I don’t think there could be a more obvious post title stating what this is about. Yes, our Christmas Tree had bugs. What kind of bugs you ask? I have no idea. But it’s a bug, and they are dropping by the 20′s out of our beloved tree and onto my floor. I feel like it’s the year of bugs in our home. I have toddlers you guys. Curious fingered little girls. I am normally more in a teaching mindset with my “lets check out these new bugs” “education is key” mindset, but not this time. No thank you. Not when they are unexpected gross little bugs freefalling inside our house. Thankfully my eldest, Sarah, is a great listener and big sister. She tells me when new bugs are trespassing and does an amazing job at keeping Elanor away from the tree and it’s uninvited inhabitants.
A Christmas tree bug invasion. That is such a weird sentence. Yuck.
To fully understand the insanity of the events I’m going to give you a photo break-down…
It was Thanksgiving weekend. I was at the hospital for a birth on Thanksgiving Day and while unknown at the time would have another birth before the end of Good Friday (also known in our home as Christmas Tree hunting day). It was a beautiful and busy season, which also meant I had my camera with me everywhere we went, so a nice bonus.
We let the girls pick out the tree –
I was on-call for 4 births and wanted to fit in a lot of simple fun things with the girls. We made some ornaments with things we found on a walk. This was Sarah’s “stick of the year”. The kid loves A) sticks and B) crafts, so this was a win-win in her book.
Then it happened. This is about to get real, and by real I mean eww…
At first I thought it was clumps of dirt from our outside adventures in rain boots (because rain boots are always the shoe of choice in our home, no matter the weather), but when I went to sweep it up I discovered they were FAR from clumps of simple dirt…
At first I only found a bug or two on the floor. Within a few days that turned into several bugs during the day. I would wake up and find them slowly crawling off the tree skirt, or around the tree. I’ve never been more thankful to have tile instead of carpet in our living room.
AND because telling you isn’t enough, this is what I would find all throughout the day…
I somehow managed to just sweep them up and keep the tree for a few weeks. Thinking clearly they would stop, right?!
– Goodbye 2014 Christmas Tree –
Sorry you now have that ‘itchy bug crawly feeling on your skin. I know how that feels…
The sweet hubs removing the lights after I took off all the ornaments
(I didn’t want to get my arms in there…)
He went into the storage shed while it was storming on Christmas Eve-Eve and brought our fake tree inside. He is the best man I know. I was on-call for my last birth of the season and editing each night after the girls went to bed and he did this without me asking. Man of the year folks.
He added the lights and I put on the decorations, and just in time to put the gifts out.
We still have no idea what they were.
There you have it. The insanity of our 2014 Christmas tree.