The Little House has risen

Bill hauled the Little House in to have some much needed repairs…among them first and fore most was a new AC unit.

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The last time we took her out was sometime back in July of 2009.  It was during a record breaking heat wave, and temps in the shade were hovering well above 100F.  And yes, you got it, the AC went kerplunk.  When we came home, we cleaned the 5’er and made a mental note to get the AC repaired.

5 years later we finally got around to it.

While it was getting recaulked, new AC, slide maintenance and some other little facelift stuff (leak in bathroom vent caused some water damage on doorframe so vent and doorframe are now new), I got out the shop vac and went to work.

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Bill cleaned the outside with some bleach and now she is as good as new.

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At this point we are not sure what we are going to do with her.  The plan was to sell, but then Billy spent the whole day cleaning and came home saying “I think we should keep it”. A gentle probe revealed that he spent the day going through all the awesome memories he has of our time in it with the little kids and he is not sure he can part with the Little House.

Me?  I waffle back and forth.  One thing we have in the wings is a possible purchase of a much, much smaller unit that is uber cool. We actually have a refundable deposit on one.   It would be something Bill and I can use once all the kids have flown the nest, but will also work right now for us.

Decisions, decisions.  The repairs will be complete in a day or two, so things are rolling around in our little haeds.

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Vintage ABM6.  June, 2007 when we moved into the Little House.

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The cutest corn eating baby ever.

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The command center.  Fresh fruit, dirty dishes and booze in the blender.

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Cody reading to us. We still had our house and probably went home all of 2x that summer.

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Movie time.

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Mini Mia

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Happy hour.

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Playing “Ocean” in the trailer.

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Evening bike fun with other park kids.

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Cleaning…Honestly, it took all of 15 minutes.

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Cody got the camera one afternoon.

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Doing school work.

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Thanksgiving 2008

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St. Nicholas Day, cupcakes and wolves.

The days just fall away it seems lately. One day it was Thanksgiving and the next was St. Nicholas Day.  Don’t blink babies.

St. Nick is one of my favorite times during the Christmas season. I am not sure why, but it just seems like Christmas once we hang the stockings for St. Nick.

I made some cute cupcakes for the kids and for our local surf shop.

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I think it is important to note that I did not get to eat one single cupcake.  Out of 2 dozen made, I think my kids and Bill ate over a dozen in 24 hours time. I am so not kidding. This recipe is amazing…devils food cake and peppermint buttercream frosting. Recipe? Simple.  Bake a box of Duncan Hines Devils food cake mix (cupcakes or cake, your choice) then frost with this: 1/2 stick crisco, 1 stick room temperature butter, 4 cups powdered sugar, 2tbsp milk, 1tsp peppermint.  Cream together crisco and butter, alternately add powdered sugar and milk, then add peppermint extract.  And there you have it. (I will make a cake with the same ingredients and will horde some if I need to to get a piece.)

We went to the island and enjoyed the company of friends at the local surf shop, had some wine (adults, natch) and shopped. This was the annual Christmas walk and it is so festive and such fun to be on the island during Christmas time.  Such a great way to kick off the Christmas spirit for surfers.

And St. Nick did come, bringing sugar for all.

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The wolf dog thought the stockings were awesome good.

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“Maybe if I just get a bit closer…”

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Inching closer yet…

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No chocolate for you Skye!

She still loves St. Nick and Santa.  At 10 I am so pleased she still believes in the magic.

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And again this year, Cory’s still hangs waiting for him to return home from college.  Not sure I will ever get used to all my kids not being here with me.

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And because I could not resist:
“Then he got an idea!
An awful idea! THE GRINCH
GOT A WONDERFUL, AWFUL IDEA!

“I know just what to do!” The Grinch Laughed in his throat.
And he made a quick Santy Claus hat and a coat.
And he chuckled, and clucked, “What a great Grinchy trick!
“With this coat and this hat, I’ll look just like Saint Nick!”

“All I need is a reindeer…”
The Grinch looked around.
But since reindeer are scarce, there was none to be found.
Did that stop the old Grinch…?
No! The Grinch simply said,
“If I can’t find a reindeer, I’ll make one instead!”
So he called his dog Max. Then he took some red thread
And he tied a big horn on top of his head.”

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Hell yes, I did this.  We have 1/2 a sled team at this point and if how they drag me on my run down the street is any indication, I think they could take off and fly.

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Little surprises

Finding this sweet face on my phone when I am uploading to my computer?

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Priceless!

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Happy Friday everyone!  Tonight St. Nick comes!  You can read about St. Nick here, and how he ended up in my grandmothers home town of Bari here.  It is a wonderful, magical time for kids and we treasure this sweet evening and day.  Browse through the website and start your own St. Nicholas tradition for your family! If you go to “Around the World” on the page, you can find your heritage and begin there. I love it in particular because it gives us a chance to discuss the man who became Santa, and how he so loved Christ.  Buon natale!!

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7 years ago….

….I started this quilt with some friends back home.

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Over the holiday weekend I finally finished it.

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This was a labor of love for sure and it now sits on a chair for my family to snuggle in.

Both of my grandmothers sewed and I have some of their quilts, blankets and clothing that they made to pass down to my kids.

It is cool to me that now my kids will have something from me to pass down to their children and grandchildren to snuggle in one day.

And that, my friends, makes me smile.

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