|Pleased with our tree selection, and Asher with|
the tree he chose for his stuffed lion
|Whoa! That's a tree!|
|Ensuring the tree of choice had a straight trunk, and |
realizing the bow saw wasn't going to cut it, literally
|Making the infamous wreath|
We arrived home on December 18 and had one week to finalize all things Christmas. The kids and I had finished decorating the tree and the house the first few days of Zach's trip, so that was completed. Our Christmas cards arrived while I was gone, so I had to address those and get them in the mail. I also had to wrap and ship gifts to our many friends and family that live so many miles away. It is now Christmas Eve, Zach and my actual anniversary. The turkey is roasting, desserts are made, and we are preparing to partake in a Christmas Eve feast with Grandma and Grandad who are still here from Michigan (having come to watch the children during our Hawaiian vacation and stay on through Christmas) and our friends, the Lares, who have recently moved to our area. Tonight we will be busy elves as we put together and wrap Santa's gifts for the kids.
|O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree!|
This time of year, I always find myself with a reflective mind and thankful heart. Our family is awesome, in my humble opinion :), and just seems to get better as the number of our kids increases. Although it has been exciting to build a family, it is also exciting to know that "Team Hall" is complete and we can work to develop relationships amongst all of the existing team members. :) Zach and I become closer and understand more each year how vitally important it is for us to provide a firm foundation for these amazing kids of ours. Our "old" friends continue to be cherished and close to our hearts, and as "new" friends are gained, we are thrilled and thankful to know that they will become "old" friends over the years to come! We are so blessed to know the amazing people that we are honored to call friends and truly lucky to have the families that we do!
From our home to yours, wherever that may be, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!