Day 5: Tree Trimming


Continuing our family tradition of trimming the tree together.  We always get a real tree (you HAVE to if you live in Oregon) and we always put up ornaments as we listen to John Denver and the Muppets Christmas.  This is the same music I listened on a record player when I was a kid trimming the tree with my siblings.  Some traditions you have to keep alive.


The oldest and my husband are cuddled on the couch reading Encyclopedia Brown.  The middle child is recording his voice in a play phone yelling, “Hey you’re a bad guy right now!” and listening to it…and he and I are laughing hysterically.  That’s the difference between some of the personalities in this family.

Inflatable Pool

The things I do for my kids.  This is the inflatable pool that surprisingly has made it through two summers going on three without a leak…or a raccoon eating it as a midnight snack.  I’m not kidding…that’s what happened to our first inflatable pool.





Every year I blow it up with a foot pump or by mouth.  It takes A LONG TIME.Image

Halfway through the process the husband says, “Maybe we should buy an electric pump.”  Somehow I seem to forget every summer how time consuming it is to blow up this pool…and how lightheaded I get in the process…Image

It all seems to be worth it in the end, of course!


Oregon hot weather, here we come!  We’ll be in the mid 90’s starting this weekend.