Now this is what happened later that day. Before we could get the living room cleaned we had to take down the Christmas tree. Now this year my tree was really big. It was so big that at the top it had to bend to fit. I could have cut it but I thought it gave it character. I'll put a picture in as soon as I can figure out how to get off my new phone. ( which in my case it may take years.) I had to get more lights for it and then wound up blowing a fuse near the top of the tree I think. So it was only lit in the middle and at the bottom. It had lights on it everywhere that was just the places that worked. Terry wasn't here this year to put up the tree or it would had been made to fit the house. Well it was funny watching us bring in the tree. It was funnier watching me and the kids take down the tree. First of all I found out that I'm allergic to the needles on the tree. They give me big welts and itch. The tree was really mad at being taken down because it started to leak a lot of sap. Didn't help much. It also started letting a lot of needles fall everywhere. It was like like it was shooting it at us. We finally did the 1, 2, 3 thing and got it lifted off the stand. ( we are a bunch of wimps at our house.) then we started for the door. We were going the wrong way so it seemed like the tree was fighting us and trying to stay in. We got needles everywhere. As we got to the door we figured out that not all of us were going to fit at once so I had to let go and hope that the kids could carry it out by themselves. This tree is about 11-13 ft tall. I thought for sure they were going to drop it but no they managed to get out the door and to the outside. It was comical to watch because graceful it was not. Elijah surprised me because he actually carried most of the weight. Even though Kira will tell you it was her. So not true. Aaron was in the middle and Kira brought up the rear. They finally managed to get it to the side and then they had to push it up further in the snow. The boys wound up doing this because it involved more snow. When we got back there were pine needles everywhere. Some had gone down my shirt. That hurt. I don't know how but some had gotten down Aaron's pants. I'm sure that didn't feel good either. During this time Isabelle had gone to the bathroom by herself. (That is a good thing) The down side to this is she didn't put her underwear back on and was about to sit in a bunch of pine needles because she liked them. We got to her in the nick of time. Because I'll tell you what that would have hurt something awful. We finally got the living room cleaned with out that many beatings. We were still on the high of getting down the tree. Our house seems a little bit empty now that it's gone though. I think that it's that way every year we take it down. Cleaning the kitchen is a whole other story. We still haven't gotten all the way done from when Terry decided to rearrange things. On rearranging all he did was take things down and out and then left them there meaning to get back to them but never did because other things got in the way. Sometime short attention span. ( Really nice way of saying he made and a mess and didn't clean it up.) Did get Noah's and Isabelle's room cleaned. Now it's just the basement and bathrooms. All the big people have to clean their rooms themselves. My kids say that they miss the days when I cleaned their rooms for them. I would say the same of my mom but she never cleaned it for me. The thing that I can count on for today is Noah rubbing my arms to de stress after pre-school. Isabelle rubbing my cheek when something upsets her. Elijah forgetting to tell me about all his homework. Aaron forgetting his Cello. Kira not being interested in anything I have to say after school.