Now that we have a child at home, Christmas has taken on a whole new meaning. As adults, we get so bogged down with our to-do lists, trying to make everyone happy, and cramming everything in. Being able to see things through Malachi's eyes has really changed our perspective. Last week, we took Malachi up to the Woodburn Outlets to see the enormous tree that has lights that are coordinated with the music that is playing. He loved it and kept pointing and dancing to the music. We also made sure to play in the "snow" that falls daily between 6 and 7. The "snow" is like little balls of soap foam, but could have cared less...he played in it for over 30 minutes!!! Here are some pictures of our fun...
He immediately ran out into it and put his hands up to catch it. He has never seen falling snow and it cracks me up that some reactions are just ingrained into us no matter how little or inexperienced we are!
Another fun thing we have done this year was setting up our tree and decorations after Malachi went to bed so he could discover it in the morning. We were going to go to a tree farm, but since money is tight this year, Samuel picked one out off of a lot for $15. As soon as we laid him down on Friday night, we got to work. It was so adorable seeing his reaction the next morning. We let him walk into the living room and he stopped dead in his tracks in the middle of the room, and with his eyes round and wide said, "wow!". Then he ran over to the tree and didn't quite know what to do, so he just stood there again saying "wow!" over and over again. The tree lights are quite impressive to him and he has spent time each day grabbing one at a time and examining them while saying "ligh, ligh".
I just can't wait for this season to unfold and for all the special things to happen so we can enjoy him enjoying them. Next week all the kids around his age are getting up on the stage at church during the service to "sing" a couple songs. That is always cute, and I am anxious to see what our little squirmy worm will do. So much fun!!! Merry Christmas! :)