Xander was being a good big brother and helped put on a movie for Melody, and
he decided to make a fort for her too. She was so happy to hang out in there with him.
We got out all our Christmas decorations and Melody found the box with the snowman
kit that Liza made years ago. She loved the carrot nose and all the rocks. Imagine that.
Jaina had been asking me for about 2 weeks when we would be putting up the Christmas tree.
I kept telling her the earliest would be the 25th, but I wanted to wait until the 27th. Well,
the 25th came and up went the tree. We moved furniture around about 5 times, and had the
couches, in all sorts of places. Until we finally decided to put the tree where it was last year.
Jaina had my phone and was taking pictures of everyone, but this is the best one that she got.
Here's the tree all lit! Jaina was also anxious to put on the ornaments, but we
needed to wait until Melody took her nap. Also, I needed to make rolls for
Thanksgiving so I worked on them off and on in between the decorating.
During the ornament process we received a gift from Grandma June Tolman. This piano belonged
to her and she didn't need it, so she gave it to us. Ben was coming down for Thanksgiving so he
rented a trailer and brought the piano straight to our house. It fits perfectly under the shelf!
Here's the finished product, and we're ready for Christmas a few days early.
That night we hung out with Ben & Amber and Lana & JR and kids. It was nice to just
sit around and talk. Afterwards we headed to Provo to have a treat at Rockwell Ice Cream.
Brent & Lisa's best friends just opened this shop a week ago and we were so excited to finally try
it out. Pat got an ice cream sandwich with Honey Comb ice cream in between two snickerdoodles.
Xander and Jaina got snickerdoodle ice cream and I got Muddy Buddies ice cream. Mara was
sleeping over at Liza's with Addi and Aubrey, so she missed out on the ice cream fun.
When we got home Melody didn't want to go to bed because she wanted to
look at the tree. So in the morning she was so excited that the tree was still there.
I am hoping that next year we can put ornaments on the bottom half of the tree.
It was so great to be all together with the Tolman's. With Ben & Amber here we had all 18
grandchildren together for the first time so I made sure we documented it. It was a fiasco
because of Jaina being in the sunlight. But considering that, it's a pretty good picture.
Thanksgiving night I met up with JD, Chris, Mom and Lindsay and got in line at Target for
their Black Friday sale. It was so stinkin cold and windy and I was not prepared with a hat
or scarf. We used a bobby pin to make my coat stay up around my neck!! I got there about
4:45 and the store didn't open until 6. But we had fun talking and trying to hide from the wind.
After all our deals were purchased, we took advantage of the Starbucks and got some hot chocolate!
The next morning I came downstairs to this sight. They were all involved
in the TV and Melody was sitting funny but didn't seem to mind.
I got an iPod touch when Jaina was a baby and it's been a great thing for the littles to play with
when we need some calming time. But this past February, for some reason, Jaina sucked on
the power port and shorted it out and it no longer works. So we've been without the extra iPod
for over 6 months. Jaina has been asking ever since then if we could get a new one. It's hard
to explain to kids about cost of items, especially apple products. So anyway, right before
Thanksgiving, Karri gave us her old iPhone 3, since it had just been sitting in a drawer. So now
we have a replacement, which is great and tough at the same time, because there have been
tantrums over it. But for the most part, I'm glad to have something back to occupy these girls.
Mara and I had done some clothes shopping to get shirts to match her Christmas
dress, and we found these cute scarves along with them. Technically they are both
Mara's, but she let me borrow one to wear to church, and in turn she wore one
of my sweaters. How can it be that we are already sharing stuff and she's only 9.
We finally had some snow!!! It wasn't a whole lot, but Jaina made the most of it and made a snow angel.
When she was all done, she had snow in her hair and it was so pretty!!
Melody is starting to want to sit at the table during dinner time. We were
having french toast and bacon for dinner and she did so great and sat there
the whole time and ate all of her food! Why is my baby growing up so fast?