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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Saturday, December 07, 2019

Light 'Em Up!

I love living out here in the PNW... that is no lie. I have lived in a lot of different places my whole "37 years of living" life. Different states, different countries, different continents... and yet, I feel MOST at home, here in our tiny town. Every year, our sweet town puts on a tree lighting ceremony, and it doesn't disappoint. Our oldest, Charlotte, sang in the choir, we brought our cocoa along, and one year we will get through it without feeling like we won't lose one of our own amidst the masses. All in all, a wonderful kickoff to this festive season.

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