‘Tis the Season

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.

Our Christmas Tree 2010

Our Christmas Tree 2010

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 plotting her next move

Ladybug plotting her next move


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!

From our Honeymoon in 2004 to St. Thomas

From our Honeymoon in 2004 to St. Thomas


Peanuts First Ornament 2006

Peanut's First Ornament 2006


Obligatory Red Sox Ornament

Obligatory Red Sox Ornament


Knitting Ornament from BFF 3

Knitting Ornament from BFF <3


And finally, Ladybugs first ornament

And finally, Ladybug's first ornament

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…

Do you believe?

Do you believe?


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!
On the right side of the tracks

On the right side of the tracks


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!
All Aboard!

All Aboard!

Six times. ::sigh:: At least she’s cute! And determined. ;)

Snuggles under the tree

Snuggles under the tree

5 Responses to “‘Tis the Season”

  1. Suzanne Says:

    What cuties!!! I love, love, love your Polar Express day!!! My son would love it too!!! :)

  2. joann Says:

    What a sweet little (active) little girl! I love that you all had the Polar Express train ride! How cool is that….. Something Peanut will remember for a long time.

    I thought of you last weekend when hanging the ornament you made for me (that I ordered from you), of the glass ball with small skeins of “emergency” yarn inside. It’s one of my favorites!

    Ok, I’ll let you get Ladybug out from under the tree now….

  3. Megan Says:

    Love the tree! We have the same parents to be ornament. It’s one of the first that we put up every year. Ladybug is getting so big and so adorable.

  4. Jess Says:

    Love the new camera! What great pics. The tree looks great. Thsi post made me miss my Ella time. I request to see her soon please.

  5. kaidyd Says:

    First read The Polar Express to my son 23 yrs. ago. I remember when he woke up and found the bell next to his pillow. He came to me and said “It happened!” He’s 25 now and The Polar Express, Legos, and Brio Trains are on the list of stuff I can’t give away. Merry Christmas to you and your family

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