Today we went to pick out our Christmas tree at the local tree farm where we have bought our trees for the past few years. It was a chilly day, so we strolled through the open barn looking over the lineup of 8 ft+ trees. One caught my eye. It was tall and looked perfect. Confident in my ability to pick out an amazing tree, I went over to buy some garland while the tree I selected in about 10 seconds was wrapped and strapped to the top of our van. When we got home, my husband trimmed the lower branches and we put it in the stand and put it in place.
Hm. It looked a bit thinner than I remembered and there were some big holes in the shape of it. Plus, the branches point more up than out. Did I really pick that tree?! Yep. I did. Well, it’s our tree now, so we’re going to make it work! The boys and I got the lights untangled and tested.
They were both so excited and this is the first year they have been really helpful.
Most of the time.
I really enjoyed their enthusiasm in hanging the ornaments on the tree. I’m telling you, that tree is loaded! They didn’t want to stop.
I had to do some rearranging, because some of the “favorite” branches were sagging under the weight of 5 or 6 ornaments. Some of them were too sweet or funny to move. My youngest was gathering a bunch of birds and made a little family on one of the bottom branches.
They looked so cute snuggled together, so I left them as is. Even with the bare spots in the tree and some awkwardly placed ornaments, the tree looks really lovely. I’ll share more of it later.
I also started adding some more decorations around the house…
Our boys were in the town Christmas parade today, so I didn’t get to work on it more, but I’ll pick it back up tomorrow and through the week, in addition to the other projects I have on the list.
It’s nice to have to tree up, though. Now I need to get some Christmas shopping done!
And, before I go, I wanted to give an update on my style efforts. There was a stretch when I was slipping into some old habits, wearing slouchy sweats and no makeup for a few days. So, I decided to put on a proper outfit today… Ella pinned a t-shirt over a plaid shirt and I loved the look, so I bought a lightweight plaid shirt from GAP last week and layered it under one of my MMS tees…
I paired it with premium skinny GAP jeans, my LL Bean Deerfield boots and painted my nails a dark charcoal color.
Through this style journey, I’ve realized that I just am a jean and t-shirt kinda girl. but I don’t have to fight that. I just have to jazz them up a bit!