Saturday, November 27, 2010

I am woman. Hear me roar.

Its becoming quite the winter wonderland in Vilseck these days.  Every morning we wake up to white trees and snow on the ground.  Is just beautiful to look at and yet I'm so glad when by mid afternoon its all melted away.  I just know its going to last f.o.r.e.v.e.r. 

So....yesterday I cut down a tree.  Not just any tree, mind you.  The tree that shone with a halo as angels sung out "O Tannenbaum"...(because we are in Germany, you know.)  Yes, I cut down the tree that the girls and I found after stomping around a snow drifted tree farm for an hour.  The tree that not only looked perfect for us, but had the right colored tag letting me know it was in our "tree budget." 

We didn't plan on cutting a tree down yesterday.  In fact, the plan was to go to a Christmas Market, but on our way I saw a sign...the "cut your own" sign and we decided to stop. 

So, like I said, we tromped around in the snow for an hour before we fond the perfect tree.  Maddie thought EVERY tree was the perfect tree...I'm not sure if she was just excited to be getting a tree or if she was ready to be done tromping around in the snow too.

I now have a newfound respect for tree cutters.  Well, at least tree cutters who have to use a hand saw.  I do believe the saws that were at this tree farm were the most dull saws available on the face of the earth...Otherwise, I'm sure I wouldn't have had half the issues that kept me knee deep in snow.  Ok, I even actually at one point was LAYING in the snow trying to saw at this tree trunk.

So, instead I decided the time had come to just push it over.

And I guess in reality I didn't really "cut down" the tree as much as I just pushed it over.

 Yep - thats me after pushing it over.  And thats the kind of photograph you get when an 8 year old snaps the photo.  ha ha ha

And the stump... You know..the one that I cut.  ha ha ha

And it was done just in the nick of time...Bella got a little grumpy...

And wanted me to take off her boots to get the snow out...

...but rotton mom that I am, I made her walk all the way back to the car while I drug the tree and Maddie carried the saw...

And when we got it home I sat outside and RESAWED the trunk of the tree with our hand saw (which is the second dullest blade on the face of the earth)  while the girls made a fort...

And coming soon - the comedy routine of me getting the tree in the tree stand and into the house...  :D

1 comment:

Christy said...

Ah, you loveliest of documentarians! I wish I could have been there to share the time of your pain, as well as your triumph! I know it was challenging in the moment, but it will become only the happiest of memories for all of you. The girls are so cute in their pink and white. And you are as gorgeous as always, even on the perimeter of an 8 year old's snapshot.