Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Trees and First Presents

O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!


Good ole Bess is up once again, towering over our living room and lighting up our days and nights.

She's a grand tree, and she has been with us since before Eric and I were married.  That means she's 
survived at least four moves, and believe me, we have not been gentle with her, haha. So it's no wonder that we now have lights going out on our pre-lit friend. There are entire branches that are dark. I know that some people refuse to get a pre-lit tree for this reason, but nope. Never going back. :) We'll just replace the bulbs and be on our merry way. (My betting odds are about 50/50 that we'll actually get around to doing that this year.) 

We cracked open our tub of decorations, put on the Christmas music, and got to work!



Excuse our bedheads. :)

The girls really did most of the decorating, and I helped with the upper branches. And Reagan was totally into it. I was shocked! Our tree was up for two whole days before kids started messing with the ornaments. Our casualty count is now up to two. (Thank you, Reagan.) And as usual, all of the pretty bulbs are slowly creeping their way up to the top branches. By Christmas Eve we'll have a half-decorated tree. :)



So cute. Our kids were still a little under the weather at this point. We always put up our tree on black Friday each year. It was a nice distraction for a little while!

Grace was the first to put presents under our tree this year. She was so excited to do some shopping at school at Santa's Cottage yesterday. I totally remember doing this myself and loving it, and it tickles me pink that my kids get to look forward to the same things I did more than 20 years ago. Yay small town schools, haha.


Bonus pictures of Grace hanging up her bird feeder before school yesterday. She was pretty darn excited about this, too. 




"It's hard for birds to find food in the winter." :)


Grace threw the most epic fit when she got home yesterday, because she wanted to give everyone their gifts RIGHT away. And this kid cannot keep a secret. "Okay, I won't tell you what I got you, mom. It's a necklace." :D She's also let it slip to me what she got for her dad and sister, and the only reason she hasn't told me Reagan's present is because I don't think even she remembers what it is, haha. 

Evie gets to do her shopping today. Unlike Grace, she's a pretty good secret keeper! Her gifts lasted until Christmas Eve last year and she never breathed a word to anyone. Love my girls and how very different they are. :)

I feel like this post was a little all over the place, but that's kind of my brain at the moment. So many different things going on at once in our world this week. And so much fun. Hope you all have a good day!

4 comments:

Heather said...

I never could last until Christmas with my school bought presents either. Always made my family open them way early. Its just too exciting!!

Adrien said...

I totally think you and Gracie ride the same wavelength! :)

Cassie said...

ha - i am right with you grace - i can't keep the excitement to myself. lol.

stella did the same thing last year after the christmas cottage. don't tell jon i got him that keychain. lol. cracks me up!

Heather said...

It's a fun wave to ride ;)

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