Saturday, December 08, 2018

The Hunt of 2018

Hunting for our tree... continues to be, one of our favorite times of the year. We saw that sun was on the forecast for the day, and the hubby had off from work, so we signed out our two oldest girls from school early (Charlotte and Marley) and headed straight for the farm. We searched in a new spot this year... and although most were pretty small there, our tree stood out to me. I pointed it out, and everyone huddled around to approve it... and down it went. Each year, gets a little sweeter... this year the twins joined us by foot... and watching them delight in everything, was the best.

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Monday, November 26, 2018

Guest House { weeks 17-20 }

Not sure where the last month has come and gone... but we are another month down. The last of the siding up top by the dormers was completed, as well as all the roof flashing to make sure there will be no leaks... and it's safe to say, the outside of the guest house is done (minus the landscaping, some gutters, and a paint job...) So now, we begin to move to the inside... which is a slower process but exciting. The hubby started drilling all the holes for the water lines (in the bathroom) and for the electrical... Other than that, he's been squatting in the guest house the last (almost) two weeks... with being on nights, he retreats to the unfinished space with our spare mattress, blankets and a space heater... and sleeps during the day, to escape from all the noise going on in the house. More pictures to come of the inside, but I'll have to wait until it's vacant during the day. For now, the kids are enjoying all the holes in the yard (that fill with rainfall water) and the dirt piles that still need to be graded... The landscaping will all come together in the spring.

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Friday, November 23, 2018

Full Table and a Full Belly

Every year, Thanksgiving is up there, with what I look most forward to (it rivals with the arrival of spring, PNW summers, and that snow globe snowfall that we get here in our parts of Washington.)  This year, I was a little hesitant for the holiday to arrive... mostly because the hubby was working nights for two weeks, through the holiday. When one of us is out of synch... it messes with all of our routines/rhythms.  I was determined to cook up a yummy meal despite his schedule change... and with the help of all the little hands, we managed to pull it off. The day before, I made the voyage to the grocer with all 5 kids in tow... I was just going to wing it... but Charlotte insisted we needed a list. She knows what my scattered brain needs... or is a natural list lover... either way, it was super helpful. While everyone was melting down (usually they're soooooo good at grocery store runs, but for some reason, this time it was pretty awful) that list, saved us... I ordered a pre-rubbed turkey from our natural, local grocer... that saved us as well. Anyone else not like to handle the raw bird? Since the hubby was sleeping while the bird needed to be prepped and put in the oven... I went with the second best thing... paying a little extra to have someone do it for you. That left me with pies (which I made gluten free this year) and some simple/staple sides. Friends showed up right in time for the cranberry and brie... and we sat down shortly after for our meal. It was a great day... thankful for a full table and a full belly.

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