Saturday, December 22, 2012

Deck the Halls!

We finally got our Christmas tree last weekend!  After last year's trail of tears to go cut down our own, I decided we'd give ourselves all month to go to the mountains to get one and if we didn't make it, we'd buy one from the local scouts.  Between cold weather, high winds and sick kids for the month, Matthew and James went out and bought this one.  Matthew was just as excited as if we had gone to the mountains!

 The kiddos helped decorate it so the bottom foot of the tree is well covered!
 And then I hid some treats in the tree to play around with the camera and get some shots of the kiddos with the tree:
 I'm not sure who had more fun:

 Matthew was thrilled to "play" James' violin ornament:
 More decorating:
This week was rough as Catherine was recovering from croup so we spent a lot of time in PJs.  Catherine passed the time studying up on Civil War Cannons:

And Matthew found a new hat on our grocery shopping adventure:

I vetoed it because of the price range and because it was a little too big to be practical.  However, for being a teen girl's hat, it wasn't all that big, confirming the ridiculous noggin size of my kiddos.  We also took Catherine in for her 18 month check up and vaccines - turns out she's in the 20-25th percentile for height and weight, but the 95th percentile in head size, just like her brother!

This morning I dressed the kids up for pictures with Santa and tried to get a few shots in front of the tree as well.  They insisted on antlers:

 And the bells and fur on the antlers attracted the cat, who was not eager to try on the antlers:
And then Matthew insisted they be worn as "seatbelts":
Then the kids got busy cleaning the bathroom to prepare for our guests:

And we headed to the mall to visit with Santa.  Now, this has created 800 million questions for Matthew - including where Santa keeps his sleigh?  What about the ladder he uses to climb in?  Where are the reindeer? And on and on and on.  I should have put off Santa one more year.  However, the look on his face when he got to meet him was priceless!  Catherine was less than impressed (it was also past naptime!) but didn't freak out so I'll count it as a win. 
 Poor Catherine, I'm trying to grow out her bangs but she won't leave a barrette in!

And finally, the kiddos navigating the craziness at the mall together (I LOVE it when they hold hands!):

We are on our way to pick up uncle Matt and then tomorrow Amma and Papa!  In case we don't get to updating for a while, hope everyone has a very, very Merry Christmas filled with family, friends and fun!

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