The Happyish Homestead

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Two Years Ago

We were praying fervently for rain.

Because we were in a drought and much of this area’s economy depends on the orchards doing well.

This winter I have water in my basement

{not inches, but it’s definitely, definitely damp}

piles of laundry because a part of our washer froze

making it incapacitated until we could get the replacement part

and we actually used the snow pants I picked up at a garage sale on a whim last summer.

If it’s not one thing, it’s another and it reminds me that things are constantly changing so I should try harder to just enjoy where I’m at and what I’m doing.

So, today, I’m going to enjoy

holding Libby on my hip all day long until my arm goes numb because she seems to be particularly fussy,

and Elizabeth yelling at me because she can’t find her shoes because she’s convinced I put them away somewhere super secret only I would know about because I’m mean and manipulative like that,

and Adeline crying that she might as well be dead because I’m making her eat the chicken I put in the sauce of my cream based penne pasta.

{It was delicious, let me know if you want the link to the recipe.}

But all things considered, we’re blessed.

With this last bout of weather people have been snowed it, lost power and our one neighbor lost an entire tree, roots ground side up and everything.

We managed to miss all that.

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This guy had a birthday.

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Libby’s keeping up with the kitty and the kitty’s trying to find better hiding spots.

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Not even the toilet is secretive enough.

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Bennett and I doing a puzzle.

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And playing with the kitty.

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The kids going to school…thank you public education.

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And with the super wet weather, a bit of Wii Mario Kart.

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This one is pretty good.  The kitty was safe from Libby since she can’t get in and out of the crib.

She was pretty ticked to find him in her bed, taking a bath, on her blankets.

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Hope you’re all doing well!

Katie

Friday, January 6, 2017

Our 4th Snow Day

We’ll be cleaning the house today.

The kids were so excited they couldn’t sleep last night.

All in all, we’ve faired well.

We’re all still speaking to {yelling at} each other so I don’t think any relationships suffered irreparable damage.

Except maybe Libby’s and the kitty’s.

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Our friends invited us to go sledding.

Complete with hot dogs and hot chocolate.

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Meg, Spencer and Bennett play this game where the boys have to get all dressed up and Meg dances.

I don’t know the whole backstory, but the boys look pretty handsome.

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Cheers,

Katie

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Hi!

I’m still here.

You’re still here.

We’re all still here.

We survived 2016, Christmas, the New Year…all in that order.

And lucky us…everyone is home today!

Because, of course it’s a snow day.

Which is amazing for Southern Oregon.

Honestly, it almost never snows here.

And the fact that it’s prolific enough

that everyone has to stay home from work and school

and the day when I was supposed to get the house back the holiday break was over

it’s kinda….

well…

depressing?

miraculous?

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So,

a couple of things.

I started a 365 photography challenge.

I’m supposed to take and share a picture a day for 365 days.

Everything that I’ve read says that it’s almost mandatory to improving one’s photography.

Which is where I’m at.

Also, some things are changing in the ol’ household so it will be nice to focus on a hobby that won’t cost a lot of money.

{If you ignore the hundreds of start up cash needed for a decent camera.}

Don’t worry, all good things, all good things.

Going to keep it vague for the time being.

I’ll be posting here on the blog and on Instagram @thehappyishhomestead #happyish365

If you’re doing one or thinking about doing one {you totally should, it will be so fun and we’ll be like 365 kindred spirits and we’ll get matching t-shirts and give each other pep talks on day 278…} leave your info so I can follow you.

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N E Way {see what I did there?} here’s some photos from the past couple of weeks.

Also, dear sisters, I’m hurt not ONE of you sent me an email demanding an excuse for my absence…do you still read?!

Christmas morning

Please note in writing, I am making an exception for the kitty…probably not going to be one of those people who have adorable pets in family pictures in the future, but it’s fine if you do, not that you needed my approval…

But that kitty {Ace} is new, and it was Christmas morning, and I was sleep deprived….so, cat in the picture.

It’s Adeline’s if you couldn’t tell from her prideful smirk.

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Libby’s Christmas blocks

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We went up to Eugene to visit the grandparents over the new year and Bryce took me by these covered bridges that were a bit off the free way so I could snap a photo.

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Pit stop.

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The beginnings of the snowpocalypse.

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Watching the snow. We have almost zero snow gear so sometimes outside play is a spectator sport.

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I think we can all agree Adeline looks…malicious?

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Happiest of New Years, hope your holidays were enjoyable and you’re looking forward to some great things from 2017,

Katie

Friday, December 16, 2016

Meg and Adeline’s Room

It used to be the storage room.

Weirdly enough, I did not take a picture of it crammed with toys, Christmas ornaments, fabric, tools, paint, and a pump for our never-worked sprinkler system.

So, this is the closest thing I have.

Super dungeon like.

My friend asked if Meg and Adeline felt unloved because they were being moved to a room previously filled with spiders and falling off plaster.

Insulting.

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After carpet but before baseboard and wall touch up.

Here’s to my first carpet purchase in my career as an adult.

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See how cute it is?

I mean, there’s pom-poms.

And nice looking boys in cardigans who may or may not be the ‘poster’ children for bad posture.

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I picked up the little cart at an estate sale, in their dump pile.

Our friend welded on new casters and it got a good sanding and new paint.

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I picked up the matching metal beds from our local Re-Store for….$16!

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It has a little space heater since the heat isn’t connected to this room.

The girls actually stay pretty toasty.

They claim they have the coziest room because they have carpet AND their own heater.

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And a transom window.

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And for all you locals who have been to our house and are curious about where the storage room was/new bedroom is. {Since I probably just whisked you by it, along with the basement, on the house tour.}

It’s the space off the mud and laundry room at the back of the house.

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Christmas Break is next week.

I’ll probably have loads of time to write up blogs while I’m hiding in the bathroom drowning out the crying with Christmas carols and chocolate.

Katie