Right after Halloween sometime we started talking about Christmas at our house. Sebastian thought it was an opportune time to add that he didn't really care for my fake, white tree and wanted a real one like everybody else. I didn't blame him for not sharing my vintage-inspired, synthetic tree excitement so I promised him we'd get him a real tree - a green one with lots of needles that would fill our house with that beautiful woodsy smell of pine.
Saturday morning we set out to Woodland Park with our $10 permit that we almost left on the fridge, a handsaw, layers upon layers of clothing and various winter gear, our dog that usually gets carsick, flattened cardboard boxes for her to throw up on (which she did), a few blankets, rope, and treats from Starbucks. It took us a grand total of two hours to get our troop in the car and out the door but we were all pretty chill and everyone was still looking forward to our little adventure.
We got to the alloted cutting areas on the top of this mountain and found ourselves parked next to some rather large boulders that the boys wanted to climb. We were starting our descent to tree hunt when we started hearing loud pops. I swore they were gun shots but Brett insisted they weren't since we were in a National Park. Five minutes later a man and his two kids yelled out to us that they were going to be nearby but would be shooting in the other direction. It was all I could do to keep my mouth shut. There was no way in *&^% I was going to be tree hunting with my family near two kids with guns no matter which direction they thought they were going to be shooting. I huffed my way back to the car and we loaded up and drove a little further down the road far from any gunshots.
Once we got resettled we let Sunday off her leash to explore while we searched for the not-so-perfect tree. I was determined to let Sebastian pick his own out without talking him into something I felt would be best but in the end we all decided on the last one we saw before getting back in the car. It was bigger than we thought we'd get but it was cheerful and sturdy and Sebastian loved it. He cut through most of the trunk himself with a little help from Ruby and myself and we proudly loaded the car and tied the tree to the roof.
I'll go ahead and admit it was my clever plan to tie the tree to the roof through the closed doors with the windows rolled down since we didn't have a luggage rack on top. I'm thinking all of that fresh mountain air had distracted me from my senses because once we got it tied we realized we had tied the doors shut. We managed to reenter Duke's of Hazard style and get the kids buckled before stopping to see Smokey the Bear (and having to climb out of the windows again) and then heading home with this beautiful view before us.
We got the tree home without it sliding off the roof and after making a run to Walgreens for a second, smaller tree stand we were able to decorate. I wrapped it in lights and adorned it with a crocheted garland and then the kids had full reign. They added their special ornaments from this year first and then we filled it in with silver bells, a few thrifted decorations, and some old wooden toy ornaments that are very similar to what we had as kids. The tree is out on our covered front porch and it's my favorite place to sneak away to when the house gets a bit loud. It's quite cozy in there these days.
After we decorated the tree we read a few stories on the daybed until both were half asleep. Brett tucked them in to bed and then we sunk into the couch together to catch up on shows and talk about the future. It was an extra special day and one of my favorite December memories so far.
This also officially puts our decorated tree count at four if you don't include the small, potted blue spruce in the kids' room and the 1' tinsel trees I found at Target two years ago perched on my wardrobe. Don't judge. Ha!
Also, remind me to wear all orange next time I decide to take a little hike through the woods near Woodland Park!
Ruby's Outfit: Top, Boots, and jeggings, Target. Skirt, handmade. Jacket and Hat, Burlington Coat Factory.