Christmas Preparations

We were all very excited to celebrate our first Christmas in our new home. We went as all out as we could given our budget and having four little ones. The first task we tackled was the outdoor Christmas lights. I guess I should really say that Jonathan tackled this task. Though I helped by watching the kids! We invested in LED lights. What I like about these is that you can choose white lights or multicolored lights with the push of a button! Jonathan probably both loved and hated doing this job. Of course it was fun to put lights up, but it was a very cold and tedious job as well. This weekend (mid-January) he will finally take them down, to be stowed away until this coming December.

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Jonathan installed our Christmas lights with a lovely coating of snow as a backdrop. During the afternoon we gave the kids a chance to play in it for a bit. This was Levi’s first experience with snow. He didn’t quite know what to make of it at first. But then I think he decided he didn’t like it. Lily and Sarah spent most of their time harvesting the snow for a little snack.

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We ventured north to New Hampshire this year to pick out and cut down our own Christmas tree. Decorating the tree was a bit chaotic, but a memorable experience. As Christmas drew nearer and nearer the ornaments climbed higher and higher up the tree. The funny thing is though, Levi was not the primary offender. Lily was the one who just couldn’t keep from grabbing at the ornaments.

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Snow Fun, Finally!

We’ve had a decent amount of  snow this snow season. We’ve probably had a good 40 inches or snow fall since October. For pretty much every storm the girls had to enjoy them from the sidelines. Either the timing wasn’t right, or my very pregnant self was not very willing to go outside. Also, most of the temperatures accompanying the snow were so low that the snow was the powdery type not worth playing with.

Well, finally, last Wednesday we got a great amount of snow that tapered off around lunchtime and Jonathan’s work told him to stay home. This made for the perfect opportunity for the girls to go play in the snow.

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Our Fun with Nemo

Last Friday was the start of the big blizzard of 2013. Jonathan worked from home while the girls and I tried to find ways to have fun while not disturbing him. The snow started lightly falling around 10:30 in the morning, which is also the time Abigail started to ask if she could go play in the snow. Abigail would go on to ask this pretty frequently as the day went on and night approached. We tried to reassure her that there would be plenty of snow for her to play with on Saturday. Boy did the storm deliver.

We managed to get Abigail to wait until after lunch before we headed outside. We bundled all three of the girls for our journey. Thankfully, the staff at our complex had snow-blowed a path along the sidewalk.

IMG_7157Sarah, Lily, and I were only out there for about ten minutes. Sarah got really upset once the wind started blowing snow in her face. Lily didn’t seem too bothered by it, she just wanted Jonathan to hold her the whole time. So, in we went, and Jonathan and Abigail played for another 45 minutes or so.

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Later that afternoon I took both of the older girls out. And, wouldn’t you know it, Sarah had fun!

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I think we are all set for snow now. I heard that the Groundhog did not see his shadow and that spring comes early. I don’t believe it though. I guess we will have to wait and see.