Life09 Dec 2011 09:00 am

Leah and I made this countdown Christmas chain together. She is so excited about Christmas this year and I love it. She glued most of the links herself and cuts one off every morning. She remembers lots of details about Christmas last year, like Grandpa delivering our tree in a trailer and we had to cut off the top because it was hitting our ceiling. I asked her if we get presents on Christmas and she said, “no, that’s silly, we don’t get presents on Jesus’ birthday”. She is was so excited because she thought lots of friends were coming over (including baby Jesus) to have a birthday party for him with cake and presents. We are going to do a birthday cake for Jesus, though I told her baby Jesus wouldn’t be able to attend in the flesh.
A little random, but here is Joel experiencing his first teeth brushing session.
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Leah and I decorated a gingerbread house at Grandma Fran’s house while Joel played with toys under the table.
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Joel was fascinated by the train going round and round the Christmas tree.
Here’s Joel checking out our tree. I was so sad to not get a tree from a tree lot this year and more specifically my grandpa’s tree lot. He passed away soon after Leah was born. I have so many memories from hanging out at the tree farm and searching the acres for the perfect tree, drinking hot chocolate and talking by the fire, giving out candy canes to the kids and earning a few tips by helping carry trees out to vehicles. My grandpa would have loved to see Leah roam around the farm and her excitement at the whole experience.
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Morgan tied the tree down while I took a few pictures of the kids. Joel isn’t very mobile while in his snowsuit.
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Leah put on the some of the lower Christmas lights herself. I can’t express how excited she was about putting up, lighting and decorating the tree. Joel watched from the excersaucer and the floor was full of ornaments, tree needles and lights. I don’t think there will be any presents under the tree with him around this year.
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Finishing up.

And on another random note, I asked Leah what she would think if I put Joel to bed in her room. She replied excitedly, “Mom, when he cries you can just come downstairs and give me the soother and I’ll give it to him”. I did put Joel in her room and discovered at two in the morning that Leah can sleep through excessive, loud crying. Gives me great hope for room sharing in the future.

One Response to “O Christmas Tree”

  1. on 10 Dec 2011 at 8:44 am katherine

    Oh that’s good news so far. I guess the next challenge would be putting them to sleep at the same time?!? So sorry that you can’t relive those same memories on your grandparents’ farm. I imagine that they got a lot of joy out of seeing you, their grandchildren running around the lot.

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