Christmas jammies are on regular rotation; Christmas music never stops. Liam saw Elf for the first time, as we slowly make our way through all our favorite Christmas movies. We've written a couple letters to Santa. Our elf, Tinsel, has made his appearance. And I'm honestly shocked how much Finn "gets" the whole elf thing. He picks up on everything much sooner thanks to Liam. We hear "elf" and "touch" often. He knows not to touch him, and has only made that mistake once! He's obsessed with our tree and spends most of the day removing ornaments. Everything breakable is out of his reach, so the tree isn't exactly balanced this year. But gosh, is she a beauty! Quite possibly our best tree yet! She sits about 10 feet tall, and there is just barely enough room for the star! The good news is that Finn does leave the presents alone, so apparently he does listen to me sometimes!
The advent calendars have been opened, and everyone starts their day with a huge piece of chocolate. Lots of chocolate in our lives right now, because hot cocoa is a necessity after an outing in the snow. We've had a few inches dumped on us here & there, so our mornings & afternoons are now spent in full snow gear, shoveling, walking, & sometimes making our way to a playground. Let me tell you... slides are wicked fast when they are wet with snow and your kids are in snow pants. It's a seriously good time. The temperatures are supposed to drop drastically this week (hello 9 degrees....), but I'm still hoping to get outside at least once each day. We all need it, but especially me!
The yummy candles are burning. The fireplace flickering. And the baby Jesus constantly missing. I love watching the boys playing with our Nativity, and even though it is so not made for kids, I let them have at it. So far, the camel is missing a rein & Joseph is without his staff. Sometimes they leave it looking like a massacre has happened; sometimes, everyone is peeking in the stable. And the commentary that goes along with their play is just priceless!
We have plenty of Christmas activities coming up, like a visit to Santa. The North Pole Express. Zoo lights. Sugar cookie & gingerbread house making. Sledding. Ice-skating. A holiday party sans kids! We had Conor's work Christmas dinner last night, and we really let loose. Cocktails, champagne, wine, & after dinner drinks were flying. I ate four courses and didn't even feel bad about it. Four hours of kid free bliss, while dressed up with my handsome guy! I wore my tallest heals and literally had to dust them off. So much dust. I'm not sure I have worn them since before Liam...
The ski resorts are finally open here, so we're hoping to get the boys up soon! We started Liam on skis at 2.5 years old, but we're feeling ambitious and will probably start Finn this year. He keeps trying to put Liam's skis on, so I suppose that is a good sign that he is willing. If Liam is doing it, he will be on board. We're only 20 minutes from Snowbird, so it's a quick ride up the mountain before we are on the slopes!
If you can't tell, Winter is my most favorite season! I love the snow and totally embrace it! We don't get nearly enough for my liking! I don't even mind all the bundling up that needs to happen, and I'm getting pretty darn fast at getting the boys fully dressed to make it outside. Sometimes even as the sun is coming up!