The Players:

Darling: The brave hero, love of my life
Crunchy: The crazy drama queen, hippie crunchy, fiber-freak
Formerly-known-as-Teenaged-Cave-Dweller: The now happily married wayward teen daughter, currently without a part but for an occasional guest appearance-again.
Australian beast-in-law: the transplant from Australia who swept the Cave Dweller off her feet
SNG(AKA Science Nerd Girl): the 19 year old sanity creator, Mom's all helper, now part time college geek
Pickle: The 17 old sensory seeking/avoiding mother hen
Tink: The 15 year old auto-immune compromised fairy nut
Cactus Jack: The 13 year old drama king
Don Juan: The 12 year old ladies man
Duck: The 9 year old cutie patootie
Doodlebop: The 7 old independent sass box
Sugar Man: The 5 year old sweetie flirt monster
Frodo: the 5 old chunky grandson
Sassbox: the 4 year old firecracker baby
Biscuit Smidge: the 4 month old shrieky dragon granddaughter

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Be a part of history

The 2010 Capitol Christmas tree came through our town today. I had no clue until a friend texted me. So, we loaded up and headed into town.

The tree is from the Bridger-Teton National Forest. It is 7 stories high, and is approximately 85 years old. They give it 65 gallons of water a day. 

The kids got to climb up to see it. For some reason, it reminded me of when the Liberty trains came through in 1976. I was 6 years old that summer. I found myself wondering today if my children(especially the younger ones) will remember this day. 

It's already lit. Don Juan wanted to touch it, but wasn't allowed. I was shocked at the military presence for a CHRISTMAS TREE. Has humanity sunk that low? That we have to guard a tree that will sit in front of the Capitol building?

Waiting in line to sign the banner.

Pickle somehow managed to escape the house with just this light weight jacket. I think this is the last picture I have of her actually smiling instead of shivering.

Cactus Jack puts his John Hancock on the banner.

The entire town turned out for the event. Hot cocoa, crowds of kids sitting on the courthouse steps, hugging friends, smiling, laughing. It actually choked me up to be there. I don't know how many of them thought about it, but they were part of history today. How much of our lives do we have a hand in history and we don't realize it?

It was a good morning. My kids loved it. Even Princess Crankenestein. As usual, she was Royalty.


  1. How wonderful!!! You are so right in thinking that it will be a lasting memories in your kids' minds.

  2. While it makes me sad that they cut down the old beautiful tree, it's pretty cool that the kids got to sign the banner and be a part of history.

  3. I remember in 1976, I was living just outside of Washington DC. There was a replica of a 1776 town set up on the Mall of the Smithsonian. I remember making cornhusk dolls and watching all of the artisans working their crafts. Very neat!