the Christmas spirit

Sorry for the lack of posting. Adjusting to having Chris at home, and job searching, is throwing everyone off a little. The girls had colds this last week, which seem to be getting better. We're starting to settle into a new routine. We're keeping our fingers crossed that an opthalmology job turns up soon. And we're getting ready for Christmas.
If it were just Chris and I, I'm pretty sure we would be going the Scrooge route this year. We're feeling pretty Grinchy. But...we have kids. Yet another way that having kids changes your life (and you). So I hung the Advent calendar, put up stockings, wrapped some gifts, and we ventured out in the snow to get a tree. The first tree, actually, that Chris and I have ever had. Our apartment in NYC wasn't a great place for a tree (small, a long trip up on a small we would have had to walk a tree home like that scene in When Harry Met Sally). Last Christmas the kids were still so small...I could barely breathe, let alone get a Christmas tree. So this year it is.
Here are Chris and the girls all bundled up for the trip:

Here the girls are taking a ride in the cart meant for the tree:

Something I learned while at the tree farm: the girls know what to do if you say "smile" for a picture. Here's Rowan, and then a before and after set of Saoirse.

I'll post pics of the tree later. It's not fancy, but it smells so good. And having the decorations up does make us all feel more in the spirit.



December 8, 2008 at 10:27 AM

My husband loves your carseats!


December 8, 2008 at 8:49 PM

I like the pictures of the girls smiling, just adorable.

  Harris Boys

December 8, 2008 at 8:50 PM

good luck on the job front..I have a bit of a secret I haven't dh lost his job last monday, so we're in the same boat.

can't wait to see pics of your tree. we have a fake one...I so miss that smell.


December 10, 2008 at 1:27 PM

Is your husband a general ophthalmologist or does he practice a subspecialty? My husband is with a large practice in NC and I'd be willing to pass them a c.v., if you would like. Since the Academy meeting just ended, everyone's had recent contact with people throughout the eye world, so any contacts at all might help bring up an opportunity. Is there an address where I could e-mail you?


December 11, 2008 at 10:06 AM

Happy Holidays guys. Good luck with the job search Chris.

PS~ Check your mail for the new car seats that I am sending :) The girls are going to be very mad when they get older and realize what you made them sit in.


December 12, 2008 at 9:22 AM

He's a general ophthalmologist. You're right, any contacts might help. My email is
Thanks for the offer!


December 15, 2008 at 9:38 PM

The pics of the smiles are so cute! And I LOVE their hats!!