CLARKING IT UP
Cut our own tree this year, Griswold style.
- •Hubs did some research and found a farm semi nearby.My bros, aunt and uncle came in for thanksgiving and gamely agreed to tag along.
- •We all loaded into the van.All 8 of us.
- •Started driving and hubs put the name into the google.No address listed. It's a newish farm. Had to do some searching on the side of the road.
- •Drove the 20+ minutes out there.Sign says Closed. Open on weekends only.
- •Keep in mind, at this point there are still 6 adults and 2 children crammed into a van.Kinda like this, which was actually later in the day.
- •We pull in anyway and the family are super nice and tell us to go for it.
- •Hubs brought a saw, but lost one of the screws for several minutes.Also, it's drizzling and 45.
- •As we're walking into the field, I asked my husband if he brought cash.Nope.
- •We search around for a bit, tramping through the mud and looking for a perfectly sized tree.
- •My husband told my 5 yr old he could pick.That went well. Thankfully I narrowed it down for him after minimal crying. He strangely got upset when we couldn't take the largest tree on the lot that was already decorated.
- •So, this sounds pretty awful so far, but it was actually pretty awesome, too.
- •We were literally the only people on a massive Christmas tree farm.The wind felt nice after all the walking, and there were big rock piles.
- •Cutting the tree and hauling it in went well.Strapping it to the car took awhile, but it worked out.
- •They took our check and my aunt and uncle found out the owners are from the same small area in Michigan that they're from.
- •And now I have my first real tree!