Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Christmas 2019

Christmas just snuck up on us this year... and as quickly as it arrived, it departed. It's become a sweet time of rest for us in this house. Lots of hustle and bustle usually comes with this beautiful day, the day of our Savior's birth... but over the years, learning to find rest and savor this day, has been life giving.


























These are the things I want to remember:

- This was the year of the "sleeping bag"... every little received one, in hopes that they'll be used for future family camping trips!

-  Finn received his VERY FIRST Lego set... EVER. Dad put most of it together.

-  Dad implemented a rule, "When you're done opening a present, put the wrapping in the cardboard box (so we could just do a quick burn outside of it)"... Jo was the only one to follow said rule.

-  Jo was into opening everyone else's presents for them...

-  Mable just wanted to play with every gift she opened, instead of opening more and more.

-  Charlotte is obsessed with dolphins, hence many dolphin "things".

-  Charlotte and Marley received a "joint" present (a mini polaroid camera) and totally used up all the film in one day.

-  Marley created a crafting box... she declared it, "The best present for her crafting heart... EVER!"

-  We went to our favorite local beach to grab some fresh air... it's become a tradition over these last few years, and it did not disappoint. No red starfish sightings this year... maybe next year.












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Monday, December 09, 2019

All Dolled Up

Lots of excitement, like every year, when the boxes (we only have 2 full of decorations) come out to decorate. Sometimes we have to wait a day or two to decorate, just because of our schedule... but not this year. As soon as the tree was in the house, we got straight to work. This was the first time in many, many, many years where we have been able to dress up our tree with ornaments and lights from the bottom all the way to the top. Can you believe it? We've finally hit the stage where the littles stop playing with all the ornaments and rather take in the sight. I never thought the day would come. We still are hiding our most precious ornaments (all the breakables are tucked away for a little bit longer), and we probably could use another strand or two of lights (our trees seem to be getting bigger and bigger each year), but I'd say she's a beaut. We dimmed the lights and gazed at her for quite awhile.

A list of things I'd like to remember:

- It feels like this was the year of the unicorn ornaments... all the girls got some version of unicorn. Marley's ballet cat unicorn, might be my favorite.

- Finn LOVES big foot/sasquatches... so his ornament was a snowy Big Foot.

- Mable calls the tree, "twitmas twee" and I smile each time she says, without correcting her.

- Jo is OBSESSED with knowing whose stockings are whose... and checks them every morning to see if anything is inside.

- Charlotte was delighted that I let her set up the entire mantle all by herself (without my help... Marley did insist on a few of the placements of bottle brush trees).

- Christmas music played, banana muffins eaten, and hot cocoa was sipped, and jokes were shared: "Why is the ornament obsessed with Christmas?"... "It's been hooked on trees it's whole life!"

















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Sunday, December 08, 2019

The Hunt of 2019

Every year, when December rolls in... so do the shortened days of sunlight, the cooler temps, and the rain. This season... always passes by at warp speed, and we so desperately want it to be a time of rest instead of hustle and bustle. I've learned over the years, to limit how much is on our plate leading up to it... but somehow every year, we still get a little overwhelmed. Finding our tree, the great big hunt... is one of my FAVORITE traditions. I love that the kids are at this age, where they remember "trees from past Christmas'" and how the hunts went. This year, will be the year that we won't forget, that Dad and Marley spied/found the tree before everyone else... that Mable and Jo wore the wrong shoes and kept getting poked by the tangled up blackberries, that Finn was more interested in throwing huge rocks into big puddles with Charlotte rather than hunt for the tree, and that we needed to pull out the portable froggy potty, because... we are DONE with diapers in this household (at least for during the day at least!), or the fact that Daddy still impresses me year after year by being able to lift that big ol' 10 foot tree off the ground like it's nothing.






















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