Here's a quick glimpse into some Christmas and winter fun from this last week...
Last Saturday we picked out a tree in 20 degree weather and decorated it on Sunday. This is the view from the landing upstairs. Looking at it, especially from up there, fills me with joy, gratitude, and awe, so I think we picked a good one.
While we could (and surely will) put some living room furniture in that space as well, I'm really enjoying how functional it is empty. Furniture would just get in the way of our "ice skating" in slippers.
On Wednesday evening we attended our 4th Christmas party at the kids' child care center. Like last year, Sophie tried to sing in the two-song class concert and tried to muster up the nerve to sit with Santa, but once again both events led her to tears. Another kid kept bumping her as they stood to sing, and her big smile and excited waves turned into flustered sobbing. She spent the concert snuggling on my lap. Later she walked right up and started to talk to Santa, but when he and Mike both leaned down to lift her onto the big guy's lap, she screamed in terror (for real...terrrrrror), her feet kicking in a blur as Mike carried her away. She really tried!
Michael participated in the concert, but he was hidden a bit behind some taller kids, so the video isn't great. He said he would sit with Santa after Sophie, but her reaction caused him to politely decline his turn. The sweetie.
Sing it with me: Maybe next year. However, Mike does have a work party this week and the kids know they can try again to talk to Santa there, so they're thinking about it.
Prior to the songs and Santa, we hung out in the kids' classroom for a bit. I got there a little early and changed the kids into fancier clothes than the finger-paint and spaghetti stained gear I usually pick them up in, sitting in the same spot you see above to do so. This is where the teachers sit for circle time, and within half a second of sitting there I had a dozen preschoolers around me showing off their sparkly shoes and tambourines and...that spot is asking for it. When Mike arrived and offered to read "Sleeping Beauty" to Sophie in this spot, I almost warned him. Instead I enjoyed watching him get initiated as a preschool teacher.
This morning we welcomed the first big snow in our new house and finally put that little hill to the use we envisioned back in September.