Sunday, December 07, 2008

o christmas tree, oh my!

This weekend, Col and I went to get our Christmas tree. It's going to be our first tree in the new place, plus we're hosting Christmas dinner this year, so Col had his heart set on 1) the biggest tree ever and 2) cutting our own.

He did some research and found a tree farm in Stowe, called Paine's, not far from the mountain access road, so we went there after snowboarding on Saturday.

When we arrived, we asked one of the guys, "where are your biggest trees?" He told us we'd have to walk all the way to the back of the property to find them. The walk was at least a half mile, but we were up for it. So we grabbed a saw and were off. We held hands the whole way. It was quite romantic actually.

We finally found the tall ones. The were really tall. But kind of scraggly around the middle. So we kept searching, zig-zagging in and out of tree lines, over stumps, under branches. Suddenly, I backed myself into a ditch and my foot landed in a deep puddle of ice water. It was so cold and wet! But I was determined to keep my spirits up. So we kept looking.

Finally, we found it. Our tree. It was perfect! Full and beautiful. And perfect. Here it is:

So we found it, but then we had to cut it down. Col got down on his knee to inspect the trunk and bottom branches. Then this happened:

"Will you marry me?" he said and burst into tears. That's right, Col pulled me down under the tree and proposed right then and there. It was the most romantic thing in the whole world. I was completely surprised and unprepared, but I managed to squeak out an "Of course I will!" before we both turned into puddles. The man in the tree tractor drove by at least once. He must have wondered what the heck we were doing.

After our little romantic session, we still had to cut down the tree. You know what they say about big trees: Big trees, big trunk. It took a while, Col was still shaking from the whole ordeal, but finally that man of mine cut down the tree.

We spent the rest of the weekend calling family and friends, drinking champagne, and of course trimming the ginormous tree, which, by the way, fits perfectly in our place.

And tonight we made some origami peace cranes for ornaments. Aren't they cool?

Holy crap, we're engaged. Loveyoubye


glimmering prize said...

WOW!!!!! Colin was just in my office and showed me the post!! CONGRATS!!!!!
you both look so happy!!!

Unknown said...

O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!
What lies beneath your branches?
O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!
Such joy beneath your branches!
Colin has given Soe a ring,
And with them now our hearts do sing,
O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!
How lovely are your branches!


cresmer said...

Congratulations!!!! What a great story.

The Littlest Smitten said...

Congratulations! I'm so happy for you two! Ah love is grand. xo, Holly

SaSaPippi said...

Congrats penelope and colin! I'm so happy for you guys!

Kacey said...

You don't know me but I am an avid reader of your blog and we have some mutual friends in common. Anyway I just wanted to say congrats! I actually teared up when I read this post. How exciting!

lynn_jkls said...

Congratulations Penelope! Just checked your blog out of the blue - I'm so happy for you!

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