Sunday, December 13, 2009

Christmas Tree 2009 - Part 1

OK, it's getting ridiculous how many photos I have all saved up for blog posts, but still no posts. Aaahhh, so much to do, so little time nowadays. I don't know how everyone else manages, but me, I'm not so good at it.

Anyway, I guess at least this post is pretty timely. I will still be posting a bunch of old stuff at some point, but I'll worry about that later. This post is about this year's hunt for our perfect Christmas Tree. Last Sunday we went out to Northwest Family Tree Farm to find "the" tree. This is our 4th year of going out there. It's about a 20 minute drive from our house, so not too bad. We do have tree farms that are less than 5 minutes from our house, but we like the horse drawn wagon ride and hot cocoa at this location.

We always get a pretty large tree because our living room ceiling is pretty high, so it can handle one that's pretty tall. In years past the large trees have been very heavy when they get so big and Chico didn't want to deal with lifting that heavy tree off of the top of the Excursion, so on Saturday he went outside and got a little crafty. He created an attachment that fit onto the hitch and would hold the tree upright. Here he is with his creation.

He's so proud of his invention. :)

It was a beautiful day to go looking for our tree, but it was so cold. The car thermostat read 36, but it was windy, so it felt a lot colder outside.

Here we are all bundled up. We walked straight over to what I considered the perfect tree, so we tagged it with our name and went to check out the rest just to be sure. The boys weren't too happy with how cold it was.

Well, we didn't see anything else that looked as good as the first tree, so we decided to take a quick spin around the farm on the horse drawn wagon and then cut the tree down.

I thought we might be able to get a family shot out in the trees to use for our Christmas card this year, but there were hardly any people there and no one was near us at any point, so we got the normal Chico and the boys and me and the boys separately. This is our tree in the background before it's life was taken, lol.

Jaxon wanted to help Chico cut the tree, so here he is cutting away.

Look at the size of that tree. We had it shaken and baled to make the trip home easier.

We had a little hot chocolate to warm up. Did I mention it felt like it was freezing outside?! I asked one of the ladies working there if she'd take our photo. It's not the greatest, but it's the four of us together at least.

So, here it is, Chico's invention in action. Look at that ridiculous tree! It looked like the "leaning tower of treeza", lol. The test was to see if it would make it home in tact. The people working at the farm were watching us, wondering the same thing I'm sure.

We got lots of stares on our way home. I don't blame them, if I'd seen a big suv with a tree standing several feet above it in an upright position I'd be staring too. I tried taking a picture as we were driving of the car's shadow. Can you see it?

Once we got home I told Chico he should measure it and see how tall it really was, so he did. The top of the tree was about 14 feet in the air. Crazy! Here are a few more shots of Chico's creation.

More photos to come of the tree once it made it inside the house. Thanks for hanging in there with this long post.


Linda said...

OMG! That is a HUGE TREE! I think it's twice as tall as ours. Our celings in the living room aren't so tall. :(
Cute pictures - love the picture of the SUV & tree shadows.

Anonymous said...

Kandi that is the tree of all trees , you guys will have a great and long time decorating it. Wow am glad it is you and not us. it will be beautiful. See you soon Jeannie

Sparkle said...

I'm glad you guys had a great time getting the tree. I love that the plates say your name! :)

Lora said...

That is a huge tree!! I love the invention, did it make it as easy as he was hoping? It was a perfect weekend to get a tree, to bad it was so cold, but it wasn't raining ;) We have a fake tree because I don't want to look for a tree in the rain ;)

Tari said...

Sooooo clever!!!! I love his idea! That picture with the shadow of the tree and SUV is hilarious!!!! Can't wait to see how it looks inside!!

our big bus said...

The best tree transporter ever. LOVE IT