Friday, December 05, 2008
Goldilocks & the Three Trees
Okay, so maybe Goldilocks was not here, but we do have three trees.  A "Papa Bear" sized tree in the living room, a "Mama Bear" sized tree in the older boys' room, and a "Baby Bear" sized tree in the dining room.  The perfect little size for a one year old to decorate and destroy as he chooses.  :-)  
Before we head off into the trees, I just have to show you the cute Thanksgiving treats we made for our neighbors.  If you ever want great holiday ideas visit this wonderful site.
Oops. . .another stop before the woods to show the two Thanksgiving day photos that were taken. The first being my friend, Keren, and myself slaving away for all the male appetites ready to devour the food.  (Okay, so maybe were ready to devour it, too!  :-)
The second photo being of the guys having tons of fun with some contraption that I am afraid to spell due to its foreign origin.
Now for the trees - as you can see, I had lots of help from a sweet little boy.  He was very fascinated with all the new surroundings.
I did not do much this year since whatever came out would have to eventually find its way back to the shed.  I tossed some frosted fruit in a pretty glass bowl,  carefully set out the Willow Tree Nativity, and placed bulbs around to add a bit of color and mood.  Oh, yes, I set a snowman and small artificial tree in the boys' bathroom.  It's simple, but I like it that way.
My feelings were a bit mixed as Seth and Ethan put up their tree.  They followed the diagram and did most of it without my help.  It was sad relief.  I helped a little with the lights, but they put every ornament on by themselves.
The finished project and the happy decorators.
The finished project a few days later when the youngest brother decided he really wanted to hold one of the ornaments.  The poor tree has never looked the same!
What better thing to do but make faces while your Mom is taking pictures?!
I cannot get a good picture of my tree for anything.  The teal material comes alive when the lights come on, but I can never seem to get the effect with my camera.  Oh, well, you can see Silas' mini tree on the left.  That poor thing has been through war as well.  :-)  Maybe I should make a popcorn garland since he is so fond of munching on the ornaments.
I scaled down my tree decor also and used only stars and bulbs.  I really like it as it was a breeze to decorate and will be just as easy to put away.  I love the simplicity of it!
Annual gingerbread house construction.  

And what is sweeter than pudgy little babies in festive fleece pajamas?!  :-)

Have a blessed weekend!

  posted at 3:04 PM  

At 5:20 PM, Blogger Sarah Cook said...

Don't you just love Christmas?! I love the music, the warm decorations, the children praying for a certain item each (Faith- a guitar, and Charity- a violin... they are very serious about this!), and the children drawing, acting out, and telling the nativity story over and over with such joy... yep, I love Christmas! (Not buying lots of presents, just maybe two each, but Faith's pink guitar, although rather breakable, and Charity's toy violin are proudly being hid in my closet... I know they are going to be sooo excited. Faith told me that God said she could have a guitar...hmmm. Hope is getting this musical octopus thing, and a classical music cd... you know, I think I see a pattern here.)
My children keep killing my tree, too, and I really stopped caring... they actually helped decorate it, then undecorate it, then decorated, etc.
Your trees are so pretty!
Oh, Martha, got to tell you something funny... I got my hunting license! Hope to get a buck! HA!
Pardon the big note, it's been a while since I have gotten to talk to you, and I have a great desire to talk to an adult right now... been one of those days (too many diaper explosions and baths given!)

At 9:48 PM, Blogger Angie Davis said...

This Goldilocks only did three trees this year too. I am trying to work up the ambition to put up the 4th tomorrow. As always, yours looks beautiful!

At 10:52 PM, Blogger Tamra said...

I'm expecting our big tree to topple over any day. My kids have been having fun crawling in the small space underneath the lowest branches. I will be in the next room and hear the tinkling of ornaments and know what's going on. I enjoy seeing their fascination of the "new" decor. I'm just keeping my fingers crossed that it will all stay intact for the season.

At 11:49 PM, Blogger Michelle said...

I love the little pudgy hands in that last picture!

Love your tree as well. :o)

At 9:56 AM, Blogger Lori said...

Love the decor! Like you, I scaled back some this year too, its soooo much of a hassle to take down and put away! I did get a bit carried away in the tree dept. though, I have 6 trees, I'm seriously doubting my sanity right now. I guess the only good thing is that they are not all decorated, some small ones were left plain with just lights. Whew, yeah, I am crazy!

At 2:55 PM, Blogger LaDonna said...

Martha, just to ease your mind, the proper spelling of the foreign contraption would be Wii. I only know this because it's on my kids' "I-really-want-this-but-know-I'm-never-going-to-get-it" list! I loved the tress. I'm honestly happy that my kids are old enough to not pull them over anymore!:)When I say "scaled back," I must mean something different than you and your friends...I scaled back and only put up ONE tree! To go "all out" would have meant a 12" tree in the kitchen, and a 3' tree in our bedroom! Wow, your friend here that did 6 trees is superwoman!!!

Have a great Christmas!!!

At 11:46 AM, Blogger loree2000 said...

Me, me, me love the holidays too! :)

Getting a good photo of a Christmas can seem almost impossible! They all look so fun and festive! It looks like your house is lit up like a Christmas tree! :)

I enjoyed looking at all your new photos! Merry Christmas!! ~Lori

At 10:38 PM, Blogger ~Heather~ said...

Love this post. Cute decorations.

At 3:48 AM, Blogger Livin' Life and Lovin' It! said...

What a beautiful tree!!

Thanks for your comment... I'd love to photograph them. My hobby is quickly becoming a small business. Not a bad thing for sure!! :) Let me know when you're in town and I'll work you in. Haha!!

I've done some family portraits, Sr. pics, weddings and Costa Rica pics this year.. among other. It's always so much fun!! Check back, I'll add some more once I get 'get all gradutated' tomorrow, Fri. 12/12


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