Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Minding P's and Q's and the Christmas tree battle

Iris's newest totally cutest thing ever is that she is saying "Please" (well, it's more like "Peez") and "Thank You" (more like "Dee Doo") but the absolute cutest is that she now says "Thank You Mama" (again, "Dee Doo Mama"). It's so freaking sweet I almost want to cry every time she does it. Who knew that teaching manners to my daughter would be so moving?

So, I have been rallying hard for a fake Christmas tree. And not just any tree, but a 7 1/2 ft tall one that is pre-lit and from the (gasp!) Martha Stewart line at K-Mart. Matt has been artfully dodging my pleas to spend our Christmas present money on this tree, but I have finally decided we're going to get it, damn it!, because we need it to be the backdrop for our family portrait, which will be taken on Sunday. Nothing more exciting than spending $200 on a tree so it can serve as a backdrop, eh? Well, no, not really, I mean, it will be the TREE--OUR tree to be exact. The very first family tree Matt, Iris and I will have! And if Matt has his way, it will certainly be our last (poor guy can't see the reasoning behind spending so much on a fake tree. Sigh.). So, hopefully the after Thanksgiving shoppers won't clear out K-Mart this weekend and we can make a pilgrimage to the land of blue-light specials. Wait, do they still do that?!?! Luckily my mother isn't terribly fond of our sentimental childhood ornaments and has passed alot of them along to me, so we've got plenty of decorations to cover, well, maybe half the tree? 7 1/2 ft is big! Almost a whole foot taller than Matt :) At least that half that will show when we have our picture taken! I'll be sure to post a picture on here after we have it taken. Iris will most likely be screaming, I will look frazzled and Matt will look dashing as usual. Sadly, I'm the only one without a cute outfit to wear. Sigh. Such is the life of a mama.