A Festive 10 on 10

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013 14

Last month on the 10th, I shared 10 photos on sisterhood taken during my retreat with a group of fabulous photographer friends. That post marked my first of our group’s launch into 10 on 10. On the 10th of each month, the group of us are doing a blog-hop, sharing 10 photos on a theme or taken on one day or event. This month’s 10 on 10 has us working on the theme of “festive.” With Tony and I headed to the tree farm, selecting our holiday tree, and trimming it this past weekend, I thought of no better opportunity than to shoot our weekend shenanigans for my 10 on 10.

It was freezing, quite literally, this past weekend with temperatures hovering around 1 degree Fahrenheit (-17 Celsius). While I had hoped to take some Polaroid photos during our adventure to the tree farm, I knew there was no way that was going to happen as instant film does NOT like the cold. So I picked up my long-neglected digital camera, and off we went. (As always, you can click on each photo to see them larger!)

Yonkey Pine_rsYonkey Pine Tree Farm is a sweet, family-run operation in a small Nebraska town a bit south of us. On the years when we aren’t traveling back “home” to the East Coast, Yonkey Pine is where we get our tree, selecting it from the rows and rows of scotches and firs, having it cut fresh right before our eyes.


Tree Farm_rsTo our dismay, the farm had been pretty well picked over. With Thanksgiving falling much later in the calendar this year, and with beautifully mild temperatures two weekends ago, it seemed like all of Lincoln (if not all of Nebraska!) had already beaten us to tree hunting. In looking over the few trees that remained amidst all of the stumps, we chose a lovely fir. And, a fresh wreath for our front door.

Wreath_rsTony and I got the wreath hung and the tree in its stand just in time to head to my holiday party with students and faculty. The trimming would have to wait until the next day.

Fire_rsWe awoke to snow coming down, made coffee, and got a fire going. After some reading of the Sunday New York Times, we got down to business.

Vintage Ornaments_rsParker, being of no help, settled in next to (aka, practically IN) the fire, his favorite winter spot in the house.

Parker-Fire_rsTony strung the lights, and then we sorted through our collection of ornaments. Coming across Ripken’s dog bone ornament from his first Christmas with us brought a pang to my heart. We still miss him every day.

Ripken Ornament_rsAfter the tree was trimmed, it was time to get working on writing the holiday cards.

Holiday-Cards_rsAhhh, a festive weekend indeed.

Tree-Blur_rsTo keep the festivities going, blog-hop on over to Lindsey’s blog to see her festive 10 on 10!

14 Responses

  1. Debra says:

    Love this! You sure haven’t lost your touch with the digital xoxo

  2. Corinna says:

    I’m with Deb. Digital suits you just fine. Beautiful series. Makes me feel like I have to get on the ball and get a tree up! And the cards written! and, and, and… (Behind, as always…) xo

  3. Lindsey says:

    My good friend is experiencing her first Christmas without her fuzzy buddy and it kills me, I know it hurts when we pull out little reminders.

    I loved a little peak into your day in sub zero temps. I can’t complain, and that part about Parker practically IN the fireplace …. I choked on my Chamomile tea.

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  5. tara says:

    i feel like i can smell the fire and tree in these shots, beautiful work! xoxo

  6. tamar says:

    You still got it with the digital baby! woohooo. never doubt as you are just great, digital or not. love, t xxx

  7. This is great, Meghan! Where did the vintage ornaments come from? I love how going through the ornaments is always a walk down memory lane. During our summer in Seattle I unearthed some of the ornaments from my home growing, and brought a few select home. It brought me unexpected joy to hang them in my own, adult tree this year.

    And, did you make those cards?! They are beautiful.

    • Meghan says:

      Thanks, E! The ornaments were some of my family’s and some from Tony’s family if remember correctly! So glad you found some “new” ones while back in Seattle. And no, unfortunately I didn’t make our cards this year 🙁 Still need to get some more cards signed and sent off! xoxo

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