the story of our wild mountain pine : part one


it's so great to have ceej back home again. what relief.
we spent our day together yesterday looking for a christmas tree
in the freezing cold was one of those days where the sun
tricks you into thinking you don't need your thickest coat.
so, our looking for a tree was sped up by my need to get warm.
luckily, we found a nice wild-grown tree that a nice farmer had grown just for us (right?).

this is why i enjoy christmas so much. christmas day is not, actually, my favorite...
all of the festivities that lead up to it are such a joy:
finding a tree, trimming it, listening to the songs we always listen to,
making the cookies and candies i make every year,
walking up and down the streets to see everybody's pretty lights.
christmas day is lovely...but not as lovely as the entire month leading up to it.

so glad i get to spend most of this month with my favorite person ever.

more of our christmas tree shenanigans tomorrow.


laceybediz said...

Not sure if I have left you a comment before but just wanted to let you know I really enjoy your blog, the design is great and your pictures are beautiful!!

Ann Marie said...

Thank you, Lacey! What kind words. Thanks for taking the time to comment. You're the best!

Sylvia said...

Wonderful photos and a story ....I could' t agree more that the preparation and anticipation of Christmas is one of joy and happiness. I hope we go to cut our tree this weekend .
Enjoy a warm and gentle season !

Anita said...

Oh how great is that tree?! It looks just right for you! Can't wait to see it all dressed up. Glad that ceej made it home safely and is enjoying being back with you again. Have a great rest of the week!

liv said...

i love the tree ann- it looks like ours- we got a spruce so little cj wouldn't want to touch it- instead he tries to ram stuff into it- gonna be home this weekend- maybe we can stop by and little ceej can get his ann snuggles- he just loves you.


Hi Ann Marie,
I loved your post. I also enjoy much more the days leading up to Christmas. Looks like you found a great looking tree perfect for the space.
Happy decorating!
xoxo Ingrid

Unknown said...

i love that first photo. we don't use a real tree anymore (i think it's because of our cats!), but the whole process of finding the right tree is a little exciting...
i really like the one you chose! he's cute!

tinyparticlesoflight said...

What a perfectly sweet tree! We just got ours too. I agree with you about loving the month more than the day.

Love your coat and boots, btw. ;)


The Egg said...

dont you hate it when the sun tricks you into wearing a lighter coat?! gets me every time.

your little tree makes me smile!!

xoxo the egg out west.

Hena Tayeb said...

Sounds lovely. Enjoy

Hilary said...

Looks like a lovely way to spend the day.. and month. Enjoy it.. I'm sure you will.

Thanks so much for your visit to my blog.

Anonymous said...

Very true, the month leading up to Christmas IS the best part. :)

Being Julia said...

Glad your honey is back...and you are enjoying the little joys that make Christmas a season unto itself.
Can hardly wait to see what you do with your tree!

Leslie said...

i just have to add another comment about your tree... it looks very nordic and old-fashioned, kind of like a feather tree, you know? and i LOVE this kind of tree, but if you think it's impossible to find one in utah, imagine how hard it is to find one in florida! so a few years ago, (driven by this picture in my mind AND a new-found allergy to REAL trees) i found a "rocky mountain pine tree" in a catalog, on sale. yes, it's a FAKE tree, and that makes me just a bit sad, but it looks just like your REAL tree, and i pretend it's a feather tree handed down to me from my norwegian great-grandmother, and i decorate it with hand-made ornaments and swedish straw stars, and i love it ALMOST as much as if it were a real tree (except i miss the smell...)

so i ended up leaving a book for a comment. but your darling little tree stirred my imagination :)

Anonymous said...

Hallo Ann Marie, an English language is not my mother tongue and I am wondering what the expression "charlie brown" tree means? Could you please explain this to me? I really love your blog and I am always very pleased when I see something new on the page. Thank you very much for letting me to come and silently see and read. Many Regards from Europe! Gabi