Sunday, December 7, 2008

Why yes, we did cut down our own tree this year

This weekend we went to a Christmas tree farm to pick out our tree. I find the idea of farms like this totally amusing. You get the liberty of saying you went into the woods and cut down your own Christmas tree. That sentence carries implication of sweat, hard work, and dedication. However, what you don’t need to disclose is the fact that the farm is designed in rows, where you literally drive up and down each, in search of the ideal tree. Upon identification of said tree, you place the vehicle in park, step out of the car, and quickly cut the tree down. It’s no pain and all gain. That is how we roll around here. Take heart that we will gladly proclaim that we spent Saturday cutting down our own Christmas tree IN THE WOODS. Yes, and in TWENTY DEGREE weather. I’m exhausted just writing about it.



It did take slightly longer than anticipated, but doesn’t everything with a toddler? It was right about this time that I started to get cold. We will say that despite my husbands' best advice, my approach to dressing leaned more towards fashion sense and not common sense. Instead of enjoying the tree cutting experience, I stood there freezing my ass off, fighting off thoughts in my head that included the words “Craig was right” and “I should have dressed warmer” in the same sentence.



Tommy Boy has ruined me forever, so when I look at this photo, all I can think about is Fat Tree On a Little Truck…



We made it home with the tree still intact, deeming the whole experience a whopping success. Our expectations aren't too high around here.

60 comments:

angi_b72 said...

what fun!!

Jennifer said...

HOW awesome is that!?>! We would never be able to do that in Florida, ha.

C. Beth said...

Can you cut me a tree and bring it to me?

Jenners said...

We've always had fake trees so this is one thing I've never done so it was fun to live vicariously through you!

The Rambler said...

OMG, your a Saucy Blog today....go check it out SITSa! :)

Congrats.

Janah @ So Not Mom-a-licious said...

I miss those days as a kid. I remember going to a tree farm in the country. Thos was like 25 years ago. Before trees were in rows. And there was definetly no driving. But it was fun and I still remember it! So will she!

tara @ kidz said...

Oh my goodness I'm so glad not everyone has gone artificial on me! Those pix are priceless too - love it!

Congrats on being saucy!

Dee from Downunder said...

Hi came over via your sauciness at SITS. Sounds like a great tree adventure. We just have a plastic one at present, but there are a few around to cut down if i could be bothered.

blueviolet said...

Stopping by from SITS today to celebrate your saucy week!

I love seeing and hearing about this tree chopping experience. I've never done that and I'm a tad bit jealous even though it was 20 degrees.

mommaof4wife2r said...

i have always wanted to do the clark griswold tree hunt...so cute!

1momof5 said...

I don't think I've ever cut down my own Christmas tree, although we ARE live tree people. It looks and sounds so romantic to cut your own tree down!

Abounader Photography said...

Cute pictures! and congrats on being a saucy blog!

Cathy said...

I remember when I was a little girl we always had real trees - loved that smell! Congrats on being SAUCY!!

Jodi said...

Yay for being saucy blog friend! And I'm sure your tree is beautiful!

Mrs. Langhans said...

Linking in from SITS! I love that you cut down your own tree! You are too funny...I love the line "Fat tree on a little truck!" this made me laugh out loud!

Gaspegirl said...

I love cutting our own tree too ;)

Make it a great day!

Judy @ In His Grip said...

I love, love, love the pic of your girl looking up at the tree. Congrats on being "Saucy."

i'm black betty said...

congrats on being SAUCY!!!

snow = i'm jealous!!! :D

Connie Weiss said...

Everytime I hear about someone cutting their own tree I think of the Griswolds and how they forgot to bring a saw about trekking through the woods and freezing Audrey.

Becky said...

I'm such a wimp about the cold weather...so, we bought our (real! pre-cut!) tree for $13.99 at Lowe's. Quick & painless. Tee-hee. :-)
BTW, Tommy Boy? One of my all-time favorite movies.

Kristy said...

so very kewl! i've never had a real christmas tree before. i bet it was alot of fun! congrats on being featured this week on SITS!

Cammie said...

I admire people who brave the elements for a real tree...our adventure is in the basement

Valerie said...

Love the pictures. Congratulations have a great SAUCY week! .

TuTu's Bliss said...

ALOHA!! I wish I was there. Christmas just isn't the same without snow :(

Rachel Ann said...

Congrats on being Saucy! Looks like you guys had fun!

Queenie Jeannie said...

Over from SITS...

Congratulations on your SAUCINESS!

Kristen said...

very cool to cut down your own tree

Liz said...

Ok... that first picture deserves to be on a Christmas card. That's stunning!

Whitney said...

Congrats on being SAUCY!

You know, I don't think that there is anything wrong with fashion sense over common sense. Husbands should be the "man" and get out and do all the tree chopping anyway. . .

Angela said...

Thanks for entering my giveaway! Good luck to you!

We have a fake tree -- and we can't even lay claim to picking it out ourselves. We got married a week before Christmas (almost 3 years ago) so it was a wedding present. Someday we'll have a real tree, though, and we'll even cut it down ourselves!! :)

Jenna Lewis Cox said...

i totally understand your tree demise. It is a love hate relationship really. But i am sure the tree looks lovely. If it makes you feel better, my husband had to have shoulder surgery right after we got the tree home so i did everyone on my own...i think he had the planned out! ha!

Jenna Lewis Cox said...

and fashion really does come first.

sandy said...

Congrats on your Sauciness:)

Mandy said...

Whoa! That's not what our Christmas tree farms look like! It hardly ever snows here.

Congrats on being saucy! :)

Auds at Barking Mad said...

Despite the cold (I live in Maine, I KNOW cold!) it looks like you guys had a great time.

I have just spent the last two hours roaming around your blog. I honestly meant to just come out for a quick peek and to say hello and then come back when I had more time. I got sorta comfy though. Hope that's OK!

Will definitely be back. Congrats on being Saucy this week!

Katy said...

I've done that one time and it was fun. Real trees are the best, love 'em.

Susie said...

Great tree. Congratulations on being saucy:-)

The Tildy Spot said...

Loved the picture of your Little One walking down the road. Very nice.

Michelle said...

How much fun is that? I remember going to cut down our tree from when I was a little girl. Those kinds of memories stick with you...I have no memory of just how cold it was though. lol.

Have a SAUCY week!

Jen Sue Wild said...

Looks like you had a really good time!!
Found you at SITS

dddiva said...

Hehe sounds like fun and you get the joy of saying you battled nature and won. ;)
Congrats on being saucy.

Marshmallow Circus said...

I have to do a tree farm this year, we don't have snow but it sounds like fun. :)

just the five of us said...

Oh...I miss that! We now live in the valley of the sun, and I have to have a "fake" tree or it just dies to soon. When we lived in Washington state, that was tradition. We'd haul into the hills and cut down the hugest tree.

I love the smell of pine. It makes the house feel so Christmasy:)

gingela5 said...

That is AWESOME! It's like a Griswald Christmas come true! Congrats on being Saucy! :)

TattooedMinivanMom said...

How fun! And beautiful pictures. Did 2 rednecks in a crappy truck ride your behind so you had to merge under a log hauling 18 wheeler?

Tracy said...

I'm a little late posting a comment for you today but just wanted to say congrats on being Saucy. Tomorrow I'll try to visit you again and read more.
Have a great night

Amanda in GA said...

congrats on being saucy.

sounds like you all had a lot of fun getting your tree. Next year just get some hand and feet warmers! They last up to 7 hours and you will stay toasty warm :)

Tiffany said...

Nice pictures of the tree cutting. The snow makes it really Christmasy. Congrats on being Saucy this week.

Knit Purl Gurl said...

Congrats on being a saucy SITSta!

Hairline Fracture said...

Fat tree on a little truck--that's funny!

Congratulations being a Saucy Blog!

Michelle said...

Wow! That is awesome! I love having a real tree.. and to cut it down yourself is a real treasured memory!

momma said...

congratulations on being saucy! i've read a few of your posts just now. you are hilarious!!!

Martha said...

I love the pictures, thanks for sharing Saucy SITSta!

debi said...

Well, trust me sweetie...I am from the dEEEEEP south (where we only see snow in pics and TV and it rarely gets below the 40's and THAT is COLDer than a horse's petute. So as far as I am concerned...you did WORK at this. Heck, it took a lot of strength and will to get out there in that cooooold weather!

As far as "dressing" for the part --- One always has to be stylin'..because ya never know who might be lurking in them there woods! xo..deb

Denise said...

Hey girl-- You're Saucy!!! I was Saucy last week so I know Saucy! Love the Christmas tree post. I would rather freeze than dress in ugly, uncoordinating outwear!

I'll be back!

Becky Fowler said...

It sounds like a fabulous memory!

Yaya said...

Oh my gosh! Fun!

I've had a fake tree my whole life....allergies...blah!

Leah said...

beautiful pictures. looks like fun. i think i'll just stick with my fake pencil tree though - it's much easier to just haul it up from the basement. :)

have a great day. visiting from SITS.

somebirdsarelikethat said...

Beautiful pics!

Jana said...

So cool....it's 80 degrees here in California!

Beautiful Pictures!