The Tree

Normally, I’m one to go get a Christmas tree a couple of days after Thanksgiving.  (Or in last year’s case, a few days BEFORE Thanksgiving, so we could have a little Christmas celebration with my brother Jeremy and sister-in-law Shannon who were visiting us for Thanksgiving that year.)

This year, with Skyler being so busy with school, we knew we’d have to wait until he finished this term on Dec. 4th.  With Thanksgiving being early this year, it seemed like an especially long time to wait for my tree!!  In the meantime, we set up a little 3 ft tree (fake and pre-lit) in Zeek’s room.  The last several years I have been pretty snobby about enjoying a “pretty” tree, instead of putting up a bunch of random ornaments from my childhood… So it was fun to be able to dig them out of the Christmas box this year and put them to use (but still be able to enjoy my pretty tree with matching ornaments! ;)).  Plus, this way Zeek has his own tree in his own room and can touch his own ornaments and leave mine alone.  He’s done really well so far (4 days) with just admiring my tree but not pulling the ornaments.

Here’s Zeek enjoying his little tree… with his hardhat on, cupping his mouth and hollering “TIMBERRRR!”, which daddy taught him before we went to cut down our tree. 

Note: If you live in Oregon, it’s really just a sad shame if you buy your Christmas tree off the side of an Albertson’s grocery store.  You MUST go cut your own down from a tree lot.  πŸ™‚

He loves to touch each ornament and tell us what it is.  This tree was a huge hit with him and I’m glad I twisted Skyler’s arm to convince him it wasn’t just me living out my childhood dreams through my son thought of it.

Wednesday morning, the day after Skyler finished school, I was determined to go get our Christmas tree, rain or shine!  And SHINE we had!  It was the most beautiful day that we’ve seen around here for a couple weeks.  What luck.  πŸ™‚

We headed out to Bauman Farm to hunt for a skinny tree (since it’s possible I could give birth while the tree is still up, we wanted to make sure there was plenty of room for the birth pool too!).  This was nearly impossible at Bauman, as they all have a pretty wide girth.  (I think next year we’ll go elsewhere.)

The first thing Zeek did once he got out of the car was run straight to the mud puddle to throw rocks in… and of course slipped and got his coat all muddy right from the get-go.  My life with dirty boys.  πŸ™‚

The boys headed out in search of the perfect tree.  I LOVE this photo.  πŸ™‚

We found THE tree (the one with the smallest girth that still looked good!) and took a couple photo’s before we (Skyler) hacked it down! 

Since I haven’t taken one in SO long.. here’s me at 35-37 weeks.  πŸ™‚

And then, daddy began to cut it down with his little sidekick nearby to supervise.

I snapped this photo and then said, “I better take one from behind you so that it’s consistent with the last 4 years’ photo’s!”

Then I laughed and said, “too bad you’re not wearing your green shirt like you did the last few years!”
He looked down, unzipped his coat and said, “you mean this one?”

Laughter.  Yes, dear.  THAT shirt.  What about that green shirt says, “I’m going to go cut down a tree today!” to you?!  πŸ™‚  Same shirt, same coat…every. single. year.

Let’s take a quick stroll through the past, shall we? πŸ™‚

I know, you can’t tell in this photo, but it’s the only one I could find from 2011!
I promise he IS wearing the green shirt! (And same coat…of course.)

Just proof of how long my husband insists on keeping and wearing the same shirts.
You have to pry them out of his hands when they get bad enough!
Of course, we had to stop by the animal barn and feed the goats and sheep before we headed home.  πŸ™‚
So happy to be sitting here (finally) by the light of our Christmas tree!
Something so wonderful about having some of the outdoors indoors.  πŸ™‚

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