I finally have all the christmas lights up! I put up more lights this year than I ever have before. I love how trees look when they are wrapped in white lights and I finally got around to doing that. We have three trees in our front yard and they are all lit up now. I can't wait to go around and look at everybody else's lights. That's one of my favorite things to do around this time. My other favorite thing to do is to go to the tree farm to cut down our christmas tree. We are doing that tomorrow morning. There is a place called millhollow tree farm about 10 mins from our house that has about a bazillion trees to cut and some neat things for the kids to do. Leslie's friend Will is spending the night and helping us decorate the tree. And then we are going to bake gingerbread cookies and load them up with icing. We'll make Martha Steward proud!
Other random news around the house:
Leslie lost her first tooth a couple of days ago! And there is a second one about to fall out any day now. Charlotte can almost count to 20. She leaves out a couple of numbers and usually has to be prompted to do it. Also, when she counts, she feels the need to go stand in the corner to do it. Leslie likes to play hide and go seek and Charlotte hears us say go count and we head to the corner to do it. So she counts good, but it's usually with her face in the corner and it's followed by here I come! Also she can now tell us what Santa says. She says ho ho ho ho ho. Before when we would ask her, she would say Mooooooo! We will be going to see Santa sometime in the next couple of weeks. Hopefully she'll be excited to see him. Last year she was not a big fan of him. I'm not sure what Sophie will think. Tonight we went to the christmas parade in town and all of the kids had a blast. Leslie got to ride on the first float with my mom with the american legion ladies auxillory. They were going much faster than normal floats and I turned around to get Sophie closer and completely missed them. Charlotte enjoyed waving at all the people and seeing all the lit up floats. And I thought Sophie might be a little scared when the fire trucks and police cars came by with the loud sirens, but she thought those were hilarious! And a little while later she fell asleep with all the noise going on around her.
I also found out recently that my brother is going to be able to join us for christmas. We didn't really grow up together and I don't have any memory of a christmas that my brother, sister and I spent together. So this will be a first for me and everyone, especially my mom is ecstatic about him being able to drive down. He'll be able to stay about 5 days and might get a chance to make an appearance at the big family party the weekend after christmas. That is when we get together with all the aunts and uncles and cousins on my dad's side of the family. I look forward to that party all year long. I love having a big family and wish we could get everybody together more often.
The pillow is calling my name. Gotta get some sleep before the baby wakes up!!