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Trimming the Tree 2012

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Selah is clearly ready to trim the tree. She is dawning two princess dresses and Dora slippers.

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Yesterday, we gave our tree a shower. It dried overnight so we were ready to start decorating it today. Hubs taught the kids how to straighten out each branch.

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Meanwhile, Selah ran around the house with a reindeer.

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Hubs loves a tree that is taller than himself.

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It seems that Hubs helpful little Elves are all done straightening the branches.

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We do our best to limit our Christmas to one storage box. It’s such a difficult thing to do because I do love all things festive. The kids excitment can hardly be contained when I tell them it’s time to open the Christmas box.

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They love looking at each ornament.

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It’s practically a Montessori inspired sensory bin.

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Selah sat there for over an hour just touching everything.

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Here is Selah playing with our elk and bear ornaments.

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After lunch, Schäfer and I squeezed in a homeschool day. Our Singapore Math workbook had an origami application in the lesson. Since I was giving 99% of my brain cells to the baby, I asked Hubs if he could make paper airplanes with Schäfer. I’m sure it’s not exactly what Singapore Math had in mind, but Schäfer didn’t complain.

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After naps and snack time, the tree was ready for ornaments.

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I hung the breakable ornaments up high then let the kids hang the rest wherever.

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It was a joy to watch them.

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My little girl sure does look grown up this year.

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Schäfer did a great job helping me place some of the ornaments on the upper branches.

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By 7:30pm, it was time to place our traditional red paper star on the top.

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Every year, it’s the same red paper star that I made back in 2005.

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Every year, it’s the same son who is lifted to place the star on top.  I don’t know how much longer Hubs will be able to lift Schäfer who is growing so tall so quickly.

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