This morning, we weren't so sure it was going to happen today. Neither of our children seemed to be acting quite right. Neither one ate breakfast. They both slept in until almost 9:00. Kate spent the ENTIRE morning on my lap. It took a bit to get Luke off of the couch to go outside & help Marc put up the Christmas lights.
Once lunch was eaten, however, things seemed better. Perhaps they were worn out from Thanksgiving????
Kate was a bit challenging to get up from her nap still...so, at least I was able to capture a good sleeping pic!
Fortunately, once we got her up and she figured out we were going somewhere (her favorite), she was just fine!
At "Pine Creek Farm," Kate had to hold her daddy's hand -- In this pic, Kate is carrying her little "To Go" Baggie of snacks :)
Luke, once again, took along his little toy saw. I will be SAD, SAD -- I tell you, when Luke quits doing that!
Luke & Kate were both so excited they ran ahead of us to pick out the best tree for our family!
Fortunately, for the sake of the kiddos, we found a great tree relatively quickly. Luke wanted a picture with his dad (and I wanted one as well)....
At this point, before the guys cut down the tree, we *usually* find a kind soul to take our family pic! But, all of the other tree customers were in other lots. I mean to tell you -- nobody was around to take our pic! So, we did a family "selfie"....
Then, Marc & Luke started to cut down the tree...Kate & I watched! (In case you're concerned, Luke never used the real saw. He only used his toy one)!
Once the tree was cut down, we decided Marc should go and get the car instead of us hauling it clear back to the parking area. While Marc & Kate went to get the car, Luke & I hung out a bit...he's a fun kid to talk to -- at least we think so!
Soon and finally -- another family showed up in our particular tree lot, and one of them gladly took our pics! The kind woman took quite a few, and let me tell you -- the outtakes are HILARIOUS! Perhaps I'll post them another time! In the meantime, here's the best one. I've never been one for perfected pics. I "keep it real"!
Getting our tree loaded into Marc's car (we brought 2 cars for this process) was interesting, but it happened with very little damage to the tree (contrary to what this pic shows)...
Once we got home, Marc did some additional trimming on the trunk.
Our little Friesen Family of 4's tradition is to order in pizza the evening we get our tree. So, we ate pizza from "Pizza Hut" next.
Then, we went through the process of getting out the decorations. For our wedding 10 1/2 years ago, we received a ceramic nativity set. Amazingly, not one piece has been broken. Before kids, we displayed it fairly low (next to our tree). NOW, it gets displayed up high, and I wouldn't change that for anything!
We got the tree inside & set up straight....
At this point, it was starting to get a bit late (in Luke's & Kate's world). Marc & I strive to keep at least *somewhat* regular bedtimes (even during school breaks). SO, we made the executive decision together to postpone the decorating until tomorrow morning -- which is ok by me.
SO, stay tuned for Part 2!