Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Tree Chopping....

We ventured off to a new place to chop down our tree this year via a recommendation of some friends.....while we love our tree I think we'll head back to our favorite place in the middle of nowhere next year!! As the sign states below it was very nursery-ish with perfect rows of perfect trees! That's perfect for some but I LOVE the place we've been to the last couple years.....there is nothing perfect about the trees or the directions to get there or the people or the run down equipment......it's perfectly imperfect & I love that!! 
 This is also the time where we snap some pictures for our Christmas card......I will be completely honest that it was super stressful this year.....I don't know why, maybe because I kind of had an idea of what I wanted & to execute that while also being the photographer was a little to much for me to handle......& being on crutches added to the happiness {insert sarcasm!}! We did capture some sweet moments......
 THIS WAS NOT STAGED & NEVER HAPPENS!
 .......there was even some fun involved......
 ........but it felt like more than not we were pulling kids off us 
 dealing with wind blown hair in the face shots.......
 moving hands at the exact moment little fingers snapped the picture...... 
 ......begging for cooperation
 not getting cooperation, leaving parents &........
 kids frustrated!! 
 In the end this was the shot we chose to adorn the card......maybe some fake happiness on those faces in moments of frustration BUT I walked away with 2 things. I contacted a photographer & booked professional pictures to be taken next spring {we've NEVER had professional pictures taken-gasp!!} & I realized we're just like my favorite tree farm......perfectly imperfect!! Most days are good but we are extremely imperfect & that's ok!!

 It didn't take much searching to find a tree because as previously mentioned these are all perfect trees {minus the little bit of dead stuff at the bottom which was cut off}!
A little sawing......
 a LOT of tugging..... 
 .....& she was loaded up!
 It was an extremely beautiful day & we soaked it in despite some crankiness!
 On our way home we stopped at the cutest little cabin-ish home......EVERYTHING inside & out had a cabin feel to it..... 
 & the view......SHUT UP!! I could totally live here.....the girls were very unimpressed......err scared of the dramatic drop off!
We decided some crankiness was due to low blood sugar levels so pizza from Crust was in order!
It worked a little......
 ......for some of us at least.... 
.....the food was delish though.....
& we devoured almost every thing......
 AND in the end I realized you can't win 'em all......I think I personally put too much expectations on "you must be overly happy & excited when we've planned something that is suppose to be fun".......in the end I only have myself to blame for my let down due to cranky behavior......after all we are perfectly imperfect! 

2 comments:

kristi said...

that tree is HUGE.

your family is gorgeous.

it's been a hard year for most of us...i think.

merry merry christmas lovely one.

Xx

Heidi said...

If you wouldn't have said anything I would have thought... WHAT A PERFECT DAY WITH A PERFECT FAMILY! And the perfect tree!! And the perfect (Sorel??!) boots on those girls?!!
Love all the shots and the tradition and the family time. You do put too much stress on yourself. I do that too... ESPECIALLY with the Christmas card picture!
Love you! And your imperfect family!