Friday, December 10, 2010

the making of a tree {and our annual tissue jump}

Well, hello there!  Wow...I cannot believe I have not posted to the blog since Monday!  I really like posting every day, and I especially love reading your comments - it really makes my day.  But the truth is that this week has been a bit of a whirlwind for me.  I have had some things that needed tending to and I needed a moment...but, I'm back now! 

I wanted to share a few photos from our tree decorating session and of course, our annual tissue jump!

Reid and I really love to decorate the tree. 

Since we wrap each ornament in tissue, he opens them one by one and he gets such a kick out of seeing the ornaments and looking at them.  I'm always amazed at how much joy he gets out of unwrapping the ornaments. You would think he was opening an actual present.  

 He wanted me to take a photo of every single ornament he opened.  Luckily, I convinced him that we should only take a photo of the ones that were really special to him.

As he unwraps, he puts the ornaments on the coffee table and the tissue on the sofa...see where this is going??

Meanwhile, I was putting lights on the tree.  He took the photo on the left.  Since Mark was at a football game and Grant was sleeping, it was just the two of us.  And we were so happy because there was nothing that we would have rather done with our Sunday morning.

 Eventually the sofa looks like this:

And that's how you know it's time to jump!

For the record, I am a no-jumping-on-the-furniture-use-a-coaser-take-your-shoes-off-wipe-your-hands-and-face kind of mom.  But...I know that he will have these memories for the rest of his life and I want him to experience the joy of being a child. 

For me, it is so important that the memories my children have this time of year outweigh and outnumber the gifts they get. 

{also for the record, I jumped in the tissue as's just as much fun as it looks}

Hope you all are having fun with your family traditions this time of year - I know I am!!

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