This weekend we finally made it to our local tree farm to pick up a Christmas tree!  We thought about not getting one this year because we won’t be home a lot this holiday season, but I just couldn’t stomach the idea of not getting anything at all.  It just doesn’t feel like Christmas without a tree!  And this is the first year that Rylee can kind of comprehend everything that’s going on…so we just had to!  I am a sucker for holiday traditions, and decorating the tree is at the top of my list. But Sam and I both agreed we’d get something small.  The local place we visited definitely didn’t specialize in small!  The trees were huge! But we did find one tiny guy that fit the bill in the very front.  It was the first tree Rylee ran to….so obviously we had to have it.  I think it was the smallest on the lot.  But it was perfect.  We brought it home and set it up on a box in our best attempt to have a “baby proof Christmas”.  But we will see how that goes!

I just love this time of year.  I only wish December would slow down! We take off for snowy Minnesota this week to visit Sam’s family.  I can’t wait for Rylee to experience snow for the first time!  I think some sledding and snow angels are in order!

Is it snowing where you are from!?  Christmas in San Diego is not like Christmas in a lot of other places in the world.  I’ve always wondered what it would be like to live in a place that had snowy winters!  I love to visit it….but I think my bones are accustomed to warmer winters!


  1. Christine (Verve Evolving)

    I live in Canada’s Capital and while its not (tooo) cold yet, today is snowy and slushy and school buses are cancelled! It’s funny because I’ve always wished I lived in warmer climate! (As I’m not a fan of winter sports – I hibernate) #moreblogposts hehe…take lots of pics while you’re away!

  2. Crystal

    I just had to comment on this post because Christine is my good friend and such a sweet spirit and my Canada’s Capital love. She is awesome Kelli and Tree hunting is fun around our parts too!

  3. Kat

    How cute does she look in amongst those trees that must have made your heart melt!
    We had some snow last week that stayed a few days. Happy holidays to you, and a peacefilled Christmas darling
    Love kat x

  4. Coley Kuyper

    I love that you got a little tree. I told my husband I want to get one too even though we won’t be home much. I think i wanna start a tradition just getting little trees every year, they’re much cuter (in my opinion) No snow in Phoenix AZ where we live, in fact, the Christmas season doesn’t feel like it exists at all with the daily 80 degree weather! But we’re heading up north to Flagstaff during Christmas for some white, snowy weather (fingers crossed). Love these pics, makes me get the itch to be a mama even more! :)

    • kelli

      I know, it is odd for it to be in the high 70’s and Christmas time! It’s been such a warm fall / winter! Hopefully the cold will be here to stay soon.

  5. kristin

    It’s not only snowy where I’m from, its also currently -35C. Record breaking lows for this time of year. On the plus side, the snow and cold weather really get you into the holiday spirit of staying in with family and friends to celebrate the season!

    ps. I love trimming my tree as well and my smaller apartment doesn’t permit a large tree so my tiny 3 ft tree does the trick. It instantly feels like the holidays once it’s decorated!

    • kelli

      Brrr Kristin! 35C!!! Definitely forces you to stay inside and enjoy family though! It’s what we all should be doing anyway :)

  6. Kastles

    So cute Kelli! I am sure Rylee will love having the tree! I can’t wait to see more pictures!
    We have so much snow here in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada! And it was so cold last week! Thankfully it was nicer today! Hard to take blog photos in this weather, haha!
    Hope your monday was lovely!
    <3 Kastles

  7. Kyla Corpuz

    Sometimes I think I live in the North Pole. I recently moved to a little city called Fort St. John in northern British Columbia. We have had soooooo much snow, we’re about to reach 200 cm of snow since October if the snowfall keeps up. So if you want a snowy winter, come to northeastern B.C. haha! It’s already 30 below too. I would LOVE a California winter!

  8. abby

    i grew up in NH, where there is often snow on christmas. this is my first year away from family and my husband and i are dying for winter weather here in nashville! thank goodness, we’re going to spend the holidays with family . . . even if the weather here does take a snowy turn, there’s no place like home.

  9. Tiffany

    I live in Singapore and it’s either hot or wet all year long here! So I’ll probably be spending my Christmas under the sunny hot sun again this year! Happy holidays!

  10. Maree

    In New Zealand it is summer, so our Christmas is often spent at the beach, with a barbeque meal. I’ve never experienced a snowy Christmas, would love to be in New York, London or Switzerland during the festive season in the years to come.

  11. Natasha

    We’ll be spending Christmas in the French Alps where my partner’s family is from. It’s beautiful, and we get to ski and snowboard, but I’m not sure about Hugo trying to walk on the snow and ice. He’s only just gotten the hang of it indoors. I’d actually love to be home in Australia with my family this year. A summer Christmas on the beach is definitely what I’m craving after all the cold weather we’ve had this year.
    I hope your baby-proof tree works. We’ll be attempting the same thing this weekend xxx

  12. Sue

    I’m from Finland and I’m thinking of sending you a picture how it looks like in here right now. Imagine all the trees having freezy and white frosting from snow and ice. Personally I think often too cold in Finland, but Christmas is definitely the best part in being here. Right now it’s -23C.
    I can’t stand how cute and lovely Rylee is, the time has flown so fast! It’s nice to read and hear how she’s growing up. :) Best to you and your family!



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