|Noon Road U-Cut Tree farm owner shows us the tree variety map.|
We veered off the tried and true Christmas tree route this year, exploring a new U-cut tree farm at the suggestion of a friend. On the coldest day of the year ~ perhaps the coldest day in human history ~ we braved the great outdoors amidst the bitter winds of North Whatcom County. Leaving our little foster daughter with Grandma Billie due to the severity of the weather, we made a threesome: Tim, Joseph and me.
|Follow the rules and no one gets hurt.|
Being the smallest tree contingent in recent family history, we didn't have to negotiate as many opinions on which tree took top honors and earned a ride home to be lit and decorated in anticipation of the big celebration of our Savior's birth. Regardless, the selection process did drag on for what seemed like hours. The tremendous freeze began to paralyze our faces and our fingers, making the discussions of our tree selection brief and to the point.
|Taking a moment to refer to the tree varieties map, Joseph and Tim plot out our route through the tree farm.|
|The old amidst the new|
|Tim stomps through the lane, looking for the ideal tree to take home.|
When the time came to chop, or rather saw down our tree, we were consoled by the fact that we would soon be in a warm car heading toward our warm home. However, as we loaded the tree into our van, we discovered that its length would necessitate driving with the back door tied down, rather than shut properly. A relatively small price to pay, both for the tree itself (compared to years past), and for the short open-air ride home, our Noble Fir soon graced the living room ready for illumination.
|Joseph begins the sawing chore, through a frozen trunk.|
|Loaded up and ready to roll|
|Lit and ready for ornamentation|