Tuesday, April 19, 2016


We went to pick out our tree today.
It had been raining here, so we couldn't go the day after Thanksgiving like I originally had hoped.  I was really worried we would find ourselves at a pre-cut tree shop after obsessing over the forecast, but the second the clouds rolled out, we did, too.  We are not pre-cut tree people... nothing beats the experience of picking out your tree and cutting it down & yelling "TIMBER!!"  It's those memories that I love most about Christmas time as a child.

We went to this tree farm last year.
Norah remembered every little detail as we made the 45 minute drive to the country.
She reminded us that we would ride the tractor out to the field and play on the playground.

When we got out to the field, Norah found herself a walking stick or two...
I guess hunting for a Christmas tree on flat land in Texas is hard work.

Piper just went along for the ride in the Tula.
She's a pretty chill little baby when it comes to going places.
She's pretty indifferent about her role in these events. haha

We found our tree within minutes, but of course we had to walk the entire farm to make sure that was the one!!!  Sure enough, we went right back to the first row of trees we checked out.
Norah supervised the cutting of the tree & helped drag it out to the road for the tractor to pick it up.

We sipped on hot cocoa and played on the playground while Brad got the tree tied to the roof of our car.  The cutting of the Christmas tree will forever be one of my favorite traditions!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016


Christmas is upon us!!!
I started pulling decorations out.
Norah was obsessed with the wooden shoes.
She wears her Anna dress EVERY DAY!  EVERYWHERE!!
The wooden shoes were a nice added touch.

We went to visit with Santa today.
I wasn't sure how Norah would do...
I was pretty confident she was going to be scared like last year, but she had been so confident when talking about sitting on Santa's lap lately, that I thought, just maybe, she would be ok with the idea.
We coached her and told her she just had to sit on his lap for a minute, he would ask her 3 questions... 

1) What do you want for Christmas?
2) Have you been a good girl this year?
3) Will you smile for the camera?

She always agreed that it would be easy peasy & there was nothing to be afraid of...
up to the second she stood next to him, she was ok.
I would be lying if I told you we didn't bribe her with the merry-go-round.
"Norah, if you don't cry, we will go on the merry-go-round."
Well, she tried her best to hold back the tears, but she certainly wasn't thrilled with the idea of sitting on Santa's lap.

With Piper, I had visions of the big smiles Norah gave Santa the first time she sat on his lap.
Not so much...
...she wasn't too sure about him, but she didn't cry...
...until Norah stopped crying... then Piper started.

Needless to say, Norah didn't ever tell Santa what she wanted.
We got the picture and moved on to the merry-go-round.
We will be writing him a letter for Bing {her elf} to take back to Santa.