This past weekend we dragged all of our Christmas stuff up from the basement. And when I say “we” I mean Nick did it while the boys followed him excitedly up and down the stairs and I stood in the living room waiting. There was a great deal of excitement on Friday when the boys “helped” Nick put up the lights on the outside of the house. Of course, any task that involves a trip to Lowes (some lights from last year weren’t working this year) is extra cool.
Saturday morning we asked the boys if they wanted to put up the tree and they really got excited! Last year Jackson wasn’t much “help” when it came to decorating the tree and that proved true again this year. This is where he spent a good deal of his time…
Chase and Tyler were fully into decorating mode though! They even got a kick out of fluffing out the branches before we started adding ornaments. They oohed and aahed over each ornament they pulled out. They loved when we found ornaments I received as a little girl, ornaments Nick made when he was a kid and even the couple of ornaments they “made” last year at church.
Chase, focusing hard!
I love looking at our sparkly tree! Sunday morning Tyler got up earlier than the other two and wanted to come out to the living room and plug in the tree. He and I cuddled up on the couch, looked at the tree and had some sweet one on one time for about 30 minutes!
After we finished decorating the tree we broke out the Little People Nativity Setthe boys have, along with The Elf on the Shelf. For those of you unfamiliar with The Elf on the Shelf, it’s this little elf doll and book that you get out leading up to Christmas. The basic premise is that the Elf flies back to the North Pole each night and reports to Santa how good or bad the children in the house have been. Each morning the Elf is hiding in a different spot in the house, and the kids have to find him.
We’ve had the Elf and the book for the last couple of years, but haven’t read the story or “used” the elf until this year. At the end of the book the family is supposed to fill out a little certificate, giving the Elf a name. Our elf is a boy; at least according to the verbage in the book and the certificate. That didn’t stop the boys from naming him Rosa though!
I don’t know what the deal is with their recent fascination of the name “Rosa”. A couple of weeks ago they said they wanted to name their sister that. I told them if they named the Elf “Rosa” then they couldn’t name their sister the same thing. Cracks us up to hear them talk about Rosa the Elf though!