Here’s the first update on what C & Family are up to!
It’s St. Patrick’s Day!
Guess what L and C are doing?
Yep. That’s right.
Eating BARK. Oh joy.
The Cavern Girls hope your St. Patrick’s Day is more lovely than theirs!
J is home.
When J is home, we do strange things. Like buy green eye shadow (seriously, why do I do these things to myself??), try on each others clothes, all order the same thing at the Hometown, and the rest is still unwritten.
Anyway, she’s home. So, yeah. You’ll get a real update soon. But for now, just know that we’re living life like we used to and she goes home in a few days.
Happy birthday, J!
We love you! So happy to have you for a Seafoam Sister!
P.S. Have fun on your GOLDEN BIRTHDAY, old lady!
Sorry this is so late. I had some massive issues uploading it. (you’ll witness to that at the 1 minute and 18 second mark. hello glitch)
After singing my heart out — no, I wasn’t pretending that I was 3 again, belting “Annie”… we’ve been practicing our parts for the Christmas Eve choir and what not, so put those smirks away — I escaped to the cavern. During the rehearsal I had apparently forgotten that it gets dark rather soon during the winter months, so when I got to my room and it was dark I was quite surprised. [silly me, I know]
Instead of popping a light on I decided to go with the candles. And who wouldn’t when you’ve got this awesome lighter that turns and goes every which way you like?
To say that the cavern may be in danger is an understatement…
But on a good note, lighting candles has never been so much fun. Aren’t you glad we’re being entertained?
This is a favorite Christmas book.
Mr. Snowman and the lantern.
Ain’t he cute?
Here’s a view from a few feet away, ’cause you always need them.
And here’s my pretty tree.
L told me I HAD to take pictures of the “Christmas Tree Day” because she was working and couldn’t come this year… So I did.
To start. Sister #1 noticed that we have Christmas colored boots. Therefore, I took a picture.
The minute we got out of our vehicles William-Bo-Dilliam was plugging his nose because of the manure smell. And trust me, it was bad.
Here is just part of the crew.
Baby B – poor girl…. I’ll probably always call her that. Whoops.
Bones was helping measure each tree so they could pick the perfect size.
The Scoobs. She will always be “The Scoobs”.
And THIS baby girl? She’s a fave… maybe ’cause she gives me squeezes all of the time.
The Babe. I carried her most of the time. MY. ARMS. KILLED.
Good thing she’s cute.
A cute little barn thing that we passed on our hunt.
Brother-in-law #2 with his baby. And yes, squishing her face is necessary.
Jelly-Belly snowflake baby.
We wear cool boots.
Plaids and boots. The necessary things when tree hunting.
Walking across the road like this is really quite normal… You just didn’t know.
Shmelville and I.
Once we tie the trees to the top of our cars we head home. And we eat. YUM.
We put the tree up and Mom tells us when it stands up nice and straight.
After dinner we light candles and decorate the tree.
The finished tree!
Wanna know something dumb and funny?
J spelled Christmas wrong at the beginning of this video.
She called me Friday, right after she uploaded it, in the middle of our respective work days to tell me about “how stupid” she had been and we both just sat there laughing. J said she was going to fix it by reloading the video. But she didn’t. Which means you can watch it and laugh. Seriously. Just watch it.
Tonight I went to the Christmas tree lighting down on the New Haven Green. There were a bunch of people. A bunch of christmas things. Someone dressed as Santa. Someone dressed as a snowman. Someone dressed as Ronald McDonald. The Mayor was there. Robot reindeer and polar bear for children to ride. And the local news stations. Everyone wanted to catch the moment the tree gets lit. While we waited we all (including the news casters) sang jingle bells [badly too].
It felt just like that scene in elf, “The best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singling loud for all to hear.”
see for yourself -
Since the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear – when I went home for Thanksgiving we put some “jams” together for you. One-a-week until Christmas. Yours, to enjoy.
It started with coffee. But I’m sure you could have guessed that.
Then we finished writing a Christmas song that we started last Thanksgiving. Little brother was sad that we didn’t watch the parade with him, but finishing the song was top priority… We be serious about our song writin’ skillz.
Then we had some breakfast, where we each had turns squeezing the babe.
Little Brother has been creating those “Elf-Yourself” videos, and was eager to show Sister #4 all of his creations.
Sister #4 also cut all of the Brussels Sprouts — YUM.
More baby holding.
Nephews helped make some place cards.
Then the table was slowly decorated.
J played the piano… It was — lovely?
A place card.
Getting ready to eat.
L’s plate of food.
The cute little table in the sitting room with Little Brother, Jameson-Boy, and William-Bo-Dilliam.
After eating it was cleanup time, so the beautiful table was disassembled.
J helping clean up… sort of… It almost looks like she has TS.
L was cleaning, but I guess that’s a little passe.
After the first round of cleaning was done, we all snuggled up in the Family Room.
Best part? Brother-in-law #4 built us a fire. OH YES, you heard me. A nice, cozy fire.
Games were played, pies were eaten, and we even had our own family “hymn sing”. But finishing it all with a fire was the best (thanks new brother-in-law).
And hello Christmas.