Ta-Da! We decorated our tree. In our family it's tradition to order a pizza and it's the one night a year Isaac is allowed to have Coke. It's a big deal. Since Riley is too little for Coke, but big enough to get some kind treat. She got her very own small milkshake. It was the highlight of her week.
This year, I sat at the table and unwrapped and handed out ornaments to be hung. Since hopping around with a walker near my precious ornaments seemed unwise. Everyone hung their baby's first Christmas ornament. We each picked a new one this year too.
I went in search of a house ornament for our first Christmas in the new house. I struck out completely. I decided instead to let everyone pick a new ornament. Riley picked a sweet little corduroy owl with button eyes. Mike picked a purple monster. Isaac picked a shiny green snail because they're in the cephalopod family. I got a little girl with blonde braids and a red winter hat. I doubt we'll make that a tradition though because we're pretty heavy on ornaments.
Mike and I also have a beautiful green partridge for the first Christmas we were together. Other than those we came into the relationship with our own ornament collections. I always let the kids hang the ones they made too. Riley did very well considering being a tired, sugared up two year old. Mainly she wanted to hang one and then take it down and run away screaming. She managed to get a few on though.
The kids found my big jingle bells and started dancing and jingling to Christmas music. It was adorable. Then they started rolling bells down the hallway. Loud and also the most fun ever based on laughter levels. They had a fun night. I had back spasms from all that sitting, but a beautiful tree. I really over did it this weekend with back to back Christmas parties and tree decorating. I hope Santa appreciates the effort.