There are two consistent miracles that seem to happen every Christmas tree farm trip which we've made for the last several years with friends.

1. The sun shines. Truly this is a miracle when the tree farm day always is sandwiched between days of black skies and torrential rain. I mean I woke up during the night before this trip because of driving rain on our roof and when I woke in the morning there were sunny skies. Miracle.

2. We leave with every child that we came with. Granted, children have been a little lost in the trees, fallen over tree stumps, gotten muddy and a few have even been slightly crushed when the dads cut down the trees and forgot to yell "timber!!!" but we've come home with them all. Our friend, Eric, says, "No child left behind" and so far, so good. Miracle.

We love it. We put on our boots and slog out and Denise buys bags of donuts which she feeds to the masses. Somehow we all end up at the trees between hauling kids and saws and a diaper bag or two. The boys pick up twigs and whack each other. I forget to pay attention because I am having so much fun photographing it. We're making memories.

Jonathan and Kellie and their girlies were with us this year again like last year. The girls had their terribly cute owl hats on.

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Kellie's gorgeous sister, Ruth, was along too. (Pretty, pretty).

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Ruth took our pictures for us (thanks, Ruth!!).

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Then there was Eric, Denise, Kiana, Korban, Malakai and Leo.

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Eric photographed with his mighty saw on his head. Who's the king of the tree farm?

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Eric's sister, Amy, came along for the fun again too.

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All the kids ate donuts on the wagon while we waited for the train. I appreciated the extra effort Jasper made to smile for the group shot.

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While we waited for the train our friend, Haley and her two kiddos showed up to hang out too. The more the merrier! Here's London waiting for the train.

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The boys kept a watchful eye out and soon it arrived.

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We circled around, found the perfect tree, and Theo coached the cutters.

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Because hitting your brother with a branch is fun.

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When the trees finally fell, we drug them to the traintracks to wait for our transportation back.

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Sweet Lily peeks out the back.

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Then off for hot chocolate at Starbucks and home to trim the trees.

No child was left behind. We each got a tree. I got pictures of the day. All ended well.

If you want to see some past visits follow these links:

Christmas Tree Farm 2009

Christmas Tree Farm 2010

Christmas Tree Farm 2011