After way too many days of the kids asking, and the honest intentions of doing it, the kids and I finally put up the Christmas Tree today. All of my little helpers brought the branches up from the basement one by one, then carefully opened up each branch and placed it in it's correctly colored rung on the towering trunk. They all waited (not so) patiently, as it took me about 4 hours to hang the lights...between the very very sad and crying baby, and finding the mystery lights that actually lit up when plugged into the wall. They were so eager and cute as they ripped open the ornament boxes and hung them all on the tree....it was like Christmas morning as they opened things they had forgotten even existed, and lovingly placed them each precisely on the most perfect branch. Everyone was very proud of the end result. As they worked on the tree, Melissa and I made "Happy Hockey Pucks" and frosted mint brownies for her Girl Scout Holiday Boutique the next morning. Christmas music played continuously in the background, and hot chocolate was always ready. If it were not for the screaming baby in the background and the pile of his poopy clothes in the corner, the day would have nearly been picturesque.
As a reward for our busy day, Jonny and I got to spend the evening at the Timberwolves game with his cub scout troop. It was nice to get away and enjoy some time with boy #3 (Grandma stayed at home with Thomas). The game was really good and exciting for the boys. We were actually ahead most of the time until the last period. Oh well, it is not about winning or losing, and we had a lot of fun.