The children can count on getting three things in their stockings on Saint Nicholas Day every year…an orange, chocolate coins, and a new ornament to add to their collection. This year, I picked up ornaments from Germany when we visited the Christkindlmarket in Naperville, and Chickadee was very excited to hang her new snowman ornament on the tree this morning!
It’s not unheard of for the St. Louis area to have flurries or even a light accumulation of snow towards the end of November. But to have a snow event big enough to send Weatherbird into “French Toast Map Mode” and cancel schools across the region this early in the month…well, it almost never happens! Chickadee was delighted to see how much snow there was when she got up this morning, and she couldn’t eat breakfast fast enough…all she wanted to do was play in the snow!
We finally made it to the pumpkin patch today!
Chickadee had a great time inspecting all the pumpkins…
…until she discovered a few burrs stuck to her boots. She started shrieking, and would barely stand still long enough for me to pull them off. Once she finally calmed down, I was able to figure out what the problem was. She had never encountered a burr before, and thought she had “baby porcupines” stuck to her! In the end, she still had a great time, and I don’t think any of us will forget the porcupine story!