Trimming the Tree

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The only wrapped present – for Emerson, from our friend A.  Nice and high so it can't be torn open by a toddler or dog

We FINALLY got a tree!  A week or so ago, I saw that the school where my husband went from Kindergarten-8th grade was selling trees as a fundraiser.  Saturday we headed over and got one.  While there we bumped into my husband's 3rd grade teacher who remembered my husband!

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Saturday was pretty hectic after getting the tree, having to get ready for the party, get Emerson ready and to my mom's house… all we did was put the tree in the stand and add water. Sunday while Emerson napped, I got around to finally trimming the tree.

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I also added some decorations to the rest of the house – lighted garland from the banister and on the bookcase in the living room, a lighted garland around the front door and lights along the top of our fence around our front yard.

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When my father-in-law passed away, we inherited all his Christmas decorations.  This was his light-up tree and candleholder.  His ornaments are also mixed in with ours on the tree.

When Emerson came downstairs after her nap she was in awe.  “Ooooh wow!” Totally made it all worthwhile!

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Please forgive the outfit – this is what happens when Daddy dresses her after her nap

She also saw the Santa hat on the banister and said, “Hat?  Presents?”  I took down the hat and put it on her and she wore it the rest of the evening and asked for it again this morning.  Even when in the car seat on the way to take me to the Metro she HAD to wear the hat!

A woman with curly hair wearing a plaid blazer holds a green fur coat over her shoulder on a city street.

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  1. Oh what a great craft to make. I do remember there being kits when I was younger, but my family never was into that sort of stuff. I wonder if they still have the kits – this tree might need a friend & you can make one too! 🙂

  2. I love your tree – it is so pretty! ours has always been decorated with silver – just silver! But this year we have gotten so many baby’s 1st xmas decorations in all kinds of colours that I think I may start mixing it up a bit!

  3. Wait, not every kid wears them with sweatpants AND legwarmers? 😉

    It’s funny, my mom bought her the very same tee shirt! Good thing that it’s also one of her faves! Our girls have good taste! 🙂

  4. My daughter loves her butterfly t-shirt from ON. Whenever it’s clean she asks to wear it. In fact, she wore it yesterday – but with some cords. 🙂

  5. My husband has a thing for babylegs/legwarmers. He puts them on Emerson any chance he can. Those have toads on them and say “Toad-aly Scene” and we call her Toadie, so those are his faves 😉

    I can imagine her wanting to go the Punky Brewster/hobo route. She already loves hats, scarves, mittens, coats, and layers in general! She also loves purple, so I can see her looking like Grimace at age 6!

    I always wanted one of those light-up trees and was so happy to inherit it. I always admired it on his end table at Christmas time; it’s nice to be able to continue the tradition!

  6. Wow that tree your Husband’s father had that you inherited brought me back to my childhood. My mom had a slightly larger one and when I got old enough to understand it was breakable I got it in my room on a table during Christmas. Thanks for sharing a picture of it 🙂
    You are so cute with the pictures of Emerson being dressed by her daddy, just wait until Emerson wants to dress herself, it might be worse.. My old co-worker used to always tell us every morning that her 6 year old daughter would look like a hobo in her outfit she picked out all by herself and she would just bite her tongue and let her express herself.

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