National Christmas Tree, the 2011 Edition
When I imagined life with 2 kids under 2, it never crossed my mind that I would be running around this much...especially in the cold weather. But it turned out that with some planning and patience, taking a toddler and a newborn out isn't impossible, it just may involve a few tears and cries.
Anna is at that stage where if she doesn't get what she wants or if something is taken away, she throws a fit. So if we want her to do something, it's wiser to ask her nicely and get her agreement rather than with force. Two sure ways to get her buy-in are 1) her baby brother Will and 2) bribe her with grapes.
For example: When she refuses to follow us, we say to her, "Baby Will is leaving, don't you want to come?" She will pick up her pace.
Or if she doesn't want to leave, we say, "There are grapes in the car." And she will chant "Grape! Grape! Grape!"
We used both lines during our visit to the National Christmas Tree.
This year, the National Christmas Tree is significantly smaller because the original one was toppled by strong winds earlier this year. It was pathetic looking, in my opinion, but as always, I still enjoyed walking around. Except for one or two years, hubs and I have always made the effort to come see the tree. I think we will hold on to this as one of the family traditions now that we have kids.
Anna really enjoyed the trains. So much that she didn't understand why there was a fence blocking her way...and, of course, she cried in protest.
Lastly, a shot of (sleepy) Will.