happy new year! (but I’m still wondering where the second half of December went)
So, Christmas happened. And New Year’s, too. Were yours great? I hope so! Mine were pretty wonderful, but, as predicted, happened faster than a blink of the eye. And now I am in the early parts of 2014 with about a million Christmas pictures to share.
Let me back up to early December for a second. As is tradition, we waited for some of the first signs of snow, and set up a Christmas card photo shoot. The Christmas card photo seems vitally important to me, if for no other reason than to mark the passage of time. I save all of them in a photo album, and flipping through it is a good opportunity to reflect on who we’ve been and where we are now. Luckily, my three partners in crime are willing participants in my insanity. This year: candy cane hats and a wooden sled (to contain the toddler!).
Once we snapped a cool hundred or two photos, we bundled up further and hit our fave local tree farm to buy half of a tree (the front half). Lilly was totally into it, and we made sure that she had a say in picking the *perfect* tree. Her main criteria was that it would be SO BIG, which really made things easy because when you’re two years old, just about any tree on the lot is SO BIG compared to you.
Elli hung out in the Ergo, keeping me toasty warm.
Once we chose and cut down a tree, Lil drank some hot cocoa, and we all sang Christmas carols the entire drive home. Lil is really loving Christmas carols this year — she’s got “Jingle Bells”, “Away in a Manger”, “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”, and the Christmas Monkey song from Curious George’s Christmas special. She’s pretty tone deaf, and the phrasing isn’t quite there yet, but the girl really knows how to bust out the lyrics — eyes closed, jazz hands spread wide above her head. It’s the best.