Alas, this will be a photo-less post as I was rushing on my way out the door this morning. Which is a shame because we got our first Christmas tree ever on Saturday and I'm so tickled over it.
Well... this is the first tree that Mark and I have ever gotten together and the whole experience is all the more special because it's our first tree with the kiddos, so of course, I wanted to go all out with the full-blown holiday regalia. Personalized stockings for everyone including the pets. Check. (Well, mostly. I cheated with the cats. They get to share one stocking personalized with the words "The Pride.") Matching tree skirt. Check. Shiny new stocking holders. Check.
I wanted the tree to be baby / pet safe so I chose the ornaments with care — especially since I didn't know how the cats or Maia would respond to the tree. We decorated the tree in a snowflake theme using crocheted snowflakes I got from Lillian Vernon and a dozen or so white plastic glittery ones I got from Target. Since they're all non-breakable, I don't have to worry if one falls on the floor. And since, they were cheap I won't have a conniption fit if one of the cats runs off with one or three.
We added lights, a garland reminiscent of chandelier drops and a white, lighted star. Mark prefers stars to angels so we used one that he's had for decades. I put the stocking holders on the yarn dressers, and filled the babies' and the cats' stockings with goodies prior to hanging them. Maia's treats have yet to be purchased, so sadly her stocking is still empty as Mark's and mine are.
While decorating, I turned the music to Christmas tunes and broke out a bottle of bubbly and the champagne flutes that we used on our wedding day. Mark and I sang and danced babies round and had a really sweet time.
Sunday morning, while the twins alternately napped and played in their Jumperoos, I wrapped their presents and stowed those under the tree. I only have two more left to wrap and will hopefully get to those over the course of the week. Mark and I haven't bought each other our gifts yet, so those presents will come later. In all likelihood it will be one box for each that's filled with a few different things. My brother sent us some gift certificates for the twins, so I have to figure out what I'm going to get them from him.
Upon reflection, it's really nice to be able to provide my family with so much. Growing up we didn't have an nth of what my kids currently have. They already have like two dozen stuffed toys, tons of soft blocks, videos, books, electronics...
I had three dolls and maybe two boardgames for my entire childhood.
So I'm grateful and thankful for everything that I have and am able to do. I'm also super-grateful for my friends who help me get there. My friend Nate and his wife Traci have been helping us keep our kids clothed by sending us care packages. We got another one recently and just the fact that we're thought about brings me such feelings of warmth and love.
In fact, this weekend, I paid it forward by giving my friend Sandy the baby clothes that Hunter had outgrown. She's due in January and I was extremely happy to be able to help her out by giving her stuff.
Knitting-wise, I am taking a break from baby knits this week and am making Tudora as well as a pair of legwarmers for myself. (Why yes, I wear legwarmers! How else am I going to keep my legs warm while wearing skirt suits?) I frogged my His/Her Reversible scarf as I had gotten bored with it. Besides that scarf was going to use up three luscious balls of Malabrigo and I figured instead of having them be held up in limbo, I could use them for a project that I was excited about. So I frogged the scarf and then had to wait long torturous hours until I was off duty -- the twins kept me too busy all day to do much of anything -- to wind up the skein. I cast on for Tudora during my commute this AM and am planning on working on it ALL NIGHT. For serious.
I'm also planning on knitting a little secret something something but I won't talk about what it is. Let's just say the yarn is en route and I will be adding it to my Ravelry list when it's done.
Anyway, this is going to be a slightly hectic week for me, so don't be surprised if I post less during the latter half. It's just my quarterly cycle of running around for a day and being all stressed about it.