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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

It's the time of year to deck the halls....or your neighbor..Whichever.

Every year someone asks if we get a real tree or do we have a fake tree. Growing up mostly in the northwest, I can't remember a time we didn't have a real tree. We even had real tree's when we were stationed in Panama...Albeit they were a bit crispy, but real nonetheless.

In 33 years I have had one fake This was also the same time we had a house fire and the fake tree proved that not all things are made non-flamable.

I don't know about you, but I consider that a sign.

So off to the u-cut farm we went. The weekend was bulging with holiday events and we were forced to go get our tree in the pouring rain.

Being the optimist I am (what?? stop snickering!) I'm in a pony tail, blue jeans that are a smidge too long, and tennis shoes.

I try in vain to convince Kendell that the few pre-cut tree's are WONDERFUL.
He doesn't fall for it.

I'm forced to find a sharp cutting instrument...for the TREE...sheeesh, you guys have no faith.

Anyways, by the time I'm done, I have mud from my knees to my toes. I'm dripping wet, my pants are falling off and I have a line of mascara trailing from my left eye to my chin. I managed to shove the tree in the back seat, top hanging out the back window like it's trying to escape and shove the door shut despite a tree that was determined to get OUT.

Bonus? Kendell laughed his little butt off all the way home.

Blogger Carrie had this to say:

Are you there? Are you really there? Or are you bloggin blindly?

I haven't had a real tree since I was a kid. I feel too sad for them when we throw them away. The sensitve child in me comes out. But now that I finally put a tree up after about 5 years of no tree, you are telling me that the fake tree was responsible for the fire? What? No!!!!! Picture tomorrow of my tree.

11:50 AM, December 12, 2006 

Anonymous Gypsy had this to say:

Kids. Always so helpful with the laughing. ;)

12:45 PM, December 12, 2006 

Anonymous Kimmy had this to say:

rain, mud, dirty clothes, running make up....and to think all i had to do was go out to the garage, clear off the dust and drag the box of tree limbs in to the living room. And the best part....while i take it all down again in a few weeks, it makes it that much easier to remove the lights....i love that kendell finds you so amusing, too bad he didn't get any pictures of you cutting down that tree.....i'm gonna have to talk to him about blackmail pictures!!!

10:09 PM, December 12, 2006 

Blogger kristen had this to say:

we've never had a fake tree. this year we talked about it b/c we're now in nevada and trees are expensive. in the bay area (especially the north bay) there are lots of tree farms - trees that are specifically grown for christmas, so even though you're cutting them down, there are more that are planted each year.

and we've been recycling trees for years so that our guilt is also assuaged. oh - and while we did talk about buying a fake tree, we did indeed buy a real tree -- it smells DIIIIVINE!

but i've got to say, the getting of the tree just really loses somehting when you buy the precut ones (there aren't any tree farms by us).

10:13 PM, December 12, 2006 

Blogger ƒåυνέ had this to say:

this is exactly why i've had an artifical tree for the last 13 years. i was a little depressed the first year but it is soooo much easier.
lol, i love that picture of kendell.

(btw, how many times did the librarian shush you?)

5:28 AM, December 13, 2006 

Anonymous Anonymous had this to say:

And you're thinking...Merry F-ing Christmas! Oh yuck!

We always get a real tree too and I don't even want to go there this year. I have a new house and I don't want my cats making friends with a real tree and me finding puked up pine needles all over my new house. BAH!!!

5:53 AM, December 13, 2006 

Blogger Pam had this to say:

Hope no potential "trimmer's" of the other variety were taking in the sight of you in your watery, muddy getup.

Not that you were lookin' or nuttin'.

But you never know.

6:25 AM, December 13, 2006 

Anonymous Anonymous had this to say:

I had a fake tree on and off for a few years. I didn't have the energy to haul babies out into the fields to find one on my own. So while I was sans man in my life/man was gone playing in the desert, I had a fake one.

There is nothing better than the smell of a real tree in the house. Nothing.

8:11 AM, December 13, 2006 

Blogger Cece had this to say:

I've never had a fake tree before. This year gma has one and it looks good, too.

I've also never been to a U-Cut place, nope. Thank Gawd for Home Depot!

9:21 AM, December 13, 2006 

Blogger Carrie had this to say:

Well look at Kristen teaching little ole me something new. I've never heard of a tree farm. Maybe next year I will think about that.

9:55 AM, December 13, 2006 

Anonymous Anonymous had this to say:

Tree farms are big around here. We go to a place called Teal's and they have fresh cut or you can get on a horse drawn buggy and they'll take you out to the farm and let you cut your own.

6:46 PM, December 13, 2006 

Blogger mlah had this to say:

enough about the tree, did your pants fall off or not?

12:46 AM, December 14, 2006 

Blogger Red Hot Sexy Papa had this to say:

Is Kendell saying YEAH in the picture? Hmm he agreed with what you have written here eh!

3:23 AM, December 14, 2006 

Anonymous InterstellarLass had this to say:

Awww! You are the bestest mom ever! I would have conned someone into cutting it down for me though. Or made him do it. 11 is a perfect time to learn to use sharp cutting instruments.

7:51 PM, December 17, 2006 

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