Over the mountain and through the woods we went to find our Christmas Tree.
It's become an annual adventure. This year I was unsure if we would make it due to the "back situation" with the big daddy. Mostly because he's the one who hikes, cuts and carries the tree down.
With a bit of re-figuring and the help of the older children we found, cut and put the tree on a sled all the way down the mountain. New tradition perhaps?
We arrived at the site and found that we were the only ones there. It's extremely quiet in the forest when there isn't a soul around. So we hiked, hauled the sled, and wound our way up the mountain.
The big daddy right away found what he thought would be our tree. Think Dr. Seuss....Long trunk big bunch of pine needles on top. It really did look like something Dr. Seuss would have drawn.
Uuh-hum, it didn't come home with us though.
After hiking for about an hour we found two trees that we liked. We all sat down in the snow to admire one and see if this was the one to come home with us.
Now, I'll tell you our littlest one loves to shake her head "NO". The Big Daddy decided to ask her if this was our tree. She looked from him to the tree and back to him and shook her head emphatically "YES".
So we knew this was the tree for us.
The big daddy commenced with the cutting and then the older children had a chance with the saw, cringe, which made them both very happy.
Soon she was set on the sled and we headed down the hill. Traversing tree stumps and rocks the whole way. We made quite a merry party of six tromping down the hill through the snow with the tree happily bouncing on the sled, the four year old in the lead and the two older children guiding from behind. Our littlest girl even had a small ride on the sled at the very bottom of the hill with this mama running along beside. Fun. Fun.
This site happened on the way back down the mountain and I just had to share. A motor home painted like a log cabin? Have you ever seen such a brilliant thing? It did require that the big daddy double back and go all the way around so I could get a picture but it was worth it don't you think?
Then, home to set the tree up and get the lights put on.
This I can say I have "Tom Sawyered" my honey into doing. I've done it for years but last year he "volunteered" and I loved that I didn't have to do it. So, this year there was a lot of "oh my you did such a nice job on the lights last year" and "wow you make that look so easy it must be because you are so talented" and a few "You are a professional!" thrown in and he did it again! yes.
I hope to have officially passed on that tradition. After all he's now done it for two years why not three?!?? Right?
On to the decorations after bath time. I've shown you in past years our trees and ornaments. I love that eighty percent of them were made by the children. It makes me smile to see over the years how we can now fill a tree with them.
One of the highlights this year was our littlest girl and her fascination with the tree.
She LOVED it.
In fact, she was very interested in putting the ornaments on and pulling them off. She would put one on and pull three off. It made the decorating last just that much longer.
Since last night the bottom of the tree is quite bare and I'm thinking that the ornaments may have to move up the tree a bit. Though to tell you the truth I'm enjoying her excitement when she toddles over and brings me a handful of ornaments. At least handmade ornaments means they are more durable.
So there she is. Our lovely, skinny, charlie brown tree. One that has it's own pine cones growing on the branches and as of this morning has begun to drink water like a fish.
It feels officially like the holidays now with the house spruced up with decorations. This morning I'm off to knit and sew with all due haste as this week marks the final week before vacation. And, this mama has a few things to do...
How are your projects going? OR are you already done?