Christmas 2013!

by Danica on December 27, 2013

And just like that, my favorite holiday has come and gone already…

Christmas was really great this year!
And in the past 7 days or so, I’ve hardly gone on my computer or phone – it was so nice!

Now that I am back though, I wanted to share some pieces of my Christmas…it was hard to choose just a few highlights/pictures, and yet I still ended up with this many photos – so here’s to my 2013 Christmas photo dump! :)

picking up from where we left off

baking day with sister Brooke 2013

baking day with my sister was a huge success!

Zida and Ozzy December 2013

Zida and Ozzy (my parents’ puppy who’s just a couple of months younger than her) were best buddies all weekend :)

Eli opening Christmas gifts 2013

handsome brother opening gifts!

Dad and I - Christmas Eve 2013

with my Dad on Christmas Eve

girls reading Bible story on Christmas Eve

my beautiful cousins reading the Christmas story from the Bible to the family :)

Great-Grandma and Kaspar Christmas Eve 2013

my Great-Grandma and cousin  <3

grandma and grandpa - christmas 2013


Kari & I - Christmas Eve 2013

with my aunt Kari, and my man hand…ha

Eli, Brooke, Danica, Jesse - Christmas Eve 2013

love these people!

Jesse and Danica - Christmas 2013


Jesse's Christmas stocking 2013

Jesse’s stocking gifts! 

Zida's stocking 2013

there were treats in Zida’s stocking! :)

Polar FT4 heart rate monitor - christmas gift

I got a Polar FT4 heart rate monitor!!  I already tried it out yesterday – so fun!

White Christmas

it was certainly a White Christmas…

Preston - Christmas 2013

gathering with Jesse’s Dad’s side of the family!

sleepy Zida - christmas 2013

Zida was beyond exhausted after 6 days of Christmas celebrations – when I picked her up during gift opening on Wednesday night, she cuddled up and rested her head on my shoulder <3

Jesse and family - christmas 2013

with the boys!  (Jesse’s dad and brothers)

with Preston - Christmas 2013

with our godson :)


I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas!

Tell me something you did to celebrate, ate, or received!

{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Katie @ running4cupcakes December 27, 2013 at 7:48 am

Awww I love seeing all these pics – especially the one with the puppy snuggles. So cute!!
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2 Danica December 27, 2013 at 9:37 am

95% of the time she just wants to snuggle – it’s the sweetest! :)
Hope you had a great Christmas, Katie!


3 Heather @fitncookies December 27, 2013 at 8:01 am

These pics were great! Looks like such a fun Christmas celebration this year. We tackled both families and had a blast. I loved hanging out with my family!
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4 Danica December 27, 2013 at 9:38 am

Me too! Even when family is crazy, I still wouldn’t miss spending time with them for anything else in the world! :)


5 Alyssa @ See This Girl Run December 27, 2013 at 9:01 am

Fun! Looks like you had a great Christmas! Love that picture of Zida on your shoulder. Too cute.
I got a couple pairs of really cute shoes that I’m pretty excited about :)
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6 Danica December 27, 2013 at 9:39 am

Yay for new shoes!! I maybe buy myself one or two pairs of shoes a year (and one is usually for running haha) but I ended up getting a couple pairs for Christmas, too!


7 Tara@pnwrunner December 27, 2013 at 10:34 am

Looks like you had a great week of holiday fun! I’m jealous if the white Christmas! Km hoping in years to come it will snow on christmas! I also barely used the computer all week. So nice! But now I’m trying to catch up! Have a great New Years!


8 Danica December 27, 2013 at 12:33 pm

It’s two-fold isn’t it?! It’s so nice to be away from the computer, but then the longer we’re away the more there is to catch up on ;)
I love having a white Christmas, but I wish I could send it your way now that the holiday is over! :)


9 Melissa December 27, 2013 at 11:43 am

Love all the photos! That’s so awesome you got a polar! I also skipped out on social media for most of my holiday and it was so nice.
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10 Danica December 27, 2013 at 12:34 pm

It’s so nice, isn’t it?! The first day I felt like I was missing out on all kind of things, but then that feeling went away and every day after I loved not checking in on things, replying to emails, etc. – I need to make more of a habit to be offline!


11 Laura @losingrace December 27, 2013 at 11:44 am

Thanks for sharing all the photos! Looks like you had a fabulous Holiday!

P.S. Jesse looks SOOOO much like his dad and brothers!
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12 Danica December 27, 2013 at 12:35 pm

oh my gosh I know!! I actually remember smiling when I typed that in the post because I knew that anyone who sees that picture is going to clearly see that they’re related! :)


13 Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl December 27, 2013 at 12:16 pm

I am glad to hear that you had such a wonderful Christmas!! And yay for puppy snuggles. They are the best :).
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14 Danica December 27, 2013 at 12:44 pm

They totally are :)
I hope you had a great Christmas too Hannah!! (I’m super behind on blog reading but hopefully I’ll get to read a little about yours soon too! :)


15 Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl December 27, 2013 at 1:24 pm

What a beautiful Christmas you had! I love all of the pictures…. looks lovely!
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16 Danica December 27, 2013 at 6:17 pm

Thanks, Kim! It was a great time :)
Hope you have a wonderful weekend!


17 Courtney @ Don't Blink. Just Run. December 27, 2013 at 2:23 pm

Looks like lots of great family time. That HR monitor is great. I got a pair of Bluebuds X wireless headphones for the gym and a nice Camelback day pack for hiking. Can’t wait to try them out! I’ve already been fiddling with the headphones, but haven’t used them in the gym yet.
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18 Danica December 27, 2013 at 6:18 pm

awesome! I’ve heard those headphones are really great – I bet you’ll love them!


19 Julie M December 27, 2013 at 5:26 pm

It looks like you had a wonderful Christmas! <3
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20 Danica December 27, 2013 at 6:19 pm

I did! And I hope you did too, girl! :)


21 Brittany @ proteinandpumps December 28, 2013 at 11:42 am

Love seeing Christmas pics. It’s such an exciting time but it goes way too fast!
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22 December 28, 2013 at 9:57 pm

Your sweet pup needs a good week at home to recover!
Jesse’s dad and his brothers look so much alike!
Thanks for the photo dump… I love seeing happy family photos. Life isn’t perfect, love isn’t perfect, but it IS beautiful. :) recently posted…Ice is Sneaky and Delicious Carrot CakeMy Profile


23 December 28, 2013 at 9:59 pm

Your pictures make it look both perfect AND beautiful! recently posted…Ice is Sneaky and Delicious Carrot CakeMy Profile


24 Danica December 30, 2013 at 11:23 am

To that last sentence you said….”Life isn’t perfect, love isn’t perfect, but it IS beautiful.” …
Thank you for saying that, Stephanie – it’s absolutely true!!


25 Jessie December 29, 2013 at 7:18 pm

Such stunning photos. Glad you had a nice holiday w/ your family!
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26 Danica December 30, 2013 at 11:24 am

Thank you, Jessie! <3


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