Monday, December 27, 2010

the tree of all trees

We were ever so lucky to win a free Christmas tree this year in a raffle from our good friends the Lynches. We showed up the Sunday before Christmas to hunt down the perfect tree. They had a huge selection of noble firs to pick from and the decision was hard to make - when each tree is gorgeous, how do you choose?

After much looking everyone settled on the tree that both boys picked first (sometimes, no matter how much looking you do, you won't find a tree you like as much as the tree that first catches your eyes). Big Jamey was concerned about how tall it was and agreed to getting it only if I would help carry it. Which, I happily complied to. It turned out that these trees had relatively slender bases and were lighter than expected.

After roping our tree to the car, we were off to bring it home for decorating.

To give the tree a bit of perspective, I had James stand by it for this picture.

We had a blast decorating it and I am still amused that all decor stops about 1/3 from the top - even James couldn't reach that high. We have so enjoyed this tree and I definitely plan on heading back to the Lynches next year for another wonderful tree.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

A Decade

With the winter break on us, and having considerably more free time, I thought I'd catch up on some blogging and capture a few events before I forget. Here is a recap of Jamey's birthday:

Jamey is now ten, and we celebrated his day doing things he wanted to do. First on the list - a day off of school, except for ice skating lessons. After that, we went to: 1) Jamba Juice, 2) Firstenburg Community Center, 3) book store 4) Sushi restaurant for dinner and 5) home for present unwrapping. After the fun day, I pestered him for an interview, which he kindly gave:

What is it like being 10?
It is a little weird. Another year has passed and I can never be 9 again. I am not sure what to think about that one.

What was your favorite part of your birthday?
Well, there were three things. Getting to be with everyone, receiving presents and going to Sushi Land.

What didn't you like about your birthday?
I didn't have enough ideas on how to spend the day.

Anything surprising about today?
Finding chocolate frogs in the Harry Potter section of the book store. They were good too.

Do you have any words of wisdom or thoughts you'd like to share?
No matter how old you become, your mind always stays the same. You are always you.

Also, it is kind of weird having this interview - it's always weird. I like it though.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas at Fort Bale

The day began magically with the tree lighting the darkness. We were woken up shortly after 7 by Arthur (who benevolently let us sleep in) letting us know Santa had come!

With all of us awake and convened in the living room, unwrapping began, picking up speed with the mounting excitement of the kids.

And at the end of it all, a wonderful kaleidescope of chaos.

Wishing you the best of holidays.