Thursday, December 27, 2012

December catch-up #1: Getting our tree

Once again, we have quite a bit to catch up on after our month of celebrations!  So, just like last year, I've got a couple of posts in the works.
We'll start by doing some time-traveling and going back to December 1st when we made our first trek to the Christmas tree farm.  I know it seems silly to be talking about getting our Christmas tree now that Christmas is already over, but I mostly want to just record the memory for future years.

For our China dossier, we needed some recent pictures of us doing things as a family so we invited my parents to come be our photographers as we went Christmas Tree hunting.
Family picture: check!

Lila and Nanny pretending they live in the forest.
Once we got there, however we realized that the trees were twice as expensive and half as pretty as the ones at Home Depot or Lowes so we basically used the Christmas Tree farm for the backdrop of our pictures and then went to Home Depot to buy a cheaper, prettier tree.

There's that giddy "I found The ONE" look the Husband gets on his face when the trees speak to him.

We opted to set up and decorate the tree the next day because we had the annual Elf Party to get to that night.  Our friend Jordanne hosts a party every year during which we watch the movie Elf and everyone brings their favorite kinds of sugar (candy, candy canes, candy corn and syrup!) to enjoy.  Lila was in heaven.  I handed her a plate full of sugar and she looked at me and said, with awe in her voice, "This is all for me?!"

The next day, we decorated our tree.  Lila did the honors of putting on the first ornament.  Isn't she the cutest?

Here he is in all his squirrelly glory, the first ornament.
 And then she did the honors of placing the star on the top of the tree:

 It wasn't all that successful:

 But we figured in out in the end.  Ta-da!

Check back in tomorrow for a post about Lila's family birthday party.  This year, we opted for a friend party and a family party rather than the massive open house parties we've had the last few years.  I think it was a good move - can't wait to share pictures from her friend party in a few days!  Stay tuned!

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