Portrait of Play 2017, Week 48

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We were FaceTiming with Darlene and fluffing the branches of the new artificial tree we had just purchased. This was the first year we have had a traditional tree for Christmas. James and I spent all of the previous years making a new tree every year. I knew last year would be our last year doing that though. Charlotte really wanted to decorate a tree and hang up ornaments and participating with her cousins and grandparents as they decorated their trees was not enough. Since I’m allergic to real trees, we weren’t left with a lot of options. I wanted a tinsel tree, but James wanted something that somewhat resembled a real tree. When getting out the few decorations we did have, we found all the green felt pieces we used to make a tree a few years ago. Chuck and Winnie turned them into ice skates and had a blast skating around the kitchen. We’ve been joking that Winnie is Tonya Harding. Charlotte makes a pretty compelling Nancy Kerrigan as well. Also, Charlotte has been wearing a Christmas dress every single day. She rotates through the huge collection of hand me down Christmas dresses she has, and I love it.

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