Old Time Christmas Tree Farm is far enough out (from where we live inside the loop) that it felt like a big trip, long drive. We loaded up the dogs (I'm watching Katie, my brother's dog who now resides with my brother's in-law's - Ma and Pa Olden) and headed out, still giddy with excitement.
Once we arrived, DK , Katie and I adhered to instructions of the lady at the gate and chose a measuring stick, a saw and then loaded up on the the hay wagon. (Kenai had to stay in the car because she's a little less predictable in large crowds) Everyone is bustling about, trees being prepared by workers to load on top of the SUV's, photos taken with Santa, everyone in great moods and so friendly. I think the sudden chill in the air was helpful too - Christmas tree festivities are just odd in warm weather? Heehee.
The hay wagon took us out so far amidst the forest of trees and then dropped us off. "Everybody off, dogs too!" the driver yells with a chuckle. He was quite a character, I'll tell you what. And then we hiked out inspecting trees: the shape, the height, the fullness. I was surprised to see so many in tact after Ike! Katie was dashing around, making friends and playing with kids. I loved too that never once did it feel too crowded or even competitive in selecting a tree. Either it was the people or just the amount of trees and variety available. Maybe both? :)
We chose a couple trees but finally came upon the one that we knew would be ours. It had all the right everything and DK got to sawing away. He loaded it up on his shoulder and we headed back to the trail to wait for the hay wagon. It was an awesome experience and we will for sure go back next year!
From there we went to Hobby Lobby to get ornaments (you'd be proud of DK's color coordination) and other supplies. Everything was 50% off too - thanks David and Elizabeth Anderson for the great idea!
We came back to DK's place - what an adventure getting that tree up the stairs, (!!) put some dinner in the crock pot and turned on National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation while we decorated the tree. I think we agreed this will become another tradition as well...
So now my question is: When are you going to cut down your tree??