Monday, December 9, 2013

Does That Tree Come in a Size Small?

This weekend was wonderful and so filled with holiday cheer.  I felt blessed to spend time with friends celebrating the season!

First things first, though, I have a little complaining to do.

Friday morning, as I was getting ready, I got a text from Nate saying "Portland drivers are horrible in the snow."  I got so excited that it had snowed, quickly went outside and was greeted by this...

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That, my friends, is NOT snow!  That's not enough to EVER cause people to be bad drivers.  Nevertheless, I left for work early, knowing my drive would be longer.  It was a horrible drive.  The freeway looked like this...

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Yes, this girl who learned to drive in Spokane and took her driver's test in a foot of snow did not know what to do with these Portland drivers.  I may or may not have yelled at scolded a few drivers who were being very unsafe and others who were being way too cautious.

By the time I got to work, it looked more like this...

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I'd say that's more like snow than it had been earlier in the morning but still...

Ok, complaining done.

Saturday was a wonderful day!  I got to attend a fabulous Christmas brunch hosted by my church.  It was a wonderful time to enjoy the company of other women, eat incredible food, and hear truth from the Lord.

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That evening was Nate's work's Christmas party.  We had a few of his coworkers and their wives/girlfriends over to our place beforehand for a little pregame.  It was fun getting to know some of the guys he works with better and enjoy time with their women.  The party was overwhelming but fun and there was some wonderful food.  Also, I found out that party planning committees are real things.  They weren't just made up by The Office.  I'm going into work today and I'm telling the Doctor I work for that I'm not official starting a party planning committee and that I need a budget...  Let's see how he feels about that.  Haha.

Sunday started out with a wonderful morning at church.  I feel so blessed that we have built such wonderful relationships with people we attend church with!

Later that afternoon Nate's sister, Caitlin, came with us to get our CHRISTMAS TREE!!!!!!!  I LOVE Christmas tree hunting!

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The day was absolutely frigid but gorgeous.  The lighting when we arrived at the farm was perfect.  It just made me wish we were there with a real time photographer who could have done the light justice.

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When we went to get the tag for our tree we were told that Nobel Trees were $30 while Douglas Firs were $15.  Of course we went for the cheaper trees.  We soon found out why they were so much cheaper...

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Every Douglas Fir was about ten feet tall!!!  They were trying to clear out their lots.  Hey, we're game for cutting a ten foot (or taller) tree down to a useable size if that means it's half price!

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We finally settled on a tree that we loved and Nate set to work cutting it down.  He started sawing about three feet up - adding another half tree to many others that were scattered across the lot.

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If you've never tried cutting down a super tall, super old tree with a pathetic saw you're lucky.  Nate was having a nearly impossible time to I helped by pushing on the tree.  (And being a cheerleader, of course!)

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Finally the tree was down and Nate counted the rings to see how old our tree was.  Unfortunately, I don't remember what he found out.  I was too cold to listen at that point.  Haha.

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We took our beautiful, BIG tree home and got it decorated all pretty.  I adore Christmas!!!!

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45 comments :

  1. We've always had artificial trees because my grandma was allergic, but this looks like so much fun. Hopefully we'll be in a house next Christmas and I'll be able to convince Jarrod that a real tree is the way to go!

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  2. love your tree! it's so, so cute!!!

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  3. We were stuck inside with bad weather! People keep commenting on the snow, but I remind them, it's all ice ;) We are live tree snobs, but don't get to cut it down ourselves! What a sweet thing to do!! So fun!

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  4. Such a beautiful tree! And I know what you mean about snow - people go nuts on the road when just a few flakes fall over here!

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  5. I wish I had a living room big enough to fit a 10 feet tall tree, that would be awesome. Sounds like you had a great weekend and yay for your tree!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  6. It looks like you had a great weekend!!!

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  7. YAY for tree hunting!!!!!!!!!!!! FUN!

    We got 7 inches here on Friday!!!!!!!!!! THAT has basically shut down everything!!! ;)

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  8. I love Christmas, it's my favorite!! And I have ALWAYS wanted to go cut down our own tree. We finally moved to a place that has lots of Christmas tree farms. We couldn't this year, but hopefully next!! Looks fun!! Beautiful tree!!

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  9. Umm, yeah, I wouldn't really call that "snow". We've got 3-4 inches in our lawn at the moment. Your Christmas tree looks so pretty but your story of the trouble to get it makes me glad that I go for fake trees!

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  10. sounds like such a good weekend. And your tree is Beautiful!!

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  11. Ahhh, you make me laugh :) I loved your comment about the lack of snow you saw when you sent outside...I would have to agree! Glad you're enjoying the holiday season! Yay!!

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  12. your tree is gorgeous! we've been to a tree farm once and didn't have hardly any luck. we always rely on good 'ole lowe's store for ours. ;p

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  13. LOVE your tree! We had a real tree for many years, but now we have an artificial one...for now. Someday we'll have a bigger house and more room for a real tree!

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  14. Looks like a full weekend and wow that's a big old tree!! I love my trees big!! Such a great traditions and memory to start. Oh and I totally know what you mean about people flipping out in the snow I went to Virginia once and they had about an inch of snow the whole city was shut down! It was crazy.

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  15. LOVE your tree:) I was cracking up! If you have issues with Portland drivers in snow, you don't even want to see what California drivers are like in rain. Hahaha! WE are TERRIBLE and have NO clue what to do, myself included! hehe:)

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  16. Kentucky drivers are HORRIBLE in "snow" It can be flurrying and not even stick and people drive like maniacs. We did have an ice storm come through Thursday night. The roads weren't too bad on Saturday (I think most of the crazies stayed home.)

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  17. People call that snow!? Yikes, I'm from Michigan and in parts of the state that makes your snow look like nothing;) That's worst too when people are crazy weird drivers when only a dusting of snow comes...

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  18. Lol like Patty, that snow looks like nothing compared to what we get in Wisconsin. Although I suppose if you aren't used to it that it can be scary.

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  19. I also adore Christmas and I adore your tree - because I LOVE big trees! :)

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  20. How beautiful, Susannah! And such a fun adventure cutting it down! You definitely got a steal on that one!!

    Glad you had fun at all the holiay socials. My office holiday party is tomorrow night, and I'm already looking forward to it!!

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  21. How fun!!! :) That tree looks amazing, I've never cut down my own tree before.

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  22. What fun holiday activities! I have yet to cut down a tree myself but have always wanted to. I am sure you were an awesome cheerleader :) My church christmas party is this friday and I am so excited about it. I love the holiday season. Happy holidays dear!

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  23. snow, portland gets snow? this ruins my dream of it now snowing, ahh!
    anyways, when we went to get a tree i told them i wanted the smallest tree they had and we got it haha.

    K

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  24. The tree turned out great! I would have been scared to let Jake try and cut part of a huge tree off, but Nate did a great job! Looks like you guys had fun! Also, you would HATE NC drivers in the snow. One flake falls and people start calling into work saying they are "snowed in." hahaha

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  25. Your tree looks incredible! I'm shocked people in Portland don't know how to drive in the snow. Ridiculous.

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  26. I started shivering even just looking at the pictures haha

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  27. That "snow" made me laugh too, that's about how much snow is still on the ground in April around here! Your tree looks great! I always forget people buy Christmas trees, we just go out to the woods and cut one down! We also live in the country and are surrounded by trees so it's a pretty common practice!

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  28. I love your tree! It's beautiful. We have an artificial one, and I can't stand it. It's 7.5 feet tall, and while it's fine as far as ceiling space is concerned, it's too big around. The way our house it built, there's just no good place for it. I'm still trying to position it....hopefully, I'll get it figured out before Christmas! lol

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  29. That "snow" is too funny. okay, first off that is a beautiful Christmas tree. I dream of being able to cut down my own tree, actually I would just like a real tree =)

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  30. Girl, I feel you on the snow. I'm having the same issues with Oklahoma drivers!

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  31. Thats a huge tree! I hope to get a giant tree one day, but for now our apartment is too small and we had to carry our tree on the bus ;) I love how it smells though!

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  32. I adore a giant tree - sooooo beautiful. And wow, I cannot believe how cheap your tree was - no such luck here!

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  33. Still trying to find the snow in those first few photos... Your tree is gorgeous!

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  34. 1) I'm finally starting to catch up on your lovely blog, so sorry in advance for the comment attack!
    2) I kind of can't believe what passes for snow in Portland! Haha. Bad snow drivers are the worst, especially when there's almost no snow.
    3) I want to be on a party planning committee. Like, right now
    4) I love that you guys were able to cut that giant tree down to a decent size. Impressive!

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  35. I was laughing so hard reading about the snow. I'm from Massachusetts where we basically live in 3 feet of snow for half the year. I moved to Baltimore, MD a few years ago and they get significantly less snow. I remember days where the entire city was shut down because of a few snowflakes or 1/2 an inch, and I just couldn't take it! It drove me crazy because I was used to shoveling out feet of snow before heading to work all winter long, and suddenly people forgot how to drive because of a dusting. It's so funny how different parts of the country react to snow!

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  36. what a perfectly happy holiday weekend - church brunch, the husband's work party, and tree decorating? that might be some sort of perfect day trifecta :)

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  37. That really isn't a lot of snow! :) No snow here yet!

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  38. Your tree is so pretty!! I've never had a real tree before, but Zach has had them all his life, so we'll probably have a real one at some point. :)

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  39. Your tree looks beautiful! So worth taking the taller one and the pain of getting it down.

    STL is the same way about "snow", rain, or anything that isn't 75 and sunny. I'm so happy and blessed to have a job that keeps me off the highways after driving them for over 10 years. My current drive is still 45 minutes but it's filled with a lot of nice sightseeing and ... no traffic!

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  40. Love your tree! It is beautiful - and looks like you had a great time at the tree farm! :)

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  41. Haha! That's like how it gets here in Phoenix when it rains. Granted, it's so rare that it rains/snows (it's snowed ONCE or TWICE since I've lived here and that's been 17 years!), that we all go into shock but again, our streets are made of recycled tires which means hot ground + sudden wetness = road slick. LOL Traffic is at a standstill. Of course, we also have Snowbirds here right now which means our traffic has doubled and extremely sloooooooooooooow.

    Okay, I adore your tree! It's beautiful.

    I'm a terrible parent. No tree up yet. :( I plan for this weekend. Oh and I adore your new profile picture! Super chic!

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  42. It looks great! Merry [almost] Christmas!!

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  43. haha Too funny. We live here in Vancouver now, and I laughed and laughed when the schools were shut down and people were having so many issues last week - I was like really? I grew up in St. Maries and lived in Coeur d'Alene for several years before we moved here where my husband grew up!

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  44. oh, shame on me for not seeing this sooner. there are some lovely photos here. nice work.

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