I planned on getting the decorating and shopping done early this year so we could spend more time reading and doing things together, but that hasn't exactly happened. I don't have too much more shopping to do, but with so many children, four grandchildren, parents, therapists, Sunday school teachers, tutors -- well, it is just a lot of shopping. I think I am just about done, though. We haven't decorated as much as I had hoped we would have by now, but there is still time to do a few more things. We got our tree the Saturday after Thanksgiving as we always do. Just about everybody went.
Reagan looks like she enjoyed the trip about as much as she did last year -- and that was not much!
I think the rest of us had a pretty good time. We chose our tree in a matter of minutes -- unusual for us.
Our son, Michael, got a camera for a wedding present this fall -- well, I think it was for both of them but he does seem to monopolize it. Anyway, now there are two of us taking pictures at all the family events -- one of my daughters says it is just too much!
Bethany worked on the tree for her room and it turned out looking pretty nice.
Bella helped with our kitchen tree -- only candy canes and lights on this one.
We pulled out all the cottages, but haven't really gotten much set up yet.
Bethany and Claire love the musical Nutcracker display best-- I think. They watch it and watch it and then dance it to. Claire woke me up a couple of mornings ago doing some kind of dance -- definitely a result of watching this display all day.
We have more decorating to do, lots more books to read and tomorrow we are going to see Santa and then make gingerbread houses with friends and family. This year hasn't been as stressful to me as some and I am thankful for that.