We're at work today, but had yesterday off which was unexpected and fabulous to have a special day off. We had such a nice day, catching up on chores, going on a moonlit hike through the snow and then making a special meal together. With some of the tragedies that have occurred recently, I was extra happy & appreciative to be spending the day with my husband.
Getting our tree this year was a comedic event ... I'd had the grand idea that it would be nice to have a tree that was a little fuller which meant cutting down a larger tree and then just using the top of the tree. We found a beautiful tree, lopped off the top (without measuring) and carried it 1/4 of a mile back to our barn. It was surprisingly heavy and I had to stop multiple times to rest my arms :)
When we got back, I measured our indoor space and Jason measured off how much of the tree we could take inside. It was hysterical!!! It was less than half of what we'd lugged all the way back to our place and was so skinny once it was cut away from the rest of it. It was truly pathetic looking. Even though the sun had already set, we headed out on a short hike to see if we could find something better. We were about to give up when I spied a perfect looking little tree across a "meadow." Of course, the meadow was actually a huge beaver bog -- a swampy, grass covered area with small streams running through it. Getting across to check out the tree was doable ... getting back across while trying to carry a Christmas tree just added even more humor to the day. Picture trying to team-carry a large, awkward object while trying to leap over steams. Yes ... quite the adventure :)
I was reminded today that this will be our last Christmas with just the two of us. It's really hard to fully imagine how much our life will be changing this next year. Since today I am officially six months pregnant, here is an updated belly shot. (Thanks Mom for sending me some maternity shirts since there are literally no stores that sell maternity-wear here!)