We are back home in Virginia after our extended trip to Texas for Thanksgiving and annual RUF staff training for Marc. It's good to be home, but kinda weird because when we left it was FALL, and when we drove back home, everything is now CHRISTMAS! I still had a pumpkin on my porch, for crying out loud.
So now around our house, we are just catching up with the season.
As we got out our Christmas stuff, I was quickly reminded that one of the best Christmas gifts Caroline ever got was a Little People Nativity Set. She got it when she was a baby, as I was thinking here was at least ONE Christmas decoration where she can have full reign-- in the mouth, throw across the floor, etc.-- and I'm not worried about it breaking. (unlike the glass ornaments already shattered...)
Well, it's so neat to pull it out each year and watch her enjoy it more and MORE, especially this year as she is now beginning to comprehend the actual story of Jesus' birth. Today she RAN into the house from preschool just to keep playing with it.
It's also interesting letting your 3 1/2 yr. old help decorate the Christmas tree for the first time, too, as is evidenced by the row of assorted violin ornaments bobbing along the bottom of the tree. :)
It was a team effort putting the angel on the top of the tree, but Daddy held his breath and got it done. :)
It's NOW beginning to look a lot like Christmas.