Tuesday, December 8, 2009

12/9 Outdoor Wednesday # 48

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Starting last week…. and going through the end of December…. I am going to include/encourage everyone to share their outdoor AND indoor Christmas decorations for Outdoor Wednesdays.

Greenery in the form of trees, wreaths and garland are from outside…… and they are inside for the holidays… yes, I am stretching the definition of Outdoor Wednesday…. but I can!!!

Other Outdoor photos are welcome (as usual).


I decorate with many (over 10?) artificial trees…. but I always have one 8-12 foot real (live) tree. A family tradition…for us all to bundle up and head out in search of the perfect tree …… I am very lucky that my children, all in their twenties (age), still enjoy sharing this special occasion with me….. one I will treasure…always!

I don’t think he approves of his sister’s choice…..

IMG_3159 Oldest son checking carefully for “holes”…..


Husband, patiently watching…… with youngest son inspecting another tree in background…..


Daughter, not crazy about Mom taking pictures (sorry)…


My wonderful 4 children…. my pride and joy….

I am VERY blessed!


YES! They finally decided on a tree! I’ll post it before/after decorated next week!

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  1. You are blessed and what a wonderful family tradition. Can't wait to see the finished tree.

    Christi @ A Southern Life

  2. What a beautiful family you have, Susan! You truly are blessed! And I am amazed that you decorate ten trees! Girl! You are one busy beaver at Christmas. Those are some beautiful live trees on that lot. I can't wait to see all of your pretty trees, live or faux.

    Hope you are having a happy holiday season, Susan!

    Thanks for hosting us for Outdoor Wednesday!


    Sheila :-)

  3. Oh nothing beats a real tree! I wish I wasn't allergic to them! I just love the smell! Hope you have a fun time decorating it! Look forward to seeing your pics. Have a great Outdoor Wednesday and enjoy the rest of your week! Thanks for hosting this day! It makes blogging so fun when we can all link up like this! Sherri : )

  4. Looking forward to seeing the decorated tree now! Happy Outdoor Wednesday. :)

  5. What a lovely- fun loving family!! Not a surprise for sure!

    I find it interesting... that like you my post this week is about Trees.

    Such a joy to get to spend Wednesdays with you and such fun people.

    Stop by and say hi if you get a minute during this Crazy - fUN -- time of year!

    TTFN~~Claudia ♥ ♥

  6. You are blessed. I also think it's great you were able to get everyone to go looking for your tree. THat is so fun!

  7. I miss real trees! Last year I substituted with real garland, that helped because it smelled so good!!! I cannot believe how much decorating you do! Wow!

  8. Oh Susan, your post was so cute with all of your family searching for the perfect tree. We always try to get our four grown children to join in for the selection of the "perfect" tree too! This year, only the college boy came with.
    You have a beautiful family! Have fun decorating the trees and I can't wait to see the after pics.
    Thanks for hosting Outdoor Wednesday! --Delores

  9. Glad your kids agreed on a tree! Now I look forward to seeing it decorated. :)

  10. what a wonderful family you have, and a great family tradition of picking a tree together. looking forward to seeing your dressed up tree.

  11. Susan, how special that all your children take part in selecting your Christmas tree. I'm sure there are many special memories associated with this yearly event. I'll be eager to see your decorated trees.
    I plan to participate in Outdoor Wednesday this week. I always enjoy this weekly blog event. Thank you for hosting! ~ Sarah

  12. Holy Cow Susan! 10 trees! You are ambitious! Lovely family, lovely kids! So nice they well still come with you, mine aren't that interested. Cindy

  13. Yes you are very blessed and choosing the tree looks like a lot of fun. I can almost smell the fresh fragrance from here!!! I found you through Lorraine's blog.

  14. Christmas tree places smell awesome, don't they? I love to walk through ours on the way into the grocery store.

    Tink *~*~*

  15. Ten trees? Wherever do you find the time? Takes me days and days just to decorate one. We are not decorating this year, so I'm going to pretend one of yours in mine. lol

    Happy Holidays!

  16. I remember those good old days before artificial trees became a staple in my home.. there is nothing like the smell of a real tree... le sigh!

  17. Looks like you found the perfect tree Susan, how lovely that you all do this together look forward to seeing it all dressed up, Kathy

  18. Choosing a tree with the whole family can be challenging but you seemed to have found one to satisfy all. I'm sure you'll enjoy decorating it and we'll look forward to SEEING it when you decide to share!
    Hugs and blessings,

  19. I can't believe your kids are that old. You look soooo young! It's sweet that they still go tree shopping with you!

  20. Wow, all 4 of your kids making the time to get together with you to pick out a tree! How cool is that?!? Susan, you are a great mother!

    Big Hugs,
    Angelic Accents

  21. o, this looks like fun...I'm sure you all enjoyed it.
    Your kids are all beautiful, Susan...yes, ma'am...you ARE blessed.
    Merry Christmas,

  22. Susan, Beautiful tree, love real ones and ten trees, Wow.

    Happy outdoor Wednesday!

  23. One must be sure to have exactly the correct tree.

  24. How fun...I miss having a live tree...I should start getting one for outside...it is essential to find the right one.

  25. What a lovely family group! It's great that they still like to do things as a family. I do enjoy a live Christmas tree, but unfortunately the hubby is allergic to most fir, pine and cedar - so we've gone completely artificial these days! Looking forward to seeing your before/after photos.

  26. I am so happy for you to have all your children there. I am looking forward to see it decorated. MB

  27. What a special time. And yes, you are blessed indeed. :o) Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne
    Ps. I have wanted to join your party for so long and this morning I am able to. Thank you for hosting such a fun time. :o)

  28. Where does all your energy come from??? Yes, your family is just beautiful and you are indeed a lucky girl!

  29. The look on your sons photo in the first photo made me laugh:) Cute kids. I love the smell of a fresh tree to bring back all the memories of when I was a small child and I use to believe in the man with the red suit. I guess one still needs to believe in that magic! My post has a small amount of outdoor today (2 photos) and the rest is inside but I was so excited I wanted to share it all over the blogs so I hope you do not mind that I posted to your wonderful fun blog this week.

  30. What a nice tradition and so great they they are still involved.
    Mama Bear

  31. Ten trees? Is that just so there is so much more to blog about? The ten days of Christmas. One posted for each day.
    How nice you can get the kids together to do this. Great tradition.

  32. Good morning Susan, my post is up late as we lost the net all of last night and part of the morning. We are back on!!!

    Your Christmas tree post is fun today. Your family is all so pretty and handsome. I love the photos. I am looking forward to the before and after. I have a before and after Christmas tree post today. Kind of different though.

    Happy outdoors to you.

    Hugs xoxo, Jeanne

  33. looks like fun! you picked a beautiful tree.

  34. What a beautiful family you have and so nice to get everyone together and keep up the tradition. Can't wait to see it decorated.
    Happy Outdoors!!!!!! and have a nice day!

  35. Hi Susan!
    This is my 1st Outdoor Wednesday - happy to "meet" you! :)
    Getting everyone together for an outting to choose a tree is a wonderful tradition! I'll only be decorating a small tree this year, but I'm thinking I'll be back for another OW to share it!
    Thanks for hosting this get together - I've enjoyed visiting all the blogs!

  36. Great looking family! Gave up having a real tree years ago due to allergies and it drying out fast.

  37. What beautiful photos to cherish, and I think it is wonderful that your kids still want to share in the adventure. I am looking forward to seeing all of those decorated trees. All the best to you Susan!

  38. It is so nice that your family goes together to pick out the tree. I love the smell of real Christmas trees. Have a wonderful day!! Karen

  39. Good morning Susan, I love to smell a fresh Christmas tree..your grown kids did great helping to pick out your trees... do they help decorate them?? Have a good week... hugs, Baba

  40. What a beautiful family you have Susan ♥ I didn't participate this week because I don't have any new pictures :(

  41. your tree is going to be so pretty!

  42. Susan,
    Your children are precious and sweet...What a wonderful family you have...Can't wait to see your tree all decorated...Have a wonderful day..katherinellen
    I'm feeling better..haven't blog for awhil..will get back soon..Miss you!

  43. All those trees! You are a woman after my own heart. It is hard to decide on a tree when there's a committee involved! :-) I'm sure the kids made a great choice, and YES it is a blessing to have 20-something children who don't think their parents have cooties.

  44. Holy cow, sooooooo many trees to decorate. You must have a zillion ornaments!
    Love how the kids get involved in picking out the natural tree!
    This is the first time I've joined you for Outdoor Wednesday and hope to jump in most of the time.....thanks for hosting!
    Christmas blessings to you and your family.

  45. Me again! Drop by - I am having a giveaway.

  46. We always went to the woods, not a tree farm, for our tree years ago. I love the fresh smell the give off. Have a nice week.

  47. Susan, you have a wonderful family. Thanks for sharing your annual Christmas trek with us. It's nice to see families keeping holiday traditions. Have a great Outdoor Wednesday.

  48. Looks like it was a fun outing! :)

  49. What a great Christmas Tradition for your family. Looks like you had a lot of trees to look through to find just the right one for you.

  50. What a great tradition to have! I love real Christmas trees. :) We've always had artificial trees because my mom was allergic to the real ones.

  51. How great that you can all still go together!
    Nowadays, it is not uncommon for grown children to live hours and hours away.
    What a lovely family...
    Thanks for sharing!


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