At our house in Texas we had an entryway with tall ceilings and for 7 years we put up our 12' tree. It was always a lot of work but we loved it!!
We were sad to do it but sold the tree before we moved to California. We knew we would either have to buy a new artificial tree or try something new for our family. When I was in high school, living in California, we had a few years with real Christmas trees and have good memories of them. We decided to do a little tree hunting and go for a "real" tree this year!
We stopped at a few tree farms in the area and finally decided on a tree because of the specific size and place it will need to go in our apartment.
We had some fun taking some pictures.
We decided on this Douglas Fur.
They tied it on our car. [I've never had a tree tied to my car before.]
Here is the tree set up and ready for lights.
Here is the tree with lights and a little munchin that wanted to be in the picture.
We have to go to the storage building to get the rest of the decorations. I will post more pictures with the rest of the decorations.
Friday we didn't do a lot of shopping but we did get out with the crowds to see if there were any sales we couldn't pass up. We checked off a few things from our Christmas list but not much. When we arrived back home, there was a friend waiting for the kids.
Nathan was very excited to see Marshall (our Elf on the Shelf) and couldn't wait to see where he landed in the morning.
Whenever we are out at a mall one stop we ALWAYS have to make is the Disney Store. These two LOVE the Disney Store!
We found these cute coordinating Mickey and Minnie Mouse pajamas. They couldn't wait to get in them when we got home.
We met Ryan's parents and his sister's family in Prunedale for Thanksgiving. Lauren hosted at her house this year. I wasn't good about taking pictures. I did manage to click a couple before we left of my two turkeys and highjacked a picture of the lovely table from Lauren's facebook page.
Happy Thanksgiving! I hope everyone had a wonderful day!
Last week was a bit strange for Nathan and his school schedule. His normal school schedule is from 11:30 to 2:50 but because of teacher meetings on Wednesday and early release on Friday, he had class during the early session on these days which is from 8:10 to 11:20. Ryan took him to school these two days on his way to work. They decided to stop by the donut shop before heading to school.
We decided this would be a good outing for Daddy and the kids once a week. The kids are looking forward to it!
Nathan had Monday off because of Veteran's day so we headed to San Francisco for the afternoon. We went to the mall downtown that has 8 floors. The kids were so excited when we walked in!
We had fun riding the escalators. We rode all the way to the top.
and then back down.
This is at the top.
This is the view from the top down.
We headed outside and then went to a few other places and had to stop by the Disney store and then ended up at Macy's. Holiday Lane was on the 7th floor so we went up to the top to see the Christmas decorations. When we got to the top we found an ice skating rink and the big Christmas Tree in the view from the big window.
It wasn't cold but Anistyn wanted to wear her coat.
The pictures are a little gray because they had a big scrim hanging down with Brad Pitts face on it. This is funny because Nathan has started saying, "Hey look. It's the boring guy from the TV." every time he sees the new Chanel ads.
We took a little break here before we were off to find the car. (The girl never stops moving!)
When we were little my Great-Grandma, we called her Othermama, and my
Grandma would make dresses and coats for me and Stephanie. Some have
been lost but we were lucky enough to hang on to a few of them. Anistyn
was able to wear one of our coats to church this morning. I have a few
more in her closet we are hoping she will be able to wear.