i thought it’d be fun to get a festive picture in front of the christmas tree with grandparents and cousins but didn’t anticipate odin would block most of the tree. he’s almost taller than grandma!
after many years of having full, white pines for christmas trees we brought back a fir from the upper peninsula, partly because of the fond memories we have of living in the pacific northwest and christmas with noble firs.
but this one reminds me of the sad christmas tree in the “a charlie brown christmas”. or maybe i just need to give it a chance?
it’s the holiday season which means it’s time for another trip to snowy ridge our favorite christmas tree farm! only there wasn’t any snow. boo. at least it wasn’t muddy.
odin picked out a fine looking white pine for our family tree.
he’s holding the tree while i lay in the ground with the saw after he gave up trying to cut it down himself. maybe next year! of course he’s totally used to me saying, “oh hey, wait, let me take a picture!”
haulin’ the tree out…
time to start the process over again with the second smaller tree that will go in odin’s room.
he gave another go at cutting down the tree and almost made it through before running out of steam. i bet he’ll do it next year and this will actually end up being the last year i cut down a tree for a while 🙂
happy to be haulin’ both trees out…
it’s a long walk back to the car so i guess i should lend a hand. but just one. the other one is for the camera.
then it’s finally time to ride the zipline! they took the tree down and built a bigger platform.
we’ve been doing this for six years and i still marvel at the genious of combining a christmas tree farm and a zipline. it’s a magical memory maker.
seeing this treehouse every winter partially inspired our wanting to build a treehouse with a zipline.
as we do every year, we ended our visit in a cabin warmed with a wood fire and enjoyed a cup of hot chocolate and more than a couple of cookies.
thanks once again to the folks who run snowy ridge for all the great memories.
odin has veeeeery specific ideas about what should go where on a tree. i’d like to think that now that he has his very own tree we might have a little more leeway with the main family tree.
riiiiiiight, uh huh.
’tis the season for hunting christmas trees! we’ve been going to our favorite local farm, snowy ridge in westby, wisconsin since 2006 when odin wasn’t big enough to do much but help pick out the tree. ( our adventures in 2007 and 2008 must be on a harddrive somewhere, but i did manage to post 2009 and 2010 which are great walks down memory lane. )
this year odin attempted once again to help me cut down the tree. he put in a good effort, but eventually had to relinquish the saw to his old man. maybe next year 🙂
this is the first year odin asked for his own tree. if one is good, two must be twice as nice?
ya sure, ya betcha!
is there a better way to celebrate getting two trees? i think not.
to this day, i have no idea how they manage the insurance for a zipline which ends in a massive treehouse.
i still have plans to build The World’s Most Awesome Treehouse, but the bar has been raised high.
the perfect closer to a perfect christmas tree hunting adventure? hot chocolate and cookies in a warming house with a cracking wood fire!
thanks for the memories, snowy ridge.