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Can anyone believe it's December already? I feel like summer was yesterday. I am looking forward to some snow around here. Only as long as I don't have to go anywhere. The kids will look so cute playing together in the fluffy stuff. :: I am so excited.

And when is this messy playdate gonna happen? I have been slaving away in the kitchen baking for some odd reason. ::So I'll bring cookies for everyone!!!!
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i am simply AMAZED that it's december already. i bet snow will probably hold off until the new year (but who knows?). we live in the convergence zone now, so i'm sure we'll get buried.

i am realllly looking forward to december 14th, as my husband and i are going to go get tattoos together as our christmas gifts.

for those families that do christmas or yule trees, when do you put it up and which kind do you use? we hold off until mid-month or so (i'm thinking we'll do the 13th) and will visit a tree farm just down the road here in the bothell/mill creek area.
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We get a small real tree 1-3 days before Christmas to decorate.

I feel like a rownup, now that I've hit the stage of life where months and years fly by!

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We always get a live tree and we always cut it ourselves. There is a great tree farm on SR203 just north of Carnation that we stumbled upon a few years back that is owned by two local elderly couples. They have cookies, cider, the works.

We usually cut the tree early in the month, and then stick it in a bucket of water outside (in the cold it keeps much longer than inside). We usually bring it inside mid month.

As for what type? Well, whatever we like that looks prettiest, is huge, but will still fit in our living room. My husband is like a child when it comes to Christmas trees. We scratched the ceiling paint last year getting it up!

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Wow Janaya. Matching tattoos, sounds fun. What are you getting done? You'll have to post pics when they're done.
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i'm up for a messy playdate!

last year we went to a tree farm in carnation to get ourselves a real cut tree (the previous 4 years before that we got a tree we could plant...but we ran out of room to plant them). it was pretty fun! i love the smell of a fresh tree. i think DH and DS1 will go out next weekend to find our tree.

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I've always wanted to think of some bizarro idea for a xmas "tree", like crafting something out of hangers, or... something. Last year I came across a thread here where a mama explained that her family's Christmas "tree" was a huge decorated dinosaur. I want a huge dinosaur to decorate, too! I have no idea where I'd get something like that, though. I wonder if I could find an interesting cardboard cut-out somewhere, like the ones they use in the movie theatre to advertise movies. Then I can decorate that. Hmm...
I will have to think of something!

I do actually have a cheap-o fake tree in the garage that I can pull out if I feel the need. Last year we went to San Francisco for xmas, so we never bothered to decorate.

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We always get a live tree and we always cut it ourselves. There is a great tree farm on SR203 just north of Carnation that we stumbled upon a few years back that is owned by two local elderly couples. They have cookies, cider, the works.

We usually cut the tree early in the month, and then stick it in a bucket of water outside (in the cold it keeps much longer than inside). We usually bring it inside mid month.

As for what type? Well, whatever we like that looks prettiest, is huge, but will still fit in our living room. My husband is like a child when it comes to Christmas trees. We scratched the ceiling paint last year getting it up!
That's a neat trick, but I can NOT imagine avery going along with it. he's been talking about decorating it since last month. he would just protest greatly to getting it, then leaving it outside.

your tree last year was AMAZING. you also win points for super fun Little Boy ornaments.
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your tree last year was AMAZING. you also win points for super fun Little Boy ornaments.
You should tell the class about YOUR super special tree ornament. Don't even think that I forgot about that!

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Oh, tell us!

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i am simply AMAZED that it's december already. i bet snow will probably hold off until the new year (but who knows?). we live in the convergence zone now, so i'm sure we'll get buried.

i am realllly looking forward to december 14th, as my husband and i are going to go get tattoos together as our christmas gifts.

for those families that do christmas or yule trees, when do you put it up and which kind do you use? we hold off until mid-month or so (i'm thinking we'll do the 13th) and will visit a tree farm just down the road here in the bothell/mill creek area.
We're headed to Eastern WA to get a tree. We do the whole coco-chili-sledding (if there is snow)-thing with a bunch of family and friends. It's because a very fun tradition. Since DS is 2 - I think we'll be decorating with just lights and christmas cards this year. Wish us luck!
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We're headed to Eastern WA to get a tree. We do the whole coco-chili-sledding (if there is snow)-thing with a bunch of family and friends. It's because a very fun tradition. Since DS is 2 - I think we'll be decorating with just lights and christmas cards this year. Wish us luck!
Wow, so do you drive all the way back with a tree strapped to the top of your car? That's neat, though!

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your tree last year was AMAZING. you also win points for super fun Little Boy ornaments.
Thanks! We do a thing every year that we buy the boys a new ornament. My parents did that when I was growing up and it was neat to have all the ornaments to take with me when I moved out. And they always tried to pick one that was perosnal to me. So, that's what we do with the boys. And right now they tend to be little kid friendly because that's what they like!

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You should tell the class about YOUR super special tree ornament. Don't even think that I forgot about that!
Uh, not everyone has historically understood the significance of my Most Special Ornament...

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Oh, tell us!
Heh, well. I was in preschool in 1981. And apparently, they thought it was a good idea to have us make ornaments out of dried pasta and beans, with a heavy layer of schlack holding it together. If you turn the ornament over, you can see the ink outline of a stocking, which gives you an inkling of what it was intended to be. It's undeniable that it deserves it's name: puke. I can't believe my mom would ever give it up, but she insisted i take it when i was a teenager. It always gets the Place of Honor on my tree. Behold: http://www.flickr.com/photos/janaya/2142182349/sizes/m/
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Heh, well. I was in preschool in 1981. And apparently, they thought it was a good idea to have us make ornaments out of dried pasta and beans, with a heavy layer of schlack holding it together. If you turn the ornament over, you can see the ink outline of a stocking, which gives you an inkling of what it was intended to be. It's undeniable that it deserves it's name: puke. I can't believe my mom would ever give it up, but she insisted i take it when i was a teenager. It always gets the Place of Honor on my tree. Behold: http://www.flickr.com/photos/janaya/2142182349/sizes/m/
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I love it.

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LOL! It does totally look like puke!

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hahahahahahahahahahhahahahhahahah. That pic has me laughing out loud. Just wait until your kids come home with the "Sons of Puke."

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hahahahahahahahahahhahahahhahahah. That pic has me laughing out loud. Just wait until your kids come home with the "Sons of Puke."
I will display them with such pride!
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I thought the one my brother always had to hang was bad. His was a Bugs Bunny Air Freshener "ornament". Maybe if they were hanging near one another it might be good...

We've had the same tree for the last 3 years. It's one of those 10 free trees you get if you join the National Arbor Society, a Colorado Blue Spruce. Only thing is after we planted a few of them we did research and realized they don't grow well here. So we kept a few planted in pots since we didn't know what or where to plant them. We figure if we kill him from shock it'll be no worse than killing him from planting in a poor site so he comes in every year. He's getting taller and really looks better than the other 2 that are still in pots.

I'm FREAKING out about all the Christmas stuff, sending cards, shopping, wrapping, going out of town, baking cookies, etc. We're going downtown tomorrow to ride the carousel at Westlake with the kids. I think we're skipping Santa this year. Last year we went to the Santa at University Village and really don't want to go back. He was late coming back from lunch (aka happy hour), didn't have a key to open his little house and then the elves never showed up. We had to take pictures with our own camera, it was just funny. Then he tried to give Lily a candy cane and she refused it telling him they were bad for your teeth.

A friend invited us on his boat the other night and we were part of the parade of Christmas ships. Lily LOVED the carolers on the "singing ship". We'd never been b4 and really had fun.
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Oh no, bad Santas are the worst! We've had really good luck going anywhere with an Arthur and Associates Santa. Always professional and most importantly always real beards. You can even look up the santas on their site and pick the one you like best by looking at their schedules. http://www.santaphotos.com

I think were going to try to get our tree, interview midwives, and get the boys' santa photo done all tomorrow! Yikes! The tree may not happen, the midwives will for sure! I really need to find one I like. Dh's family has a tradition of getting the kids pics taken with Santa each year, so we're continuing that with our boys.

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I just was browsing the santa photos site and found a coupon for a free 5x7 photo. It doesn't say any purchase is required to get it. http://www.santaphotos.com/images/Lo..._Redmond08.pdf

So if anyone wants a free santa photo, there you go!

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I'm feeling so behind. I took on so much crafting for gifts. I don't know what I was thinking!

My wedding anniversary is coming up and dh and I are trying to find a nice restaurant to go to. Got any suggestions? We so rarely go out that we're clueless. Romantic is definitely the feel we'd like!

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I'm feeling so behind. I took on so much crafting for gifts. I don't know what I was thinking!

My wedding anniversary is coming up and dh and I are trying to find a nice restaurant to go to. Got any suggestions? We so rarely go out that we're clueless. Romantic is definitely the feel we'd like!

What type of food do you guys like?

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I'm feeling so behind. I took on so much crafting for gifts. I don't know what I was thinking!

My wedding anniversary is coming up and dh and I are trying to find a nice restaurant to go to. Got any suggestions? We so rarely go out that we're clueless. Romantic is definitely the feel we'd like!
My favorite "special occasion" restaurant is Eva by Greenlake, near the old Honey Bear Bakery. Make a reservation to sit in the main dining area (otherwise you'll end up in the bar, which is more crowded). I've never had a bad meal there and it's not that expensive, compared to some other places around town. If you've got a wad of cash to burn go to Rover's. I made my dh take me there a couple years ago for our anniversary and it is tasty but a bit over the top price wise. This is making me hungry!:
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What type of food do you guys like?
I would say anything but Italian-not that we don't like it but we've had it a bit lately!

I will check out Eva-thank you. I've heard many people tell me good things about Rover's too!

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mostly just bumping us.

i haven't gotten santa done and am begining to suspect we might not manage this year. i fear lines and crowds.

we have a really sweet unsheared grand fir now. it's kinda little and has some um, "character." i love it.

i experimented with making some homemade irish cream and amaretto. the amaretto was particularly easy and DELICIOUS. the irish cream needed a smoother whiskey, in my opinion. still kind of fun!

time to get going on some cookies.
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Thanks for bumping Janaya!

We finally got our tree today. We just ran out of time last weekend. Unfortunately it's soaking, so it needs to dry overnight before we decorate. Will is very dissapointed to have to wait!

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I am so excited for the snow! We have most of our christmas shopping done so we have no need to drive in it(except dh, but he can use our Subaru).
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I went out with the boys and got our tree on Monday. DH has been working long hours and I couldn't wait anymore

Today I went over to my grandma's and made krumkake. I think we've eaten half of them already.

Santa....I really want to take the kids but I really don't want to wait in line. We always go downtown and last year we lucked out and there was only a 30minute wait. I just don't know if I want to brave a long line with an excited 3yo and a babe that wants to crawl crawl crawl!

Anyone been to the one at U-Village? Its closer for us but for some reason I thought they only did digital prints-maybe I'm remembering wrong?

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We had a lot of fun getting our tree. We got it from a boy scout troop selling in a parking lot just 4 blocks away. So, we strapped DD into the moby and walked over with our stroller. We put the tree on the stroller and walked back. We git some really odd looks from people, but it was super fun.

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