Archive for December, 2015

Decorating the tree

Posted in Celebrations on December 13th, 2015 by c-had – Be the first to comment

As soon as we got our Christmas tree, the girls started asking when we could decorate it. Fortunately, the wait was not long (2 days).

Tree decorating

In the beginning, the girls told Jen they could handle the big tree, and she could stick to the little tiny one.


Fortunately, the tree is wide enough to get close to the love seat. It can be a helpful tool in reaching a bit higher.

Couch lift

To reach even higher, you can stand on the love seat arm, though you need a hand to steady you.

Even higher

And then sometimes you need even more height and have to pull out the ladder.



The girls in this family need as much help reaching up high as they can. And with this big tree, I ended up on the ladder a lot as well.

Need more height

One nice thing about a tree this big - you don’t have to pick and choose ornaments to go on. There’s room for them all.

Fully ornamented

Here’s what it looks like all lit up.

Final tree

Here’s the tree with a bit of the rest of the room for size comparison. I think this is the biggest tree we’ve ever had in terms of girth. I cut a good bit off the bottom and a bit off the top so it would fit under our 9 foot ceiling (barely), but it’s also really big around. Watching TV is slightly more difficult than usual, but we really enjoy this awesome tree.

Big tree

Getting a Christmas tree

Posted in Family outings on December 12th, 2015 by c-had – Be the first to comment

As we have done for the past five years, we went to Greenway Farms in Woodbine to cut down our Christmas tree. Again, we opted for a White Pine (which they sell for only $25 regardless of how tall it is!). So, we made our way to the row of White Pines and looked for the best one. Here are Jen and the girls in front of our pick.

Wrong tree

Unfortunately, when I went to cut it down I found a problem. It had 2 smaller trunks that split just above ground level. Had I cut it down, I would have ended up with 2 disconnected trunks that happened to be tangled up. Fortunately, we had gone back and forth between this one and a different one, so it was easy to make a different choice.

Here they are with our final tree. This one did have a split, but it was up near the top. So, it wasn’t a problem. If you think the tree looks big, you’re right. It measured 10 feet 4 inches from the ground. Our family room has a 9 foot ceiling.

Much better

The tree farm is next to a horse farm. So, naturally Molly wanted to pose with a horse.


Tune in next time to see how our giant tree fit in our house.

Fall photoshoot

Posted in Family outings, Leah, Molly on December 8th, 2015 by c-had – 1 Comment

A couple of weeks ago we realized it had been a long time since our last real photoshoot. With the need to print Christmas cards arriving soon, we picked the warmest available day we could and planned an outing. Jen and I looked through lots of locations, but ended up choosing to go to Rockburn Branch Park.

Fall photoshoot

Looking up

Loving sisters

Give me a kiss!

Give me a kiss

Suddenly, Leah became much older than she was a few minutes ago.

Grown up

These girls manage to always have fun. This can make it hard to stay on task sometimes, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Always having fun

Hey sister

Jen thought it would be fun for the girls to wear their hats. I thought I might wear one as well, and then suggested Jen join in the fun too.


This picture made it onto the back of the Christmas card.

Family hats

And this picture was the big winner for the front of the Christmas card. Jen got a crate and some letters for the perfect extra touch.

Christmas card

Note that the hats did eventually come off.


As the sun went down, it started to get colder. The girls let me take one last picture before heading to the car to warm up.

Sweet sisters

This is just a taste of the photoshoot, but you can see all the great pictures on Flickr.

Meet your cousin

Posted in Family visits, Leah, Molly on December 6th, 2015 by c-had – Be the first to comment

While Jen and I got to meet Charlie at the hospital, Molly and Leah were not so lucky. Fortunately, Charlie came home from the hospital yesterday, which meant Molly and Leah got to meet their new cousin. They were so excited to meet this sweet little guy.

Meet your cousin

Of course, they were excited to hold Charlie. Molly was all smiles for her little cousin.

Holding Charlie

Charlie checks out the world; Molly checks out his face; Jen and Leah check out his feet.

Check him out

Charlie is really studying Molly here.

Stare down

Leah loved to touch Charlie’s soft little face.

Soft face

Charlie has soft chubby cheeks, but his hands are old man hands. Long, thin, wrinkled fingers. Here they are up close.

Old man hands

Old man hands

Eventually, his mom did get a chance to hold him.

With Mommy

The girls gave Jen a chance to hold him, but they didn’t go far.

With Aunt Jen

Molly loved chilling with Charlie, but she also would get tired of it and want to get up. Leah, on the other hand, couldn’t get enough of him.

Not leaving

So cute!


It didn’t take long before he was back in Leah’s lap.

Back to Leah

Leah could not stop stroking his hair.

Hair stroking

Yay for Charlie! And good luck to Aunt EA and Uncle Scott. We can’t wait to see you guys again.

Meet Charlie

Posted in Family visits on December 5th, 2015 by c-had – 1 Comment

Aunt EA and Uncle Scott had their first child Thursday evening. Welcome to the world, Charlie.


Jen and I didn’t get to see Charlie right after his birth, but we made sure to get to the hospital the next morning to meet him.

First visit

It’s been a while since I’ve held a baby this tiny.

Been a while

Holding hands

Toothless smile

Baby yawn

Jen can’t hold back the kisses when around such cuteness.

Unable to resist

I failed to get a picture of Aunt EA as a new mom, but I did get one of Uncle Scott as a new dad.

New dad

Congratulations Aunt EA and Uncle Scott! And welcome to the family, Charlie (or Charles, if you prefer). Your cousins can’t wait to meet you tomorrow after you get home (non-sibling children were not allowed to visit in the hospital during flu season).