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?

HappySnaps 10

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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!

kid intro #3, meet robin

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Tyler and I lead a really busy life. Jolene was fine with that. Until we brought home Trae. She started to realize she was missing out on something seeing Trae leave the house with us and come home with us every day. She started getting really needy. At first, we both loved the extra attention from our mostly independent lady. Then we started feeling really bad, like Jolene might like a sidekick. So, we made the really big decision to bring another kitty into our home. Along came Robin Savannah Craig Moyer. Robin coming from Batman, since we always call Jolene “Batman”. Craig is an inside joke, but it comes from “crazy”. Yeah.

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When Tyler and I went to the shelter to pick her up, Robin was super standoffish. She wouldn’t even look at us. And when her cell mate tried to rub against her, she yawned and walked to the other side of the cage. We kind of worried if they would even pay attention to each other, defeating the purpose of getting Robin. But, it was worth a shot.

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We brought her home and put her in the bathroom to keep them separate. Cats are very fickle and territorial, and the last thing we wanted was for Jolene’s new sidekick to make a bad impression. Plus, most cats need some time to settle into a new home, and it’s best to start them in a small room before unleashing them on the whole house. With Robin, this wasn’t the case. We opened her carrier and she ran out and jumped right in my lap purring like crazy. Tyler brought Trae in the bathroom to see how she would react to a dog. Something we probably should have considered before we brought her home. To our surprise, she ran up to him, head butting under his chin, purring and licking him. Tyler and I looked at each other in complete astonishment.

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Introducing the two cats was a bit slower. Jolene was not happy about Robin. For a long time. Now they are inseparable. We see them playing, cleaning, napping, fighting. A pretty traditional Batman + Robin relationship.

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One of my favorite things about Robin are her little quarks. She is so funny! If you leave out anything, like a box or a laundry basket, be assured she will make it into her bed.

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She also is wildly adventurous. I have found her in the craziest places! She climbs all the way to the top of our closet. Without making a mess! workhardstayhappy.comworkhardstayhappy.comworkhardstayhappy.comworkhardstayhappy.com

Oh yeah. She also likes to sit behind curtains, walk on door casings, and catch flying feathers. Hence the middle name coming from “crazy”. She is. In a good way.

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She also such a lover. Such a polar opposite from the front she was putting on at the shelter. She loves to sit in your lap and purr. And purr…..

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We love this little girl so much, and she brings so much joy to our lives. She provides constant love and entertainment. Plus, she follows Jolene around and loves her so much. Exactly what we had hoped for.