Well, we didn't. See, it turns out that because of a decision we made several years ago to switch things around so that then college-student Eric could spend his Thanksgiving Break doing school projects instead of traveling to and from Cedar City, we have been "off" from the rest of my family ever since. Thanksgiving isn't such a big deal to me, (I'm generally able to at least get some quality time in with everyone, even if it turns out that they have to eat the actual big meal with the other side of their family), but I love Christmas Eve with my siblings and nieces and nephews, and it's been years since I got it.
So, this year we're doing another switch, which will hopefully get us back in sync with the rest of the gang.
All that was a long explanation to say that this year, once again, we traveled to Cedar for Thanksgiving, and while there will be a more thorough treatment of that coming up here soon, this is a little photo collection of us cutting down our very own Christmas tree, from our very favorite mountain, with two of our very favorite people.
|I love that Heather and Eric are such good friends. I mean, that's a no-brainer of course, but all the same, I just love it.|
|Don't let this face fool you. She had a ball.|
I'll be honest, I sometimes feel kind of silly when people ask me where we got our tree, and I admit that we drove 400 miles to Southern Utah, tied it to the top of our car, and then drove all the way back with it waving in the wind up there. Additionally, the frugal side of me often wonders how badly the tree impacts our gas mileage, and how much this "free" tree is actually costing us (as opposed to the fake one that is up in the attic, patiently waiting for its turn in the bay window).
So far though, traditional, I-want-to-keep-making-these-memories-because-who-knows-how-long-we'll-have-the-chance-and-what-good-is-a-savings-account-going-to-be-if-we-haven't-taken-the-time-to-love-each-other-anyway Charlotte has been winning out over frugal Charlotte. I feel good about that. Frugal Charlotte has no business winning all the time, after all.
For other Christmas Tree harvesting adventures:
-Evergreen Delight (2011)