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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!

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Happy Monday! I figured I’d start this week off right with a HappySnap. That pretty much guarantees it’ll be a good week right?

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We have been spending so much time working in the yard. But having lots of fun while doing it too!

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Tyler put up a real screen door! So much better than the security gate we had before.

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Mmmm cold brew coffee! I always have wanted cold brew, but never had a good place to get it all the time. Now Trader Joe’s makes it. And, it’s delicious!

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We have been doing tons of decorating and redecorating trying to find the best fit for our new spaces. I really love how our room is coming along. It is so much neater and brighter than our last room. At the condo, our room was pretty much a “shove this junk in here” room since we didn’t have any sort of “office” space that our second bedroom here provides now.

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This is one of my favorite views in the house. And the other night, Robin joined me for some dishes. Always a bonus to a not so fun task.

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Last but not least, we added four more to our brood! From bottom to top, Dixie, Doodle, Dot + Dolly. It’s been so fun learning about these girls and taking care of them. The best part is searching for eggs! Everyday we get so happy to find two perfect little brown eggs. I can’t wait till Dot and Dolly are old enough to produce. Four eggs almost every day! But the absolute best part about getting these girls, was Trae’s reaction! His two main breeds are both great for herding. And guess what he did the minute we let them out of their carriers? He chased them around all evening, nipping at their heels keeping them in line!

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Yesterday we finished building this fence for the girls. They roam our whole yard, but we still wanted an area to contain them in sometimes, without resorting to shoving them in their coop.

What filled your week with happy??

kid intro #2, meet traeger

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This is Traeger Brickwalker Moyer. Yes, named after this certain Traeger. And his middle name is from a Maylene and the Sons of Disaster song. He is three years old, 20 pounds, part Sheltie, part Pomeranian, and all smiles. Seriously. On the rare occasion he will give you those sweet puppy dog pet-me-give-me-a-treat eyes as seen above. But most the time, you can count on a smiling pup.

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Okay, he sleeps a lot too. Everyone comments on how “chill” this dog is. And it’s true, he is very “chill”. If you hold him, he will slowly but surely start to drift off to sleep in your arms. But, he also is a happy, energetic, so-happy-to-see-you-he’s-going-to-explode kind of guy.

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We adopted Trae a year and a half ago. It was a really random, and probably rash decision, but he was so cute and needed a home. How could we leave the shelter without him?  So, off we drove, with the newest Moyer in tow.  It took a while to figure out his name. He was Soloman at the shelter. It just wasn’t right for him. We threw around so many names for quite a few days. One day, I called him Trader, because I love Trader Joe’s. But it didn’t seem right to call my dog a trader. Then Traeger popped out of my mouth. I couldn’t remember where that name came from but that was the first name I said that Trae even responded to. Then, after a second Tyler said, “Chris Traeger! Parks and Rec!” Duh! He and Trae are like soul mates. Both equally happy, eager, excited, energetic, etc etc. So, there he was: Traeger Moyer.

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I’m not going to lie. We got really lucky with him. Adopting a dog is a gamble. But to this day, I still can’t see why he was in the shelter. He is so loving, (mostly) obedient, has pretty good manners, and has never had any sort of aggressive outbreak. I mean, this guy gets slapped and tugged on by our nephews all the time. And his response is to lick their faces. Or hide, if he’s had enough (which isn’t often). This dog is a lover, down to the bone. He and Robin play together. Clean each other. Nap together. It’s awesome.

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He is also a really good size. Not too big for me to handle (I can still pick him up if I want), and not too small for Tyler (where people might laugh at him for having a pip-squeak dog).

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We are so lucky to have this little pooch in our family, and we love him so much.