Every year for as long as I can remember my family has taken a trip to Piper Mountain Christmas Tree farm in Newburgh, Maine. It's only about 30 minutes from Bangor, and not only do we get to go out onto the tree farm and pick our own tree - we cut it ourselves too! (Not sure why this is a plus, but the guys do this part so I've never worried about it)
As soon as you drive in there's a little stand where someone gives you a bow-saw, and then you get to choose from several different lots and walk around to choose the perfect tree.
The first (and best, in my opinion...even as an adult) thing I remember about Piper Mountain, is they have wagon or sleigh rides! I've always loved horses, so any excuse to hang out with them is good for me. We don't really do much with the wagon/sleigh rides anymore, but I love to see the horses.
Most of the time we spend at the tree farm now is spent playing with the girls, and hunting through endless rows of trees for that "perfect" one.
The dogs who accompany us (believe me....there is always AT LEAST one dog with us) are always changing - this year Dad brought his dog, Havok, and Taylor brought one of her little ones, Crash.
Eden was pretty sure she could be as tall as the tree she wanted - almost!
Don't expect any of this family to be serious for longer than a minute or two!
Can you even stand that cuteness?! Esther rather dominates the photos at this point, but once her little brother shows up she'll have to relinquish her position as "cutest & littlest".
I'm pretty sure we paid more attention to the dogs and the little ones than we did to actually finding a tree!
Dave and I didn't get a Christmas tree this year (first time for me since I bought my first house almost 10 years ago) since we're moving soon - so we had a good excuse. Everyone else was just easily distracted ;)
And FINALLY Mike found a tree! At this point (we'd been here for at least a half hour..) Adam and Melissa still hadn't found their perfect tree, so we ventured up to a different lot.
My turn with Esther! I (gladly) handed my camera off to Dave for a little bit, so these next few photos are courtesy of him. :)
See Dad, attempting to take charge of the wandering group of tree hunters.
See tree hunters completely ignore Dad's charge attempt and be their silliest
Finally Dave (and baby) lead the group across the street and on to our next task....finding Adam and Melissa's tree!
We failed at finding a tree suitable (aka - good enough for Adam's standards...which means he ought to just buy a fake tree) ;-) in the other lots, so we just took some family photos instead.
In the end Dad & Mom got a tree, and Michael got a tree, Dave and I found a pretty wreath, and we had the chance to be fools with each other and run around a tree farm. Success!
We ended our whole trip with a cup of hot apple cider & a homemade doughnut in the store - best tradition ever.
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