We decided this year for the first time that we were going to get a real Christmas tree. No matter what it looked like, Anthony was going to get to pick out the perfect tree. So today we went to a local Christmas tree farm to find that perfect tree. When we arrived my first thought was "there is no way we are going to have to go to the top of the mountain. They must have somewhere else for us to walk and find a tree." After talking to the owner, sure enough we were going to have to hike up that mountain. So off we went. I had Caroline in a hipster sling and Anthony was walking with Chad. This mountain was so steep that you needed to be a mountain goat to walk up it! (Danskos are wonderful shoes but not so good when hiking) Anthony slipped and fell a few times but finally we made it to the top. After taking a couple of minutes to catch our breath we started looking. Anthony kept choosing the biggest trees and when we told him that those wouldn't fit in our house he started choosing 2-3 ft trees. So Chad showed him the size we needed and he started looking again. After walking and walking we decided that we needed to go back to the begining of the mountain to find the right size. So finally Anthony found the tree. We took our ribbon and tied it around the tree and decided that we couldn't make it back down the mountain the way we came because we aren't mountain goats and it was too steep! So we walked around the rest of the trail and finally made it back down to the bottom. We told the owner that we would be back after Thanksgiving dinner to pick up the tree. Chad and the owner started talking and Anthony and I were looking at all the trees that were already cut. He looked and looked and then looked at me said "Oh Mommy this is the tree, I want this one not the other one. It's perfect!" My first thought was "you have got to be kidding me. We just walked on top of a mountain and searched and searched for the perfect tree and all along the perfect tree was at the bottom already cut and ready to go." But since we told Anthony that he could pick any tree he wanted we told the owner that we wanted that tree instead. So we did find the perfect tree even though we did take the long way! It's just another priceless memory with my kids and was totally worth every step. Anthony had the best time and that is all that matters. Caroline couldn't have cared less. Here are some pictures from our adventure.
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