I'm envious of them actually having a real tree. We are never sure where we are going to be when around the holidays and it makes me nervous to leave a tree unattended for a few days, so we've always just had a fake tree. But the smell and the sight of a real tree is one of the best parts of Christmas. I was so glad that the kiddos got to go and experience what its like to cut down a real tree.
We were only able to stay long enough to get the lights on the tree (how many grown males does it take to put lights on a tree???) and for the kiddos to hang a few ornaments before we had to head out. After being gone for a few days it was necessary for us to get back, get some laundry done and give the kiddos a chance to re-adjust a bit. I adore the fact that they get to spend time with my parents and siblings but it is definitely a different atmosphere than it is here on a school night :-p
In other news, Happy National Pie Day! I have to admit I'm kind of pied out. So instead of making dessert tonight, I had made and froze an awesome chicken pot pie for tonight's dinner. This was different than I usually make it, but the crust was awesome and there was barely enough leftovers for Grant to have for lunch tomorrow. Success :)
So, back to the hum drum tomorrow. Noah's back to school, Kayla and I have plenty of errands to run and it's fritters day! So until then...
A long walk to the Singer's tree
Mikayla ran laps around Aunt Shell's tree until the guys got there with the chain saw
Everyone riding the wagon back to the front
Grandma, the Bean and Aunt Shell
Aunt Sarah and Noah
One really big tree
Well, it's standing!
The correct answer is that it takes 5 fully grown males to put up the lights
Grandma and Kayla start putting up the ornaments
Chicken Pot Pie