Friday, December 12, 2008

Where was my brain?

Where was my brain when I added the following to my fun things to do while waiting for baby to be this Advent/Christmas season:

'Take trip to tree farm in the mountains, on the 14th, to find and cut down tree with kids.'

Ummm, yeah. I guess it has been a while since I have been 37 weeks pregnant - otherwise how could I plan such an arduous expedition when somewhere between37 and 38 weeks pregnant. Typically I am pretty much immobile at this point into my pregnancy, a trip to the bathroom requires planning on my part. And I thought I was going to drive and hour or more to the mountains, clamber through the woods for another hour or so looking for the perfect tree, with eight kids in tow? Mind, my husband would be there too - but still - what was he going to do - piggy back me through the woods?

This thought struck me last week as I struggled just to maneuver out the front door and into our 15 passenger van! I looked at Hugo after settling myself into the passenger seat in the front and said, "There is no way I can go hunting for a tree - like this!" He sagely nodded and we drove off. A little while later he came up with a much better idea than mine.

"Since we would have had to spend money on gas to drive up there, let's use that money to take the kids out to breakfast at Cracker Barrel next Saturday, and then find a tree lot to buy our tree from. Then they might not be too disappointed about not going to the tree farm!"

Excellent idea and all of the kids, without a murmur, agreed to it. After all, they are watching me hourly waddle here and there in the house. Being reasonable kids - it is just too painfully obvious that I would more than slow them down on the tree farm, I would plain out right bring it all to a full halt after about 10 steps! That would probably get us from the van - to the barn... never mind out into the cold, still acres of Christmas trees!

So Cracker Barrel - here we come: "A table for ten please, with two boosters, non smoking if you don't mind."



Diane said...

But wouldn't it be great to tell baby to be the story of how she was born unexpectedly amongst acres of pines at the tree farm ? :-) Sorry, I couldn't resist. You certainly have my prayers as my pregnancies never made it past thirty six weeks and I couldn't have even went to Cracker Barrel at that point.

CP said...

I saw a woman give birth at a Cracker Barrel so the tree farm might have been a safer bet. :) You must be one devoted Mom to trek out into the wilderness with 8 children and a husband in tow for a tree. I don't think I'd do it even not pregnant with my 3. :) In our town, if we got the urge for a real tree which would be great, the Catholic church down the street has a tree lot and most of the proceeds go to the school and a local charity. We'd opt for that purchase. Have fun at Cracker Barrel, my Jakers and I will be making chocolate chip pancakes in the morning as per his request earlier today.

mum2twelve said...

Oh my GOSH! Tell me you are totally kidding me. I have been having contractions for three days now and we are almost ready to leave for th Cracker Barrel! And I will admit - I am just a tad grumpy. However - the older kids are getting the little ones ready and I am just slowly, slowly getting myself ready! Plan is for the tree to go up NEXT Sunday and for it to sit on the side porch until then. Although I am actually tempted to put it up today SHHH - don't tell the kids! :-))

Will update you all as to whether we just came home with a tree or a tree and a baby from Cracker Barrel!