So, it's been a long time since my last post. As many of you know, I started a new job in January so the last six months have been filled with us adjusting to the "new" norm of both of us working full time again. I am thrilled to be back at work and have an amazing schedule. Even with my commute I'm home by 5:00 (at the latest) and I rarely hit traffic. While this transition has led to a slowing of projects, we've still found plenty to fill our time! Here's an update on what we've been up to.
January brought our only real snow of the season, but it wasn't much in the way of snow. It was filled with beautiful sunrise drives to work, crock-pot cuisine, tearing down walls at my folks, and setting up two work offices at my schools.
|Crock Pot Lasagna, always a favorite|
|Aria loved playing in the snow|
|Our only real snow this year|
|Crock Pot Stew|
|Tearing down the fireplace at mom & dad's|
|New Ceiling Fan|
February started off warm. The first project was another potato bag I sewed for a dear friend who had just moved into a new house.
|Yellow Outside of Potato Bag|
|Black inside to match her kitchen|
Then Valentine's weekend it was off on a girls trip to Olympia with some of my closest friends and their little ones to see one of our friends who lived there. We had a wonderful weekend filled with laughter, adventure, and memories. The weather was amazing so we walked around the pier, farmer's markets, took the little ones to the playground, and journeyed to the beach. We also had a sunset walk around the capitol building. There was no shortage of fun with five women, two toddlers, and an infant all in a studio apartment! It was so wonderful to get time just to enjoy these amazing ladies, who we are so blessed to have in our lives.
|Beautiful day on the pier|
|Chacos in February? Yes indeed.|
|That's enough sleeping space for five adults and three babes, right?|
|Lovely day at the beach|
|Playing in the sand|
|Sunset from the Capitol Building|
|Sunset at the Capitol|
|Wine/sherbet float? Don't mind if we do!|
|Sunrise on our way home|
March brought our first campfire & trip to the lake. As I said, it was a really warm spring. My hubby & folks also trekked to South Dakota for their Snow Goose Hunting extravaganza while the dogs and I held down the fort.
|First Campfire of the year|
|Aria loves the lake|
|Coming in at sunset|
|Beautiful night on the lake|
In April we kept busy with baby projects for my cousin, who was expecting her second baby. I decided to try something new this time (with my mom's patient help & supervision) and made some soft baby blocks in gender neutral themes. I love they way they turned out and am sure we will make more of these in the future!
|All the squares for the first cube|
|Second cube lined up to be sewn|
|The finished blocks with pull tabs|
|I love how these turned out!|
|Blanket my mom sewed for one of my cousins|
|Blanket my mom sewed for another of my cousins|
We also finished a project we started ages ago, our paddle address sign, and put it up out front.
|Stripping the paddle|
|Paddle Address sign|
|Tulips looked great this year|
And my hubby took me on an amazing date night at the Brickhouse. A pedicure followed by a couple's massage. I'm one lucky lady!
|Check out those great looking toes!|
At the end of April my dad and I had a great evening on the lake and I caught fish on my new yellow fishing pole. Aria, as usual, was quite the helper and tried to retrieve the fish. She dove in the lake after two of them and almost got hooked. We'll be working to break her of this little habit over the summer...
|Aria and Brandy swimming|
|Yellow fishing pole, chacos, & Aria on the lake. |
Doesn't get much better.
|Beautiful night for an evening picnic.|
Then we began the office to library conversion and got the room painted in April. Both of our dogs were great helpers with painting.
|The view out the office/library window|
|Cassie and Brandy helping|
|It's grey and very calming.|
May got off to a rough start here. Our old dog, Cassie, had a stroke and we had to make the difficult choice to put her down the first weekend. As she aged, I'd had many conversations with a friend of mine who had recently been through a similar situation. The best advice she gave me was "you'll know when it's time." And we did. There was no question that morning for either of us which helped give some peace when we took her into the vet and sat with her to say goodbye. She was a loving old girl who had a good life for 13 1/2 years. It's amazing to think about all that she was around for in our lives during her years: graduating from HS, moving away, getting engaged, graduating from college, getting married, buying our first house, graduating from grad school, selling our first house & buying our second house, numerous job changes, Boundary Water treks, trips to Lake Powell, canoe ventures, backpacking trips, and many more. Here's to you Cassie dog.
|Cassie in the Boundary Waters|
|Backpacking Crystal Lake|
|Cassie with her pack on|
|Paddling on our lake|
|Paddling Winchester Wasteway|
|In the river|
|Cassie & baby Aria at Halloween|
|Cassie & Aria Christmas|
|Cassie, Brandy & Aria|
|Watching the neighborhood|
|In her coat|
|Swimming with Aria|
|Cassie and Aria snuggling in the boat|
|Cassie & Aria|
|Cassie in the tub|
|Cassie in the truck|
|Goodbye sweet Cassie dog|
|A toast to you.|
We tried to keep ourselves busy the rest of the month so we delved into the library project and are almost completely finished! I'l post the whole project start to finish when we get the last couple of things done (hopefully in the next few weeks here).
|Are the shelves big enough when they take|
nearly the entire floor of the room?
|Aria was especially helpful with this project and|
has been very mom attached of late.
|Bookshelf frames go up|
|Putting some books on|
We also planted lots of plants around the house in all of our planters and put some solar lights on our steps out back.
|Solar lights, these work great|
|Busy day at Home Depot|
|Hostas and flowers, we have two of these|
|Beautiful blue hydrangeas|
|New fountain out front|
|Top flower bed out front|
We got to spend two great weekends (in a row even) with my folks & my brother & sister-in-law. The first they came here to help us celebrate my husband's baptism. We enjoyed their company and spent a great day at Greenbluff doing some hard cider, beer, and mead tasting.
|Delicious hard cider|
|Beautiful stormy day on the bluff|
|We had a great time|
The next weekend we met them at Henneberry House in Montana and had a great time touring Bannack State Park (it's a really neat Ghost Town, I highly recommend exploring it if you haven't had the pleasure, you can go in almost all the buildings), riding the ATV, floating the river, fishing, and playing games.
|Henneberry House & outbuildings|
|Neat old wood cookstove|
|The river, The Beaverhead, right out the back door|
|Brandy & Aria play in the river|
|Backside of the house|
|View from the campfire pit|
|The town of Bannack|
|The schoolhouse & masonic temple|
|In the mill|
|Inside the mill|
|Evidently I married Indiana Jones|
|Aria "hitched" up|
|Aria & Goose swimming in the creek|
|Aria had fun in Bannack|
|Staircase in one of the houses|
|The hotel from across the street|
|Playing on the old merry-go-round|
|View across the creek|
|ATVing back at the cabin|
|Henneberry House from across the river|
|Good riding road|
|The windy river|
|The Beaverhead River|
|Good day for a paddle|
|Almost back to the cabin|
|Brandy, Goose, & Aria play|
|View from the back of the cabin|
|ATV riding shadows, with Aria. She rather enjoyed it.|
The last weekend in May we got to spend time with my grandma and aunt. We were lucky enough for my cousins to bring their new pontoon boat out to the lake and had a great day on the water fishing and swimming. First summer swim in the lake before June!
|Afternoon on the lake|
|Love lake days!|
June has started off well. We've been working more on our dog run project and have now finished the flower bed along the fence and planted some dwarf lilacs.
|Bricks in the dog run for flower bed|
|Moving rocks in. The first lilac is looking great this year!|
|Planting new lilacs|
|And drip irrigation|
|The almost finished flower bed in the dog run, just have some capstones to add|
We also stained and planted some more pots and transplanted our squash to bigger containers.
|Newly stained planters|
|And more hostas|
Looking forward to finishing some more projects and playing on the lake as we're now officially to summer here at the lake!