|I love this photo. The Mother-Baby sign, our baby bag, Tyler's school bag that we used for our stay, and his full hands.💛|
Dietz to get our tree because it looked like they had the most options from the road. And online it said they had free hot chocolate so maybe that was the real reason. They had hills and hills of trees so we felt good about finding one we would like.
One of Tyler's priorities is the smell of the tree. It needs to smell like forest, Christmas, pine, spruce, woods, etc. See below. Alice obviously feels that the taste of her gloves is important.
A priority we both have is that it is a full tree, tall enough for our house, and has pretty branches and minimal holes.
This really is one of my favorite things to do when the holidays come around. I love to go to the mountains (or the Rite-Aid parking lot if I'm pregnant) and find the tree that we'll put lights and ornaments on and tuck presents underneath.
While that all sounds magical, this favorite tradition encompasses lots of mini traditions.
Wandering around in the snow(rain now because WA).
Sipping i.e. spilling hot chocolate.
Taking much longer than planned because of our tree priorities(see above).
Quoting Clark Griswold all day long.
Sticky, sap fingers. And consequentially sticky, sap hair, clothes, steering wheel, etc.
Christmas song sing alongs.
And driving home with the sunset.
Those mini traditions happen to be ones we complain about a lot but maybe they'll be some of the funnest ones to remember when we're older and have other things to complain about.
|Alice loved riding with Papa until she didn't.|
|Getting the squint just right.|
|Banana Cream, Raspberry Cream Surprise, Pumpkin, Pecan Pumpkin, Caramel Apple, Key Lime, Cherry Brownie|
|The Raspberry Cream Surprise was a definite favorite, so light, creamy and perfectly tart.|
|Our Caramel Apple pie--tasted delicious...the structure however, did not impress.|
|One of each!|
|Serious pie judge deliberation!|
|Alice and her Aunt Rachel.|
|Location scouting and test shots for the family photos. Is that a model or my husband? Or both? ;)|