Thursday, December 11, 2008

Holiday Traditions

One of the traditions that we have as a family is to go to Valley View Farms in December. Every year, each person picks out an ornament for the tree, we go to dinner and then we find the "perfect" Christmas tree. Last Saturday night we headed out to Valley View--appropriately, it started to snow as we left the house.

The lights used to totally amaze the kids. Kellen and Ammy would wander around in awe. Now they touch every ornament that they can and try to drive us crazy by dropping a few. Miraculously, this year we made it home without a single broken ornament!

They have straw animals outside.

And almost 13 year olds next to the animals.
And a wishing well for the poor in Baltimore. Of course, Kellen was trying to figure out how to get to the cash inside.
Ammy's choice this year, a Boston Terrier.

Allie chose a field hockey player as she just finished her fall season.

Tristan chose a crab cage with a Maryland Blue Crab inside.

Kellen finally decided on Stan from South Park. We tried to change his mind, but he was having none of that.

Tyler chose another golf ornament this year.

Tony chose the Abominable Snowman.

The kids helped me pick out this dragonfly. It reminded them of my friend, Sienna, who passed away earlier this year. She loved dragonflies.

After dinner, we went looking for the "perfect" tree. Always a joy! It's always stinking cold and it takes forever to find the one we all agree on.
Finally, the perfect tree.

They tie it onto our car and off we go. Let the decorating begin.
Back soon with the tree decorating pictures...I've been a little busy. Check out what I've been working on non-stop for the past two weeks. Feel free to bid if you see something you like!


M, Ms. R, Mom, Auntie M, Marey said...

What a cool adventure! We do the ornament gift too...and I am going to have one empty tree when the kids take theirs with them after this year! Tim eto start buying one for me each year!

Thank you so much for your donations to our fundraiser.....we drew winners tonight.

Nate's Mom said...

Wow! I may have found a mom that rivals me on the busy-ness scale. I hopped over from Marey's site, because I am procrastinating. I just wanted to say hi, so I don't feel like such a blog stalker. I am so jealous of your snow!

Sheri in CA

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