This morning I was listening to the weather forcast and they said it would rain this afternoon. It has been cold and windy for the last several days and I thought that it would have to warm up quite a bit this morning to get rain. I also saw frozen water on the sides of roads. We reserved a three day pass to the Children's Museum and it came in today. I picked it up and we headed up there for some fun. The Children's museum is at one of the higher points in the city. They boys wanted a snack and we walked out to the lobby, we were surpised to see snow coming down. At the same moment, David called me to tell me it was snowing at home. We did not stay at the museum much longer since it was at a high elevation and the Sunset Highway, that we use to get home often has problems in the snow. The roads were clear until we got back on our street. When we got home, we all put on proper snow clothes and went outside. It is getting dark now and the snow is coming down hard. It is also accumulating. The magic question is...will it still be here in the morning.
After we decorated the tree, the boys ran to the back room where they keep their art supplies and got busy making presents. Christian made one for Santa. It has two parts. I am not sure what one part is, but he did tell me he wrapped up his map of the world to give to Santa, so Santa would know how to get back to the North Pole. I bet that will earn him a check-mark on the "Nice" list.
I bought this little Nativity Scene at The Dollar Tree several years ago. In our family, we don't wrap and place presents under the tree until Christmas Eve after the kids go to bed. We do this for two reasons. The first is practical. Little hands can really shake up or even open presents before Christmas morning and it removes the tempation by not even having the presents there. The other reason is that Jesus and his gift of salvation is the tree purpose of Christmas, so we keep the little Nativity Scene under the tree to remember this.
Our new rabbit, Phina is quite a delight to have around the house. She is happiest when she is free and hoping around the entire house. I am not sure where she is right now. I think she is back in our bedroom with the boys. She is very easy going, quite fond of food (have to be careful and watch that), and very affectionate. She likes to be held and is very good about grooming which is important for an angora rabbit. Henrietta was very put out by her introduction into the house at first. I put their cages together, like a rabbit book suggested. The other night, Henrietta was make lots of noise as she re-arranged her cage so she could sit next to Phina's cage. Henrietta is still a bit unsure about spending time with Phina outside the cage. I am hearing a lot of grunting. In this photo Henrietta just jumped over Phina when she wanted to get to a different part of the area rug. Galelio enjoys having a more engaging bunny around. We still have to watch him since he can play a bit rough. Phina keeps approaching him, so it must not bother her too much. All this playing with bunnies wears the kitten out.
We went to the downtown Macys (formerly Meier and Frank) yesterday to visit Santa. My mother took me to the downtown Meier and Frank to see Santa when I was a child and David and I worked at the store at different times when we were younger. I don't like to shop there, but it is fun to go to Santaland. Liam was eager to visit Santa. He gave quite the list of things he wanted to Santa. Among the requests were a remote control airplane and a ham. I always dream of getting a Honey-Baked ham for Christmas, I guess we share the same desire. At one point the photographer asked Liam to show her his teeth. He opened his mouth and pointed to his teeth. Christian is not terribly fond of Santa. He did agree to step in for a couple of photos and show off his newly lost tooth.