Last weekend we went to get our Christmas tree! Almost every year since I have been with my husband we have gotten a real tree, but we had never gone to an actual Christmas tree farm to get one. This year since I had been taking mini sessions at Pine Creek farms, I wanted to purchase our tree there to help support them since they so graciously supported me. I also thought it would be a fun tradition to start for our family. You can follow them on facebook to see what hours they are open. If it is too late to get your tree this year, you should absolutely go next year!
We were going to go the day or two before when it was sunny and 68 degrees out, but with the holiday weekend, we got busy with family and photo shoots so we decided to go on Sunday. Man was it cold that day! The wind was blistering and our hands were freezing! I almost didn't take pictures that day, but I am so glad I did. Next year we will choose a warmer day for sure. I guess it did feel like winter though, which was fitting I suppose. Kaia cracks me up in the photo below. You can only see her eyes! She does not do the cold well and takes after her Mama. :)
The kids wandered up and down the rows of trees searching for the perfect one...and getting colder by the minute. I suggested going to the barn where they had the Fraser Firs to warm up. We usually get a Fraser Fir every year and I thought this year would be no exception... Then I looked up and saw the most beautiful tree! It was flocked and white and full and round and GORGEOUS. Pictures do not do it justice. I instantly knew this was the tree that was going to be in our living room. The problem was, is that it was already cut and the kids had their heart set on cutting a tree down. My husband and I talked it over and said they could have a kids tree this year and we would let them choose it. It had to be a small one though.
We walked around again and Ethan almost immediately found this little tree. At first I suggested the one next to it that was more perfectly shaped and his face looked sad, and Duong reminded me that this was their tree and we said they could pick it out. So I bit my tongue, and let them choose the tree they wanted.
They all took turns helping Daddy cut the tree down... even little Nora! Notice how she wouldn't take the other hand out of her pocket?
Ethan swooped up the little tree and started taking it to the car when they asked if we wanted to shake the needles off of it first.
Although they were freezing, they thought it was fun to watch the machine shake all of the loose needles off of the tree.
They walked the tree to the van where the other tree was being loaded up and stuck it in the trunk. Kaia was sad because Ethan got to carry the tree and she didn't. There is a lot of that when you have 4 kids...
They finished loading up the tree and off we went to our house with it!
Because it was so big and I wasn't able to carry it very well, my Dad came over to help carry it in the house.
My Dad always gives me a hard time and asks every year because he usually has to use his truck and go pick up our tree, "Why don't you just save money and buy an artificial tree?" Then I say that we just love real trees, and Christmas wouldn't be Christmas at our house without one. Then I always see this smile after he brings it in the house, and he sees it standing there. And every year he says, "Well, it is a pretty nice tree." And grins. Then he always says, "Don't forget to water it!" This year he even texted me to remind me of it when he got home so that was a first.