My First REAL Christmas Tree

This year, for the first time (that I can remember) I got a REAL Christmas tree to celebrate the holidays. It makes me feel so happy to be welcomed by a twinkling tree when I walk through my front door.

After searching around for a nearby tree farm, we found a sign that said “TREES” and up the hill we went. Sitting on a bench, were a cluster of hand saws and the tree keeper told us to walk up the path and there would be rows of trees to pick from. How fun!

Investigating each and every tree, I found that most of them had gaps at the bottom, were too small, not full enough or didn’t have the Christmas tree “feel”…. until I spotted this bushy blue spruce. It seemed a little too fat and had very prickly limbs but I knew it had to be mine.

So John got on the ground and sawed it down for me and carried it through the forest.

And the tree keeper pulled it through the tree-wrapper-thing. We tied it to the top of my car with a little bit of twine and hit the road.

A night of decorating along with Christmas music, red wine and pizza was the perfect start to the holiday season.

Just little warm lights and gold glittery balls.

Jaxson loves the real tree. He sleeps by it all day and all night.

Have you already decorated this year? What kind of tree do you usually put up? A real one is a ton of work but a lasting reward!

Girls in a Cabin

After hours of driving through winding roads in the woods, we finally arrived at our girls’ getaway weekend retreat. We approached the cozy log cabin and our city-girl personalities started to shine through. Of course, we didn’t think to bring flashlights so there we are, all huddled closely together, using our cell phones to peer into the darkness…”Wait, shh.. what was that?” “Hello? Is anyone out there?” “No really, did I just see someone looking in the window?” Completely freaked out, we finally made it inside and after a bottle of wine, we felt right at home!

We never once turned on the TV and we had no cell service the whole weekend. In fact, at the very beginning of the trip, I had to call the other car of girls but had no way of doing so until we set out driving in to the dark forest and happened upon a cord phone in a box on a tree in the woods. Scariest thing ever!

It was a weekend of talking… a lot of talking: stories, secrets, laughing, and of course s’mores, wine and jacuzzi time.

Over the past two years, we’ve all been getting to know each other more and more over dinners and shopping trips but this weekend was such a great treat to really connect and appreciate our friendship on a higher level. I’m so thankful to have a group of girls that I can be myself around and learn so much from. Here’s to true friends!

30 Before 30 with Delyse Twitty

30 Before 30

And for the women in my life, this is a cute post. Turning 30: 30 things every women should have and should know.