December 17, 2010
Finley's First Christmas Tree
On a bitter cold Sunday afternoon, we drove an hour to join Paul's family for the annual tree cutting afternoon. Paul insists we have a live tree and we have paid through the roof for the last few years going to a fancy schmancy tree farm. I always admire the Koutz's tree each year and they always get a great bargain. So we decided that we'd join them for the first time this year.
When we got there it didn't take long to find the perfect tree. It was probably just shy of 8 feet tall, super-full, and really well groomed. Paul quickly got down to the ground and sawed this bad boy down.
Nick and Molly were also there and Nick made quick work of their tree as well.
I thought that I had Finley plenty bundled up to brave the elements. It was in the high 20's so I figured she'd be ok. I wasn't counting on the blustery cold wind which felt like -20 on your skin (not sure, but this is what I'm estimating :) ). Needless to say, Finley through a fit about 20 yards into the tree farm. Paul's mom volunteered to stay with Finley in the car the whole time for some bonding time.
Now unfortunately, this bargain of a tree farm (20 bucks!!!) does not have one of those handy-dandy tree binders. So Paul's dad, nick and paul maneuvered our tree on top of our car. And here you have it - Finley's first Christmas tree!
I'd like to show you the tree all nicely decorated but unfortunately, this story does not end here. As we were driving home we figured out that we had to readjust the tree about every 1/4 mile. After making it about 15 miles in an hour, we figured out it was likely going to take us another 3 hours to get home and we may destroy the roof of our car in the process. So the decision was made to ditch our pretty tree on the side of the road. As we were taking it down off the roof, Paul flagged down a stranger in a pick-up truck and offered him our tree. He was driving to his daughter's house to help her put up her fake tree and we suggested that he could offer her this real tree instead. So off he went, with our beautiful tree in the back of his truck.
We came home and put up my old fake tree. Lesson learned!