We recently decorated the tree. Normally, I am a ‘get the tree up after Thanksgiving’ person, but this year I am just not feeling it. I am not sure if this is due to the sleep deprivation (Ladybug wakes at least twice from 11pm to 6 am) or the sadness I am feeling about returning to my day-job full time.
The tree came out well. We do have an environmentally friendly tree (also known affectionately as ‘fake’, but that’s just mean. This poor tree is doing its very best to be real and to also save us $50+ a year, never mind the landfill space or extra air we get to breathe). This year we changed the ribbon, though it is not on the tree the way I would have liked. I wanted to drape the ribbon from the top in four or five curled strands, but that seemed like an invitation for Ladybug or Gracie the Ragdoll to attack the tree (speaking of which I have, no joke, retrieved Ladybug from the tree four times since I started writing this post).
Ladybug is on the move! She not only goes backwards, but she also is forward bound, though her attempts look more like the worm dance move from the 90’s. Her favorite part of the tree is the tree skirt. Gracie our Ragdoll kitty prefers to hang from the ornaments, the lights and apparently the rafters. ::sigh:: (Make that five times. Ladybug was playing hide and seek with the tree skirt this time)
Here are a few photos of my favorite ornaments from our tree. You’ll notice a difference in photo quality, thank you so much to Sean for my new Canon T1i!
On Saturday, we told Peanut there was a big adventure planned! We started out with a screening of The Polar Express (which he had never seen). The movie is quite good, however, due to my English teacher roots, I have to say the book is by far my favorite. Peanut was both thrilled and excited by the movie. I had to try and keep my composure when we told him what was next…
We planned to drive about an hour and a half north, to White River Junction, VT to take a ride on the Polar Express to the North Pole!
He was so excited and had a great time! We had a 45 minute train ride, refreshments of hot chocolate and sugar cookies as well as nougats. The conductor punched our tickets and read us the book as we journeyed to pick up Santa for the first gifts of Christmas. Peanut loved his bell and the whole experience. Ladybug was a gem, making the whole day great!
Six times. ::sigh:: At least she’s cute! And determined.