And, as promised, here are some pix from Sunday's family outing to White Pines State Park and Sinissippi Forest.
The day started out at the White Pines Inn Restaurant, where we enjoyed a buffet breakfast in the same room where our wedding reception took place.
Mani and ma in the room our wedding reception was in
Then we stepped across the way to look around in the gift shop and visit the parrot, Max. Henry was enchanted with him, so I bought him a little stuffed version of the bird.
Henry talking to the parrot
Max the parrot
Then we all drove to Sinnissippi Forest where we separated and hunted down our trees. Pete and I spied this humble little beauty and claimed it for our own.
Pete with his kill
Pete carrying the tree
Once we all secured our trees to our cars' roof racks, we headed into the gift/donut shop where we warmed up by the fire, listened to carolers, and saw Santa.
View of the shop
Ma after some exciting purchases
Sam chasing Henry
Henry and Santa (and the stuffed parrot)
Matt and Shannon
Me and Pete
Pete, Henry, the stuffed parrot, and dad
After sufficiently warming up, we all headed back to White Pines to go hiking on the Red Squirrel trail with the dogs.
The group starting out on the trail
A spooked Sam
The dog pack—Spanky, Adora, Hambone, and Otto—running and barking
Pete running into the woods to hide from the dogs (it didn't work)
Mani, Pete, Matt, and a distant Sam on the hike
Mani slowly disrobing for our enjoyment after the hike
Finally, we all stopped in at the restaurant's bar to have a drink in honor of our recently departed uncle, Chuck, who used to enjoy a drink with my mom while we all hiked during previous trips (both had difficulty walking the trails).
Mani and Shannon (sorry about the next few blurry pix)
Matt and dad
Henry eating some YoKids from Sam
The buffalo in the bar that Henry could not stop talking about (and was later terrified by)
The group (sans Mani and Henry, who went to the car), all rested and ready to head home
Well, there you have it. Pete and I have yet to put our tree up due to some late arrivals home during the last few days. But rest assured, we'll be doing that soon and I'll post the pix once it's up and decorated.
What kind of Christmas tree are you putting up this year? Real or fake? Big or small? And how are you decorating it?