Monday, December 7, 2015

our newest house guest...

we recently set out on a cold, cold day
in search of the perfect tree
our first Christmas tree as a family, believe it or not
and my first real tree...ever (sad, but true)

*fun fact* #1:  this is the second time since we got married that a tree actually got put up

and it's not because we don't like Christmas
or decorations
or sparkly lights

all of that stuff is super fun, but i'm also super lazy...or busy...or something like that
and i struggle with saying no to all the Christmas happenings
in order to say yes to things like decorating
(plus that whole travelling every other Christmas thing...)

anyway, doesn't matter why we haven't decorated in past years
point is, we're trying to get better at it

because *fun fact* #2:  Christmas (and Easter, and birthdays, and any reason to celebrate, really)
is exponentially more exciting / fun / magical / awesome when there's kids involved
so we started at a garden center, 
but quickly realized that we weren't going to find the tree for us there
(without breaking the bank!)
we decided it would be way more fun anyway to head out to a farm
despite the glorious sun that broke through the clouds on our way over,
the air was crisp when we arrived
(which is a nice way of saying we couldn't feel our fingers, toes or noses
...or most of our faces, for that matter)
but we quickly forgot about the limbs we were losing to the cold
while playing hide and seek between the trees, 
discussing what types of leaves were our favorite,
running through the open space,
crunching through the frost with every step, 
and talking the girlies out of the ridiculously tiny trees
 as well as the gigantic trees that they were picking
(it was one extreme or the other - that is how they roll, after all)
we searched and searched
pointed out what we liked about each tree
aaaaand what we weren't so keen on
this was serious business, folks
then, finally, we saw it
the perfect tree for us

not too big
not too small
not too "bald"
not too thin
not too full

just right
so we cheered (first things first ;) )
and watched as Daniel chopped it down
then cheered again (because, why not?)
and finally, took our prize tree home!
such a fun adventure!

oh, and we named the tree bob
after Bob Ross
we like to think he is a happy little tree
so it seemed like a logical choice

what about you? 

Are you on the ball about Christmas decorating?  

tell me all your secrets!  don't leave anything out!  :)

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