When we last left off our house had been transformed into a winter wonderland. Desmond and Dana were admiring their handy work and the tree looked beautiful...for a couple of days.
I happened to notice while nursing that the tree seemed to be leaning a little forward. Not an optimal direction if an almost 10 foot tall tree needs to lean.
There was some tinkering and...the tree stand broke.
Note the tree being held up by our wall in the picture below.
This may have had something to do with the fact that it was a tree stand for a smaller, normal size tree, up to 8 feet. Within a day we had a new tree stand for the appropriate size tree and all we had to do was switch tree stands.
Yep, Dana lifted the adorned Christmas tree while I quickly switched the tree stands. Desmond was safely out of harms way.
And this is ultimately what happened. When you have a toddler that needs your attention it leaves only one person trying to steady the tree and make it straight, that obviously didn't work out too well for us. Thankfully Dana wasn't hurt even though the tree fell directly on him. And he is even managing to give me half a smile in his sickly state, did I mention he is sick while all of this is happening.
We aren't sure which happened first, the tree fell and broke the stand or the stand broke and the tree fell. Alas, broken tree stand number 2, but that wasn't all that was broken.
Honestly, I almost cried over a couple of these, like the teddy bear that I gave my grandmother when I was in elementary school, or the cheerleader that my mom had made to look like me. I am remaining optimistic that a couple can be repaired.
It is important to mention that before we made this foolish attempt Dana asked me if there was anything I would be heart broken over if it broke and I only removed Desmond's first ornament. He saved the glass balls from our travels. Hmmmm.
Wait, neither of us grabbed our wedding ornament?!?! Thankfully it made it through alright.
After the fall, everything came off of the tree.
As God is my witness, I'll never be hungry again!
Sorry, I couldn't resist a little Gone with the Wind humor.
Naked, our tree leaned in the corner for several days until we purchased yet another tree stand. A different one this time, although all 3 were made in the USA to my delight.
Then on Saturday the reinforcements arrived, the Grandparents!
It took three generations to get this job done right.
Yay! It took a week but we finally have a sturdy and beautiful tree.
My vote is for a smaller tree next year but I don't think I'm going to win.