rolling in at home depot at exactly 5:15 am, i was skeptical. we hadn't really found that many great deals in the 11 previous hours of black friday shopping. but i went anyway, because my husband wanted a bench for our front porch and i thought i could find it there. i was wrong. plum sold out of every last one since, like, labor day. but i happened upon this lonely little tree box and grabbed it up, really just to look at it and probably to put it right back. but it the size i was looking for - 7.5 and it had berries and pine cones on it - which i have always liked. it was not, however, pre-lit. so i started to put it back until i saw the sign...reg. price $150.00 black friday sale price $49.00. okay, i can totally get the lights!
and now we have a christmas tree. because ours was ruined in the flood.
and we put that tree together and it was the most magical night of any that we have ever had. we listened to christmas music and drank hot chocolate and helped each other put each ornament on the tree. and then we sat down together, as a family, underneath it and read the christmas story by tree light to prepare for the upcoming holiday.
okay, i am totally lying. it was hectic as usual and i may or may not have ended the night by saying, "everyone just get to bed right now". bryce was crying because jackson kept taking the ornaments that he wanted. triston was jumping around because he really likes to put up christmas trees, he said. and jackson just kept saying that he didn't do anything wrong every time i pressed him about why bryce was crying. lily was barking in the next room and nash just wouldn't hush because he is mobile now and heaven forbid we try to put him in a bouncer to keep him from picking up any of the pine needles and eating them. travis got a work-related call and was on the phone for like a bajillion hours and then i realized i didn't bring enough ornaments up from the basement to cover this tree. while i was gathering more...and let me just say here..thank goodness for my mom who has kept me in rich supply of her christmas rejects. because my house looks pretty darn festive right now and I'm pretty sure she owned almost all of it at one time. anyway, while i was gathering more in the basement all i can hear is lily still barking, nash still crying/screaming, the boys starting to run back and forth and laughing like wild animals - which gets me every time. not in a good way. when we they get that?! and travis, well, he was still on the phone. and laughing, which made me more pissed.
i tried to maintain some sanity throughout all of this but the kicker was when triston jumped on our love seat and into a pile of empty boxes that sent them scattering in every direction and a few bulbs fell off the tree. in hindsight, it really wasn't such a big deal, but all that noise makes me crazy. we were done anyway, i just had a mess that i wanted help with, but ultimately decided i would fare better on my own. so up to bed the boys went...and as punishment i told them they couldn't brush their teeth. i was only kidding but they sort of freaked out which made me happy because I was pretty sure before that they they would go to bed without doing it if i didn't make them. and then, just because triston is sneaky, while we are brushing he slyly asks, "but mom, aren't we going to say a prayer?" he likes to point out when parents aren't being that nice by reminding us of the gospel. too bad for him, we had already had our family/night prayer before the whole christmas tree business because i knew something like that would happen.
so after everyone was in bed. i got the pleasure of cleaning up the mess. because suddenly travis was too sick to help do anything else. what? but it is true. he had a fever and everything so i really couldn't be mad and then he stayed home from work today and at one point asked if i really did hate him because i wasn't babying him enough? i just laughed.
so, the tree is up. there is no rhyme or reason to it, but the kids put the ornaments where they wanted and was really proud of that, so I left them alone.