Christmas Photo Extras

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I don’t send out family Christmas letters.  The kids don’t believe in Santa.  If we happen upon a family photo, we don’t primp for it.  Today is the shortest day of the year.  Today was the sunniest it has been all month.  I called out the kids and dogs for a group shot.  It wasn’t easy.

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LIke herding Curtis’.  We had some of this.  Come on everyone.  Quick quick!  Everyone in the photo now.  For Grandma and Nana.  I’ll give you candy.  Hurry up now!IMG_0709

Amazing year that 2014.  Otto fights with Minty every morning.  Jean gained a bit of weight.  Brent started drinking coffee again.  Lucy has discovered the “half shirt.”  Minty whistles John Cage tunes.  Zelie sneaks candy and blames Minty.  Jiggy chews vintage shoes.  Lumi barks at mud.  Chorale tests the dog fence.  Bug meows at air.  Cheesepoof hasn’t caught a mouse since August.  The beef tastes great.  The cows are well fed.  The chickens keep chucking out the eggs.  Our fences need work.  We have a new espresso machine.

Bring on 2015.  Hope your holiday is full of giggles.

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Ho Ho, Merry Christmas, Bonne Fête à Tous and All The Rest

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I have yet to write a Christmas letter.  I LOVE reading Christmas letters.  It is fantastic to see how well everyone is doing.  We once received a Christmas letter that was quite macabre.  I kept that one.  They totally said that out loud.

I’ve always toyed around with writing a Christmas letter that didn’t highlight the highlights of the year.  I was thinking something like a 2013 post-mortem listing all the ways we messed up throughout the year.   That’s not all that interesting for others.  Instead, I’ve done a review in pictures.  I suppose I’ll stick with that theme.  The cows have been well behaved minus a few advances to the next paddock.  We suffered from the one gastro bug ( Brent and Z excluded ).  My yuppie cashmere has finally started  showing fatigue … or is that patina.  I should be …uh …  Jean should be writing this in third person.  Jean took a few photos during deux mille treize that sum up our year.  Except for the part when Jean was dealing/raising a small dragon with her hunky husband.  Z is in school now, so we share training our dragon with the village.  Sometimes, it takes a village to train a dragon.

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This barn cat is useless.  His fluffy, gray fluff will not distract from the fact that he is no mouser.  What a puffy gray fat pat!

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Frites fried in tallow taste good. McDos was right!

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This year, we used the big chain.  I don’t remember what for, but … we used the big chain!

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An over-the-top solution to keep your fence up.  But isn’t it fun to drive the digger?

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I discovered Madiran.  Yum yum Madi-yum.

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The internet went down in 2013.  A few days ” offline.”  Crazy times.  Bumble bees were roasted.

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It snowed!  And it was beautiful!  And then it went away!
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Veal box!  So tender and so tasty.

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We lost our happy neighbors to the great warm that is Australia.

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We deliver to Bordeaux!

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Bordeaux is beautiful!

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It rained a lot.

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The girls are loving the pasture.

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This is breakfast.

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The rye grass worked out well.

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We have super cool new neighbors!

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Z still loves her hats.

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Our neighbors grow big lettuce.

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I sat!
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Lucy got really into cooking.

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Kevin visit!  Oh the kids love Kevin.

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Kids and Kevin do … Jean doesn’t know what they do.

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Brent and Kevin test out the big frigo van.

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Brent packs boxes for our customers.

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The boys drink some hot cocoa.

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My outdoor chair saw the light of day!

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Minty stood still for her wax statue.

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Z started school!  She can’t stop talking in French.  This is great for Jean’s French language education.
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The family loves the siphon!  The tongue deal is not my line of genetics.

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Nana cuddled with the girls.

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Otto made a Tetris game with Lego.

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Lucy is running the chicks.  Her forty beauties are laying well despite the cold.

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Z helps in her super, wet barriered bear slippers.

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Brent got a bit muddy.

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Otto snapped this of Jean doing the Sunday sheet change.  You can tell Jean really loves the Sunday sheet change.

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We set sh*t on fire.

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Hunka hunka burnin’ love arrive.

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This poor dog hit an all time doggy low with the floaty.

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A new fluff-ball will arrive soon to start off our 2014.

A very merry Christmas to you and a Happy New Year.  What are you up for next year?  Are you feeling calm?