Last weekend we set out as a family to find the perfect Christmas tree. We headed to the Santa Paula Christmas Tree Farm, where we’d be able to choose our perfect tree and cut it down ourselves. I love getting the kids involved in activities like this… it’s so special for us to be able to share these moments as a family, and then share the photos with you!  Here’s my picTORIal from our day at the Christmas tree farm…

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Here’s the name of the fabulous Christmas tree farm we spent the afternoon at

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To get to the actual tree farm we had to take a  train ride (where they sang Christmas caroles the whole way!). Arriving at the train station we see the beautiful vintage-y holiday décor

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Dad and Hattie get our tickets

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A vintage carousel kept the kids busy till it was time to board the train

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Stella meets a new friend who cracked her up!

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All aboard!!

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Hattie cat was fascinated by all the giant sized colored Christmas ornaments

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 Here’s our conductor

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Inside of the vintage train

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Air pumps to show the excitement!

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Stella is ready for some hot chocolate and a train ride!

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Finn is all bundled up and ready to roll…

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…for a minute, and then he fell fast asleep for the whole train trip.

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Santa pays a visit to our train car!

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Buggy and Mama cuddle in our seats to enjoy the beautiful view

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Hattie loving the view and her first candy cane

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When we arrived at the Christmas tree farm it was breathtaking. It had just stopped raining and the skies were magnificently clear. Love this shot I caught of my boys…

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Everyone departing the train…

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Oh yeah you’re seeing it correctly! This farm had camel rides. Here’s Butter, an A-list animal actor. Quite a resume!

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And, here Liam, Stella and I taking advantage of the fact that this doesn’t happen everyday

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Hattie applauds proudly from the sidelines. She was too young to ride.

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The kids love Butter! Wonder how he’d feel about joining our backyard farm 😉

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I love this photo of a proud little sister watching from afar

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Here’s my gang on the pony rides

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Even Hattie got in on the action this time!

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Little Bear is cozy and sleepy at the farm

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Let’s get a tree!!

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Amongst the bevvy of beautiful trees ready to find a family!

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We found our tree. She’s a beauty!

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Stella being a tree hugger

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Dad’s sawing down our new tree

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Dad yelled “timber” as it fell

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Daddy and his conquest

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Now that’s my manly man!!

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Carrying his tree or pine wig?

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Bro and sis playing on the verge of choking!

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Looking for a 2nd smaller tree for the kids…

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A pic in front of Christmas train before we head home…

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Back on board and guess who’s still sleeping?

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Here’s where they put everyone’s tree to get them back to the station safely!

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Here we are on the way back… What an amazing experience to share with your family. Now the whole family has such an investment in the tree they worked so hard getting. Can’t wait to get our trees home to decorate!!

Have you decorated your Christmas tree yet? If you have, upload pics to your profile page and leave the link in the comments below. I’d love to see how you’ve trimmed your tree!

Love,
T

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