One our our Christmas traditions is planting a new tree or two.
Uschi inspects the potted pendulous blue spruce.
When this little pine tree is older, it will turn bright yellow
in the winter, and return to green in the spring.
Here is an older cousin, golden-yellow for the holidays.
Trees provide the structure for the boys' outdoor adventures.
Some of our conifers are now old enough to produce cones.
Uschi stares at a pine cone, it should be a fun toy,
but it is really fragrant and a bit sticky.
Vladi inspects a pile of cones, and seems to be
focused on the sugary sitka spruce cone.
Tanji has a little tree of his own. Maybe he's
thinking of future tree-climbing adventures.
After a hard day of planting trees,
the boys snuggle for a rest.
"Home for the Holidays"