First off my husband has to sit for hours and figure out which bulb is out and get all the lights working. Annoying to me...and probably to him but at some point I think he actually enjoys it...he is an engineer. This year he got some tool that actually tests them and then fixes them. WOO HOO!
Getting the lights on goes fine....however, once it comes time to decorate ... I don't know...it is just never how I dreamed it would be. First off Henry starts grabbing like the ornaments are toys. Charley continuously
At one point "Bah Humbug Daddy" pulled me aside to share a brainstorm. He suggested, "BAH! Next year we should let them pick out five ornaments to put on the tree and then eventually they can have 10 someday." WHAT! NEVER GOING TO HAPPEN. And as I sit here and type this I remind him he suggested this and we both laugh. In the moment it sounded so good.
Once we got it mostly decorated, we realized it was leaning a bit and seemed tippy...so Ed hunkers down and tries to fix that. 30 minutes later after Ed has pine needles smashed into his cheeks, and I have looked at it from every angle a million times and am trying to confidently say that it is straight...we have this:
Mom and Dad...I know you are SOOO jealous of our angel on the top of our tree. For those of you who don't know...until I was married my parents put this angel on the top of their tree because:
a. Their little preschool daughter made it years ago and they wanted to support her creative expression.
b. It was just so darn gorgeous.
c. Their daughter who became a kindergartner - college graduate demanded it.
d. All of the above!
You will notice the use of recycled material: the toilet paper tube.I think the day we got married my parents presented this baby to Ed and wished him well.
We are soooo close to giving up the "REAL" tree thing and going for a fake one. We both grew up with real trees and for some reason we really value the real tree. However, the lights, shape, straightness, tree stand, etc...is just starting to make us rethink this whole thing. Not to mention the fact that we travel quite a bit around the holidays and can't keep it watered (however, this year we have a handy 2 liter bottle contraption that my mom and dad used to use).
Yet, when it is all said and done....the smell of pine and the chuckle over the entire experience was well worth it.
There's always next year to have that perfect family moment....or not...because that just wouldn't be right - the holidays are all about exactly what we experienced this morning. I love my family and I love our tree.