I can't believe that it's been nearly THREE months since I've spent any time on this blog of mine. I've been going through some personal challenges and haven't had the motivation. But, I'm ready to get back to it and what better way than to document our second year of Christmas tree hunting in our new state of Colorado and to mention a great upcoming contest from Easy Canvas Prints. Last holiday season we had just moved to Colorado and were living at the end of a dirt road in the unincorporated town of Pine. We cut down a little six-footer, which appeared quite tiny sitting below 20-foot ceilings. But, there was something so rewarding about having cut it down ourselves that we didn't mind. This year we wanted something a bit bigger, and without the luxury of cutting something down right out our front door with Hudson napping away in his room, we headed out in the old family car with a sled, a saw and plenty of hot cocoa and cider. Our first stop was the adorably festive Country Ace Hardware in Granby, where we picked up our $10 cutting permit. After some wrong turns on tiny country roads we found ourselves ready to begin our trek into the woods. And by trek I mean a short half mile walk on a road closed to traffic followed by another hundred yard dash into the forest to collect our perfect 9' Blue Spruce. We attempted to teach Hudson the art of the snow angel, but he wasn't too jazzed about any of it. The hot cocoa was more his thing. I snapped a few pictures to capture this new family tradition before we wrestled our tree out of the forest and onto our car for a nail biting hour and a half ride home. I'm happy to report that the tree made it back in one piece with no damage done to the car. The tree was decorated that evening, but sat skirt-less until I whipped one up last night, pictures will follow in a later post. So now I can finally get some presents wrapped since there is a finished tree for them to reside under. I'll be turning one of the pictures from this new annual tradition into a canvas as a Christmas gift for my hubby. And you can too with this great holiday contest by Easy Canvas Prints. All you have to do is upload a photo that you'd want to create on canvas and give as a gift, include a description and then spread the word via email, Facebook, Twitter, etc. so that your friends and family can vote for you! The winner will receive a $300 Easy Canvas Prints credit! And second and third place will win $100 credits. Check out their Facebook page page or blog for more details. Good luck, and happy holidays!