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    Christmas 2007

    Sunday, January 06, 2008

    If this picture doesn't sum up our holiday, I don't know what could. Benjamin absolutely loved Christmas! He (and us right along with him) enjoyed every single moment of it all. I put pictures on flickr from both Christmas and New Years. The three of us spent Christmas Eve in Rochester by going to our church for mass and having a delicious Indian meal at home. Mike read The Night Before Christmas and Benjamin left all of the essentials out for Santa and crew. We were all up around 7:30 Christmas morning for our family present opening. Highlights were Benjamin's new sparkley tricycle, lots of puzzles, Jessica's new running coat, tickets to a musical, a Bento Box for Mike, Candyland, and many other great things! We managed to pack up the family to head up to the Twin Cities soon after opening the very last gift. We enjoyed the Schmitt Christmas at Cindy and Bert's house with all of Mike's brothers and their significant others along with Great Aunt Alice. Andy and Jennifer surprised us all with the announcement of their engagement!! AJ and Benjamin really enjoyed opening up more gifts and we all stuffed ourselves with a delicious meal later that evening.

    Our Christmas continued later that week when my parents came up from Chicago with their Hyundai literally stuffed to the seams with even more presents. That Sunday morning we spent a long 4 hours opening all of the gifts and playing with everything we received. The house was quite a mess for days afterward!!

    On New Years Eve, Andy and Jennifer came down to go with us to a celebration at a local Spanish-Tapas-style restaurant. The party was a 1920's-themed New Years, so I just had to dress accordingly. We had a really great time and rang in the new year under a balloon drop with our free champage at the restaurant at midnight.

    The next morning Jennifer, Mike and I ran the Resolution Run, a 5k put on by the Running Room. The weather was a brutal 1 degree temp with somewhere around a -14 windchill, but we still ran and had a great time!! Jennifer and I even shaved 3 minutes off of our last 5k time! Of course, Mike could have run the race 3 times by the time we got done, but we felt really good about our accomplishment!! And now we have new shiny Running Room jackets to prove it!

    It is amazing to think that another holiday is now over and another new year is here! I guess it is time to take down those Christmas decorations and get ready to celebrate Mike's 31st birthday!!!!

    Happy 2008 to everyone!!!!!