The Christmas traditions began this week with our annual visit to Clarks Hill Christmas Tree Farm....
The children were so excited to share this time with Maryn....
and she was thrilled to be on this journey....exploring is a favorite adventure of Maryn's!
Our oldest and youngest....I adore this picture for so many reasons. Maryn squeals, "Col-win....Col-Col!" often and his face lights up!
After finding the perfect tree, it was off to the cafe for a few Christmas treats....
Maryn wasted no time at all digging into her Christmas cake,
while Maddox opted for boiled peanuts!
Then it was game-on.....hide-and-go-seek!
Maddox found a comfy, hidden spot and even sipped on her Sprite as she waited to be found....
Anything wrong with this tree? Why, yes! Two trunks???
Evidence of their growing up....just under 6'! CRazY!
Thankfully, this guy has a few more inches to spare - though he is not too far behind his brother.
This girl keeps growing too!
And this one....she grew four inches this past year! And she grew and grew in her spunkiness too!
Little bit was all about taking a picture in front of the tree so long as she did not have to give up her cake to do so!
With full bellies, tired legs and a tree tied to the top of our car, we drove to our new home to begin the decorating!
We are so thankful for our family - our five children are our hearts and we cherish every minute we are given with them. I was so pleased to hear them all saying, "We always go to the Christmas tree farm the Saturday or Sunday after Thanksgiving - it's tradition!" and "Let's listen to Christmas music! Please!" (No begging needed!)
We began our traditional reading of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever on Monday. I am pretty sure that though they do enjoy this tale, I am the one who LOVES this particular treat each year!
Our nice-and-naughty-at-times elf, Matthew, made his debut December 1....he has been up to his usual antics and the children all get a kick out of seeing what this little guy has gotten into during our slumber.
Yes, the Christmas season is in full swing and we are embracing each moment while remembering the true reason for the season!