Tuesday, December 2, 2008

O Christmas Tree!




Last night we put up our Christmas tree. We have a beautiful, fake tree that my parents bought us several years ago. I love the tree because it has bendable branches and my mom also helped me pick out all these beautiful dark blue and silver ornaments to fill it. IKEA & my mom made decorating the tree affordable.
It used to be almost like a tree you'd see in a store--perfectly matching ornaments and such. Then, along came Owen and last year he seemed to want to pull all of the ornaments off the tree that were within reach. Only one of the ornaments actually completely broke. The rest of them just needed some new string. I did that this time around.
(not all of us were into decorating the tree)

My tree is starting to look less and less like a perfect store tree and I'm actually still just as much in love because of the memories that these new ornaments are bringing. There's the ornament featuring a picture of Ryanna glued to a frozen juice lid. There is the snowman with a bell for a bottom which Ryanna got from her violin teacher last year. There are two snowmen that have Ryanna and Owen's names written on the back with the year that they got them from us. I'm trying to get each of the kids an ornament each year, so when they get married they can have some ornaments of their own.

I remember the tree at my house growing up had some ornaments I had made. The one I remember most was a bird's nest inside of half of a pantyhose egg container (who is old enough to remember those pantyhose eggs?). It's amazing how decorating can bring back such strong and wonderful memories.
Last year's decorating party!

Watch me eat an ornament!

Cheesey smile!

Ahhh, too cute!

13 comments:

Devin said...

Great pictures. Thats a good idea, we never to seem to make new ornaments.

Lara said...

Bad mother confession: This year is the first year that I have allowed the kids' homemade ornaments on my tree. I've kept them all, of course, and I used to put them on a little table tree. But there are too many. I am trying to not be bothered by the way they don't match.

I love that last picture. The tree is beautiful, too! :)

Lacey said...

Love your Ikea tree- and little Owen! Crazy how different they look one year to the next!

Julie said...

You're tree is beautiful, and will probably make it through the season relatively intact, which makes me "green" with envy! :p

Dj,Megs,Trey,Pace said...

The little one is getting so big! Love the pics! Also could you email me at djmegs@hotmail.com so that I can send you an invite. Hope that you had a great thanksgiving! We went through Gallup that's where you went right?

rachel said...

Such cute PICS!! You have a really great photographer. . . I think of Christmas as one of those time markers because we always get pics. Isn't so fun to see how far the kids have grown? I love it!!

Jack and Annie said...

My family also got us ornaments each year. We are doing it with Gabi too!

Lauren and Trevor said...

Eclectic Christmas trees are the best! It's beautiful. How fun to have such great decorator helpers.

Steph Bowen said...

My family's tradition was to get an ornament each year. My grandma would also send us one each year. When I got married, just as you plan to do, I got all of my ornaments. On our tree now, it's a lot of girly ornaments. We've continued the tradition so that Eliot and Tyler can also have ornaments on the tree. Our tree doesn't look professionally decorated but it looks homey, loved, and each thing hanging on the tree has a memory.

Kelli said...

I love Christmas trees with all sort of ornaments. I do remember your panty hose bird's nest. What did gram do with that?

Your kids have gotten so much bigger since last year! What a fun time!

wackywilsons said...

Adorable pictures...great memories and now you have a gorgeous home to fill up with more memories!

I just noticed that I have the same swing for my baby that is coming...how do you like it? I got it off of craigslist, so hopefully it was a good buy.

Lyndsey said...

darling! I can't find your email for some reason... anyway, charlie is coming on Jan 3rd-7th. email me when you are coming back from vacation. thanks

CC said...

What great pictures! I love the last one, so cute!

Each of my kids have their own theme that we alternate each year and when they get married, a complete Christmas (tree not included) will be ready for them to start them off. I make the garlands, wreaths, ornaments, pictures of the tablescape (yeah, dishes are included) and their own tree toppers I would find on clearance. So, basically, their theme is from the collection of the previous year according to what imagined.

I love that I'm not the only wanting the kids setup for their own first Christmases when they're grown up and married. :D