Yesterday Elizabeth was admiring my pigtails (it's the only other option I have if I don't actually do my hair) and it dawned on me that her hair was finally long enough for real pigtails. She was being pretty cute posing for the camera.
Harrison came home very excited that they had made gingerbread "houses" at school. If I had known a one dimensional graham cracker with the corners cut off to make it look like a roof was enough to make him happy, we would have been doing gingerbread "houses" years ago!
Here are some pics of the decorations. Notice the $20, 6 foot Wal-Mart special that I had to beg Nate to let me get our 2nd Christmas. I actually don't mind it. We never stay home for Christmas anyway. I always say the first year we stay home, we'll get a nice tree. Maybe even a real one, I LOVE the smell of real Christmas trees! I have no shame about putting it up on this table to make it look more substantial.
We hate how ugly our Craig's List couch is, so I decided to cover it up with the darling Christmas quilt my mom made me. Then the usual black and white curtains just didn't match the rest of the Christmas decor. So I remembered this long piece I red fabric I had stored away and voila - a festive looking window treatment was born (see above pictures).
I started a tradition of collecting one place setting of Christmas dishes every year a few years ago. I've always had trouble figuring out how to display them. Well, thanks to a friend of a friend who gave us this hutch, I finally have the perfect place to put them this year! Bytheway, I'm having trouble finding one I like for this year. Usually Target or Kohl's comes through for me, but I didn't like their selections this year. So if anyone sees some cute Christmas dishes while you're out and about, let me know.
We also got a little more into the Christmas spirit on the outdoor decorations this year. It's still not much, but we're working on it. I was very happy that Nate bought an extension cord and figured out how to get it all hooked up. It was against his somewhat bah-humbugish nature.
It's so fun to see Harrison get even more into Christmas this year. He loves singing Silent Night and We Wish You a Merry Christmas. He looks forward to taking another link off of his Christmas chain every night. He watches the cartoon of the Grinch at least three times a day. And he told me today that, "Santa is nocturnal because he comes in the night." Quite an impressive observation!
Harrison's list gets longer with every toy commercial he sees. I'm having trouble deciding what to get Elizabeth though. Other than dolls, doll accessories, toy dishes and toy food, does anyone have any good suggestions for a 2 year old girl? (Her b-day is a week after Christmas, so I need even more ideas!)
I hope you are all enjoying the most wonderful time of the year as much as we are!