December 6, 2014

December Daily-The Sixth

Pepper took a “bubble bath” last night. A lot of times, Elf ideas are elaborate and take a lot of time and money, but this one is pretty quick and only costs a package of marshmallows. And, you can eat the leftover marshmallows, so that’s a win/win.
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And, today was the day we went out to cut down our Christmas tree.
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The original plan was for Big Daddy to sling an axe over his shoulder and we would trapse into the wood and fell a perfect blue spruce and I would swoon because Big Daddy and an axe. But, in the end I couldn’t make Big Daddy wrestle on the ground in the mud with an axe, so we settled for a pre-cut Fraser fir instead.

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Thankfully, we had a busy afternoon, so the tree dripped dry on the porch while we went to the Christmas parade. It was too wet for the band to wear their uniforms, so they went with “Ugly Christmas Sweater”.
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After cheering on the Princess, stuffing our pockets full of candy and welcoming Santa to town, it was time to go home and put up our tree.

Things were going well.
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Everyone was feeling happy and festive.
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And then, Littlebit’s Belle ornament she picked out at Disneyworld fell off the tree and broke.

I have never heard Littlebit cry like that. Now, Littlebit is a cryer. She just feels things so deeply and it’s easy to break her heart or excite her into squeals and dancing without much effort, but she was so sad that I cried right along with her. Thankfully, it was a small piece and it was easy to fix and by morning no one will every know. But, it did cast a pallor over Littlebit’s festivities. Thankfully, we were able to snuggle and talk about how many happy memories were on our tree’s branches and she started to feel better.

And, I felt a little like crying again. I get emotional every year when we put up the tree. I love how it’s a snapshot from our entire lives, starting at the very very beginning; thirty nine years of combined history all contained in a corner of the room. It’s wonderful.

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Dinner
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If you have been to our house during cold weather time, I have probably made you soup and this potato soup is a particular favorite. It’s NOT healthy, but for serving a time or two a season, you can’t beat it.

Watching Spike the Elf

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