Sunday, November 20, 2011

'Tis the season

We are so blessed with Daddy's work schedule. While sometimes it stinks (when he works during evening functions) he's really fairly flexible.  We've not had to do any childcare and Daddy is around to deliver left lunches and show and tell and all other manner of items. Not to mention, going to the grocery store when the rest of the world is at work, and starting supper for us before he leaves for work.   Although his weekend hours area bit stinky, it makes the days off during weekends all the more special.  We had one of those this weekend.

A few weeks ago, one of my friends, who is a Stampin' Up demonstrator, announced her annual Stamp a Stack Christmas card workshop.  I love doing this workshop each year, as its a couple of hours of craft time, and I get a lot of ideas of how to use a lot of my craft supplies as well.  It just so happened to coincide with Mom's trip to NYC with her sisters, for my cousin Karen's baby shower.  So Brantley arranged to have the day off, and we filled it to the brim.

The boys started the day off with a trip to Lowe's for Build to Grow.  Brant came home quite excited as he'd made a Santa in a sleigh, and the next project starts a Christmas train!!  The boys met me at Kohl's to do a little small boy shopping, as his arms and legs have outgrown pants and sleeves!  A lunch at our local pizza joint, Reno's and we headed home to start the leaves.  The leaves, oh, the leaves.  We have a garden flag with a rake that says, "So many leaves, so little time."  True that.  The boys got out the John Deere, hitched up the leaf vacuum and got busy.  And I went to make cards!

We all finished up around the same time, and that meant, it was time.  For what you ask?  For....yes, putting up the Christmas tree.  Now, the front porch still has pumpkins and mums, and so does the Hoosier, but we decided to get a jump on the tree (really, only a few days earlier than the usual Thanksgiving put up).  It was such a great idea, as we've enjoyed it so much already.  And Daddy and Mommy had a surprise for Brant, a G-scale Polar Express train to go around the bottom of the tree!
A little silliness

Hiding his eyes for the surprise

Getting busy getting the train out

Don't need tell this boy ow to couple up a train

And getting the track ready to go

And of course, we had to watch the Polar Express too! 

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