Happy Holidays

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Hello. Where have I been?? I’ve been, busy. I know, I hate that excuse too. But it’s true! And when you’re busy, sometimes fun things like blogs can start to seem like a chore. And once this feels like a chore, I won’t want to do it anymore, so I took some time off.  I promise I will try to keep updating as much as I can, but with holidays and birthdays looming, I can’t promise how much.

Here’s a quick HappySnaps for a peek into what we’ve been up to!

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As usual, we’ve been moving around furniture. And Robin has been enjoying all of the new spots to hang.

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And sleep. Lot’s of sleeping. Jolene joins in too.

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This ^^^^, is sort of big news! This is my beloved car. We have been working on it for almost two years (in December)! Sadly, it has been sitting at a mechanic’s shop for almost a year while he “worked” on it. This car has basically been a really big lesson for us, but it’s home now and so so so close to being done. I’ll post a whole blog on the story of this car, what exactly we are doing to it, and why it’s taking so long.

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Some more news, we have gone Paleo! Seeing this new craze all over the internet, I started to wonder what the whoop was about. So when we got home from our anniversary road trip, we took the plunge and went full Paleo for a month. Well, we have loved it so much we have decided to keep going with it. The effects this way of eating has had on our bodies is incredible! I no longer get hungry every two hours, or have major blood sugar crashes or digestive issues. We feel more energetic ad have been sleeping better. Over all, it has been a huge improvement in our daily lives. And the best part is, it really wasn’t even that hard to adjust. I am always up for a challenge in the kitchen, but most of the meals I have made have been super quick, easy, and low on dishes! With the holidays coming up, we know it is not realistic to be 100% strict with this lifestyle, especially while dining at friend’s houses (no one likes a picky guest right?). But doing this has also helped us to automatically make healthier choices, when the healthiest and most ideal choice isn’t available.

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In other news, we have been soaking up as much of the lasting warm summer weather that we can, knowing it is going to cool down very soon. We are both excited for fall and winter, but that still doesn’t mean we shouldn’t take advantage of the unseasonably hot days right?

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And finally, look at that. A tiny bell pepper. In our own garden. That we grew. I can’t wait for it to be full grown and ready to eat! We’ve already had our first Meyer lemon from our little tree! It was delicious!

What has been going on in your world?

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Happy Thursday! Thursday means it’s almost Friday! Friday is my second favorite day of the week.

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Last week we found this little nest of eggs hidden behind the shed. We thought one of our girls had stopped laying and were kind of worried. Turns out she had found a new little spot for them! 8 eggs! Phew!

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We’ve really been settling in and getting everything decorated in the house. It feels more lived in now and more like home every day. I’ll post some updated photos of all the rooms soon!

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This is another room that has changed a ton in our home. It’s amazing what some rearranging and purging can do for a room! This room went from cringe worthy to one of my favorite spots in the house!

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A couple weekends ago we went wine tasting with my sister and her husband! So fun! Tyler and I have never been wine tasting, so this was a fun new experience.

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I bought a new cookbook and have been making so many delicious recipes from it! This recipe is for spinach tortellini with mushroom cream sauce. I paired it with my homemade bread, broiled with herb and garlic butter on top. The book is called One Pan Two Plates. It’s my new favorite! We have yet to be disappointed by a recipe! And, afterward, there’s hardly any dishes to do! Score!

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We also got to babysit this little guy last week! He is so much fun! Such a treat to be around him.

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And finally Robin. Oh, Robin. This girl and her boxes. This box has been her home for three days now. I can’t bring myself to throw it away. She loves it so much!

happy birthday jolene

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Meet Jolene Antarctica Moyer. Since I’ve never actually introduced you to our kids, I thought Jolene’s birthday was a good day to start. Today our girl turns three! I cannot believe she is three years old! It seems like only last Christmas we went down to the shelter to pick up our six month old baby. That was the second happiest day of my life (first being our wedding day!). We had no idea how much this little girl would impact our lives. Getting her was one of the best decisions we ever made.

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When we adopted her, we had no idea how soft she was. They make you wear gloves when you meet the kitties because they get sick so easily. It was really weird holding and petting her with gloves on. As soon as we picked her up, and she curled into our arms, we knew she was the one. When we got in the car I immediately opened her carrying box. I know, the exact opposite of what they tell you to do. But I couldn’t wait to hold our girl and see her face again. The adoption process was only about 20 minutes, but it seemed like a lifetime. As soon as I touched her fur, I looked at Tyler and said “Touch her. Now.” Words can’t describe how soft she is. It’s almost like touching a cloud.

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Anxious to get home, I put her back into her box and closed the lid. After that she cried and cried and cried. It broke my heart! So, I took her out of her box. I put her on my lap and she reached up and wrapped her little kitten arms around my neck. And that’s how we drove home. The 40 minute drive seemed like five. It was the most amazing feeling having this little creature wrapped around my neck, I never wanted the ride to end!

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Since that day, Jolene has brought us nothing but happiness. She brightens both of our days and expanded our hearts more than we thought possible. Her personality has changed so much in her three years, I can’t wait to see what it morphs into during the next (hopefully) ten+ years.