so our tree is now becoming a free tree! we've figured out that since owen has been coughing and sneezing, and in general, a big snot ball, he must be allergic to the tree! it makes complete sense now. last year around christmas time he became incredibly sick and we just couldn't figure out why. i feel like we are heading down that same path, so tonight the ornaments come off, but i'll keep the lights on it. what a deal! you dont even have to string the lights. and tomorrow i will head to lowes and get a *gasp* fake tree.