"Children do not need to be made to learn about the world, or shown how. They want to, and they know how." -John Holt

Friday, December 12, 2008

O Chistmas Tree!

That time of year again... braving the bitter cold, we checked out a new tree farm in search of a Fraser Fir to chop down. Sadly, all the cut-your-owns were gone but we found a suitable shrub anyway.

The real excitement was meeting Santa. Don't they look thrilled?!?!Simone much preferred toasting marshmallows by the fire.Poor thing was coming down with a cold that very day, weepy eyes, under eye circles and snot. The works!Next up, a tractor ride! Tractors = heaven for Munchie. Looks like my new (cheap) point & shoot can't handle the motion too well. Neither could I for that matter, my back still thrown out and getting worse by the day. :(Last, some hot chocolate! This place had it all!Apparently hot chocolate also ='s heaven for Munchie.This was Gabriel's x-mas tree shot after decorating all night. Nice tight crop with a tilt. Atta boy!

A little glimpse into the night...

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