Saturday, December 5, 2009

Apple Hill Xmas Tree Hunt

I love the mountains... especially in the winter time.
Even though Apple Hill is not technically the "mountains", it's close enough for me.

36 years ago, my mom and my dad were just dating.  They decided to go together to cut down tree's for their families and they went to Indian Rock Tree Farm in Apple Hill.
Through rain, wind, snow - you name it - they kept going year after year.  They got married, had three girls... and the tradition has remained the same every year.

Needless to say, it's an exciting tradition for our family.  The family-owned tree farm is beautiful... and every year they know we are coming back again.  This year, we got FOUR trees - one for all of our houses.  It was such a fun day!
Maximus & Zeus gearing up for a cold day of running around in the mountains.  Their scarfs and Christmas tree shirts kept them warm!
The family.
The silly family.
My sisters and nephew... he will grab your face and suck on your nose.  I think it's his way of smooching.
Our little family picture.
That's our tree before it was chopped down!
My dad and his favorite little "sidekick".

What are your family holiday traditions?

32 comments:

Lori said...

What a great tradition Tracy! I love that you all went together as a family ~ that my girl is a memory to cherish. Loving the "kids" sweaters and scarves.
Trev and I used to go to a tree farm and chop down our own, but between weather and having week-ends booked up solid, we have gone to a local nursery and picked out our tree there.

Allison said...

What a sweet tradition. I'm loving that picture of the pups! I love doggie sweaters. They are so precious.

Heather said...

Your Doxies are SOo cute. This is such a cool family tradition.

Marissa said...

AW! Cute pups :)

Sherrie said...

What a wonderful tradition.

erin said...

that's such a sweet story.

your are SO blessed to have a family like that! never forget it! :)

erin

Meagan said...

That is such an amazing tradition!! Garrett and I started the tradition last year of cutting down our tree..this year we did it at Apple hill! It was so much fun! I hope we go back again next year! =)

Nicole Marie said...

ok 1. the puppies look absolutely ADORABLE in their sweaters and scarves. oh my gosh
and
2. that is the cutest tradition ever! 39 years?! thats insane! i wish we had cute traditions. but i'm going to start some

missy. said...

What a great family tradition! Your pups look so cute.

Leslee said...

What a fun family tradition!!

Since we are now all scattered about our traditions are having to change some!

We all used to sit around Christmas morning and open stocking gifts and then have swedish tea ring made by The Firguy.

This year each of the kids will be having tea ring Christmas morning in their own homes...

Times change, life changes!

Ashley said...

What a fun tradition! Cute pictures!

~KS said...

I have never in my whole life seen anything cuter than those little scarves on your pups!! Love them!!
I'm too far away now, but my dad still ventures into the woods every year to cut down a tree. We always used to bundle up and go out as a family, and get hot cider afterwards.
And PS- that last pic of Ry guy tucked up into your dad's sweatshirt is too precious.

Farmgirl Paints said...

Those are great family pics. You really get a feel for how much fun you all have together. That was one big tree! We don't have a lot of traditions. We have a fake tree and it usually goes up around Thanksgiving and every year is different. This year we are heading back to Illinois to celebrate with both our families. I'm really excited about that... a little homesick lately.

Make sure you get a special ornament for your first Christmas together as husband and wife! I still have ours...it was engraved:)

Teresa said...

Oh the doggies are cute cute!
Went into the mountains last weekend and tagged our tree...sold!
Going tomorrow to cut it down and bring it home!
Love this tradition!
XXOOXX

Allison said...

Omgosh, this is such a fabulous tradition! It sounds like a wonderful time spent with your family =) I love all the pictures... and your dogs look so precious!
For our family...every year on Christmas we all open up our stockings before we start on the rest of the gifts... and then Christmas night, I do not know how this possibly started, but we watch one of the Home Alone movies. I swear, we can all quote everyyy single part! So random, but it's so fun =)

Jen said...

What a fabulous tradition that your family keeps up - looks like it was a really special day.
The scarves are just too cute!
Our family tradition is to put the tree up the day after Thanksgiving @ my mom's house, but this year she had what we were calling the "trifecta" over Thanksgiving (pneumonia, sinus infection, ear infection!) so we put the tree on hold!

Morgan said...

Great pictures! Your pups are too cute!

OceanDreams said...

Oh my goodness Tracy all of these pictures are adorable and what a fun tradition for you and your family! I love the smell of a fresh Christmas tree. Your doggies are so cute in their Christmas get up! Your dad and his sidekick shows his amazing character and love. All of these pictures made me so happy for you! Hope you are enjoying this weekend.

Allison said...

Oh, and I meant to say thank you for letting me know about how good Mary Poppins was! I'm beyond excited for it... and I think it will be a really fun first show for J to go see =)

bananas. said...

what a great tradition to keep passing on.

my family doesn't really have any. i guess it could be that we celebrate on christmas eve...eating, drinking and opening gifts.

in the past, we waited til midnight but that never happens these days. haha.

Kelsey @ Seattle Smith's said...

Living in TX we never did this :( But, I may start it with my family!

French lover said...

Such a beautiful tradition ! Your nephew is so precious and your little dogs are seriously the cutest dogs ever !!!

Brittany said...

That is so sweet. What great memories you all have. I love the dog sweaters and scarves!!

Jax said...

Awww! I love this tradition! I wish we had tree farms close by! Cute pics in front of the tree you guys selected! And Maximus and Zeus look adorable per usual.. love their little sweaters and scarves! haha! :) you look like you have such a great family..and what a fabulous tradition!:)

(and love the fact that you have that scarf I blogged about!!! Great minds think alike ;) )

Carol said...

Love your family pictures! We normally go looking for a tree together, but sadly weren't able to get everyone in the same place for this year. Next time!

Selma said...

Great tradition!!! I wish I had a big family, and four trees!!! :) Happy Monday.

Heather@WHMB said...

That's such a fun tradition! We have a fake tree right now *gasp* only because of the fear our little one will eat the real one...

When she gets a bit older I'm all about doing it Griswold style and cutting one down.

We have some traditions in our family, huge Xmas breakfast with bloody Mary's, Willie Nelson CD on Xmas eve, everyone stays at my mom's, make homeade polish Kielbasa...stuff like that. Love the holidays! :)

Kris said...

I'd love to do this one christmas... but not get lost!

Iva said...

such a beautiful tradition! {you are so cute! I love your hat....and your puppies are so awesome lol}

Erika said...

You family is so gosh-darn cute!

gigi said...

what a great family tradition! it looks like you guys had so much fun!

Kassie said...

What a fantastic family tradition. It looks like so much fun!!