The day-to-day adventures of the Juhala family:
Joel, Melanie, all those girls and now a boy, too!!
Monday, November 30, 2009
Every year we head up towards the mountains (Actually its less than 8 miles from our new house! Ha! We moved closer to the mountains!) to a little unadvertised Christmas tree farm that is full of beautiful, beautiful trees. It is run by a husband and wife that sort of fell in to the tree farming business by accident a decade or so ago, and are so good at it that their business runs on word of mouth! The girls love to run through the hills and fields of trees, getting soaked and filthy as they barrel through the trees. All of the trees are the same price, except the giant ones that are blocking others from light....they're cheaper. Last year we got an 8 or 9 foot tree and cut a couple of feet off of the bottom (I used the boughs to make wreaths). This year we have vaulted ceilings, so we got a monster! (I can be seen hugging the winner.) After all trimming etc. Joel measured it at 10 feet on the nose! (I think this is the first year that all of the ornaments got to go on the tree!) It took us about an hour of rambling around to finalize our choice, and for once we actually went with the first tree we had picked! Amarra got to ceremoniously tie the pink ribbon on the tree to mark the one we wanted cut down. Then the girls played with their dog (I think that is one of their favorite things about the farm) and enjoyed candy canes while Joel got (with help) the tree on top of the van and I collected boughs for this year's wreath making. On the way home we sang Christmas carols and looked at the lights being put up on houses all around...we couldn't wait to decorate!!