I have fallen sufficiently behind in my blogging… oops! Prepare for a flurry of Christmas related posts.
We had a very full Saturday a few weeks ago. We started our day off with Redeemer‘s annual Christmas Baskets service event. Along with the Edison soccer team, a group from UPS, some YoungLife students and a bunch of other groups, we were able to put together over 6,000 boxes of food to be given to families throughout San Antonio. I was able to work with some very fun people that morning while Chip was out delivering some of the boxes with a few other guys from the church. I was at the sugar table for most of the day, working first with some of the senior high girls and then with Rachel Chaney’s awesome kids.
After the Christmas baskets were completed, we went back to the house to get ready for the rest of the day. We had been planning on going Christmas tree shopping with the Behams that afternoon, so while we waited for Hailey to drive back from a quick trip to Austin for a baby shower, Chip and I cooked some homemade lasagna to have later for dinner and worked on rearranging some furniture in the living room. Last year, we decided it would be a fun tradition to have a special meal for our Christmas tree decorating. This isn’t a special family recipe or anything, but it is extremely tasty. It was much easier making it the second time around, mainly since we now knew how long it took from start to finish (definitely didn’t anticipate that last year and we were just about starving by the time the meal was ready). Once the lasagna was in the oven, we started working on the living room.
Chip had suggested a few times that we try moving our TV out of the corner of the living room and up against the wall. It took me some time to be convinced; once furniture is set in a spot, I’m just not good at envisioning it in a different place. However, making space for our Christmas tree seemed like a great reason to try this rearranging out.
We finished getting all the TV cables connected and DVDs put away just as Haley and Matt were getting to our house in the afternoon. Chip had found a Christmas tree farm out in Pipe Creek, so the four of us and Wrigley got in his truck and made the drive out. This farm was pretty awesome. They had trees planted in even little rows that you could just walk around and saws to help you cut down your tree. Unfortunately, these trees weren’t your typical Christmas trees… as in the didn’t smell like Christmas. One of my favorite things about real Christmas trees is how it can make the whole room smell like the holidays. So much to the guys’ disappointment, Haley and I both chose the pre-cut Frasier Firs they had displayed in the front instead of sawing down our own trees. You just couldn’t beat how good those smelled!
With our trees and fresh wreaths loaded up in the truck, we drove back to San Antonio and shared the homemade lasagna together. We added a salad and some bread to the meal and finished the evening off with some fresh chocolate chip cookies and Duck Dynasty.
Once the Behams left after dinner, Chip and I got the tree set up and ready for the lights and ornaments. We’ve collected a few special ornaments over the years, which are shown in the pictures below. With Christmas music on in the background for inspiration, we were able to get the tree decorated pretty quickly. All in all, it was a great day!