I love the holiday season. I love all the traditions, decorations, lights, family, Christmas, presents for the kids, baking...it's a month long festival that begins on Thanksgiving day. We traditionally put up our tree the Sunday after Thanksgiving. First, Jeff hangs the lights on the outside of the house. Then he puts together our tree. The branches get all scrunched from being in the box for a year, so I am the official "fluffer". This year I recruited Sara to learn "the art of fluffing". She did an excellent job!
After I fluff, Jeff puts on all the lights. Then the kids hang the ornaments. And it goes in the same order every year...first the clear balls that go on over the lights...it makes the tree look like it has brightly lit bubbles all over it. I love it. Then the kids put on the different colors of glass balls...only one casualty on the tile floor this year so far. After the plain glass ones they then put on the family ornaments. Jeff's mother usually gets each kid a "special" ornament each year for Christmas. She buys a lot of the Hallmark ornaments, and they are really nice. I am very happy with our tree. We leave it lit 24/7 and I get a smile every time I pass by it. I was a little sad about the photo because it just doesn't capture the sparkle of the tree very well, and you can't really see the brightly lit "bubbles", but here it is:
Another big event....my girls both got their braces off on Monday! This was Sami's 2nd time getting them off because the first time one of her teeth went crooked again so she had to have them back on for another 6 months. This is also Sara's first go around with braces. This time around she had her palate spread and her front teeth pulled down and straightened to fix all the gaps and damage done to her teeth from her sucking her thumb until she was 5 or 6. ugh! If only I had known. She will wear a retainer during the night for about 2 years and then get a full set of braces to correct all her teeth when she's about 12. oy. But their teeth are gorgemous!
Jeff is working hard...50-60 hours/week. It's either no work or he's working 6 days a week. lol. Where's the medium? But I certainly am NOT complaining! We've got a lot of catching up to do. I am so grateful that he's working and I'm thankful for all of my internet friends who kept us in their prayers.
What have you been up to? Have you been busy with the holidays? Baking? Crafting? Travels? Give me the run down...I would love to hear from you!