Tree Decorating

I have gotten behind here, I know but I am trying to catch up.  With all of the holiday things we have been doing at church and at home, i haven't found much time to sit down and write.  Last weekend we decided that we would get a real tree after all.  Gabe and I had been going back and forth for awhile since we aren't going to be home for Christmas.  However, I was definitely missing having a tree up in the house and so was Gabe.  So, Gabe took the girls to pick out a Christmas tree.  When I got home from playing handbells at a local nursing home, there was the tree in front of our picture window.  The smell was wonderful.  Of course it irritated my allergies but I didn't care.  It looked so beautiful.  We ate dinner and then started decorating the tree.  the girls helped Gabe wrapp around the lights and then the ribbon.  Then they tried very hard to help me with the poinsettia leaves but they couldn't quite get the hang of fluffing them out.  After that we moved on to ornaments.  They were having so much fun putting them all over the tree.  Ellie loved for Gabe to pick her up so she could put the ornaments up high.  Victoria's strategy was to clump ornaments together.  It was so much fun decorating.  I am so glad that we decided to get the tree and decorate it. Everyone got along and had a great time.  It was a fun family night and the tree looked so beautiful when we were done.  We just sat staring at it.   IMG_1564 IMG_1566 IMG_1577-1 IMG_1569 IMG_1575 IMG_1573