Only six weeks late--but here is our annual getting-the-tree-from-Lowe's outing. We've tried a variety of ways to acquire our tree: nice nurseries, cutting the tree down, and, of course, Lowe's. And hands down, our best trees, and our easiest outings, have come from Lowe's (not to mention our cheapest). So why mess with what works? We loaded the kids into the truck cart (and Josh had to race the kids precariously in said cart), found us our perfect tree, loaded the tree on the car and headed home. The decorating of the tree was a little less simple. Josh was gone for the day but our tree had sat undecorated for a few days, with Christmas boxes strewn messily about, so I foolishly tackled the decorating by myself (well, it would have been easier by myself--I tackled it with three kids in tow--we were watching an additional one-year-old). Will was helpful--though he placed ALL the ornaments in a small four-by-four area of the tree, but the two one-year-olds? Not so much. They basically undermined everything we did--took off everything we put up and threw fits when we had the audacity to place their stolen ornaments back on the tree. But we finally got 'er done (ornaments in one concentrated area and all), only to have an entire strand of lights burn out two days later. But at that point I was over it. So, this year, I called it our "good enough" tree, because that is exactly what it was--good enough!
And now the pictures:
Racing in the truck cart.
Is it really possible to get a good photo of my kids?
Dada and Goose with the tree.
Goose and the tree--she was ever so helpful (and yes--I think she wears jammies all day on far more occasions than I like to admit).
Will and his hat hair.
I had to include this photo for two reasons: one, the kids were being so cute putting up their Santa and snowman gel window treatments and two, check out what Lucy is wearing. That is what Josh dressed her in on this day--the onsie OUTSIDE the pants. Nice.
Will threw the lights on the tree and said: I did it--I put the lights on. If only it were that easy, buddy.
And here are a few snapshots Will took of the tree and decorations. Not bad, eh?