Christmas 2013 was definitely one of wonderment and change. Much like Christmas 2014, we had just moved into a rental house before we bought our house the following year while I was battling the flu and unbeknownst to most, was pregnant with Baker. The minute I recovered from the flu, we headed to Texas to visit Drew’s parents for a few days and then it was straight to the doctor for our first OB appointment. I was a nervous wreck and couldn’t really focus on Christmas decor. I found this sad little tinsel tree at Target that I put up in the family room and thankfully Hunter was young enough that anything festive was “Christmas”.
We made a plan to tell Hunter at our annual Christmas Eve lasagna dinner that he would be getting a little brother or sister. It is a tradition in our house every year to sit at the dining room table for a homemade lasagna dinner, so short of nothing, I had to make sure the table was set nicely for our meal and the big reveal. On my quick trip to Target to purchase our “beautiful” tree, I picked up the cutest melamine fox plates. I thought that would make the table a little whimsical since this year’s dinner was all about Hunter and his surprise. Silver chargers created a home base for our little red friends. A piece of driftwood that moves with us from house to house ran down the center of the table interwoven with pretty glass vases filled with red tulips. Since we didn’t have a real tree, I got a little help from the evergreens in the yard. I felt like the table truly laid the groundwork for a fun and exciting dinner. Empty chairs were filled with Hunter’s teddy bears to make sure the table was full of guests. Hunter was beside himself when he learned he was going to be a big brother. It was such a special night for our family.
So here we are three years later and our family of four is nicely settled into our home and the house is fully decorated complete with our “real tree” again, but every time I see that “sad little tree” in the box, it makes me smile thinking about the night that we got to give Hunter such a sweet gift at our Fox in the Tulip Forest table.
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