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O’ Christmas Tree

Typically we don’t put up Christmas until the day after Thanksgiving. It’s been that tradition in both our family for eons! I sweetly convinced Ian to let me put it up the Tuesday before Thanksgiving because we would be out of town and not here the day after Thanksgiving. He just gave me that “you are crazy, but I love you” smile and pulled all the decorations buckets out for me. I love that he never complains that I take too long lighting the tree while he is standing there holding the strands. It makes up for that he doesn’t get envolved in the actual decorating of the tree. I like it that way, because I am too picky of where everything goes. I had to get over that pretty quickly this year, because Liam had his own plans of where the bottom half decorations went. Good thing for plastic-made-to-look-like-glass ornaments. It only took him two days for the novelty to wear off and now he doesn’t touch the tree. Every year we usually buy something new for the tree, but this year we are taking a pass. I am hoping to get some large green somethings next year. Every year I decorate it the exact same way and think that year is the best looking tree. This year I feel a little different and think that it looks alright…Something is missing and I can’t put my finger in it.
When we were in Oklahoma we all went to the mall to detox from our cabin fever. I can’t ever resist passing a Hallmark and not walk in. The first thing that caught my eye was this (the houndstooth variety!). Ian splurged the 4.99 and bought it for me. We didn’t have any wrapping paper so this was a good start. I am opposed to buying any wrapping paper before Christmas, but I couldn’t pass this one up. I mean, hitting the great sales after Christmas for wrapping paper is just so much smarter.
I started our cards yesterday and they are turning out so much more cute that I had invisioned in my head. I am hoping that we can take some pictures on Saturday to put in there.

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    December 4, 2008 at 4:40 pm

    Oh wow. Your tree is lovely, lovely, lovely.

    I’m a total lurker, btw. I love your tree enough to comment 😉


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    Kim Hughes
    December 4, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    what a beautiful tree Amy 🙂

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    The Candlands
    December 4, 2008 at 5:15 pm

    Love your tree! FYI Hobby Lobby has amazing wrapping paper that coordinates with a million different things. I even got cupcake tins that were polka dot…just cuz they were polka dot and matched (silly I know)!

    I designed 7 Christmas cards this year for other people and it drained my creativity I guess because I had this awesome idea for my 100 + cards this year, but I made one and am ho-hum about it. Argh! Oh well, I can’t afford to redo, plus everything was mass produced and cut out already. I have been slowly working on them while we are vacationing in sunny AZ.

    Once again the creative gift ideas are invading my brain and I am getting overwhelmed because time is running out. This happens every year. I get over zealous and end up not finishing anything or getting close, but saving it for years down the road. Which is so weird cuz I’m a planner and every year I say I will be done with projects by November (which usually just ends up being my Christmas cards). I think the creative juices start flowing as I see things in stores, etc. Ahhh, someday I swear to myself that I will be oober organized!

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    u can call me R-foo
    December 4, 2008 at 5:17 pm

    love the tree. i can’t wait for Christmas!! yay!

    hugs and kisses to the boys.

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    December 4, 2008 at 5:43 pm

    Gorgeous tree!!!!!! I love the little pearl-y looking garland, very nice touch!

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    December 4, 2008 at 6:01 pm

    I LOVE your tree!!! My favorite is the picture ornaments! Where did you get them?!

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    December 4, 2008 at 7:08 pm

    I got the picture frames at Potter Barn last year. I don’t know if they still sell them.

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    December 4, 2008 at 7:19 pm

    Yay, someone stalks me too? Awesome! 🙂

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    December 4, 2008 at 7:21 pm

    I love the houndstooth paper and I love the photo decorations on your tree even more. I think I am going to copy you! 🙂 Too fabulous.

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    December 4, 2008 at 7:36 pm

    it looks beautiful, girl!!

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    Mike and Regina
    December 4, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    Okay, I have re-done my tree since posting my pics, and now I want to copy your photo idea. I LOVE IT!! So cute. The tree looks great!!

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    Suzanne Webb
    December 4, 2008 at 8:24 pm

    Beautiful tree…I’m still waiting for mine…we get a 9 footer, so we generally wait until the boy’s are home from colleg to help w/the lights 🙂

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    u can call me R-foo
    December 5, 2008 at 2:08 am

    yay! the tree is up and Christmas is right around the corner!!
    beautiful job, as usual. we miss you guys. love you!

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    December 5, 2008 at 4:02 am

    I was kinda expecting a Cullen Christmas tree from you. But yours is still very beautiful

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    December 5, 2008 at 5:24 pm

    Highly luxury.

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    Grandma Holly
    December 9, 2008 at 4:08 am

    Your tree is really really pretty. You all did a great job in the decorations. Christmas is just around the corner.

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    December 11, 2008 at 3:01 am

    your trees are always so beautiful and i love the ornament of ian and liam, so cute!

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