We drive out to Elgin the day after Turkey.
You could get lost in them, but mom will always find you with her telephoto lens
You have to be careful of fire ant mounds and mole holes...
Baby trees - probably the field we cut last year's tree in.
Dad is picky and all about finding the perfect tree
Mom focuses on the beautiful scenery and taking pics!
Idyllic- makes you want to be a tree farmer!
I pick this one!
This one bears a striking resemblance to one of the boys...
The trunk must be somewhat straight - otherwise it's a booger to get it right in the tree stand.
Everyone gets a whack at it, but the oldest goes first
with a little supervision.
Now it's his turn - work those muscles!
Mom makes an attempt to help out
But the youngest gets to shout "TIMBERRRRR!"
Good job everyone! Now we have to haul it to the nearest road...
...and wait for the tractor to come pick us up.
Feeling a little tired and ready for lunch!
Scotch Pine trees growing - these will be ready next November.
Shaking the bugs and dead leaves and needles out is a must!
We wait for dad to pay and take a rest...
Now, getting it into the house and decorated...that's another adventure!