We have had the same pre-lit artificial tree for many years and each year we have been battling it more and more to get the lights to work. We decided that we would buy a new tree this year.
A couple of days before Thanksgiving, Pete and I went out shopping to try and find a new pre-lit tree for our house. We spent many hours and went to many stores but really didn't find anything we loved. We went home a little discouraged and started discussing that we might purchase a real tree this year. And then we started reminiscing about how once, when the boys were little, we took them to a tree farm to cut down our own Christmas tree and decided that it would be fun to do again this year.
These pictures are from 15 years ago; December 1998. Drew was 1year old, Jake was 3 1/2, and Tyler was 7.
All of these shoes at the back door can only mean one thing...
all of my boys are home!!!
Tyler came home around 3pm on Tuesday. His girlfriend Maria gave him a ride and it was so nice to sit at our kitchen table with the two of them and chat for a while! Jake rode the Alumni club chartered bus home from school and arrived at home around 2:30am on Wednesday. A 12 hour bus ride! Yikes!
Wednesday was spent getting a lot of errands done, like much needed haircuts for the college boys. :) That night we had a family Christmas movie night and Tyler also got us hooked on the show 'How I Met Your Mother.'
Thursday we watched the parade and went through all of the Black Friday sales while eating some homemade pumpkin bread.
That afternoon we headed over to my parents house where we had Thanksgiving dinner with the crew.
On Friday, we went to cut our Christmas tree down at a local tree farm. We haven't done this is 15 years, so this brought back a ton of memories from when the boys were little... and it was so much fun! (We missed having Tyler and Jake there due to work and a Turkey Bowl.)
(The tree is super prickly so I wore some gloves while I lit the tree. :)
Bella even helped out. :)
1400 lights later and all is lit.
Now to rest a bit. :)
On Saturday we prepared to have our own little turkey dinner. We put in a smaller turkey with some of the fixings.
Then it was time to decorate the Christmas tree.
I love these guys and am so very thankful to be their mom!
Sunday morning came too quickly.
But our house will be alive again in just 3 weeks! :)
(The other title that I had for this post was 'the best weekend ever' which is what I kept telling Pete all weekend as my mama heart was so happy and full!)
This is a scrapbook of my life
and my favorite things...my family and friends, photography, bible study, traveling, working out, gardening, cooking, making my house a home......
I am a stay at home mom to three amazing boys and I absolutely love my job!!