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The children woke up early to find their gold walnuts and chocolate and the rocking boat.  They were so excited, of course, and really quite convinced that St. Nicholas had truly brought their treasures.  Willow, especially, loved the wishing walnut and used it to solve various household dilemmas throughout the day.  It never fails to amaze me how the simplest things can bring the most pleasure.

DSC_9870We got our tree yesterday, on muddy and soft ground.  It's been very rainy this past week, though there was a break in the morning.  We chose to stay closer to home this year and were pleased with the results.  The tree farmer was a delightful, chatty fellow who cut our tree with a hand saw, much to the relief of the children, who don't enjoy loud sounds.  It's a trim tree, selected by Willow and Roan, and not as plump as Mike's usual style.  I like that it has plenty of spaces between the branches so that ornaments can be tucked in near the trunk and still seen.

The whole day was a little overwhelming for me, I won't lie.  Now that Mike has predictable weekends, we have a lot to pack into two days.  Our usual quiet time wasn't usual and we didn't listen to our Advent story until after 7:00.  I think we'll do better today, though.  Mike has to two his car back to our house to begin taking it apart to sell it for scrap.  That will take up most of his afternoon.  So, we're a one car family now, but that works out reasonably well since we can walk to so many places and Mike's new job is still in walking distance.

Today, well, it's supposed to be sunny and fairly mild, so I'm hoping to really air out the children.  I think we'll see how far we can get on an Advent spiral with the branches cut from our Christmas tree.  Everyone's awake now, so it's time to go!


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Dec. 8th, 2014 10:28 am (UTC)
Livejournal won't let me upload photos right now, no matter what browser I use. :-(
Dec. 8th, 2014 03:54 am (UTC)
Looking forward to tree pictures!
Dec. 8th, 2014 10:29 am (UTC)
Yes, me, too. I can't upload pictures right now for some reason.
( 4 trees — Plant a Forest )

A Blessed Wilderness

It was just like being in heaven, being in there. In those days there was no road. The park was all a blessed wilderness. I have often thought what a wonderful people we would have been if we had wanted to keep it that way.

~Adolph Murie, biologist, on Denali


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