There's something magical about putting up the Christmas tree each year.
Our family tradition begins with Chris standing up the tree, while Cam supervises. Once all of the branches are ready for decorations, Cam works with Jane to decide where all of the ornaments should be placed. Upon completion, the room feels warmer, the glow of the lights shine brightly and each object dangling from the tree holds a memory.
Cam has asked to drive around to see the outdoor holiday decor almost every evening. He explains we can "go wherever you want" each time. We surprised him with a quick trek over to the historic Ada bridge. The lights intermittently blink throughout the entire area.
The Ada Covered Bridge is a 125-foot span Brown truss covered bridge erected in 1867 in Ada, Michigan. Carrying Bronson Street across the Thornapple River, it is located just south of where the Thornapple enters the Grand River, in turn just south of M-21. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The milder weather we're experiencing, combined with an abundance of sunshine, has produced some picture-perfect sunrise and sunset photos.
However, the lack of snow has also meant that winter sports are currently on hold. The only "sledding" Cam has experienced of late has been in his elementary school gym!
Thanks to Michelle for sending this pic of our Michigan boy on a snowboard!
Mom: Explaining Operation Santa Claus at Cam's school and Cam asked what donate means.
"Mom, I have an idea for what to donate. How about all of my clothes that don't fit that we are saving for our friends."
Cam riding in the van during complete silence: "It's a most wonderful time of the year!"
Mom may need to reduce the saturation of Christmas music while driving :)