Wednesday, December 10, 2008

O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!

Jon and I have been married 12 years. We've been cutting trees at Christmas for 13.
 As newlyweds with a big sense of adventure and a small budget, we decided cutting down our Christmas tree in the mountains instead of going to the local lot was the way to go. At $5 a permit, it didn't take much to convince us. Every Christmas since then, we have cut down our own tree. 
We always go the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Every year, that is a constant. We usually need a permit but as it turns out, they do it a little differently here in the East. We found a great little tree farm an hour from our house in Clemsonville MD. At only $15 a tree, any size, plus free punch and cookies and all the extra boughs we could cut, we were sold.
Our long-lost friends, Carl and Kristi, were about the same distance away in WV, so we decided to meet and hunt trees together. We met C&K years ago in UT when Et was just a baby. They might be the only people we know with four kids, who would actually load everyone in the truck and do something like this after having gone kamikaze-shopping on Black Friday. We love you guys!! The kids had a great time together. 
We couldn't have asked for a more perfect day! 
Anyone who knows me, knows I love snow, but seriously this was a perfect day. It was still so green and warm. We drove right up the hill to the trees and wandered around. No snowshoes, boots, gloves, bibs necessary. So easy! Later we went for pizza and root beer.   
Esther and Abby were instant friends. They are so dang cute! 
We'll post pictures of our beautiful tree later this week. I'm still tweaking it.

5 comments:

ang said...

where did you go in UT?

Lorilee said...

I LOVE it!! that is awesome that you cut your own tree. The pic of just the trees and field behind it looks fake it is so pretty there. I miss Utah, but it has been really great living in different places. We have never lived in the East coast but it looks like fun.

Ramona said...

When we were looking at your pictures from New York, Tiare said, "I don't even want to see those pictures, they make me want to go to FAO Schwartz!" Oh, we love New York! Love your blog too, but one request, please make the font size bigger--I'm getting old and have a hard time reading the small font size. Hey, that is the biggest, fullest Christmas tree that I have ever seen you guys have--they must grow them bigger out there!

Mishel said...

When in Utah, we would cut our trees up in the mountains above Heber City, near Kamas. We would purchase permits from the forest service in November. You can find info about permits online. Hope that helps.

Rachel said...

Happy Bday to Et. I am glad he got a Bionicle I know he has been wanting one for years and finally he got it:) HEHE. Esther is seriously getting so big. YEA! You find a place to cut trees down out there. Oh and I can't wait to see pics of the house all decorated! I am so excited:) lOVe YOU GUYS