JJ and Zana had a lot fun helping me decorate the house this year. I was lacking in energy so I really appreciated their enthusiasm.
The most exciting decoration this year is Grandpa Leo’s Christmas Train. Burke grew up with his Dad’s Lionel train chugging it’s way around the Christmas tree every year. It is a tradition he has wanted to pass down to his girls. Burke has looked for a train like his Dad’s for years but never found just the right one. When Burke’s dad got sick he was unable to take care of the train and it fell into disrepair. After he passed away it went into a box and was given to Burke’s younger brother were it has stayed for the last eight years. This summer I convinced Burke to ask his Brother if he would pass the train on to us. He agreed that he was not really interested in investing the money to fix it up and if we would get it running again we could have it. Burke was so excited. We took the engines into a train shop and had them repaired. The girls and I went with Burke to our very first train show this fall and got a new freight car and a train station to start our own little town. The girls helped their Dad set up the train under the Christmas tree and as it took it’s first turn around the track I couldn’t help but feel that Grandpa Leo was smiling down at the sight.