Suns not even up yet!
Good Morning Black Friday!
my our defense, I leave the house with them by 6:25 a.m. each morning, so they get up very early so that I can get them ready each day, they are used to getting up really early.
|Stretching at the mall|
The great thing about having your own little family, you can decide when you want to your Christmas to start. Ours starts the eve of Thanksgiving, why not stretch it out, it already seems like it goes way to fast.
So, have we started decking our halls?
You betcha! (Can you say that without the Sarah Palin accent - me neither)...
We don't have boughs of holly, but we brought up the Christmas bin yesterday turned on the tv channel that plays Christmas music 24-7, cranked it and decorated.
Lily was so excited this year, which just made my heart melt....
As she anxiously pulled item after item out of the bin, she would proclaim "Ummm....Momma, look at this!" and ask "Where should I put this?" "What should I do with this?"
She asked about the beaded coasters and I told her to put them out where are other coasters are...she started strategically laying them out :)
Liam was more happy throwing the paper the Christmas things were wrapped in, around the kitchen and laughing about it to himself ~ that crazy little elf.
And then found a new use for the Christmas bin...
...of course big sister had to join him...
My favorite thing to unwrap and put up each year is our personalized ornaments. As I unwrap each one out of the newspaper I store them in, I can't wait to see which one it is and recall that year of our lives. I have been ordering them since 2002. These two little people named Shana & Chris, they trimmed a tree in 2002, in 2004 they got two cats, and Shana got some bling, then there was a wedding and a pregnancy and a baby and another pregnancy and another baby - these two are busy. I love watching this little life unfold. I can't wait to get this year's ornament, family of four and I will be getting an angel cat for Beans :( I don't put them on the tree, mostly because I love to look at them. I always hang them in our hallway on the wall. This year we are moving over the arch. Not gonna lie - dreamed that we would someday have enough to go around the arch (because I'm lame like that).
Do you know anyone else whose husband would buy them a Christmas Almanack as a gift? Me neither. Chris got this for me about 5 years ago...trying to steal my heart (from Santa). It offers all kinds of useful knowledge about Christmas, did you know that in England the prickly holly is called "he" and the non-prickly is called "she". Which type is first brought into the house at Christmas determines who will rule the household for the coming year ~ fun facts to know and tell!
We took a quick break for some hot cocoa with whip cream
Liam was drinking it so hard his left cheek dimpled
I love decorating our fireplace and wish it could stay like this all year
All the glass ornaments that usually go on the tree? I just dropped them into my existing vases for some *sparkle* I don't think we will be able to use them this year and am going to get some unbreakable ones...ahem...Liam
Our reindeer stocking holders
Don't worry, I have a sleigh that they can pull, just in case we become a family of 5 someday
Another favorite...nesting dolls, the kids love them too.
Lily had so much fun, she was jumping around like a little elf
More to come...we don't even have our tree yet! We're headed to get a tree Friday night with the kids...and then Saturday is cookie day and the New Berlin Christmas parade...our calendar is filling up! And to anyone who has called me a super momma ~ I don't even have Liam's birthday thank you's done...so there!