Last weekend, Brian turned 40. We celebrated it at home because well...that's how he wanted it. He loves a good day at home with his family. Especially if it involves games and food. I also like a relaxing day at home (although when we add in games it is not usually relaxing..if ya know what I mean) but I couldn't let his FORTIETH birthday go by without some fun. So the kids and I bought him 40 presents. Yep, 40. He got to open ONE present every 15 minutes for 10 hours. It was so much fun! He had the hardest time trying to pick a present each time.
His favorite presents were his old man slippers (that I actually bought as a joke) and a picture album of 40 moments of our life. Have you ever tried to only pick out 40 moments? That was way harder than I thought it would be. We have lived a very FULL life in the last 19 years.
When I was looking for pictures I came here. I looked over the years of my blog and picked pictures that stood out to me, made me laugh and ones that I knew would touch his heart. As I was doing that I realized that I missed blogging! I had no posts from the last 10 months. How would I feel about that in 2 years or 5? Blogging is fun! Reminiscing is fun! Having a document of our life is beautiful. So here I am. Blogging again.
I thought December 1st would be a great day to start. For a few years, I blogged December Daily. A friend of mine told me about it and I have loved the idea since. Basically you blog (or scrapbook) every day for the month of December. It is such a busy, fun month to document.
December Daily ~ Day 1
Putting up the tree is always a fun night. We look forward to it all year. This year we had Hunter, my nephew aka my second son. He made the night even more fun. It took us a little while to figure out what to do about a tree. When we pulled all our Christmas stuff out of the shed we discovered that most of it was ruined from mice. My heart hurt going through all the memories that had been ruined. Even our tree. I was able to save a few ornaments that the kids made when they were little.
We usually just stick with a fake tree because of Brian's allergies. I always had fake trees growing up and we have only had a real tree once in our marriage. We drove around looking at real trees and fake ones. The fake ones were so expensive and the real ones made Brian's allergies go crazy just walking through them.
Brian finally decided that he would just deal with his allergies for the month (bless his heart) and we bought a beautiful real tree. I am in love with this tree. I keep teasing that I am going to keep it up until it dies. I could sit in my living room all day and just admire it. Although I am usually to busy to do that.
Hunter handed us the ornaments because every time he would try to put one on the tree it would poke him. He would say "Ouuch" with a look of confusion. He is so darn cute.
The kids really enjoyed my annual picture of them decorating....insert fake smiles. Luckily, the tree only bothered Brian putting it up. So I think it is safe to say I can have a real tree from now on! :)