The Hunt for the Perfect Christmas Tree

One of our favorite traditions as a family is to go cut down our Christmas tree every year. This past weekend we set out the day after we got back from Pennsylvania, ready to go chop down our tree. This is our first Christmas since our move to New Hampshire! We got all packed up, headed on the road to the most recommended cut-your-own tree farm in the area, and decided halfway through to just stop at an pre-cut tree farm. The wind was quite blustery and chilly and we were tired from our Thanksgiving trip, so it felt right. We were pleasantly surprised at how much we enjoyed it since we had been cutting it down ourselves for so many years! The kids had a blast running up and down the aisles of beautiful trees and selecting the perfect one.

We had planned to put a normal size tree in our living room, but we became fascinated with the giant ones because our new home can actually handle it! We ultimately decided to bite the bullet and got a 12 foot one for our foyer. It was a beast to decorate, but so worth it and the kids loved it. Check out the pictures of our day! You can shop our outfits in the widget at the bottom of the post.

You’ll notice Levi isn’t in as many pictures as the girls. It isn’t because I love him any less, it’s because most of his pictures look like this… #onegiantblur

Here she is in all of her glory! I need to fix that garland on the railing, I know. We started decorating with so much gusto and then I lost steam…

Did you get your Christmas Tree yet? Are you team real tree or team fake tree?! I’ll admit I may invest in a fake tree for the foyer and maybe do a smaller real tree in our living room… that thing is FAT!

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Life Lately

The past week and a half has been a whirlwind. A good whirlwind. Between traveling and setting up for Christmas (and unpacking, that’s a feat in and of itself), I need a vacation from our vacation!

Are these girls not the cutest?!

To start last weekend, we had our first annual Friendsgiving. There were 15 attendees between the kids and adults and it was so much fun! We fed the kids first then put on a Christmas movie for them so the adults could dine and chat, and it couldn’t have gone any better. The food was delicious and company was even better!

A little side note… some little girl child of mine decided to insert my computer SD card cover into my camera SD card slot… no bueno. So, I am camera-less. My friend was a LIFESAVER and offered to bring her camera to snap some pictures. But, I totally forgot to get pictures of the adults. I’ll be better next time! Table Setting


Scarlett and her best friends.

The kids had a blast playing in the yard while the men fried the turkey. Have you ever had a fried turkey? TO DIE FOR. As in I will never make a turkey another way again.

We spent the week of Thanksgiving at my in-law’s in PA and it was such a blast! My brother and sister in law were up from North Carolina, so it was so nice spending time with family we don’t see often.

My girl helping me prepare sweet potato casserole.

sweet potato casserole

Post Thanksgiving nap. This was so sweet for me because Ellie does NOT nap on us. Not that we don’t want to, just being a third child it doesn’t happen much, therefore she doesn’t really know how. I just about died when I saw this! So sweet.


She was so happy to have to be held alllll week. This week has been a rude awakening the reality that she can’t be held all day anymore.

babyMimi bought these awesome inflatable beds and sleeping bags for the kids. So brilliant! The kids slept HARD after all that playing. I literally was begging her here to wake up from a THREE hour nap.

napping at mimis

Early morning stories with his girls.

hubby with girls

Tractor rides with Poppy! Levi was in heaven.

PA Tractor ride

Me and my girls. I am so blessed.

Me and my girls

I can’t even handle these crossed legs. This girl is growing way faster than acceptable. She needs to stop it.

crossed legs

Our kids are the youngest 3 out of the 7 on this side of the family. They were LOVING being around the older cousins! The kids were all so well behaved the whole trip. Marcus and I kept saying to each other how blessed we are.


Since we all live apart, we celebrate our Christmas with this side of the family on Thanksgiving. Mimi set up an ugly sweater decorating contest and it was so much fun! She sent the kids off in the dollar store with $7 to pick decorations of their choosings. Although after 5 minutes the kids lost interest and the moms and Mimi spent the next few hours finishing them. What we do for our kids! They loved them though. Ugly Sweater

Not quite sure what was happening. But she did enjoy her tinsel (read: trying to eat her outfit).

Ugly Sweater

Ellie’s first highchair meal on the drive home. Seriously, too big.


We got in late Friday, and Saturday morning we decided to go out for breakfast since we had no food in the house (it is one of our favorite things to do anyway). I was talking to my realtor as we were loading up the car at 8:45 and she mentions to me that we have a showing at noon (she thought we were out of town until Sunday). So imagine me running around the house, trying to tidy up when we haven’t even unpacked, with Christmas decorations and presents strewn about. It was a mess. Let’s see if they actually make an offer. Ha! Can you say a little prayer for our house to sell? These showings are getting a bit tiring. Thanks ?

My boys at breakfast. My heart is full.

breakfast boys

Christmas tree shopping. tree christmas treeSo, so thankful for these babies.

christmas with babies

Sunday was a whirlwind of church, nursery, and SHOPPING. I am too tired to add in outfit pictures and this post is already pretty picture heavy. So expect a dressing room post this week, k?

Did you catch the post on our family pictures from last week? Click the picture below to take you there. I gave my advice to surviving family pictures with young children. Advice and what not to do. Believe me, we’ve been there. surviving family pictures with young children