Christmastime is here!

Prior to this week, I was having a hard time getting into the Christmas spirit. Usually right after Thanksgiving I get that “warm and fuzzy” peace on earth and goodwill toward all men feeling. It just didn’t come this year! I’m sure recovering from surgery and everything going on with Jon’s mom have kind of put a damper on my spirits, plus the weather had been in the 40’s and 50’s with sunshine, so it just didn’t feel like Christmas to this NE Ohio gal!

But no worries…Christmas arrived at the Knipp house this week!!

We awoke Monday morning to…LAKE EFFECT SNOW! Augh! For those of you not familiar with this lovely weather phenomenon, let me give you a Meteorology 101 course. We live about 5 miles inland of Lake Erie. When a cold front rolls in from Canada or sweeps across the midwest and arrives in the Ohio valley, the winds are situated so that they are blowing out of the northeast, right across Lake Erie. Lake Erie is not yet frozen over, so the winds pick up moisture from the lake and drop it, in the form of SNOW, right in my back yard ( well, and the rest of Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula Counties…and sometimes the lucky surrounding areas) . And I’m not talking about pretty little flurries. We’re talking 1-2 inches of snow an hour with white-out and blizzard like conditions!
Of course, we had to go out in the lovely weather. I had a follow-up appointment with the surgeon to get my staples and drains removed. I wasn’t allowed to drive until I got my drains out, so my grandparents were driving us ( Jaidin’s school was cancelled because of the weather, so she came with us). For two people who grew up in NE Ohio, they sure acted like they’d never seen snow before, let alone driven in it. It was quite comical. Jaidin kept saying “Calm down everyone!” Anyway, the usual 25 minute drive took almost 1 1/2 hours.
Here are two pics of Jaidin trying out her new snow boots after the snow stopped falling.

We finally got our tree up too. I got off scott free! Generally, I am the one who does all the Christmas decorating. Not this year! Jon got the tree out, assembled it, and then he and Jaidin decorated. I just ‘supervised’! They did a pretty good job!

Jaidin and I went shopping on Thursday, and she conned me out of this adorable Little People Nativity set. OK, maybe she didn’t con me. I’d wanted to buy this for her for the past two Christmases, but it was always sold out. While we were in Walmart, I saw a lady with two of them in her cart, so I made a bee-line for the toy aisle and sure enough, they had two left! Since Jaidin was with me, I obviously couldn’t buy it without her knowledge, and I knew if I bought it but didn’t let her have it when we got home she’d have a coronary. But they only had 2 left! Surely if I came back later, they’d be gone. So I did what any seasoned parent would do – I caved and bought it. And gave it to her when we got home. She’s played with it non-stop…which is good, because all I’ve heard about for the past two weeks is Santa…and now she’s talking about baby Jesus. She decided that we should keep the Nativity under the tree…”so Jesus can see His tree”. LOL

I’m not sure this is such a great idea though…I’ve had to rescue baby Jesus out of the jowls of our cat twice! Bad kitty!

Christmastime is here!


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