Friday, December 2, 2011

O Christmas Tree

We went last weekend and got our Christmas tree.  I'm going to be didn't go exactly like I had planned in my head.  You would think I would know by now not to set expectations.  I mean, after all, I'm dealing with 2 babies under 2.  I was just seeing all the great pictures we would get and that we would all be laughing and smiling as we picked out the perfect tree for us.  Not quite.  It was freezing cold, the wind was blowing about 30 mph, there were some tears shed and some voices raised...but we survived and we did get a tree.

We started with doughnuts for breakfast.  A family favorite.
This little guy is so sweet.

And this one is too...he's a mess but the cutest one I've ever seen.

They had a train inside that Sawyer loved.  He could have watched this all day.

We ran outside to pick out our tree.  It went something like this. 
Keith - See any good ones you like?
Me - I don't care.  Graham's freezing.  Just get the kind with the strongest limbs.
Keith - What about this one?  It looks good.
Me - Seriously, I don't care.  Just pick one.  Let me take a picture.  I'm going back inside.

  But he picked a good one.

I needed this reminder...

Back inside where it was nice and warm!

And more "choo choo" watching.

A family picture on the way to the car...
Time to go...

But once we were home, everyone was happy.  We had a fire going, Christmas music playing and we were enjoying each other and decorating.

Sawyer loves daddy.  It's so cute to watch.  He wants to do everything Keith does.  Keith was cutting the plastic off our tree and Sawyer wanted to help so he grabbed his hammer and started "helping".

Just hanging out...

Saw even helped Daddy decorate the outside.

He spent a good amount of time just picking up the ornament boxes.

I have to say that even though it didn't go as planned., it was still worth it.  It is always worth it.  It may be hard to see that in the moment, when you are frazzled, freezing and losing your patience, but it's always clear looking back. It would have been way easier to send Keith down to Home Depot to pick up a tree. Or heck, put up the fake one in the attic.  But we are making memories and creating traditions.  And that is what it is all about.  Our hands are full now but I honestly hope over the next several years they get even more full.  And I know "one day" doing things like going to the tree farm will be easy ~ it won't require packing paci's, changing diapers and wearing babies.  But I'm not guaranteed "one day". 
 But I have right now and I am drinking it up!


Kathy Jo said...

I know I have said it before but your words are so beautiful and I fell like I am there! The boys are so precious and I know the memories you are making will last them a lifetime!

Much love to you all!!

H2's Mommy said...

I love how you make me really think about those moments! Love their hats!