Wednesday, November 30, 2016

O Christmas Tree

This year we decided to take the kids to a Christmas Tree Farm and cut down our own tree! Yup - we have come a long way from the artificial tree just a few years ago...
Ready. set. go!

It was a quick 45-minute drive out to the Walls Family Farm in Terrell Texas. We arrived around 10:30 and it wasn't too crowded we hopped on a hayride and they took us out to the trees!

We saw a tree almost immediately but decided to keep looking. 

We searched for a good 30-45 minutes and eventually came full circle - back to our original tree!

So we cut her down!

And dragged her to the pick up area and hitched a ride back on the tractor. 

While Kevin waited in line (it was pretty darn crowded now) we hung around and played on the playset.

A couple of things to note if you decide to try this out:
- go early to beat the crowd
- bring cash
- they have hotdogs/popcorn/hot chocolate/cookies to buy but you can also bring a picnic. They have picnic tables outside and even a fire pit for cooking. We saw a super prepared family bust out hotdogs and roast them on the fire! Next year we might bring lunch so we don't have to stop at McDonalds on the way home... 

Oh and you do have to strap your tree to your car yourself.  (They will provide rope.)
This was our first time and Kevin was really worried about it flying off on the drive home.  No worries though - he did a great job securing it!

Once we made it home we realized how large it was. (Kevin didn't believe that they measured it at 11.5ft.)  We cut a good 6-8inches off the bottom before setting it up and then trimmed the top down as well. 

There she is!! The kids (especially Grayson) were dying to decorate it. Kevin strung the lights - he took one for the team with much sap! Finally we started decorating. 

Here she is! 
Grayson loves it and is constantly adding more ornaments and rearranging them. He is also very involved with keeping it watered...which is nice because I am not so great at that! I love how excited the tree makes him! 

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