Christmas Eve and Settlers of Catan–Seafarers

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It’s our family tradition to open at least one gift on Christmas Eve.

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This year’s early gift was the Settlers of Catan Game Expansion–Seafarers.

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We’d been playing the original Settlers Game for 5 years, but the kids had expressed interest in this expansion pack.

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Nara wasn’t impressed.

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Rebecca finally conquered all—well after midnight!

CHRISTmas Eve
12.24.14

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redneck birthday party

DSC_0965 Although Rebecca turned 15 during our Wisconsin trip, we celebrated with family a couple weeks later.

DSC_0968 Grandma made a fabulous cake, as usual.

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And, Aunt Nay is always a pro with the lighter.

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Did you notice the AirVenture Windsock Rebecca found at Oshkosh?

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We’re thankful the Lord has blessed us with Rebecca’s smile for 15 years!

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We’re also especially thankful that Aunt Nay could join us. She was diagnosed with cancer shortly after Rebecca’s last birthday party and recently finished several difficult treatments. Praise God, she’s cancer-free now!

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Rebecca invited family members to bring their firearms for some target practice. That’s her idea of a party:)

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Uncle Ron couldn’t come, but he lent his skeet thrower. Both Rebecca and Christian successfully shot the clays Dad tossed!

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I think even Uncle Matt enjoyed this redneck party!

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Thank you, family, for celebrating Rebecca’s birthday with us!

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16 years!

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Somehow, this young man turned 16 years old!

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Rebecca baked Christian’s cake from scratch, and Grandma brought delicious fresh strawberries to serve with our cake and ice cream.

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Several family members joined us in wishing Christian a “happy birthday.”

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I’m sure they’ve noticed, as we have, how much Christian has matured over the past year. During his sophomore year of high school, he has been working 1 day a week (~6 hours) as a computer technician / web developer. Christian has contributed significantly to the success of the robotics team. As a black belt, he often helps teach lower-belt students in weekly martial arts class. I’m also pleased with Christian’s progress through several difficult school courses this year: Chemistry and Algebra II / Trigonometry.

We’re proud of you, son!

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Thank you, family, for joining us in celebration of Christian’s 16th year!

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