Today was a BUSY, FUN FILLED DAY of winter festivities…

First, Elfie (our Elf on a shelf) arrived in usual fashion – junk food breakfast (donut snowmen, reindeer, elf faces with strawberries and grapes etc…), he brought and decorated Brody and Sadie’s mini Christmas Trees, got us all new matching pajamas (Jeremy was thrilled about this haha), wrote a letter to the kids, and took a marshmallow bath!

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Brody was SOOOOOOO excited for Elfie’s return – I’m pretty sure he’s been anticipating it since the summer! He is way in to him…even more so than last year, which makes it a lot of fun. It’s also excited for us because we get to use the ole “elfie/Santa” threats!

We decorated the entire inside and outside of our house today as well! The kids didn’t help as much, but they had fun playing with all of the musical decorations and toys!

After the kids napped we took them to Seiple Farms where we cut down our own Christmas Tree. To their surprise, Santa was there! OMG – the look on Brody’s face was magical! Sadie was scared, like I knew she would be, but did manage to muster up enough courage to give Santa a high five and she was THRILLED with her candy cane he gave her, so I’m hoping she will at least attempt to sit on his lap at the mall!

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There was really no one there so we were able to get right on the tractor and head up to the tree farm area. The kids loved riding on the back of the tractor more than anything I think.

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Once we got to the tree farm, they were excited to find their tree – although Brody, who is in LOVE with Charlie Brown’s Christmas, kept trying to get us to chop down the smallest, dingiest tree! It took us about 20 minutes to find the right one, and then Brody helped Jeremy cut down the tree! He yelled “TIMBER” like a real lumberjack haha!

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After the tree we headed out to a local restaurant for dinner! Neither kid wanted to eat much because they were excited to decorate the tree, HOWEVER, once we got home, they were both so tired, we decided to hold off on tree decorating until tomorrow…

Driving around the bend to see our house all lit up was pure magic for all of us – I’m not taking these moments for granted anymore; I’m so grateful I get to experience my favorite time of year again…tis the season!

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