We made a day of getting our Christmas tree this year. We started with a big breakfast. A big breakfast with a little Christmas thrown in, courtesy of a snowman head pancake mold. Then we bundled up and hopped in the car, listening to Christmas music as we drove off to find a tree lot.
After driving by two lots and making Alan very grumpy, we stopped at the third one. Then it was tree picking time! As with most years before, we took a while to choose a tree. Isabelle wanted a BIG tree. Nathan wanted a small one. We compromised and got one in between. Good thing the kids didn’t want the purple tree they had on the lot since that was already sold.
Then the kids had cookies and hot cocoa while a man shoddily tied our tree to the roof of our car. When that was done, the cold was just too much to bare, so we climbed back into the car to finish our little snacks.
Afterwards we headed home to drop off our tree before going to the movie theater to watch Frozen. We all enjoyed it, even with Disney’s someone always has to die part of the storyline.
Following the movie, we ran around a bit trying unsuccessfully to find those little chocolate advent calendar things. Yes, yes, I know it’s already a week into December but Isabelle was really quite excited remembering them from last year.
When that was a bust we headed home to decorate our tree. The kids had a blast decorating one side of it and mostly the lower branches on that one side, hanging the ornaments too close to each other. With a little help from us getting them to see there was more than that little patch of tree, we finished it off nicely. They wanted to keep going even when we had no more tree space left. Maybe we should have gotten a bigger tree.
I’m dusting off my camera, figuratively. These are a few pictures from yesterday, a no tap bowling tournament. Isabelle teamed up with her favorite friend from her bowling league.
The girls bowled and I took a few pictures when I could, when my little tyrant, Nathan, would let me stand up. Yes, every time I tried to get up he insisted I sit back down with him. I’m happy I got some pictures.
I do this. I keep trying to get back but it’s hard. Today I took some pictures and I thought I’d share them. It was actually me procrastinating. About what? My niece Zinnia turned 5 last week. We drove into San Francisco and spent the day with her at Pier 39. I took pictures and I actually edited them, oh my goodness, yes I did. But there was some video I took on my phone that I did not get to that evening so I set it aside for the next day. But the next day came and went and the video went untouched.
Then, as I said earlier, I took these pictures today. I edited them and uploaded them and started to blog about them when I just gave myself a mental kick in the butt and thought: oh just edit the darn videos instead of saving it for another day. So, that’s just what I did. So…here are the pictures from today.
And some pictures from Zinnia’s birthday.
The video that I put everything on hold for, of the piano stairs and a fun mirror maze:
I’m sure I’ve mentioned it before…at least I think I have….
On the right side of this page, I have my most recent Instagrams up. Though I took a big blogging break recently, I was still instagramming for the most part. I don’t usually share them in blog posts. However, I didn’t draw yesterday and I’ve been trying to stay away from drawing on the weekend, so I thought I’d share it. It is hilarious.
I was just filming the kids, doing a test shot since Instagram ate my last two videos. They just went poof. I couldn’t get them from my camera roll or upload them. But never mind that, go laugh with me, watching the kids antics.