Monday, December 6, 2010

The Fairest Tree in All the Land

       This Sunday, we took advantage of some time off together to get in the holiday spirit. With Jon gone all day on Saturday and a very busy couple of weeks ahead of us, we wanted to get our tree put up in our house while we had the chance. This year, I very much wanted to fork over a little dough to purchase a tree from a tree farm. We've cut ours down in the woods for the past few years, and while the experience is great, you get what you pay for. As in...a tree that leaves a little to be desired. But when our plans to visit a tree farm were foiled by bad weather, we went out and purchased ourselves another permit so that we could go and hunt our own. 
       Every year we've gone to a different area to cut down our tree. This year, we landed ourselves on the West Shore of Tahoe in an area we had no idea existed. So after driving around and scouting out our kill, we pulled ourselves over and got to work. 
I had the best view of them all. 
This little guy.
We strapped on some borrowed snowshoes and headed uphill.
Jon actually took a few pictures of me with Nolan, 
which is pretty rare.
Man, dog and saw.
Nolan even wore his lumber jack shirt.
Jon finally found a tree that he was happy with. 
{It actually doesn't look nearly as fat in this picture as it really is.}
We've decided that tree selection and cutting is his territory.
And all other holiday items are left to me.
And so, with his eye on the prize. 
He got to work.
Here comes my lumberjack now.
Nolan took a two hour nap after we got home, which allowed us
to dig in to all our boxes of decor. 
Two exhausting hours later, the Milam halls were decked. 
      Natural Christmas trees, while they feel so right, don't look quite so right. They're a bit sparse and quite oddly proportioned. But they are nice on the pocketbook. Once we own our own home, I vow to find myself a picture perfect tree. 
Hunt down a tree... check.
Deck the halls... check.
Christmas tunes in the house... check.
And... Christmas cards have been ordered... another check!!!

This great day is being followed up by a not so great day. 
Nolan heads to childcare Monday.
For his first time. 
Not sure who this will be harder on. 
Him or me?

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