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Winter wonderland

We woke to lots of snow and no school. Of course a little girlie was so excited there was no sleeping in. Coffee to the rescue until I get moving and put some boys to work shoveling our very long driveway. Andy got the garages cleared out just in time for cars- so grateful for that.

This has been one long Christmas break! But I love snow days and last night had a house full of boys that were convinced there would be no school- wish I had extra shovels when they wander back over today.


These pictures are from break (although I guess it’s still break), back when it was a tad warmer. Cole is such a good helper. Our front yard was trashed during our remodel. All the workers and big trucks parked in the yard and our grass (which wasn’t great to begin with) turned into one big mud pit. It’s a slow process getting it put back together. Plus we have a big tree that needs to come down- pretty much dead from the Emerald Ash Borer. That stupid bug has killed three of our large trees.


There is nothing better than a warm day in December- besides a snow day of course:)


The dogs were super excited for the snow- especially Hudson. My plan is take them out to play with the big camera today- I love snow pics.


Wish this tractor had a snow plow


This girlie is wanting to get out in the snow right this second- she loves it


But I have coffee to drink and warm clothes and boots to round up.


I am wishing I had brought more firewood to the porch before it snowed- hopefully it’s not too wet. It’s going to be a non-stop fire today I think. This straw area is the mud pit- we had someone come out and lay grass seed with this straw for protection but then had a freaky run of super cold Fall weather so I don’t think much of the grass took.


I love these unexpected days with all my kiddos. Even if it will end up in a fight over the basement like last night (Austin had his girlfriend over and Blake showed up with a gang of friends- Austin won the basement)


Hope you have a great Tuesday- snow day or not!

Hannah - We missed out on the snow…but we are getting the subzero temps today and tomorrow. My chickens are not happy about it…neither am I :)

I need to bake when it’s cold…but I can’t eat carbs so that kind of ruins the fun.

Laura h - Great pictures! Your love for your family shines! I love that you talk about your dogs! I am a huge dog lover! Can’t wait to see pictures of everyone playing in the snow!! P. S. I remember those days of my kids fighting over “the basement.” Usually the one who had the “girlfriend/boyfriend” had to stay upstairs!! Ha!

It’s a wrap

Well sorta. I’m sitting here with a cup of coffee and a rowdy puppy.

This is the first quiet morning we have had around here in a bit, although my kids are all off school today. 3 are still sleeping and one is at a sleepover. For some reason there is a teacher workday. Eva still has school so at least I will be able to get some errands in- Cole starts cotillion tomorrow night and he has no clothes or shoes. I’m sure he is going to love shopping with his Mama for dress up clothes.

My 365 has been all iPhone so far but that’s ok- no rules this year.

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Poor Eva- she is one tough girlie.

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My two goofballs.

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Spent all day yesterday working on getting this put together. We did this room first, and then it flooded and had to have walls ripped back out. Andy worked hard over the break to lay the floor. Originally this was going to be more kids space (we put in a full kitchen) but when we decided to give my studio space to Cole we decided to move it to this space. The kids have the carpeted side that has the fireplace and full bath.

Here is the other half of the space


Yep- I think I will be happy working in that space. SO much left to do to get it put together. Off to get things done. Happy Monday!

Hannah - I’m glad you aren’t setting rules for your 365…I’m still not trying one this year though! I am planning on doing a few picture a day for a month..but not this month.

Love the studio! You are going to love the cart…I LOVE ours. Sophia’s art stuff is in it so I can just roll it over to her and let her go to town. But of course she has too much so I might grab another one.

elizabeths - wow so jealous you have such a nice basement. My son the 17yr old is occupying our basement for now. We are clearly running out of room in our tiny home. Enjoy the new space can’t wait to see the other side. It will be great to cozy up by the fireplace on cold nights.

Christmas, Flu, and warmer temps!

The flu was not a welcome visitor and it really put a set-back in my holiday plans but I am happy we knocked it out early on and have settled in to enjoy our break.

It was a fun year this year because Eva was so into it. She was SO excited.

Snuggling in for books with her on Christmas Eve was one of my fave parts. She fell asleep so fast all snuggled up next to me.


But not before sprinkling food for the reindeer all over the front yard.


And leaving cookies and Silk Nog for Santa.


We did a lot of crafts to keep her busy while waiting for the big guy to arrive.


These two kept telling me that they have not been naughty…


Blake had a lot of good things on his list this year- he was by far the easiest to buy for


The girlie was a close second


He’s still trying to convince….


I love these two big kids…


They went down to campus and bought some vinyls

Hudson tried to convince Austin that he was the best gift


Eva was a little chef


Cole got a stunt plane


The weather has been warm so we have been spending a lot of time outside


Which is good for wearing out little puppies!


Today we start to tackle the basement project- can’t wait to get it done!

Tiffany - Hope everyone is on the mend and you had a Merry Christmas…Happy New year, hard to believe another has gone by!


Hannah - I’m glad you kicked the sickness away in time to enjoy your break! Those puppy faces are killing me! So much cuteness and Eva makes me want squeeze her and bite her toes…but in a non-creepy way :)

Ginky - Fun time as usual, love spending Christmas with you guys. Glad everyone got well just in time for us to come up.ll

The reset button

It’s that time of year again. When you start to think of new goals and fresh starts and “resolutions”. I’m not a big resolution kind of girl but I do believe in the reset button. Usually I hit it at this time of year. I actually hit mine a couple months ago when we got settled back into our house and I realized that things were out of whack.

Have you ever felt like you had to hit it? It’s not a bad a thing.

Sometimes you just realize that things just aren’t the way you want them to be.

Sometimes you get stuck in a rut.

Sometimes you aren’t the parent you want to be.

Sometimes you think you need to be someone you aren’t.

Sometimes you need to re-evaluate your priorities.

Sometimes you need to move on.

It could be one reason it could be many.

I have spent the last couple of months getting to know moms in my younger kids grades. Mostly Eva’s because I see them every day. I think sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in the older kids, put their activities first, drag the youngers around to all of their stuff without making the olders do the same….

I have tried to reverse that lately. Getting to know moms of the youngers has helped me get my mom groove back, making the older bros attend the younger kids activities helps them realize it’s not just about them…. that’s just the start.

(Eva’s Christmas Show)

Ideally us moms of bigger broods would like to carve out special time with each kid. I used to think that some kids wanted it some didn’t. I was totally wrong. Every single one of my kids wants my time. And time alone.

And each one wants something different. Austin wants me at all of his sporting events. Blake wants me to hunker down and watch an episode of some series with him each night (we finished Breaking Bad yesterday after we were both in quarantine in my room with the flu)

(Blake took the couch and Hudson and I watched from my bed)

Cole is pretty easy. He likes to do just about anything. I bought a big puzzle for us to do together over break and he was so excited. He wanted to start right away. And honestly so did I:)


Eva just wants my time all the time. And that of course is the biggest challenge. Thankfully she likes Daddy just as much.


Over the break we are getting our kitchen side of the basement finished. New floor, new work space, etc. I can’t wait to have my workspace back. I can’t wait to have this house completely done.

So that is my New Years fresh start already started. More time with each kid, more volunteering at school and PTA, and back to work.

And feeling thankful…. for still having young kids in the house (and one that still believes in Santa), for Golden Retriever puppies (even if they bite a lot), for making new friends (and getting new perspectives), for renewing old friendships (that I should have never let slip), for a newly carpeted basement to send loud teenagers to (because they tend to show up when Eva’s in bed), for my finished house (of course), and for 2 weeks off with my favorite people (except Andy, he has to work).

And now it’s time to do some wrapping


And head to the grocery store- teenage boys are clearing the pantry on a nightly basis!

Happy first day of break!

Sarah - Look how big Hudson is getting!! His sister is too!! And finally calming down a bit {knock on wood}.

Where did you find your rug? Love it!

Hannah - I needed this. I’ve been thinking about how I never get one on one time with Dmitry unless we are running errands lately. This morning I got to hang out with him and it was awesome.