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a magical time of year

Christmas has always been my favorite holiday for as long as I can remember. I just love that senes of anticipation and all of the magic in the air. I hope that alll of this is palpable for Simon.

When I was a kid I played a lot with the Christmas tree ornaments. We had these Hallmark yarn ornaments and I they were my favorite. I would use the tree as sort of a doll house for these little yarn people. I have since collected a few of these ornaments off ebay and I hope to eventually get them all.

Last night we trimmed our tree. This was the first year that Simon was really able to participate (last year he just knocked the whole tree over). I think he had a lot of fun looking at each ornament and hearing stories about the significant ones.

I had this great idea of putting a running toy train around the bottom of our tree. Simon really likes trains and I thought he would get a kick out of building one so I purchased a lego train. I was really disappointed to discover that the train I chose lacks a motor and battery power – in other words it doesn’t run on its own. Upon further investigation I found that I could purchase a motor and battery back and extra bricks and build a tender for the train. The jury is still out on whether or not I will be doing that this year or not but you can’t really run the train around the tree with just push power as the tree is in the corner of the room and no one can reach completely around the tree.

at any rate Myles and Simon are having a great time building one car of the train each night.

this is what they have built so far.

And here are the obligatory photos of the kids in front of the tree. (still feels weird to say “kids”)

and those are just temporary cheapo stockings my Aunt is knitting us some nice ones – I can’t wait!

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  1. Beautiful – love your tree and fireplace.

    Funny, but even well before we had Simon, when I would talk about the ‘future’ I’d say things like “that would be really fun to do with the kids some day.” I guess I was getting prepared from going to ‘one’ to ‘kids’ really quickly:-)

  2. Kay Weaver

    I really enjoyed this “story” in pictures. It’s a beautiful documentation of Christmas 2010. I love the train. I’m envious.