13 December 2008

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!


(It's really small Ree Ree but click on it and then it's big)

10 December 2008

Oh Christmas Tree

Do you ever get the post-long-weekend-blues? I do. Not completely depressing blues but blues because the week after the long, relaxing, wonderful weekend seems to just drag by. That would be what happened last week. It took FOREVER to get to the weekend and nothing really memorable happened. At least, I don't think anything did. If something memorable happened I must have forgotten about it because I sure can't remember much except work and eating dinner. Thanksgiving weekend though...THAT was memorable and fun and relaxing!

We had another couple over for Thanksgiving and split up who made what. It was nice not to have to make everything and dinner turned out great! Cooking a turkey, though, was not the funnest thing in the world. I don't know how I've never seen the beginning of the process but I haven't. I had no idea you had to reach inside the turkey to take out the gizzards and heart. DISGUSTING. Luckily Ryan did that part. Then I became a little obsessed that turkey grossness got all over my kitchen and proceeded to sanitize EVERYTHING. I wouldn't mind never doing that part of preparing a turkey. Despite being grossed out our first turkey turned out pretty yummy if I do say so myself!

Rinsing the turkey, and CLEANING The rest of the day we just relaxed, Ryan played football, we watched a little college basketball, ate and played games with our friends, and decorated a little section of our house for Christmas (this is how most of the weekend went actually....so great)! I love Christmas decorations. My mom completely transforms our house at Christmas time because she has so many decorations (she transferred the love down to moi). I love it. My collection of Christmas decor does not live up to hers yet but we do have a 3 foot tall fake tree, a teeny tiny village, and a beautiful little nativity.















Getting ready for football, lounging, and our baby tree.

Last night Ryan and I decided to walk around Old Town for a bit because it was pretty warm outside and we heard that Alexandria had its tree lit a couple of days ago. Old Town was pretty, white lights everywhere. I kept wishing that Christmas carolers would pop out of every street corner and spread some cheer but that sadly never happened. We did grab some peppermint hot cocoa though and walked up King Street to see our town's Christmas Tree. We were slightly disappointed.


(What is that I'm wearing? My FABULOUS red coat that Ryan got me for my birthday. I love it. I love red coats.)
I wasn't expecting the Rockefeller tree or anything but still. I expected a bit more. The tree is big, but oddly shaped. I didn't like it at all when we first saw it but as we walked closer I thought that it was kind of cool that it wasn't a perfectly trimmed tree like the ones you see inside. It is outside afterall. The Alexandria Christmas Tree is covered in white lights which makes it very enchanting but as you walk closer it is pretty difficult not to feel like something is missing. What could that be you ask?


Ornaments

Most Christmas trees that I have seen have ornaments. I realize this tree is outside so maybe ornaments aren't the best idea (because wind might blow them off?) but the tree wasn't completely devoid of ornaments either. Upon closer inspection we found exactly two ornaments.

One.Two.
That's all. Strange. I'm thinking that there might be a reason for just two ornaments. Some kind of tradition? I haven't been confused about it enough to research if there is a story behind the two ornament tree so for now I just think it's weird.