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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Let It All Begin...

Off we go into the woods...


Reindeer prancing about...

Looking for the perfect tree...


Moments of genuine affection not always seen...


A beautiful pine the same age as my middle child...

Let the decorating begin...

They each have their favorite ones...

A mother's touch here and there...

On tippy toes they put the angel on the tree...

No longer need their Papa to lift them up...(sigh)

It's past their bedtime, with no regrets,
just more memories to add to an already wonderful life...

Once again we feel blessed!
Merry Christmas 2009

39 comments:

Lee the Hot Flash Queen said...

Beautiful and dang it if your family isn't perfect!

Purple Flowers said...

Wonderful pics. for the photo album that depicts your family life. I love it!

ShellSpann said...

Love it! My favorite part of Christmas is decorating the tree with my kids :)

Matty said...

It's nice how the entire family gets involved in the whole process. Great smiles.


The colors of the wall look like ours.

Raoulysgirl said...

What a great post!

We can't do a real tree, unfortunately, due to allergies...however, this weekend is our "tree time" with our good ol' faker. Hey, in some things, it's ok to fake it!!!

Ed Adams said...

We're doing the same thing after work today.

Awesome memories.

ShellyInOz said...

Coniferous trees are a little hard to come by in my neck of the woods (pun intended). I could decorate a miniature palm tree or a eucalyptus tree?

Anyway, love sharing in your tradition. We'll be putting up our old faithful tree-in-a-box, even though we won't be here for Christmas (because we'll be in *Fiji*--insert jazz hands here)

Together We Save said...

Beautiful tree... wonderful family.

Tattoos and Teething Rings said...

What great memories for the kids, and a gorgeous tree!

LMJ said...

This is so cool! I love photoblogs!!! I'll probably take my tree out of the box this weekend.

Stephanie Faris said...

What a beautiful tree! But even more beautiful are the memories you created.

Erin said...

I love seeing photos of you w/ your fam! Looks like you had a fun time!

Patrice S. said...

Talk about the perfect family!
A family that picks out the Christmas tree and decorates it togethter, stays together!! lol

Cathy said...

You picked a good one! We're cutting ours this weekend....best day of the year!

JennyMac said...

Love it..and the family pics are SO cute.

Frau said...

what a great tree! thanks for taking us along for the fun!

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

I just realized how much your daughter looks like you. I really miss the days of having the kids around and excited about Christmas. It really is a trade off...I get to do my tree, my way...but, I'd give anything to have my kids both home and all of us together for Christmas. We will go to Florida to be with my daughter (at Disney, you work Christmas Day) and my parents. My son will stay in Illinois and go to his girlfriend's (sort of) and be with her and their 2 little ones. My sister will have her Christmas with 3 of her 4 kids home. We used to all be together, I really miss it, but what to do...these kids grow up!

Sue

Ms Bibi said...

Oh, what a sweet post.

Wonderful pictures, thank you for sharing them with us.

It is so sweet to see two brothers in such loving embrace. Every time I see my boys like that it just melts my heart.

MJ said...

brave, brave mom letting the kiddos hold on to the saw in the company of each other.

on a serious note - thank you for sharing your family tradition. It is always nice to see how beautiful your family is, both on the inside and out!

ScoMan said...

Very nice. Great way to start the holiday season as a family.

Corrie Howe said...

I love the Christmas tree story in pictures. Thanks for sharing your special time with us.

kys said...

You guys look like a tv family. And the tree is pretty, too.

TheEclecticElement said...

Those are all wonderful pictures!! Not to mention the great memories had by the whole family :)

I Wonder Wye said...

Lovely family, lovely tree. You should be on a reality show - I'm tired of dysfunction.....watching your family would be a treat. It would help people out there who must think Jon and Kate types are the norm....

Holly said...

That looks like fun! Where do you do that...I want to try it! Beautiful tree...beautiful family! Sweet memories!

Holly

My name is PJ. said...

All Christmas trees have their own particular beauty, but the old-fashioned cut it down yourself and dress it with ornaments collected over the life of a family? That's my favorite.

You did a great job here, Holly. I wish you would write more. I keep telling you, you have a gift. Don't waste it.

Midday Escapades said...

Love it! Thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Traci said...

Looks like the beginning of a wonderful holiday season.

Merry Christmas!

Liz in Virginia said...

Hi, girls! I stepped away from blogging for a little while, and just today saw that you gave me some bling last week! You're the nicest!

However, your organized Christmas preparations are bringing me down, man! I was feeling good that I finally got rid of the Halloween pumpkins. I'd better get it into Christmas gear!

Liz @ twentyfirstcenturyhousewife.blogspot.com

Willoughby said...

Beautiful pictures! It looks like everyone is having a great time.

We get our tree two weeks before Christmas, so we still have a little longer to wait.

Kristin said...

OMG, my heart is melting over that pic of the munchkins with their arms around each other!

Erin said...

something 4 u over at my place today!

Tiffany said...

that tree is huge...and awesome! i love it. can't wait to have a bigger house so i can kick this charlie brown tree we've got going on...

Martha in PA said...

O Christmas Tree O Christmas Tree, what a lovely, family.....

Oh well, trying to rhyme. Your family is beautiful and so is your tree. My daughter was able to put her star on the top of the tree this year with the help of just a step ladder. She was so happy! Simple joys!

Pink & Green Mama said...

I love the fact that your kids are holding a saw in their "moment of rare affection" photo!! LOL : )
Nothing like sharp tools to bring a smile to their faces!
It's like the photos I take of my girls where they are grinning at the camera while holding each other in a headlock!

Holly Ann said...

Beautiful tree and memories... my kids aren't really into decorating the tree with me anymore... they love to hang a few ornaments here and there but that is it and then they are off... if only to go back in time where i would have to rearrange all that they put on...

Blog Hopping and found ya...

Happy Holidays!

Terra said...

This is my first visit here, and I like sharing in your hunt for the tree, and the tree trimming with your kids. The tree looks so sparkly and joyful.

Noelle said...

that is so nice! we used to go out and cut our own christmas tree but we don't live near an area where we can do that anymore...i miss that!

stopping by from 365 days to happiness...to say happy name day!

Jenn Erickson said...

Beautiful tree! Wonderful tradition! We do the same thing each year. It's one of my favorite parts of the whole season.