Sunday, December 22, 2013


The Christmas season is a week shorter than most years since Thanksgiving was so late.
I say "BOO" to that!!
I was so excited to go cut a tree this year since last year we ended up buying a pre-cut tree.  We should have learned our lesson from last year and tagged a tree, but we were spoiled in Vermont... we had hundreds of trees to choose from each year.  We never think tagging a tree is necessary.
We tried a different farm this year hoping to have better luck, but most of their trees were under 6 feet.  So, we found ourselves back at the same farm we went to last year.
I had heard from different people that they had good luck finding a tall tree there, but we didn't have the same luck.  If a tree was tall, it was bare.  If it was beautiful, it was 3 feet tall.  So, we decided to just pick one off of the pre-cut tree rack.
At least Norah got to run around the trees & get the "cut your own tree" experience {even if somebody else cut the tree for us}. :)
We had a great time!!

It was a busy day!
After spending the morning at gymnastics & hunting for a tree we had Brad's command kid's Christmas party to attend.
We were late, but made it just in time for Santa!
Norah's reaction to Santa wasn't as great as last year!  She's uninterested this year.
She's not terrified of him... which is a good thing, but she is definitely uncomfortable sitting on a stranger's lap.
Santa brought her a play doh set & the book Olive, the Other Reindeer!  She was obsessed.  She wouldn't let go of either gift.
Santa did good!
The party was a big hit.  They had a bubble wrap floor that Norah loved to run across (even though she barely weighed enough to pop any of the bubbles, so Brad helped by running along side of her).  They had cookies on all of the tables for the kids to decorate & big bouncy houses (that were far too big for Norah, but a big hit with the other kiddos).
It was nice to have Brad home this year to go with us.

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