Thursday, December 29, 2011

Christmas Come

Is it just me or did Christmas just fly by us? Not exactly the speed I like for Christmas...I like to soak it in more than watch it whiz by and leave a pile of recycling. Not that it wasn't good, it was!

Weston and I got the chance to go see the musical "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" with some friends at the Peabody Opera House . Very fun and Weston even took to the scary Grinch saying, "He's just wearing a costume, right?"

We decided to have a "hands on" tree this year and allow the kids to play with the (non-breakable) ornaments at the bottom of the tree. I'm not sure it was a great idea...our tree took quite a beating and was a bit saggy by Christmas. I'm thinking next year we'll have a special "kid tree"!

I've been working part-time at Williams-Sonoma this holiday season which has been a nice outlet for me away from home, but perhaps added a little to the craziness of the season.

Weston, however, picked up a full time job. Crafting. I've never seen a kid who wanted to endlessly craft reindeer and snowmen as this child. I think he's picked it up from Mother's Day Out and lucky for us Nana provided plenty of crafting materials to sustain us through Christmas. One day, 15 minutes into the morning, as I rubbed my eyes and poured my first cup of coffee, Weston jumps up and down, "Can we do a craft? Can we do a craft?!" I just don't have as much enthusiasm for glue and glitter at 6:30 a.m., but it's been fun to watch him figure out directions and create interesting little projects!

We typically (and intentionally) get the kids three gifts each at Christmas. Lily's gifts included a tunnel to crawl through, a shopping cart and books.

Weston got a basketball hoop, a magnetic fishing set and books.

Merry Christmas! We enjoy celebrating the birth of a Savior, God with us, and savoring the innumerable blessings we have have in family and friends! Peace and hope to you blog readers!

Friday, December 2, 2011

The Tree

Remember this post and this post? Well here we are for year three at Heritage Valley Tree Farm with the annual and promised cookies...

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Even though we're living at my parents this Christmas I had to have a tree and get out my decorations because, well, just because.

This year some great friends joined us last minute and made our morning and lunch even sweeter. Wanna come next year? Here's your formal invitation: 10:00 a.m. day after Thanksgiving 2012. Much fun to be had!

There were so many pictures I loved and want to remember, so it will just have to be a picture heavy post...

Now my husband is always a handsome fellow, but he always looks exceptionally good looking a the tree farm...maybe it's that smell of pine he loves so much :)

And don't even get me started on the cuteness of this little sassafrass...

...or this one. Even though he pulled the tongue off of this giraffe like a year and half ago, he was particularly sorrowful of the giraffe's loss the whole way there and he had to come cut down the tree with us.

He also insisted on pulling the tree. He made it about 50 feet.

Happy Christmas season to you from us!