Christmas, as usual, came and went too quickly for our taste! We are still enjoying the holidays, but I get terribly sad at how fast it goes. I so love the atmosphere, decorations, cheesy movies, baking, gifting, excited children, fun activities, etc. Because David is still on graveyard shift - which I have come to realize is the attempted murderer of Christmas - I haven't gotten to blog at all. By the time he is awake for a bit in the afternoon I am too busy with the family to do it, then by the time he leaves for work, I am both too tired, and this year, too busy still! He worked late today and is due home any minute, so I'll try to be quick about sharing a bit of our holiday.
Starting the month off, our Parks and Rec put on an event with free roller skating, meeting Santa, and caroling downtown to the annual Lighting. We didn't take part in the caroling, which would have been fun, but the weather became so cold! We were not dressed for it and had already planned to take the kids to dinner after. This was the first time roller skating for our kids, and they had a marvelous time! I have been vaguely aware the old skating rink had been hosting some skating, but apparently it is a regular thing now. It will be fun to take the kids again. I wasn't sure how the kids would do with meeting Santa, but Amelia marched right up to him and stuck her hand out for a shake! Emma deemed herself too old to get in on the picture, but later wished she had. Poor thing, sometimes being almost 10 isn't fun. So quickly heading to the not-quite-a-girl-not-quite-a woman age. The dress Amelia is wearing in these photos actually used to be my oldest daughter, Rachel's! I can't believe I still have it.
This was our first year to cut our own tree down at a local tree farm. It was a lot of fun, and has been determined to be an official family tradition. All trees, no matter the size, are $25. I loved the more natural shape of the tree compared to the douglas fir we usually purchase at Fred Meyer. The branches were much sturdier, too. I still love our old trees, but I really loved this one! There was another family there with their five kids, who all hopped right on to the back of David's truck. The kids had fun chit chatting a bit while dad paid for the tree. The picture of Martae and Rachel is a little misleading, as that pic is of them with her dad, while they got their tree, but I just love the picture of the three of them, and it fit in with the collage, haha. Rachel has recovered from having that super sweet baby amazingly.
We took a picture of the kids to send with our cards - it can be tricky getting five kids to all smile (normally - not like a crazy person), and turned out to be impossible with a dog this year, oh my!!! We went with the center one, and maybe the dog will do better next year. We don't even bother to try to include our kitties!!