Monthly Archives: December 2015

How (not) to get a tree in Wyoming

Let me start off this blog post by saying we are very new to this whole chop down your own tree thing. Until this year we have always gotten our trees from tree farms. In Hawaii we did pick out the tree but then the little attendant chopped it down for us. Plus it was like 80….we won’t talk about that.

Here in Dubois all you have to do is get an $8 permit, drive to the National Forest (just a few miles out of town) and pick which tree you want. Easy (and cheap!!!) I was terribly excited about this. This is the real way to get a tree people! The snow, the trees, the ax! Not to mention it is in every book that people just chop down their own trees. I have been reading Christmas books to the boys for weeks now and they are filled with pictures like these:


We didn’t have to drive far and it was beautiful!


Titus scouting trees, it even started snowing! How perfect!!


Once Titus found a place with several trees we bundled up the kids to walk out and look at them. I figured Gideon would start crying pretty fast since he is really sensitive to the cold right now. But to my surprise not only was it Gideon but James too. We hardly got a few steps out of the truck before they were both crying. We followed Titus but we were walking in knee deep (on me) snow, under which were thick bushes and sticks.


At one point I was carrying Gideon (he is three and I am 37 weeks prego) and half dragging James by the hand, up hill (oh this was after all three of us fell in the snow too). Both were crying, they had snow in their boots and down their legs so finally I gave up. I really wanted a picture of all of us together getting the tree, but it just wasn’t worth it. So I took them back to the truck. No tree hunting for them!

Faith on the other hand was just fine. She was carried by Daddy and didn’t have snow in her boots.


So when it is about 20 degrees, snowing, windy, and just down right cold you start thinking every tree looks pretty good. So we picked one pretty fast.


And a little one for the children’s bedroom:


The three of us that stuck it out tree hunting!


Titus dragging the trees back to the truck.


On the way home I gave the children candy canes, which was probably the best part of Christmas tree chopping for them.  Once the tree was in the house it looked terribly small, shabby, and thin. I married a slight tree snob (his words not mine), and I think I heard him whimper a bit after getting it into the tree stand. However it did perk up some after we added lights and ornaments.


So how not to get a tree in Wyoming? First don’t have high expectations of a 5 and 3 year old. Wear warm clothes! And for goodness sakes take a big sled to pull the kids on!!!! Also remember that wild trees aren’t shaped, fertilized, and colored by anyone like the trees grown on farms. 😉 Merry Christmas!

Pumpkin fun!

After Thanksgiving is done and we are heading into Christmas there is always a debate about what to do with the pumpkins. We had nice pumpkins all the way from Minnesota from Grandma’s garden, we had one from the pumpkin patch in Riverton, and we had one from the library. A squirrel had been scratching at one so I decided to chop up the pumpkins and feed the wildlife instead of just throwing them away. I thought this would be great fun for the kids too. So armed with hammers and an ax we went outside to chop the pumpkins.


James got into it right away.

Faith decided to drive from the back yard to the front yard. She just watched the pumpkin pounding, her dolly safely tucked inside her coat.


Gideon on the other hand did not have fun. He never did pound any pumpkins either.


We didn’t have to wait long at all for the squirrel to figure out that we made his job a little bit easier. The very next morning we got to watch him run pieces of pumpkin up the tree.

It has been several weeks since we chopped up the pumpkins. We have watched countless times the squirrel working on hiding his pumpkin bits. James even found some pumpkin pieces way up in the tree branches where the squirrel hide them. We also haven’t had any bunnies lately because the squirrel chases them out of the yard. He doesn’t want to share. All that was left was a big pumpkin that really didn’t get chopped very well. I have been planning on throwing it away and writing this blog post with just the squirrel. But then a few days ago our snow was covered in deer tracks and a big bite was taken out of the pumpkin. Every morning less of the pumpkin was left. I was sad the deer was eating the pumpkin during the night when we couldn’t see it. And then today this happened!

I might have been just as excited as the children!


This buck ate every bit of the pumpkin pieces in the yard and even licked our bird feeder for a bit before walking calmly out the front gate and down the street. Broad daylight, and we live in the middle of town. Crazy!! I am so glad we didn’t throw the pumpkins away!

Faith’s 2nd Birthday

I can’t believe this little girl is two. She is full of fun and life! Our little family would not be complete without this little princess in our lives!


Faith really likes kitties right now. So she got a cute kitty cake.


For being two she really caught on to opening presents fast. Much faster than our boys did at two. She did have a big brother pushing her on though. Maybe that makes a difference.

For .60 I got this little bucket of necklaces and bracelets for her. She loved them!

When we lived in Hawaii Titus got a whole bunch of sunglasses free from somewhere on base. I put these cute pink ones in my gift box. I never thought 6 years later I would still have them and be giving them to our daughter!


And of course, eating cake! Faith also blew out her candles by herself, something I don’t think our boys could do at their 2nd bdays either.

Happy Birthday Faith!  We love you so much!