It was another “best day ever!” Dylan is in love with this time of year. He LOVES the decorations, the songs, the treats – everything! So when we decided that we were going to get the tree yesterday, I knew it was going to be another “best day ever!” For him anyway. It started out rough. Eric had gotten us a new tree stand after chucking our old one last year (here is where hindsight is 20/20). We struggled and struggled to get it together. Finally, it appeared to be “together” so we stuffed the tree in. No luck. Kept tipping one way or the other (I was holding on to it, so it never went completely over). Eventually we decided SCREW IT and the kids and I went to town to buy a new one. Just like our old one. So, here we are several hours later, ready for decorating. I had gotten the tripod out since its such fun to use. I had to cut him off after about 10 pictures that look just like this one.
Lights on, time to trim the tree! He could hardly stand the wait. I’m pretty anal with my lights, so it takes me awhile to get them on. But its worth the time. He started opening all the ornament boxes on his own and racing to the tree to put them up, each time exclaiming, “Oh look at this one!” or “I remember this one!”
We set aside a small pile of ornaments for Avery, who was having her shower. Ladies enjoy being clean. Dylan, not so much. He said NO to the shower, YES to the ornaments.
He’s much more professional this year. No more over-crowding the branches with ornaments. He even got a stool so he could place ornaments up higher.
Avery is still very beginner with her decorating skills. One branch got the brunt of her ornaments.
Eric took over picture taking here and coached the kids in running past the camera so he could snap pictures of them. Fine by me! Had to fix some of the “not so pretty” areas of the tree.
Here’s CoCo, watching it all unfold.
Finally, time to put the star on old Chunky. Eric named her that. Hey, we could have had a nice taller model, but nooooo, he said it wouldn’t fit. Um, its as tall as me! In his defense though, we had to cut off a lot off the bottom. This happens every year tho. We go to the tree lot, I pick a lovely taller tree. He vetoes it. We go home with a short, squatty tree and then we rip on it all season. Oh well. Every tree needs a home I guess. Mark my words tho, ERIC WIKOFF – we are getting a taller tree next year!!!!!!! There is no way I should be able to help Dylan put the star on! Thats redick!
He’s laughing because it wasn’t going on easily and I was yelling at him to hurry as my arms were giving out. He’s a heavy little bugger!
Trying to assess the situation. Ended up making Chunky even more squatty. Sorry Chunks!
Here’s Avery’s branch. Such nice clustering.
I was trying to take some beauty shots of Chunky. Messing with settings, light, etc. Set the camera down to do something else. And….
CHUNKY. FELL. OVER. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I nearly lost my shiz. Trishy had to do some deep breathing exercises here to remain calm. Chunky’s ornaments fell off. Garland fell down. A gallon of water woooooooshed out all over the floor. Trishy very mad at Chunky! Bad Chunky!!!!
As I sit here typing, Chunky is looking at me like, “What’d I do????” You know what you did Chunky! You’re doing it right now! LEANING. Grrrr. Eric even strapped Chunky up with fishing line after the incident and here she still leans. Chunky better start behaving or CoCo is telling Santa!!!!!