December 2007


Phew! Christmas. Where do I begin? If I had known what was coming I would have been a lot less patient through the month of December. This year it sort of snuck up on me, but Whoa boy, what a holiday!

It all started about a month ago when Mom and Dad took me to the town square to see the “Christmas Tree.” I thought, “yeah, nice, lights, hmm, whatev.” But then Mom says, “Tess, would you like to have a Christmas Tree at home?” I think to myself, yeah, that could be interesting. I could put my stuffed animals in there. Story would be entertained for hours by the lights.

So next thing I know we’re hauling home our very own Christmas Tree, right on top of the Prius (hey, with what we’ve done for the environment, we can cut down a few trees without remorse).


And then my bedtime ritual started to change. First we introduced a new book, Olivia Helps with Christmas. Then there were a few unfamiliar songs: Jingle Bells, Frosty, and one about a german reindeer with a drinking problem. Like I said in my last entry, I knew Christmas was coming, but how do you know when it is? Is it when the snow falls? Or when the cookies are done?

But I’ve finally figured it out. It’s Christmas when the presents arrive! See, when you wake up in the morning, you know it’s Christmas if your tree looks like this:

Well, what comes next is sort of a blur. Opening presents is hard work… if you get toys you have to stop and play with each one…

if you get clothes, you have to put them on….

if you get books you have to stop and read them…

if you get candy in your stocking you have to eat it…

And if all that’s not enough work, then you have to pose for pictures!!!


I did acquire one or two new friends, my favorite being my new Racoon friend.

I love that Racoon!!! No, I REALLY I LOVE HIM!!

Phew!!! The whole thing really tired me out!

I love that dog, but he never shuts up!

Oh yeah, and Story got presents too.

Wow, just thinking about it makes me tired all over again. So I’m off to bed. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone!!! Can’t wait until next year!!!

xoxo
-Tess

Well we’ve been busy here at the Strawberry Patch. In the last few weeks we had Thanksgiving, Dad’s birthday, AND Dad got sworn at by the State of Massachusetts. I’m not sure why that last one is such a big deal, Mom does it all the time. But this time they made a big deal over it with a ceremony to swear at a bunch of men and women in suits.

Happy Birthday Dad!

Thanksgiving was a blast. We spent it with Grandpa Marino and the cousins. Dad tried to explain the whole cranberry–turkey thing to me, but I stuck to the basics this year.

The best part about Thanksgiving is the duck pins bowling!!! Apparently this is a long standing tradition in my Mom’s family. Dad had to help me out a bit, but apparently I have bowling in the blood.

Did I mention we also had our first snow here in Maine? I was a little confused when I first woke up, I thought it was Christmas!! But Dad explained that it snows on other days too. So confusing. Anyway, snow is very cool. No, seriously, its downright COLD. You need to be prepared before going out in it:


It took me and Dad most of the morning to get all these layers on:

Trust me, it was worth it.


Where was Story during all this fun in the snow? She was inside in her swing. Yeah, babies can’t go out in the snow. Maybe next year.

Well, gotta run I have to catch up on my sleep. I’ll come back later and tell you all about my weekend in Connecticut.

xoxo
-Tess