Dad helped Mom carry a bunch of storage boxes down from the upstairs. We thought we should help, too.
|"Watch your step!"|
"No, it's no trouble. We'll come up and help."
We may have run up and down the steps a few times. Just to help.
After everything was brought down to the main level, Maggie helped go through some of the ornament boxes.
Maggie has a thing for Sock Monkey. Unfortunately for her, Mom has just the deterrent:
|"Look! It's the Maggie Motion Monitor!"|
"Not the ol' triple M!"
You can read up on the MMM at this link. But to sum up, as the saying goes, "Every time a bell rings, a Siberian is too close to the Christmas tree!"
|"Don't worry, Mom. I'll keep an eye on her. I mean, she's FOUR now!"|
"How come Sock Monkey is so high up on the tree?"
Mom also got out our wood resin Saint Nicolas and Santa statues. Our grandmother painted them many years ago!
|"I like these!"|
"I always thought St. Nick and Santa were much bigger than this."
Mom put them up on a shelf in the breakfast room eventually, but wanted us to pose with them first. She asked us to do a "down"; Maggie was getting bored, but I obliged:
|"How's this, Mom?"|
"Perfect, Cam! Wait. Where is Magg--"
Off-frame: "DING DING DING DING DING!!!"
"RATS! Next time, Sock Monkey! Next time!"
Hmm. Maybe it's a good thing Mom put the triple M on the tree after all!