* leaving your stuff laying around - just because you can
One of the not-so-great things about a "no guest" weekend .... cereal for breakfast! Oh well - you can't have it all.
My sister, Cinda, her husband, Bill, and son, Kenton, came for "work" weekend. It wasn't all work though ... we enjoyed an early Christmas by the fire.
The crisp cool days of fall reminded us of a stark reality ... heating this big house! There are 33 windows in this place and they are all old single-paned and leaky.
Wayne's dad helped prepare the 10 storm windows we found in the shed.
Meanwhile, Wayne has been tackling the other 23 windows one by one - putting on weatherstripping and in areas that don't show, covering them with plastic.
More winter prep ... this little shed used to be an ice house. We have plans to renovate it into a "friends and family" cottage so y'all can come and visit! The roof needs to be replaced, so the guys covered it to protect the inside for the winter. My nephew, Kenton, drew the short straw and had to climb up on the makeshift scaffolding to nail down the tarp. (This is what you do when your ladder is too short!)
Fewer guests have allowed more freedom for noisy playdates with friends. Sodie enjoyed making soft pretzels with her pals, Maddy and Evella.
The quieter nights have allowed us to have more family time. This is the final gameboard from our first ever family Scrabble game! (Hey I know the words are small ... but trust me, it took a LONG time to play this game!)
Thanksgiving Day ....
Anyone who knows us well knows Wayne's great love for snow! We have been looking forward to an almost guaranteed white Christmas. But we got a little bonus along the way ...
... a white Thanksgiving!
As we celebrated our first major holiday in our new home, we truly have much to be thankful for. A year ago, this dream was just that ... a dream. Today this is our life ... and it is good.