Instead of working on the girls' room, during naps I've been trying to get our Christmas tree done. I don't know how my parents pulled this off every year for 30 years and lived to tell about it. Day three and I've only just now finished the lights. Of course I don't just wrap the lights in a spiral on the outermost parts of the branches - I run the lights down the length of the branches all the way to the trunk. I think my compulsion to do it this way is my mom's fault. "It's better this way." Yeah, she's right. It is. If all goes according to plan, I'll be able to leave the lights on it and have a pre-lit tree next year.
I don't think I ever mentioned the tree before. We bought it last year at Big Lots after Christmas. It was originally $60, clearanced at 90% off. BUT, I also had a 20% off coupon, so I paid less than $5 for a 7' tree. It's not the nicest fake tree out there, but for 5 bucks I can live with it. My ornaments were also post-Christmas clearance items, though I think only 75% off.
I haven't finished decorating, so I haven't tried to get a good picture (it's going to be difficult since it's in front of a window in a tight spot), but here's a sneak peek:
I might have to go out on the porch roof to get a good photo.