Monday, November 28, 2011

A Real Tree!

We've been putting up artificial trees for Christmas over the past, at least, four or five years. We bought a pretty nice a year or so before Jillian was born, and after that Christmas put it in storage, since it's pretty big. For Jillian's first Christmas, we bought a smaller, narrow tree that we put up inside the pack-n-play to keep the toddling one away. And we've used that "Charlie Brown" tree each year since.

Maybe it's this unseasonably warm weather that's made me want to be outside, but I got the urge to go get a real tree for Christmas this year. And not just go buy one, but grab the family and have John cut one down for us. We trekked out to Gaver Tree Farm, where we picked pumpkins earlier in the fall, and picked ourselves out a Canaan Fir.

It was really a good experience. Even John said he didn't mind it so much. When we got there, they had a sample of each type of tree. They directed us to the right field once we decided which type of tree we wanted. We borrowed one of their saws and a tree cart and headed over to pick out a tree. John and Josh cut it down, we hauled it back to the barn, they shook and wrapped it up for us, and we paid. It was nice because the trees are priced by type of tree, rather than by type AND size. So $40 for the tree seemed pretty reasonable. And we have a luggage rack on the new family-mobile that made it easy to get home.

Considering the prospects...


Finding the 'right one'...

Too busy for a picture...

Getting ready to take it down...

Putting the boy to work...

The girl who doesn't want me to take pictures of her anymore...

Jilly 'helping' to push the tree cart...

Guess I'll have to post pictures of it once it's decorated. I've had it in three different locations and think I have found the best place for it now!

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