Day 261: Tree Shots

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The hilarious thing about all the dozens of tree pictures I took last month are that I have a half dozen pins about how to take great Xmas tree photographs. As you can see, I pinned them and completely forgot to read the tips.

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I really had to capture this moment despite my cell phone not taking the best pictures. My cat curled up tight as a ball and some of our Christmas presents nestled under the tree.

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Day 249: Topping the Tree

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Don’t forget to catch the first and second parts of the decorating the tree blogs.
I have several years in a row of Kit placing our star on top of the tree. I really love this one because it looks the least posed. When you reach from something really far away don’t you stick out your tongue? Classic.

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I also have many, many pictures of Kit peaking out from the branches of the tree. I will refrain from posting every single one of those on my blog. Your welcome.

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Me posing with the Adventivity Card for day #6!!

Day 247: Deck the Halls!

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This is part two of three of the Christmas Tree decorating blogs. Don’t miss the first Christmas Tree blog which features a sweet Christmas memory.
Once we got the tree indoors we wasted little time covering it in our white and colored twinkly lights. Shortly after we started hanging our ornaments.

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I made Kit pose for this picture a second time—Can you read he irritation? He is very much goal oriented and didn’t want to pose for pictures. The ornament he is holding is a hand painted one we got out West on our way to visit the Grand Canyon.

imageKit is also impatient in taking a million pictures of me looking dumb in front of the tree. I really wanted a picture of me decorating the tree, but none of them them looked quite right.

We were watching Frosty the Snowman while we decorated the tree. By this time both Frosty and Frosty returns had played through so I switched it to spoken Spanish and played it again.

This is part of our December Adventivities project. 

Day 246: Christmas Tree Procurement

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Getting the Christmas tree is a big deal to me.

As a little girl, I remember my father and I suiting up (my mother had me layered in clothing so I looked like Randy). Then heading out to our farm to hunt down the perfect Christmas tree. I would typically lose a layer of the heavy clothing on the long drive to the farm.

Once we arrived at the driveway leading up to the hippie property my parents owned, we would traditionally attempt driving up the snowy or icy, washed out, gravel road. Inevitably, we parked the car and we began our hike. I typically lost a layer in the car, because I knew that hiking up to the top of the highest ridge in the county would be toasty. Even in December.

Once we arrived at the farm property line the verbal tour through my dad’s memories would begin. Even though I have never spent the night on that farm I could tell you how most of my adult siblings spent their summers there.

The pond that was dug out. My siblings swam in this in the summer time and had to watch out for turtles or small fish. Grown over now.

The tiny farmhouse. The home of many games of the survivalist child “North Wind.” Wasps nests decorating the eves now, but all silence in December.

The large piles of rocks; set a good distance from the house where a mangy dog had been put to rest after wandering up and scaring the wits out of my siblings and mother.

The white pine forest on the backside of the property. I don’t know how my sisters and brother saw this part of the property but it may very well be my favorite part. The forest floor is so dense with pine needles that one cannot walk through it without feeling like a proficient Native American stalking his prey.

My father and I would wander around and around until he finally decided he had found a decent tree. It would, of course, be about four times the size of a tree that could fit in our house.
My father would bring hand saws and axes, which meant that this part of the day would take the most time.

Making sure the tree was short enough and then dragging it back down the knob is a haze in my memory. Perhaps by this time I was exhausted. I have a good habit of forgetting things I didn’t enjoy as much.

Chapped lips, cold noses and a mostly empty belly–excepting jerky and some water—We would begin our drive home.

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Today, Kit and I go for the easier route. Perhaps less adventurous but getting a live tree is the house is a marvelous goal.

Our tree comes from a store and is a variety not quite so prickly for decorating. The smell is sweet and is perfect to bury your nose in when you come home.
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This is part one of three of my posts of Christmas tree pictures. The rest will be shorter. 

Day 243: Sonic Tree

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Drinking wine, playing cards and decorating trees. They all seem to go hand in hand, right?

We decorated my brother and SiL’s Christmas tree. They threw on the lifts and balls but realized they didn’t have a tree topper.

Problem solved with this bendable, posable Sonic action figure. If you knew my sibs you would understand exactly how perfect this is for them.

They got a couple if other small action figures and ornaments they added later on.

Yes, this whole blog post was just because I wanted to show off this awesome tree topper.