Paul’s First Christmas Tree Story at Wantage Christmas Tree Farm

Paul’s First Christmas Tree Story at Wantage Christmas Tree Farm

Good afternoon and happy Monday! That very special time of the year is here and I am so excited to share the Noojin family tradition. Four years ago, Matt and I started a beautiful Christmas tradition to cut down our own tree, and this year was extra special because it was Paul’s first Christmas tree adventure =D  We could not have gone on a better day; it was sunny and cool–just the perfect day for tree chopping. For the past three years, Matt and I have found our perfect Christmas tree at Wantage Christmas Tree Farm in North Jersey. The farm is about an hour and half north of us; and the drive up there is so peaceful and scenic. We always listen to good Christmas music on the drive up there to prepare for the day. This year, I had the pleasure of listening to Paul and papa laughing and mimicking each other in the back seat. Matt said “Bah!’, Paul said “Bah!”, Matt blew a raspberry, Paul blew a raspberry. It is so wonderful to hear my son interact with us and be so aware and engaged with what we are doing.

When we arrive at this Christmas tree farm, exiting the car is always so refreshing. It is such a nice escape from the city; the farm smells like Christmas! The family who owns the farm always greets us with big smiles; they offer us help; complimentary hot chocolate and cookies; as well as a great conversation. It is just such a pleasant place to spend time at. Every year, they have a large selection of different types of trees to choose from. Matt and I usually choose the biggest Douglas Fur in the farm; but this year we wanted something smaller for Paul. Paul had such a wonderful time. He looked at, pointed at, and touched all of the trees; and babbled about them to us. He absolutely loves being outside and observing and touching his surroundings. We found the perfect Christmas tree–with its healthy thick leaves and triangular shape; we could not be any more happier with it. After Matt cut it down, he cut off a piece of the trunk so that we can make it into make into something special.

Here are some pictures from our adventure:

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And a big thank you to the family who operates the farm =D

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Fashion as seen in this post:

Sandra: Coat: Modcloth circa 2012 // Hat: H&M circa 2014 // Sweater: American Apparel circa 2012 // Jeans: Urban Outfitters (BBG) Circa 2013 // Boots: Steve Madden (Troopa) circa 2011 // Kitten Scarf: Modcloth circa 2012

Paul: Hat: Babies R Us // All other clothes are hand me downs

Thank you so much for reading about Paul’s first Christmas tree story =D I hope you have a happy Monday!

Our 1 Year Anniversary at the Inn at Lake Joseph

Good morning and happy Wednesday! October is my absolute favorite month of the year. It falls during my favorite season and I’m so happy that Matt and I are able to celebrate our anniversary during the best weekend (in my opinion) of the year! October 27th was our 1 year wedding anniversary; and we made reservations to stay at a beautiful inn located in the Catskills mountains.

We rented the bronze room at the Inn a Lake Joseph; and the stay included six amenities that I was looking for:
1. A fireplace in the room. 
This was an electric fireplace that was controlled by a switch.
2. A jacuzzi in the room.
The jacuzzi was perfect for what Matt and I wanted; it fit both of us and the water temperature was perfect.
3. All day snack, lunch and drink access in the guest kitchen.
I was so pleased by how well maintained the kitchen was. They had two refrigerators (one for guests to store items) stocked with water, iced tea, sandwich meats and condiments, yogurts, and special of the day lunch trays (pasta salads, lasagna, etc). They also made hot chili for lunch. Next to the refrigerator, they had a variety of teas, hot chocolate, hot water, coffee and deserts (brownies, cookies, pound cake, etc). I was very pleased with the selection.
4. Hiking trails
The inn had two hiking trails on the premise and we really enjoyed both of them. The first trail was short, very easy and led us straight to the lake. The second trail was much longer and a little more strenuous. Both trails offered beautiful scenery.
5. Free use of row boats and kayaks on Lake Joseph
The inn is located near such a beautiful lake; which is where we spent the majority of our time! It was so gorgeous!
6. Breakfast
The inn offered both hot and cold breakfast; and they were very generous with the portions. They had cold breakfast choices that included bagels, fruits, sweets, oatmeal, yogurt, etc. The hot breakfast included omelets, eggs, bacon, sausage, Belgium waffles, potatoes, and pancakes. I really enjoyed the breakfast.
I would recommend staying at the Inn at Lake Joseph’s if you are interested in choosing from a variety of room options; enjoy bed and breakfasts; want access to hiking trails, row boats, and kayaks; want to go somewhere beautiful; and have a young child.
Here are some pictures:
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The location offered exactly what we were looking for–seclusion in the middle of no where. We had such a wonderful time just spending time together in a peaceful environment where time seems to pass much slower. Thank you for reading; I hope you have a happy Wednesday! =D
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