"I should not talk so much about myself if there were any body else whom I knew as well."
-Henry David Thoreau

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Bring on the Christmas trees!

Saturday was Christmas tree day.  The tree that I bought at the flea market was purchased because I wanted a 9 ft tree for my new living room and I found a bargain.  Despite Drew's effort & expertise, the lights could no be saved and new lights had to be purchased & strung.  We braved Walmart on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, in the cold rain.  (Note to self: Always buy more lights than you think you need.  You can always take extras back later.)  Short version of the day... 1750 mini LED lights, 3 hours and an extra trip to Walmart... my 9 foot tree was lit. 
 Drew & Eleanor were great cheerleaders throughout the day (and very patient with me as I invented our new tree).  We watched Christmas movies (don't know why, but that sure does help motivate & get me in the spirit) and by 8:45pm we had a decorated tree.  It's huge and it's beautiful! 

 Kicked back on the couch together and admiring the finished product. 
 We also tried to decorate the banister with some garland that I bought at a thrift store and the one extra strand of lights.  We plugged the lights in before we started and everything worked fine, but the garland was awful & stiff and by the time we got the entire length of garland wrapped, the lights didn't work.  Seriously.  I guess I jostled them around too much.  Drew worked so hard to find the problem and fix it, but we finally called it a loss.  We all plopped on the couch for a break (notice the failed garland and 6ft later in the background). 
 Eleanor was looking too cute to not snap a few pictures before church this morning.  Oh, her expressions. 

 This afternoon Drew & Eleanor watched football while I put up our old tree in the dining room.  It's silly & unnecessary, but I've always wanted a house where I could have more than one tree & now I just happen to have three trees.  I used a $5 roll of burlap ribbon that I chose not to use on the big tree & everything else came out of storage boxes from previous Christmases.  I think it's fun to have a tree in front of the window. 

So, yeah.  That's how I spent my weekend decorating Christmas trees.  The scrawny tree is still naked in the playroom and Drew & I have decided that it is to be our family tree.  The tree with our sentimental ornaments.  We'll do that together this week sometime. 

Harris Thanksgiving

On Friday we had Drew's family to our home for Thanksgiving.  Dottie came early to help me prepare (Drew had an appointment at the VA, so it would have been just me & Eleanor getting things ready for the family gathering).  I'm not sure how I got through the first half of the day without ever taking a photo of Nonnie or our cooking mess, but I did.  Finally, everyone else arrived. 
Alex is fabulously pregnant and her baby bump (whose name is Corbin!) is adorable. 
 It was a cold & rainy day, but the view through our back windows was still lovely.  JR was keeping a close eye on the dogs in the backyard. 
 Pat's apple pie came with the top cut out in squirrels. 
 Eleanor, Alison & John
 Jessica, Jason & JR
 After dinner Drew convinced Pat to help him pull out the new Christmas tree.  It's new to us, but was bough second hand and we were told that the lights didn't work.  We were hoping a miracle could be performed to make the lights work, but no such luck.  Thanks for trying, boys. 
 Eleanor & Uncle Jason
 I can't help it, I had to have another picture of Alex & her baby Corbin bump.  (and I just noticed that Eleanor & Larry are photo bombing in the background!  Oh, Larry!) 
 The tree is large and was taking up too much room, so JR just crawled underneath. 
 Family photo with the whole gang.  Yes, Pat is wearing my baby.  He was getting a Moby wrap lesson from me & there's no better practice than a real baby, which I just happen to have! 
 I thought I could catch John & Dottie for a photo with all three of their kiddos, but it didn't go according to plan.  Pat was still wearing Eleanor, JR was ready with a shining smile & I don't even know what is going on with Jessica & John's expressions.  A+ for effort? 
It was a full day and I ate SO much.  No, really.  I ate SO much.  I'm sure every person in Drew's family was tired of hearing me complain about how full I was, but I couldn't help it.   Lunch was so yummy that I over did it.  Then there was cheesecake.  Then there was pie.  Oh my goodness.  I was so full it was nearly painful.  Thank goodness for stretchy waistbands!