Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Tis' the Season. . .

at least it was when I started this post! Nearly 2 months later I am going to finish. I am once again behind on my posting…oh well.

This year we started a new tradition on Thanksgiving night…Elf on the shelf. He came to our house while the girls were in the bath tub. Brynn named him Elfie (real original, at least it made sense. She normally comes up with off the wall names, but that is another story in itself.) He was very helpful in getting Brynn to behave. He left on Christmas Eve. Brynn did ask about him about a week later. She wished he was still her and wanted to know if we could have a girl elf next year. I explained that once we have an elf, the elf is ours forever and I didn’t think he would be changing to a girl next year.

We always get a real tree. This year was no exception. We headed to trusty Lowe’s as we do each year. We found the perfect tree in about 5 minutes. When we got come and pulled out the decorations, I found a disaster! An ornament that was made like a snow globe had broken at some point during the year. The liquid inside leaked all over the other ornaments causing them to mold and rust. It was awful. Brandon helped me salvage most of them, but I did lose some sentimental ones. I told one of my client’s (a man) this story and when his wife and children came for their appointment, they brought me a box of new ornaments. I thought this was a very generous thing to do. This year our treed lasted nearly 7 weeks, we hardly had any needles on the floor. Brandon insisted we take it down before February!

We went to the Spartanburg Christmas Parade with the Harrison’s, Martin’s, and Waddell’s. I was very proud of myself, I went without Brandon. It was freezing but the kids had a great time.Brynn had a Christmas party at her preschool. She had a great time. One of the mother’s made each child an adorable gingerbread ornament.The week of Christmas, we made our typical trips back and forth across the county. It was nice to see everyone.Addie’s favorite part was playing in ALL the wrapping paper and eating the goldfish!!
Christmas Eve night, Brandon read the girls the Christmas story from the Bible. We left the reindeer carrots and cookies and milk for Santa. Addie tried to steal the cookies. You can’t have ANY food out without her wanting some!

Our Christmas was great! The girls got WAY too many things. It took me 3 hours to clean and organize their room, but it was worth it.


Erin said...

Oh my goodness! I love the one of Addie trying to steal the cookie! That is a priceless picture! And my other favorite was the one where her little tushy was showing!

We started Elf on the Shelf this year too! You did a great job of capturing your Christmas!

Diana Sheriff said...

I thought my family were the only ones leaving carrots for the reindeer! We didn't this year but we left carrots and water on the porch when I was little. We also got into the Elf on the shelf and Payne named him Elfano...also very original! I think he's Italian :)

Rhonda said...

The crack pictures is my favorite! ;)