Helena’s Birthday

Helena took us out to 98 Pounds Buffet for the second year in a row for dinner.  Afterward, we celebrated her 14th birthday – her golden birthday – at home.

The golden theme.

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This is Helena after she finally figured out that all the gold presents were for her golden birthday.

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She got some jewelry, Gold Bond lotion that nobody could seem to get to come out of its pump, and some clothes.

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She also got a game that Santa’s elves forgot to put on the sled a couple of weeks earlier.

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Then it was time for lemon cake.

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Christmas Morning

Liam and Ada were given instructions not to wake Helena up before eight and they are following orders although they are excited. Dori is still asleep, too.

IMG_20151225_074746What they’re after.
IMG_20151225_072920This year Helena liked art materials, clothes, and candles, Liam wanted sports gloves, jerseys, and Magic cards, and Ada wanted more and more Barbie things.
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Christmas Eve

Jeanette brought over presents for the kids

IMG_20151224_200535Liam seems happy with his gift
IMG_20151224_200612I have no idea what Ada was excited about here
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IMG_20151224_200813Jeanette got the kids nuts and a nutcracker. I think that they like cracking them more than actually eating them, though.
IMG_20151224_200828Later that night Ada left a note for Santa along with the milk and cookies.
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