Yesterday, late afternoon, we loaded up the kids and headed to the tree farm! This may be one of the earliest we have ever gotten our tree and it was pretty warm out, so it all seems a bit odd. Kind of like a Christmas in July feel, even though its really almost December. Confusing, right?!
I mentioned in my holiday traditions post that I am antsy to get the tree up and antsy to take it down. This year, my desire to get it up seems stronger than other years and as I looked at upcoming dates and plans, I knew we needed to get our tree now otherwise it may not happen at all.
Well, we would get one, but it wouldn’t be the fun family afternoon spent together hunting and cutting our perfect tree. And my anxiety over it all would probably be off the chain. Which means I would be fussing at everyone, which then means my husband would be all STAAAHHHHPPP IT and going nuts! So, better we just get the tree and avoid the stressed Lauren madness.
The saying that “the early bird gets the worm” rings true at these tree farms as once the trees are cut and gone, it becomes slim picking. We arrived at the farm and headed into the field. The kids were giddy and squealing with joy as they stepped over stumps of already cut trees and said over and over, “What about this one? What about this one!?”
We knew that we needed (or preferred) the width of the tree to be less than six feet across, just so it didn’t take up the entire room. I like a tall tree, but was fine with more narrow.
Don’t tell anyone, but I have ordered this exact classic holiday train and tracks to set up to go around the base of the tree this year! It blows steam, lights up and all! It will be a surprise to everyone and arrive hopefully by Tuesday.
My Hubs doesn’t know and him, being the biggest kid of all will love it! – Don’t worry, he doesn’t read the ole blog, so no worries on spoiling the surprise! 😉
The boys helped measure the trees with their tape measurer, and Annie M would walk around the base of it and check its fullness and for no big holes. We clearly had our “Team Train” running efficiently!
We found a great tree and stood in front of it for a family photo op! I set the camera on the stroller, set the timer and took a few – basically set it and ran and was happy with the turn out! My kids have gotten this whole camera/timer/smile thing down pat.
Also, can we look at Moose!? His new thing is to put his hands on his hips and I think its adorable!! The reindeer sweater he has on is from Target and I really wanted him to wear it in our family pictures. It didn’t really flow, so I got vetoed for that, but I already showed it to him and when I said I was going to return it, we had elephant tears.
We decided to keep it and I am so glad we did. He wore it on Thanksgiving and wore it today and is just so proud of “his Moose shirt.”
All of the kids took turns cutting the tree and once it was cut through, Brother and I caught it. Brother also yelled “timberrrrrrrr!” as we laid it down and we all giggled.
I made the kids pose with the saw and snapped a few more pictures. It was getting chilly out, the baby was ready to eat and since we were at the back of the farm, I wanted to start walking. That said, these pictures are just so fun. And look at Moose!!! So stinking proud of his tree. And he looks so grown! Wasn’t he just born yesterday?? Can’t believe he is already going on three years old!
The kids hoisted the tree up and carried it all the way out. Moose kept saying “how heb-bee” it was, and Brother just picked it up and started walking. Annie M acted like she did it daily and not one of them complained. It was probably a solid two football fields we had to carry it and I was pushing the stroller, so was not much help. I was surprised and thankful that no one even so much as fussed.
Once back to the entrance, we paid the lady and she gave the kids candy canes. They were THRILLED. Like jumping for joy.
They have been asking me for “candy corn” for days now and I keep saying no. When I finally gave the okay, I think it was kid version of heavens parting and the angels above singing.
We weren’t at the farm long – maybe an hour from start to finish – but as we left, it was getting dark. Each year gets better and better and it was a fun time as we accomplished the annual tree cutting tradition. The tree is in our garage currently and sitting in water and I hope within the next day or two we can get it up! I’m sure once we do, I’ll post pictures!