Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The tree is up!

Matt surprised me tonight by suggesting we get a real tree. For clarification purposes, we always get a real tree, but this year since we're in limbo we'd talked about getting a tiny desktop version. It'd still be real, because I think it's against Fountain Green blood to consider anything else, but we'd just have our own version of a Charlie Brown tree.

With that in mind, our children and I shopped for minimal ornaments since ours are still in storage. We came home with small candy canes and 12 silver bells from the dollar store. When Matt came home we headed to the tree lot for a tree. It was so, so cold, and especially so since none of us have coats (in storage, is anyone tired of this sad song, or offering me a small violin;)), we're just hanging out in our matching sweatshirts (Matt bought them for us and presented them to us when we arrived here in October, thank heavens for that). But for the peninsula area we've heard it is really cold, even for them.

Anyway ... Matt walks up to a 5 foot tree and says, "how 'bout this one?" I was astounded, until I remembered I'm married to Mr. Christmas. Matt loves Christmas so much and I'm so grateful, because I love Christmas too but don't think to do all of the fun little traditional things: make gingerbread men, homemade ornaments i.e. popcorn and cranberry strings, and he does.

So off we went with our tree, new tree stand, two boxes of lights (good thing I'm not married to my brother who puts something like 13 strands on one tree), a star, icicles, and small ball ornaments. Looks like I'll be selling a few Christmas things on eBay in the spring, or taking a donation trip, since we have all of that already:). But I'm happy that we did it. (P.S. we did hold off on another tree skirt and figured a towel or two, neatly draped will do the job quite nicely.) All in all, a $42 investment that equals one of those priceless moments from the commercials, especially when Sophie kissed me and said after it was decorated, "oh, it's so beautiful!" I love how dramatic our little 2 1/2 year old is becoming:).

So it's official ... we DO have a Christmas tree in our cute little temporary house! And I will be hanging $1 stockings from the mantle to boot. I toyed with the idea of actually hanging socks, but figured that might look funny, especially when my visiting teachers come;).

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Aggie trip

We just got back from D.C. where we watched our Utah State Aggies play the Georgetown Hoyas. Matt tells me the Hoyas are ranked 16th and are undefeated. We gave them a run for their money the first half, but then came out of the locker room a different team and eventually lost by 17. But oh, it was so good to be cheering for Aggie Blue again.

I graduated from BYU, but I think it really makes a difference in how long you live somewhere and if tickets are free or not. My course of study kept me busy and at BYU students have to pay for tickets. Matt went to USU and so when we married we purchased a student spouse pass which got me into anything, as if I were a student myself, and it was only $38. Factor in no children for nearly 6 years and whamo! you have a devoted Aggie couple who went to every home game there was ... football, even though the team wasn't very good, and basketball, where they rocked every year. Along came Wes and Kate, and eventually Sophie, and they can cheer Ag-gies along with the best of them.

My former colleague lined us up with tickets for today and so off to the Verizon Center we went. It was so great.

I took pictures but since we're still living out of suitcases (someday I'll actually be able to stop using that phrase), I don't have picture download-able capabilities.

I love that we still live relatively close to a grundle of historic sites. My sister said, "how would it be to be able to plan field trips to D.C. museums every month or two?"

Our children and I just got back from a fabulous trip to visit friends in Harrisburg, PA. Gorgeous country, a basement all to ourselves, and TOYS!!! The kids keep asking for reassurance that their toys have not been given away, but are just on the 'big truck' (moving trailer). Rachel and Jared and kids were fantastic hosts! We toured the sites at Hershey's Chocolate World, went to stores our peninsula doesn't have, namely JoAnn Fabrics (a disappointment I learned when moving here), and ate great food! It was just what the doctor ordered. In fact, when we drove home and parked in front of the home we're renting Kate despaired, "I don't want to be here, I want to go back to Rachel's house." We desperately need a home. I won't fill in details there yet because it's too confusing other than to say we won't be in our home by the close of 2010. So thanks to our friends for hospitality that surpassed all.

Meanwhile we love the Christmas season and all the lights and decorations we see. One of our favorite pass times is going to a store and browsing their Christmas decoration section. We're blessed to have so much.