For Father's Day this year I surprised Matt with this family tree. You can see that it's painted directly on the wall and, with the help of my sis-in-law, it turned out exactly as I had imagined. Pulling this off was a labor of love as I had to do it in one day... I collected the photo's (4 generations worth) and got the vinyl lettering names together over 6 weeks, but had literally one day to paint it on the wall, place the photo's on/near a branch, wait for paint to dry, and then place the vinyl lettering. I sent Matt off fishing for the whole day (6am to 10pm...he may have loved this part of the gift as much as the tree!) and then went to town. When he got home we turned off all of the lights in the house so that it was pitch black and sent him straight up the stairs to bed so that he didn't see it until Father's Day morning. The kids were so awesome with this project and helped me so much. It was a tender experience with them and also with really bonding with their mother's side of the family (they sent so many perfect pictures for me to use). Needless to say, Matt (emotional as he is) was tearful and touched and LOVED our first Father's Day as a new family.
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