While I was setting the tree up, Fisher was climbing and chewing on the boxes, and Barrett was watching my every move. When I had the tree part way up, Barrett noticed the needles that had fallen off. He was VERY concerned about the mess on the floor. I told him I would vacuum once I finished, but he was not happy with that. He ran off frantically looking around while mumbling about the mess.
Here is what he was looking for:
I put the boys in their matching Christmas jammies, popped cookies in the oven, gave Doug the camera, and we started decorating!
Barrett was immediately drawn to the big bag of gingerbread men. Here is he putting the first ornament on the tree.
Because all of the ornaments were all being put on the bottom foot of the tree, we brought out the step stool for Barrett to use. He loved standing up "tall like a big boy" to put his ornaments up, and Fisher loved trying to climb up with him.
Barrett worked so hard to get all the ornaments unwrapped and on the tree. He would get so excited to see all of the ornaments especially the ones with his picture in them! He worked until the whole tree was done.
Fisher had an entirely different mission.
Fisher wanted the plug to chew on so bad. He kept crawling back there, and Doug kept pulling him back. I finally went and got out a stack of wrapped presents to block it, and so far that has worked.
Since Fisher was unable to complete his plug chewing mission, he found other things:
It was a perfect day. It was exactly how I wanted it to be. Hearing Fisher laugh and clap as he chewed on everything. Listening to Barrett talk about the ornaments and bean stalks. Laughing with Doug at how cute our boys are.
Even if the rest of the season gets crazy and hectic, it's ok. I've already had my Christmas. :)