our first Oregon Christmas tree tale.......

On Friday, we trekked out into the wild, wild west and chopped down our very own Christmas tree in the bitter rain, wind and mud. Did I say mud?
Okay, in all seriousness, it was not that bad. It was actually quite festive and fun and, well, very Oregonian feeling;-) I loved their fresh wreaths.......
here is my handsome husband with our find.........
a very enthusiastic on-looker--or something like that;-)
do you see those boots? Yes, I sure wished that I had had some. I wore my orange suede, ballet shoes, which I promptly regretted with my first step out of the car. Thankfully, a little tractor came along after we had taken all of ten steps, and we enthusiastically climbed aboard. A man on the train took one look at my shoes and said, "yep, those are pretty much ruined." Oh, thanks. tons.
It was really a treasure to meet this man, the owner of Helvetia Lavender and Tree Farm. I quickly learned that he was a lover of Jesus, the Gospel, and the people of Ukraine, and that he was an Oregonian to the core. He kindly posed for a picture with mister G.
and this has pretty much been Graeme's reaction to the Christmas tree:
just another fine spot to sit with his blanket and thumb;-)

here's to many more years of ruined orange suede shoes..............
( happy monday! )


  1. cute pics! we debated trekking into the woods for our tree, but alas, home depot won again this year. :)

  2. Great pictures, especially of the little boy!

  3. I love it! so awesome.....that I could smell it and feel it as you were describing it! :)

    love g in all of his pictures...can't wait to see him in January!!


  4. How fun, Sarah! So glad you guys got to cut your own tree. Some of our favorite memories are from cutting our Christmas trees. Twice we even cut a tree in GA with my fam and drove it back to both VA and KY! And I'm pretty sure Mr. Graeme keeps getting cuter and cuter.

  5. Looks like a blast! Love those fresh wreaths. Makes me want one for my front door! Roderick and I have never had a fresh tree, but we've thought about it a lot. = ) Love the pictures and your way with words. (As always!!)

  6. Am I really going to be the first to comment on Graeme reminding me of Charlie Brown Christmas with his blanket? :)

    Jack has the same brown vest. It's absolutely the perfect coat for our weather here. Cute too!

    Looks like you had a fun adventure. Very sadly we are on year #2 with a fake tree. We leave the 20th so we wanted to save the # AND more importantly we have a little girl who puts everything in her mouth so I'm going to avoid pine needles one more year. I bought Evergreen candles from Bath and Body Works in hopes of getting somewhat of a tree smell going. :)

  7. thanks, friends! Melody--I think it will be a yearly tradition. Plus boots next year;-)

    Ginny--yes, he loves his blanket;-) I understand about the fake tree/out of town thing. We would certainly do that too if we were going to be out of town. I love those candles from Bath and Body works!

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