Marshmallow Mondays


2014 Christmas Trees

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at our house!  That’s because we made our annual Black Friday visit to Barker’s Tree Farm to hunt for our 2014 Christmas tree. This is our third Christmas in Kentucky, but the first Christmas in our new home, so we were very excited to bring our tree home this year.

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Since my dad came down from Pennsylvania to spend Thanksgiving with us, he joined us on our tree hunt.

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Ryan is still recovering from his transplant and building up his energy level, but he rode along with us to the tree farm and decided to wait in the car while we walked around looking for “the one.”

If it were up to Lily, this is the tree we would have brought home.

If it were up to Lily, this is the tree we would have brought home.

Rydan had a slightly better vision.

Rydan had a slightly better vision.

This was the fastest we have ever found and agreed on a Christmas tree.  After grabbing our saw and walking just a few feet, we spotted two beauties.  Since we hadn’t ventured far, I had Rydan go tell Ryan to come out of the car, so that he could help us decide.  Seeing him walk towards us knowing that he wasn’t going to miss being part of our tradition really put a smile on my face.  I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.

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We gave my dad the honor of chopping the tree down for us, with a bit of help from Ryan.

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Our tree stands about 9 feet tall in the corner of our living room. As usual, a few of our lights from last year didn’t work, so I had to go buy a few more strands. I came home with four new sets of lights (we like a tree that sparkles) and two packs of new ornaments (Black Friday special. I couldn’t pass it up). Then the decorating began.

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Our two little elves.

Our two little elves.

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The finished product.

Those of you who know us or have been following our blog for years, know that we always have two Christmas trees. Our second tree is an artificial one that has either been placed in our formal living room or in our bedroom. Since we have a perfect spot for it in our bedroom at our new house, that’s where we set it up this year.

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This year, we added a THIRD tree. This last tree is a small tabletop tree in our living room, but it holds special meaning. We decorated this tree with our “Hope Kidneys” to honor all those on the transplant waiting list. We will never lose hope for the 100,000+ people on that list, who are anxiously waiting for a phone call that will save their lives. This holiday season, please remember all those who are waiting for life-saving organs and if you haven’t already, please register to be an organ donor. There is no greater gift than the gift of life.

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