Yesterday, I went for a drive down an old county road. The change in seasons is definitely evident. Before long, this will all be covered in snow. Even though winter is my least favorite month, I am going to try my best to be thankful for it. So, here is a list of the reasons that I will enjoy this cold winter in Montana.
-The fun Holidays
-No yard work
-A warm fireplace
-Soups and Stews
-Sledding with my family
-Coffee's, teas, and hot chocolate
-Playing cards and watching movies with Dan and the kids
-Catching up on my reading
-Cozy throw blankets
-The slower pace of life
-Kids don't have sports
*What are some things that you all love most about winter?
Yesterday we celebrated Dan's 39th birthday! I have a whole year to
plan his 40th!!! I've got to think of something really good.
have anything that he wanted for gifts, he just requested his favorite
dinner. Which happens to be chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, and
apple pie. He's such a simple guy, he never needs or wants anything.
He's just so content. Is it bad, that I've already been working on my
own Christmas list of things I want/need!?!?
had something to drop off at his work, so on my way, I stopped by our
favorite coffee stand and grabbed him something fun to drink. I may or
may not have grabbed myself something fun to drink as well. ;)
Later, I got home and got to work on the apple pie.
I am not much of a baker, but I got it done. :)
sure love their Dad. They fight for his attention every single night.
Whether it's playing a game of cards or tossing the football. He is the best Daddy ever, and they know it!
Gracie was all dressed up for 80's day at school.
And this... well, it just makes my heart happy!
love books. I love ordering books, especially when I get to sit in
front of the hot fire to do so. I want my kids to be just as excited
about reading as I am. Plus, I'm excited to get a few new Christmas
books coming before the holidays!
This weekend flew by. On Saturday, we went and watched the junior high girls basketball game in the morning, and then we came home and I think I was in the kitchen the whole day. But it was worth it. :)
Every year we spend Thanksgiving with Dan's side of the family. This year I decided that I was going to make a turkey dinner a couple weeks before Thanksgiving, so that we could enjoy a mini thanksgiving at home and plus who doesn't love to have yummy Thanksgiving leftovers?!
Emma helped me the whole time. I'm figuring at this rate, I might have a couple more years of cooking, and then she should be fully capable to take over. ;)
We prepped the turkey, which I think was her favorite part. We rubbed some Olive Oil, salt and pepper on the turkey, to give her something fun to do.
We tried a new cookie recipe that I found on pinterest. It's a pumpkin cookie with a cream cheese frosting. Something a little different than pumpkin pie. They were a hit.
You can find the recipe here on "The Girl Who Ate Everything." So good! :)
Of course we also made all the other good Thanksgiving food, like, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, rolls, etc. I'm thinking this is definitely going to be a new tradition in our family to have 2 thanksgivings.
Since I was busy cooking all day Saturday, Sunday I did nothing! We watched the Seahawk game, sat around in our comfy clothes, and rested. Now that I've started celebrating for Thanksgiving early, I'm also ready to start decorating for Christmas.
Presents are being ordered. I have hooked the kids up on Amazon with their own wish list. They've been browsing online throwing things onto their list. I'm hoping that will help us this year, plus I figured other family members will love to be able to get on and see what the kids are interested in as well. Thank you Amazon! :)
I was looking through my Pinterest pages, and ran upon this picture that I had pinned awhile back. I love old photographs and this would be a very fun and special way to remember loved ones who are no longer with us, or even just fun memories from years past.
Things have been a bit quiet here on the blog the last week or so, while I have tried to fight off this virus. I love that we are getting closer to the holidays, but I so dislike the cold and flu season. Ugh! Thankfully, I'm starting to feel better. The one upside to not feeling well, was that I was able to sit and read guilt free. I was able to finish up 2 books. One was more of a devotional book that I had started this summer, and the other was a novel that I found on my bookshelf a couple days ago.
Saturday we celebrated Jesse's 10th birthday. We rented out the bowling alley and had family and friends over. My niece's birthday is the day before Jesse's, so we combined the birthday partie's and celebrated hers as well. We had so much fun, and then from there out, we've been sick.
Now that I am feeling better, I have some fun things that I want to get to. Jesse got a Seahawk Fathead for his birthday, so I need to stop down and pick up some paint. I want to get his room painted before we put up the fathead.
Here are a couple of other things that are on my list:
-Finish up my Christmas shopping in the next 2 weeks
-Try out a couple of new fall recipes
-Pull out the holiday movies for my family to start watching in the evenings
-Take a quick family picture, so I can get our Christmas cards ordered and sent out
So much to do, and so little time. But it sure is fun isn't it?! :)
I just recently finished reading A Lineage of Grace, by Francine Rivers. It was very good, and it's been a while since I've read a good book. In this book she has written about 5 different women of the bible and tells each of their stories. One of the stories was on Ruth and Naomi. The other was on Rahab the prostitute in Jericho. All of the stories were good.
I have read all of these stories before in the bible, but it was neat to see a glimpse more into what their lives would have been like. This book gives you some description on what they were wearing and what the culture was like, which then always makes it more fun to read the bible, when you can visualize the people in it better.
So if you are looking for a new book to read this month, I would definitely recommend this one. You will get interesting and fun stories along with your bible stories. 2 in one. Talk about multitasking. ;)
This morning as I was picking up the house after getting the kids off to school, I decided I would take a few pictures and give you a tour of our busy little house.
This is our Master bedroom. We built it fairly small since I didn't want it too big. I wanted it nice and cozy. I am hoping to repaint the walls in the near future. I'm thinking of a dark brown for the top half of the wall and then leave the bottom half white.
Dan calls this bedding, "ugly and funky." I wanted something different last spring, and I found this set on sale for $24. So I will be looking for something else eventually, but I think it will do until I find exactly what it is we want.
This is my wedding bouquet that my Mother in Law had freeze dried and put in this frame. They used to be pink, yellow and white roses 13 years ago. I love having it in our bedroom. I won't ask Dan what he thinks. Ha! Poor guy! ;)
Someday I will find a better spot for my exercise bike, and then I would like some kind of a lounge chair and table to take it's place by these windows. But for now... I need the reminder to exercise.
This is our living room, and the first thing you see when you walk in the front door.
The front door
The open door off to the right is my office.
The "Sisters are forever" sign is a gift from my sisters. I'm still trying to figure out where I want to put it, so in the meantime, it's just sits here waiting for me. My older sister actually made it, so that makes it special. But besides that, it is so special to me because that was one of the things my Grandma Ole constantly told us... "Sisters are forever." When we found out that we were pregnant with Emma and that she was going to be a girl, I was sooo excited and thankful that Gracie would have a sister. My sisters are my best friends, and I want that so much for my girls.
We don't put out a lot of fall decorations. I like to put out a few to make it look festive, but not too many that it feels crowded or cluttered.
And here is my kitchen... the busiest room in the house.
Dan and I built this house and moved into it 8 years ago. We love our house! There are things that we would probably change if we had a redo, but with us building on a budget and being 8 years younger than we are now, I'm sure that's to be expected. ;)
I picked up this sign a couple months back and to me it fits my family perfectly.