Sunday, November 30, 2014

Start to Christmas 2014

Now that my parents are in AZ (sniff sniff), it seems a little crazy to drive all the way out to Williams to get our tree (sniff sniff).  So yesterday, we kept things local and still managed to have a great start to the Christmas season!

We started off the afternoon with some coffee/hot chocolate at Arcedium.  We then visited the tree lot downtown STC.  


However, in the interest of full disclosure, we ended up getting our tree from the Costco lot instead. :)  We spent less than 1/2 what we would have had we bought the same size/type of tree from the other spot.  It felt a little off getting a tree from the back of a semi, but the kids didn't mind (and actually thought it was pretty cool to go in the truck), and we saved a decent amount of $$ on my favorite type of tree (Frasier Fir).

Norah slept in the car while the big kids picked out the tree.  With her hands in her shoes.

 Each year, the kids pick out a new ornament to add to our collection.  Here are this year's picks...

It's a tiny bit tilted...fixing that today!
After our busy no-nap (!!) afternoon, we decided to go to the lights parade in St. Charles.  It was so fun!  I wish I'd gotten more photos of the lighted floats....there were some pretty impressive ones!


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