Then we get to dig out hats/coats/mittens and the Christmas decorations for next weekend! I can't wait for little man to see the lights and play with the big Christmas train we never got out in Charlottetown. We'll be using the tree that we used for our first couple of Christmases, because we gave away our big tree before moving back. It was getting a little ratty, and it was one more easy thing to give away. My parents used the current tree when they moved out here and we got the taller one. Anyway, there's that. AND of course Lilla Rose is having a huge 4-day sale this next weekend to coincide with Black Friday. I need to do some more Christmas shopping and planning so everything gets done without a fuss. Don't worry, I really don't have much we do every year, and I try to make one special treat a week, and we do simple chocolate advent calendars and just a few decorations. (I wonder if Jared will let me put lights outside our door and on the balcony? Probably not.) And I'm going to try out a new "reverse advent calendar" thing where the kids and I have to put one thing in the giveaway box every day. That doesn't include trash or recyclable items.
Cranberry bread, cherry winks, rye bread, (made at least GF if not sugar free) and MUENSTER cheese and ham! Yes, MUENSTER, that I eat every week now because we didn't have it in Canada. Yum! Something sweet for Christmas morning, like doughnuts. And the lights of Christmas, are my favorite because I hate darkness. I love putting them up in kids' rooms and down the hallways in the wintertime. Seasonal depression is a real thing you know. Ah, Christmastime is here, not for getting, but for being thankful. I think it goes hand in hand with Thanksgiving, because you are celebrating the gift of family and friends, of good food and of having plenty of "stuff." Can't wait!
|Jared had an aha moment today: let's measure how long Abishai is by how many foo-foo's (trains) it takes! Yup, exactly 9 train cars.|
|All of our windows face north, so we don't see sunrise or sunset, and I was kind of bummed about that today. So, I took this pic to remind myself that we do have some pretty trees to look at.|
|Ah! Grandpa started early this year on decorating and beat me to it! He did save some ornaments for everyone to put on the tree. Fun stuff!|
|Wow, she seems taller than the last time they helped put up Grandpa's tree. I can't remember if they helped last year or not, but otherwise, it would have been 5 years ago and she would have been 3.|
|Anne of Green Gables|
|Benaiah got a set of drums and a guitar and a whole new set up with Rockband so he can learn how to drum better (or so he says, lol). Anyway, it's staying at Grandma's house because we don't have room for it.|
|It's hard to set up electronic gadgets when there's a button loving toddler around.|
|Abishai's turn to put ornaments on. He didn't actually pay attention to the tree much. He like Baba's buttons more. And I think that's Socks fluffiness in the right hand lower corner.|
|I want to see outside! But there's really not anything to see kid, it's dark by 5:30 pm!|