Friday, December 18, 2015


I was addressing Christmas card envelopes this afternoon and was hoping to find a little inspiration from evergreens that I drew on the invitations from Corynn's camping party. I was hoping to find a pic on this blog since my desktop top computer is still in pieces from the move. It was THEN that I realized it has been FOR-freaking-EVER since I've posted on here. My oh my!

Well, a lot has happened since June. We sold our house on Almira, moved into the new house at Davey, the girls are finishing up first semester, and the twins contemplating colleges. Evie is in preschool and Corynn is going to pass John and I up in height any day now. The twins were in a single car roll over accident the first week of school and it took a month for us to convince them to drive again. We adopted 4 baby kittens from our neighbors across the street and Emma's age is really starting to show. Country living is amazing- I never get tired of the views. Summer will be heaven out here! I can't wait to get chickens, plant a garden and start plotting the orchard.

Christmas is right around the corner and then before you know it- it will be 2016! Hard to believe!

Here are some pics for posterity sake:)

The girls and each of their respective kittens: Max, Achilles, Hello Kitty and Glaucus



Corynn and Evie

Evie and Hello Kitty

my twinners

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Nancy's sweater

Nancy gave the twins some sweaters a few years ago. They were hand-me-downs from her for the girls. Somehow one of the sweaters made its way through the wash and into the dryer. Unfortunately it was a wool sweater and shrunk. I mean it really shrunk. It was a cute oversized wool sweater....that quickly became a hand-me-down to Evie. Evie was just a year old at the time. But she would fit into it eventually. Nancy found the humor in it and couldn't wait for Evie to enjoy it. 

Well, that day finally arrived. Over Memorial Day we went to GI town to bury Nancy's ashes. It was rainy and 49 degrees. It seemed like a perfect day for her to wear her grandma's sweater. 


Monday, June 22, 2015

House update

Here are a few pix of the house. Things are progressing quite nicely. It's feeling more and more like a house everyday.

Here are some of my finish selections; carpet, granite, tile and paint colors. 

My mom bought a fixer upper in GI town. The previous owners abandoned their cats. Two little kitties, one boy and one girl. We are hoping to rehome them to our new home as farm cats. They live outside right now and have been fending for themselves for over a year. They are great little hunters and friendly. My mom is feeding them until the house is finished. Here's the little guy we call Rory (Roar-y). 

I'm so excited about moving to the country. John and I have so many plans and we can't wait to embrace the country lifestyle. And the views are amazing! Soon this will be the scenery we wake up to every morning! How cool is that!?

Friday, June 19, 2015

Jeff's birthday bash

At one time my sister in law, Amy, and I had grand visions of a full on birthday bash for Jeff. He turned the big 7-0 and we really wanted to do something fun with lots of friends and family. But somehow Jeff caught wind of these grand plans and nixed them. He said (in a very firm voice) "I appreciate what you want to do, but don't. I don't want a big party with friends. "

Some would have been discouraged by that. But I just heard- don't invite my friends...he didn't say anything about family!

So Amy and pulled together a family dinner at the acreage for his birthday. KC, Kim, Sheila, Steve, Kelly, Ed and girls were all in attendance as well as our families. It was a lovely evening. I absolutely love getting the Kelly family together. They are a great bunch of people. And celebrating a wonderful man was awesome too!

The cousins ran around, played with water balloons and jumped on the trampoline. Evie tagged along the whole time. And it definitely tuckered her out. She was asleep before we hit city limits and slept in until 10 the next morning. She sure is a cutie!