Wow, now that's a white Christmas!

In the last 24 hours we have received over a foot of snow. Yikes! Chris' snowplow conked out on him before he was even halfway done, but as he started shoveling a kind neighbor pulled up on an ATV with a snowplow in front and cleared out our whole driveway. What a friendly neighborhood we have moved into! Of course, Chris has an eye on getting one of these now. Ah, men and their toys. *grin*

We would have spent the day inside, but we were going over to Gary and Peggy's for Christmas at their house (since all the other days were taken). Isabelle had a blast playing in the snow with her cousins, although they didn't stay outside as long as she did. And guess who got to stay outside in the cold with her? Yep, that's right...me. And I absolutely hate the cold! But Chris didn't have any boots or mittens. Well, at least it gave me a chance to take some nice pictures of Belle in the snow. And just so you know, she did NOT want to go inside. My feet were numb by the time she finally let me carry her in. She was having too much fun making and throwing snowballs.



Nothing like a nice, warm cup of cocoa (with marshmallows!) on a cold, wintery day.

A Hunting We Will Go

We cut down our very first Christmas tree this weekend. And in order to get Isabelle excited about it, we told her we were going to go hunting for a tree. I think because she always hears about her daddy going hunting, she thought she'd see what it was all about. So rather than going to get a pre-cut tree in town like we usually do, we bundled the kids up and headed for a tree farm. It ended up being a bigger ordeal than necessary! I had heard of a tree farm that wasn't far away but I couldn't remember the name...only knew that it started with an "H" and was 5 miles before Leon and that there were signs for it. Well, we drove well out of the way without seeing any sign whatsoever. On our way back, only about a mile or two away from our house, there it was...a white sign in white snow! No wonder we didn't spot it the first time! Surprisingly, our moods were bright despite the long detour, so we decided we would still tackle cutting down our Christmas tree. It ended up being so much fun! They had a sled for the kids to ride, as well as hot cider and candy canes (which we didn't take advantage of). The owner was very nice as well. I think we have started a new family tradition now!

The tree farm

The warm hut that served hot cider and candy canes (and also where you could go if you were cold)

Daddy pulling the sled

Sled ride

Cutting the tree

Dragging the tree

On our way!

The flock of geese that flew over just as we were about to leave