious steps into snow.

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Now this is sad. I didn’t have warm mittens for my child, so he had to put on his own socks on his hands.  Pitiful.

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Uncle Eric brought the sleds from their house. WHEEEEEE!  Darn it all, if i hadn’t had surgery, I would have been ALL over those sleds like nobody’s business.

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This picture is for my mom. As a kid, she would wrap me up in garbage bags so I wouldn’t get wet when it snowed.  Earl made her proud: he covered his shoes in plastic Target bags and secured them with duct tape. Niiiice.

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Afterwards, it was time for hot cocoa with the cousins.

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When it snows, might as well make crafts! I made a pipe cleaner garland/necklace.

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Meanwhile, where were the guys? Matthew, Simon, and Eric continued to sled down the hill in front of Mom & Dad’s. It was like a giant slip ‘n slide: they started running and then hit the ground on their sleds. Hilarious.

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I shot all these photos from my childhood bedroom window. Simon below —

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Weary sledders, heading back inside.

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  • janet

    rachel -our baby arrived in time for christmas! his name is jonah thomas bell and he was born on the 18/12. he is so sweet. and we are sooo tired 🙂

    • JANET! I have been wondering when you were going to have that baby! I knew it had to be any day. Oh,I am so excited for you guys and I LOVE his name! Can’t wait to see pictures – you guys need to start a blog! xoxoxoxox!!