Our Thankful Tree

It’s going to be a short week for us. School is closed for the Thanksgiving holidays Wednesday onwards. I’m pretty sure I’ll shut this blog down for those days too. I may share some random shots over that time but for the most part I’ll take a break from blogging for the long holiday weekend

I did want to share our Thankful Tree with you all before that though. I’ve seen these all over Pinterest and blogs I follow. Now that Rex is 5, he is old enough to understand that we have so many things in our lives we should be thankful for. I’m one of those parents who tends to spoil and give in to his requests for treats and toys a lot more than I care to admit. As a result, I’ve notice that my 5yo has not learned to truly understand the value of the dollar or that he has more than most children in our world.

Enter our Thankful Tree this Thanksgiving. I figured that at least once a year (if not more) we should all take the time to be think of everything good in our lives that we have, material or not, that we are thankful to have

Our tree is made with everything I already had in our home, so it didn’t cost a cent to put together.

I started with some scrap paper, I tried to find colors as close to fall as possible. This was the best I found in my stash

We have a plum tree in our backyard whose leaves had pretty much all fallen off. I asked Grizz to cut me a couple of small branches. I specifically said that I only needed enough to fit in a small jar. Here’s what he cut down for me

What the?? Someone got a little clipper-happy

Next I cut out leaves free-hand. Since I just did them free-hand, there were some pretty weird looking leaves in my pile. It’s ok, I was going for the natural look. No leaf punch was used here that’s for sure.

Next I punched the holes and found a spool of ribbon I could use. This was the same ribbon I used to embellish items I had made for our wedding! Yeah I may have a tiny hoarding problem

I found a random bag of small stones in one of my craft drawers (I have no idea why I had it or even what I had bought it for originally) and filled a mason jar with it and stuck a few branches in

Now our tree was ready for some leaves. I explained the purpose of this tree to Rex. He was a little skeptical about the whole project at first since it didn’t seem very exciting, but he has just started to read and write so he got into it pretty quickly.

I tied them on to random branches as he wrote down things he was thankful for

Even my littlest wanted in on all the action so I set her up with a pencil and leaf as I punched out more for them to write on

It’s been a pretty wet weekend so it was a great way for us to keep busy indoors

Even though my light wasn’t that great…

It’s only been a few days, but our tree already has more than what I have photographed here. I have it set in the middle of our dining table and we write a leaf or three whenever we sit down for meals together.

It melts my heart to see the little writings on each leaf every time I stop and look at them.

I have so many things to be thankful for in my life. And a lot of them are often the simplest things like a scribbled leaf on our Thankful Tree

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