Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Christmas Tree and Tree Farm

Last year we were in Oregon over Thanksgiving weekend. We celebrated with my family and we had our second wedding reception. Because we had to get a moving truck to move my things back to Utah, we decided to go to a tree farm in Oregon and cut down our tree. We brought back both our tree and Oliver's parents tree and we had a blast running through the tree farm and finding our perfect first tree.

Oliver had so much fun last year that he decided that we needed to cut down our own tree this year too. So we went to a local tree farm in Alpine Utah - not anything like an Oregon tree farm - but still really fun. Here is Oliver standing in front of several of our choices - there were mostly blue spruce trees and a couple ponderosa pines.
When we found the perfect tree one of the men at the lot came out to cut it down for us and then he loaded it onto the four wheeler and took it back out front. We got to watch and help just a little.
Then Oliver and I loaded it on top of our car. (You want the trunk of the tree in the rear so that the wind doesn't dry out your tree on the way home.) We cut down an 11' tree and then trimmed it to the perfect height when we got home. We learned, from last year's fun, to guess really well the right height to trim the tree the first time because last year we drug the tree in and out and in and out to try to make it short enough. Sure enough - first chop was a charm!
Then we strung the lights - this year the lights are white and we have a themed tree - Oliver's request. We were smart and wore gloves to string the lights because Blue Spruce needles are painful and poky. It we had kids they would not mess with this kind of tree.
After stringing the lights we wound the ribbon around the tree and put up all our ornaments. The ribbon is actually sheer in real life - but I don't know how to work our camera yet and so it looks solid.
But, by all means, come on over and see our tree! I love sitting on our couch with nothing but the tree lights on and enjoying the season and a good book or good company. Come for some hot chocolate or a funny story - we would love to have you!

6 comments:

Charity said...

Your tree is AWESOME! Way to go! :)

Evan and Holly said...

It looks great. I love the ornaments.

Angela said...

Y'alls tree looks great!!! Thanks for sharing the experience with us. I honestly don't know the last time I actually had a real tree at Christmas time.

Nicki said...

I love the pretty tree. I also really like the colors that ended up on your walls!

Jared and Reini said...

Cute tree! How fun! Christmas is the best! Can't wait to see it in real life...

Kristen said...

Cute tree!!!!