We ended up going down to Jacobs Lake in Arizona because we had heard that they had TONS of great trees! We stopped and hiked, and hiked and hiked some more a had little success so we drove, stopped and hiked some more - Eric and Annie were the first to find a tree, then Mary .... maybe i'm just overly picky but I really don't like the "Charly Brown" trees where you can see through the 6 branches on the trunk! I like my trees big, round and bushy! So we drove, stopped and hiked out into the forest - it didn't take long from there ... we did something naughty. We topped a really really tall tree out in the middle of a really thick dense forest . . . . .
We ate turkey, cranberry sandwiches and headed to the lodge to grab ourselves some "famous" cookies! They were awesome (I ate 3 but couldn't taste a single bite due to my head cold) ... ha ha.
Later in the week we chopped and pruned the tree and decorated it with the boys - Luke didn't participate but Cruz had a good time hanging the ornaments! We had a special dinner that consisted of snowman pancakes with chocolate chip eyes and buttons, marshmallow snow and bacon scarves!