Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Deck the Halls



We have fully entered holiday mode around here. We pretty easily picked our tree out. Putting the lights up on the tree was another matter- as over HALF our light strings had gone out in the last year. Don't they last more than a single season?? Sigh. After 3 trips to Target we now have our tree fully decorated, our house decorated, a wreath on the door, and beautiful poinsettias on our mantle. And yes we caved and bought this little "light fixing gun" thing that did resuscitate a few strands of lights. Isabelle and I had so much fun hanging the ornaments together- she really wants to hang them all. The challenge was to keep her focused on the nonbreakables. Last year she was all about hanging the "diamond" ornaments but this year it was all tinsel for her.

We baked 3 batches of peppermint meltaway cookies for Mat and Mark's annual Xmas party and to share with neighbors. That was 3 days of baking between the cookies, the frosting, and the candycane topping! Paul and I got a babysitter and actually attended their huge party for the first time together since Isabelle was born. It was a blast to see old friends, do some crazy "chocolate cake" shots, and get a little bit crazy.

Can't wait for Christmas to come! We are so excited to have my parents fly up this year to celebrate with us (first time for Isabelle to have them here for Christmas!) and to have my brother and sister in law here as well.

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