Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Whew! What a whirlwind of activity. I had thought that I was so lucky to have children that went to bed so easily on Christmas night and that they stayed in bed all night until the magic happened the next day. BOY WAS I WRONG! This year, my oldest decided he "couldn't" go to sleep until way past 11 and that he just HAD TO get up at 3:30.
Needless to say, after all the presents were opened and the candy was eaten for breakfast, we spent the day playing with our new toys, visiting with family and eating good food! Hope your holidays were Merry and Bright!!!
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
I love the look of joy and excitement on my childrens' faces when they see Santa. Every year we go downtown to visit with Santa in his special house. This year we managed a Trolley ride through town with Santa before we actually talked to him! He even gave each one of the kids a ticket to get a piece of chocolate from the nearby South Bend Chocolate Factory. Nicholas even warmed up to the jolly old elf this year. Although he wouldn't sit on his lap, he made his wishes known and he didn't cry. His requests are simple: a firetruck and cars that crash. Hannah wants a scooter. Riley wants anything Harry Potter. Get movin Santa!
Friday, December 7, 2007
Every year we take the kids to the tree farm and spend a good hour, freezing, looking at gazillions of trees, just to pick out the "perfect" one. By the time we find the tree, we have to have a photo in front of it. The kids are generally so cold that I think their faces get stuck in that "frozen" smile stage. My husband is in charge of cutting down the tree, which usually ends with one of us getting frustrated because the process takes to long. We drag the tree across the farm to get it bundled. Have you seen the machine that shakes that tree until all of the loose needles fall to the ground! It's actually funnier to watch the guy who has to hold that tree on the shaker...his face jiggles around like jello!!! We painstakenly attach the tree to the top of the van and pray all the way home that the tree doesn't fall off on the highway, or that our roof doesn't cave in. We have hot cocoa around the table when we get back.
Getting the tree to fit in the stand and stay up right is the next task, but somehow, every year we manage. I laugh when I see the ornaments go up. There are so many on the tree, you can't even tell there is a tree under there! Maybe we need to get more than one??????