December started off pretty fun for our family. We got some snow and did quite a few special activities to get us in a December-y mood:
Ben got to take the 3 oldest kids to a local production of The Nutcracker. It turned out much better than Ben expected, so that was great. Per Ben, the kids loved it. Miles was glued to it all, watching it with his studying-eyes. Jonas enjoyed it but was definitely tired by the time they got home. Emmy loved the beautiful dancing as well. Tho she, too, was tired and about 20 minutes before it was over she was ready to go home. But they still all loved it - including Ben.
The next day we headed out to catch a Christmas tree. Our 8th year doing this.
There is this tiny hill where we get out and hike and so the kids had some fun sledding down it for a bit. I told Jonas he was now big enough to push up the sled himself. Tho I did help him out a time or two. . . (and please notice his tongue sticking out. he does that all the time!)
This is how Lucy ended the last 1/2 of our adventure: unhappy. I think her fingers and toes were probably pretty cold. And she was just so puffed-up that she had a really hard time walking around. Oh well. Next year she'll hopefully enjoy it more. . .
I really like our tree. But I think I miss the scraggly ones we used to get. The pine trees where we now go are a different variety - more bushy. But I still love our "captured" Christmas tree.
P.S. I added a popcorn garland I made like 8 years ago to the tree. I love how it looks. Apparently Lucy loves how 8-year old popcorn tastes.