Finally catching up with some pictures I took over the holidays.
It has started the same way for years. After sledding, Mark climbs to the top of the snow pile the plows made cleaning up the parking lot. Before long, one of the kids attacks him and a fight starts.
Until the next time sledding….
Last night, after opening our presents, we enjoyed finger foods, spiced apple cider the kids made and froze this fall and home made egg nog. We also watched old movies with a projector the kids pitched in and surprised us with.
We usually wait until mid December–once it is cold and snowy out–to go look for our Christmas tree. This year we decided to look while Mark was still home for Thanksgiving. It was so nice when we went that jackets were optional!
We always look for a tree that is at as tall as Mark. At first we thought we would not find a good tree again this year. Many of the trees were lopsided or dry looking. However, Megan and Adrian found one!
Megan was excited to discover that Santa was around. She enjoyed being able to ask for snow and then was given a candy cane. She managed to persuade all of the kids to come talk to Santa.
When “Bob, age 18” (Audrey) asked for snow, Santa said “snow is already taken” and would not let the kids ask for it again. She replied with “something better than coal?” Santa told her that she had to work harder to get that. Adrian asked for wider chimneys while Mark requested taller door frames. Andrea asked for ice cream.
While I don’t enjoy it getting dark so early, I love the extra time to experiment with ideas.
The kids enjoyed playing with the neighbors today.
I have been wanting to play with composites and the kids helped me with this idea. It is not great, but it is a fun start.