Friday, December 3, 2010

A real one

Having lived in the Midwest(central Illinois) for most of my life, a real Christmas tree wasnt always the best way to go. They werent super easy to find and when you did find them the price was pretty intense.

So, when it was clear that we were making the move to Washington state, well, the ol' standby fake tree was taken to the curb. My feelings were that we were gonna b
e in Washington for cryin out loud. They have pine trees everywhere. Well, not really knowing at the time that our destination was actually the desert of Washington state, it made perfect sense then.

Fast forward to quite recently...We really wanted to go out and pick out our own
tree AND cut it down. Come to find out, the desert doesnt have many pine trees for the taking. There are plenty of huge sage brush...but its kinda illegal to cut those down. We could have driven 2.5 hours to the closest tree farm in Spokane, but the weather really wasnt conducive to a drive of that sort.

Luckily, after Thanksgiving weekend, these little tree stands began popping
up all over.

We werent really feeling this particular one so we moved along.

We found another stand that we really liked.

G kinda led the way.

And leading the way quickly turned into a good game of hide and seek.

So there was seeking.

And hiding, of course.

He has really great hiding spots.

After looking at row

after row of beautiful trees.
We chose this one. A grand fir.

They trimmed the trunk for us.

And then they bagged the tree for us(which to me really looked like fish net stockings for trees) and off we went.


Farmer Jen said...

How fun! What a beautiful tree. We will get ours this coming Sunday.

polly's path said...

you will have to come visit my blog next week. I will post about our trip to the tree farm. It is a family tradition, we always go the Saturday after Thanksgiving week(today!!!) and pick and cut our tree.
So glad you got yours!!!I imagined the same about Washington state...what do you mean, no pines????

Farmgirl_dk: said...

I'm so excited that the kids get to have a real tree!!
They're so pretty, they smell so good and...the additional benefit of getting a real tree? When the holidays are over and you've taken off all the ornaments and lights, you can toss it out into the pasture for the llamas and goats to chew on. Ours looked like a giant, spikey toothpick when the llamas and donkeys got through with ours last year. :-)

What a fun tree-gettting day you all had.

Diane said...

Awesome..a real tree..I haven't had one for more years than I can remember..but I DO remember how good the real ones smell..and how special they are..especially when you all did the big search to find just the right one..and it looks amazing!!! said...

Kudos for picking out the prettiest tree there. And I just love the game of hide and seek in the tree lot. What fun pictures!

Sarah said...

Fun! I love a live tree. They smell so good!
Why is it illegal to cut down the sage brush???? I'm baffled! Its a nusance plant!

CeeCee said...

That looks like a grand tree!
It's funny, I forget that WA has high desert as well. I think WA and I think green and lush.

Anonymous said...

Hi Marcee, Christmas is over and I think that you need to post something else now so that we can see what is going on in your world. Love ya, Kelly