Thursday, November 29, 2012

It's Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas!

Sunday dawned crisp and cold, and in no time at all Clark Griswold had whisked us out the door to make it to a diner in time for Breakfast.  Because it's not a Christmas tree hunt until you have overdone it on the bacon, you know? 
I instagrammed this picture, and then did everything in my mothering handbook to entertain our hoodlums for the next 40 minutes.  Oy.   But the food was good, so with our tummies full we set off to find some Christmas garland.  After braving the madness that is Christmas tree shops, one covert nursing, and one potty accident (and subsequent outfit change), we strolled out of the store with 30 yards of garland.  Next up?  THE TREE FARM. 
But not just any tree farm, no no, this was the tree farm that Matt used to go to when he was little. Now, I'm not gonna say who - but someone didn't listen to his wife when she was co-piloting, so we got a leeetle bit lost.
Ahem(you guys - it was Matt).  After a nice scenic, loopy, drive, we finally did find THE tree farm. 
And OK, yes.  It was worth the drive. Upon arrival we realized that we forgot both hats AND mittens for either of the boys, so we settled pretty quickly on a nice looking Fraser Fir.  I would ALSO like to add that Clark(Matt) promised we would not get a huge tree this year, that we would find one that was not taller than he is. 

Apparently Matt believes he is eight and half feet tall. 

The boys had fun time manning the saw with Daddy, while I spent my time laying on my belly snapping pictures. 
We hauled that baby back to our car, strapped it to the top, then hurtled down the highway hoping against hope that it wouldn't fall off. 

It didn't thankfully, so Matt got it ready, and brought it in (P.S. - I take a picture of him bringing in our tree every year - it is becoming a favorite tradition of mine - silly as that sounds).
Matt worked on stringing the lights while the boys and I readied the ornaments, and played with our rag garland.
After that, it was a free-for-all with the ornaments.  There are very few pictures of said free-for-all because I was busy trying to keep Luke from stealing all of Jack's ornaments the second after he put them on the tree. 
Now - let me just say - I am a big fan of beautiful, well-laid out trees.  Our tree?  Is never going to be any of those things.  I am a sucker for sentimental ornaments, so that ornament that my cousin painted for me when he was one?  Always going to be on the tree.  Matt's Star Wars ornaments?  Always going to be on the tree.  The salt dough ornaments that Jack painted last year? ALWAYS GOING TO BE ON THE TREE.  

So anyway - we here is our not so little Fraser Fir in all of his mis-matched, sentimental Christmas glory. 

Oh, and can I just point out the top?  How it appears to be chopped off?  Yeah...Matt is tall, but he is not that tall.  I do love that tall guys Christmas spirit though! I will show you the rest of our house all Christmasfied in another post!

Have you gotten your tree yet?  Did it fit in your house??  Are we the only ones that do that every year?

You can see our tree past tree posts here (2008, 2009 - I had a colicky baby and fell off the face of the blog for a month 2010, 2011)

16 comments:

  1. We got out tree...it's not so grand. Living in coastal NC has it's perks, but finding a Christmas tree is not one of them. They don't grow here and the ones they ship in are not so nice. It currently resides in our empty sitting room and is down to about 3 ornaments thanks to Dexter the destroyer.

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    1. Oh man, it is SO hard to keep kids away!

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  2. You guys drove right past our house! We live on the same road as the tree farm :-)

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  3. That is what Matt said!!! I looked to see if I could somehow recognize it from pics, but I couldnt :/

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  4. When you turned off Stairville Rd onto St. Mary's (the road the farm is on, even through it is about 3 miles down from us) we are the second house on the left on that road. When i was little we used to get our tree from Helen and Eds too :-) It is a fun place!

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  5. Love your tree! We get ours this weekend (the husband is making me wait until Dec. 1) and I absolutely cannot wait!

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    1. OOooh have fun! We usually wait until the first too, but this year will be be out of town. (It is my birthday on the first- and every year I tell him I just want a tree!)

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  6. "The most enduring traditions of the season are best enjoyed in the warm embrace of kith and kin. Thith tree is a thymbol of the thspirit of the Griswold family Chrithmath."

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    1. It is definitely very 'us'! I loved your tree decorating video by the way!

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  8. That looks like such an idyllic place to find a tree! Your family is adorable as ever. Merry Christmas decorating! :)

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  9. That tree farm is gorgeous! I love your tree. Sentimental is the best way to go anyways : )

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    1. Thanks Christine! It was a great spot for pictures, there was a lake and everything! But of course - we forgot their mittens so we couldnt really take our time for pics! Go figure

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  10. personally, i think it is hilarious that you guys can never just GO to a tree farm. It always ends up into a road trip. a long road trip.

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    1. Haha oh I know...Matt gets this idea about how it should be, and it never quite gets there. I think it would lose it's excitement if it ever actually went smoothly!

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