We had our first snow of the season yesterday and the boys were so excited about it. We were lucky if we got an inch, but they somehow managed to make a 3 foot tall snowman in the front yard.
The house is decorated, presents are bought and wrapped and the countdown has begun. The boys have a little calendar that they get to move a christmas tree every day. It helps them to visualize how long until Christmas.
We have two "special guests" at out house during the month of December and it is our favorite holiday tradition. Our guests are two "Magic Elves" from the North Pole. Three years ago we wrote Santa a letter and requested that one of his Elves be able to visit us for the Christmas season. Santa sent Watkins and we loved having him with us. He is a little mischevious and sometimes messy, but a joy to have. He sleeps during the day, but at night when we are asleep he gets up and moves around the house. Sometimes he leaves little presents and sometimes he makes a little mess. We loved having Watkins so much that last year we asked Santa for a second elf to come with Watkins. Oliver was the elf that accompanied him to Cookeville and the boys had even more fun since there were two...less fighting over who got to hold the elf. The elves arrived at our house last Sunday morning and have been so much fun already. They have written on the counter with toothpaste, hung christmas light in Jaycee's room, played dress up, left the boys a few gifts and I am sure that they have many more activities planned before they head back to the North Pole on Christmas Eve. The boys were left a letter from Watkins saying that Oliver's sister Holly would be coming to spend some time with us if Jaycee is born before Christmas. If not then she will be coming next year with Watkins and Oliver. I love the joy that the magic elves bring to our house during the holidays and we are always sad when they leave to go back to the North Pole.
My pregnancy is still going well. I go to the doctor tomorrow for my 36 week check up. I cannot believe that we are so close to holding our precious baby. Daniel and Micah are so excited about having a sister. They have so many questions about what she will look like and what it will be like to have a baby around the house. They will be wonderful big brothers.