Thursday, December 1, 2016

Wrapping Up

What a ridiculous November. Not all bad, of course, but one for the books nonetheless (and I'm sure there are quite a few people who would agree). Our November 30th was one of the coldest days so far this season, and we wrapped it up with conversations about loss and growth and memories while using up the last of our Thanksgiving turkey in homemade tamales (we always use this tutorial for the masa, it has the best step-by-step).

How apropos, us literally wrapping up the notable leftovers of the month while trying to more abstractly bring resolution to the happenings of the same.

Our evening project ended well. Let's hope we can say the same about the month.

So long November 2016, may there never be another November like you again. Ever.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016


We got our DIY on this past weekend and finally checked a kinda-big project off the list. Winter is coming (catch my weak pun in the title?) and with our first freeze already under our belts our well house was becoming a source of concern- it still didn't have a door.

No door = no freeze protection. No freeze protection = frozen pipes. Frozen pipes = no water to the house. We had to deal with that situation a couple years ago and lemme tell ya, it was no fun. At all.

So we got busy and fixed it right up.

It rained buckets the night after we finished the installation, and this coming weekend we will probably have another freeze... plenty of opportunity for our project to prove itself! We made it mostly out of scraps, leftovers, and improvisations, and if I do say so myself the result was pretty darn nice!

High five for home improvement! Now... which line item is next, dishwasher or wood shed...?

Monday, November 28, 2016

Leaf Pile

That was fun... and the best part was they raked them all on their own! We do love fall.........

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget 
that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."
-Thanksgiving Day Proclamation, 1963, JFK

Happy Thanksgiving, friends. May your expressions of thanks on this day carry on in your actions throughout the year, until we all gather around the Thanksgiving table again. 

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

In the Kitchen

For most of yesterday and what I anticipate will be the rest of today, you will be able to find us in the kitchen making good things to share with our family tomorrow. You will also find me in there long past the cooking fun washing all the dishes by hand, because our sweet dishwasher has graced us with a complete breakdown just in time for the holidays.

But no matter... maybe I can entice my helpers to stick around and dry them as I wash...

Murphy's Law, right?

Happy Thanksgiving prep, y'all!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Right Now

Right now, I'm...

...fighting coughs, sniffles, sinus pressure, and sleepless nights. All four of us are congested and sooo tired of it (no fevers though, so at least there's that).
...falling a little behind in Positively Present's 30 Days of Gratitude Challenge because, you know, we're feelin' crappy (see what I've posted so far over on Instagram).
...slowly crossing things off my Thanksgiving Day prep list, and loving how helpful my Littles have been with the chores- Henry has vacuumed, Audrey has helped with folding and putting away laundry, and they both have done so well playing together without increasing the mess (much), which is the most helpful of all!
...planning on making a lot of bread and bread-based items today: rolls, sandwich bread, cinnamon buns, and probably more rolls.
...loving the mounds and mounds of turkey-type kid projects laying around right now, some from school and some made from paper scraps in secret, and many designated for sharing with family on Thursday.

Right now I'm living on coffee, tea, and expectorants, and despite all that I'm still finding myself surrounded by so much to be thankful for.

May we all see past the little stuff to the big picture and give thanks. Happy Tuesday!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Visiting :: Ft. Worth Zoo (with Hen)

We ended the week last week with Henry's first field trip: the Ft. Worth Zoo. I finally got to put some faces to the names he's always talking about, meet some new parents, and watch my guy in action with his class...

 was a good trip.