Monday, November 12, 2012

Christmas Tree Tags

 One of my favorite Christensen family traditions is Christmas Tree Cutting. Micah's parents have done on the Friday after Thanksgiving for the last 20+ years. I started going with his family when we were dating and since decided that this was one tradition that we would keep forever! The first year that we were married (2010) just Micah and I went cutting somewhere in Wyoming. We borrowed Jeremiah's truck, drove for hours, and hunted for the perfect tree. There was a frozen stream at the top of the hill that we dragged our trees up so we tied the trunks to our waists and ice skated back to the car. What a dream! :) (I love ice skating) It was getting dark as we finally loaded our trees and found that the truck was stuck in the snow! For the next couple of hours we dug snow out from under the tires, pushed, pulled, and finally broke free. We hadn't seen any cars drive by so the possibility of us spending the night in the truck was very real, but we were so glad we finally made it out. We had a very late dinner at a random Mexican restaurant on our way home and it tasted soooo good! 
This year we decided to find a place that was little closer to find our tree...and we recruited others to join us:) On Thursday, Nov. 1st we met Micah's parents for dinner up in Heber. Micah's dad treated us to the Claim Jumper then they headed to a nearby hotel. We had our sleeping bags and pads and met the Ellis's at Micah's Zermatt property (one of his properties he bought on auction and is up for sale) in Midway. We had a late night swim with the kids before hitting the sack. We had an early morning ahead because we needed to be in line at 5:30am to get our wrist bands to buy our Christmas tree tags. We brought our camping chairs and joined the other hundreds of crazy people who were up that early. Kaylyn slept soundly in my arms until after we got our tags and were headed home. Of course she wanted to drive (as always). We picked up some donuts and chocolate milk on the way back to the Zermatt. The Ellis's had to head back to SLC, but Allen and Janis came over and we all slept for another hour before going back to actually purchase the tree tags. Kaylyn and I kept sleeping while Christensen crew made the purchases. 

To our delight, we found out that the local thrift store was holding their annual ski sale at the Zermatt that morning. We went over and found a couple of hats and a puffy vest for the munchkin. We shared a Rancherito's breakfast burrito (soooo good) and Micah fixed a few things at the condo before we headed home. It was a great start to the weekend!
My little snow bunny. This hat was one of the purchases we made at the ski sale. Luckily it's really stretchy so it fits her beautiful big head!
One morning Kaylyn woke up and immediately had two very specific requests: grapes and hat on.  The bib she's wearing is her favorite because it has a kitty on it. 
Another recent and almost every wake up request is that she have her blanky wrapped around her.

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