On Saturday, we made the long trek and cut down our Christmas Tree. Yes, we are one of those traditionalists - we cut down a live tree and enjoy it for the entire season. It is something that both my husband and I did growing up and we have always enjoyed doing it with our family - first, just the two of us and now with our kids. Our day was a little unsure at first - both boys have been ill this week and this morning, Josh was still running a fever of 102. We gave him some more Motrin and finally, 30 minutes later, his temp was back to normal after more then 24 hours. Poor little guy! Plus Nate is recovering from Bronchitis and a Sinus Infection but seems to be improving as well. It wasn't getting the tree that was our concern but rather, the boys have been very excited to go to Papa and Nana's today and we did not want to disappoint. Once we knew the fever was finally under control, we loaded up and headed out to Uncle Charlie's Tree Farm - the same place we've gone for years. The great thing is that there was even snow at the tree farm so it make it seem more like Christmas (we do not have snow but there was almost a foot of snow 40 minutes away!) It was also pretty muddy - the boys didn't mind the snow or the mud!
After loading up the tree, we met my parents and they took the kids home for the weekend. Darryl and I then heading to a great restaurant called "Duke's". It is a Local Cajun restaurant and we love ordering 3 different appetizers (and Darryl gets a bowl of Gumbo!) This is something we've been doing for years!! After getting home, Darryl set the tree up and worked on getting the lights on so we could decorate it. I really love the tree (granted we both thought it was taller when we picked it . . .). My mom had some extra decorations that she isn't using this year, including some fantastic white snowflake lights and they add so much to tree. Plus she had some red and white bulbs that we used too. We have lots of special ornaments that we use but I like having a central theme (red and white this year) to kinda ground the tree. Finally, while we decorate, we also watch the movie "Home Alone" and enjoy lots of snacks!
We still have to decorate outside - it was raining all afternoon so we didn't get it done on Saturday so we hope to get it done today. I'd love to have TONS of lights and decorations - we'll see what I can get done and then can build it up over the next few years :-)