Whew! I don’t know where time has gone, but it has been ages and ages since I’ve written more than a review for my blog! Where do I even start…
October – Spent an amazing Feast of Tabernacles in Branson, MO with our dear friends, the Kramers. We shared a 3 bedroom condo right on the lake. There were 8 kids and 5 adults in our condo! It was cozy, not crowded and the children played so well together- even after 8 days. The weather was great and everyone had the best time!
I came home from Feast and then turned around and took Mr. Lego and Miss J with me to St. Louis for my dad’s retirement party. We went to a French Restaurant called Brasserie by niche. Amazing food and wine and great company! The next day my dad and Mr. Lego went on a weekend adventure to Chicago. They went to Legoland and spent some time with my brother’s who were performing in Chicago that weekend. So much fun. Miss J and I came home to put the house back in order from Feast and started turning our attention to Thanksgiving!
November – You know those pesky homekeeping and honey-do projects that just hang around and never get done, until you have company? Well, if you remember Mr. D and I put down new to us flooring in the dining room in August of ’11. Well, after we finished the dining room we carefully stacked the rest of the flooring behind the piano. We both started college classes full-time and just never had the oomph or time to tackle the kitchen flooring. Well, when we decided to host Thanksgiving at our home, I started begging nicely suggesting that we get the floors done before company arrived. And while we were at it, maybe we should paint the basement, fix the back porch light, put up new baseboards and trim and spring clean. Ha!! We actually did finish a lot of projects and the house is really coming together. We still have more trim and baseboards to finish, but we are waiting until we can buy new doors and hardware for all of the rooms upstairs. We also need to sand and refinish the reclaimed flooring, but that is a project that we will put off until later. Maybe when Miss J wants us to host her wedding in our backyard in 10 years. Ha!
Thanksgiving was amazing! My dad, two of my brother’s and all of David’s family except his brother and wife came to town. (That is 20+ people!) We ate and drank and played games and chased chickens and visited and had a most wonderful time! I can’t wait to host another family gathering (minus all of the household projects!)
December – My computer’s hard drive died, we lost reliable internet and we were just taking a break from everything. After the last year of full-time college classes, working for TOS Magazine, being on the Schoolhouse Review Crew, going to co-op and trying to keep up with my family, I was burned out! I have removed myself from all of my outside commitments and have just been re-grouping here at home. That includes taking a huge break from blogging and trying to decide how I want it to fit into my life again. I have missed sharing what is going on in our life and on our little homestead. My friend Linda at homeschooling6.com does such an excellent job of recording her days on her blog and I would like to move my blog into something more like that!
January, February and March are all a bit of a blur. We got hammered with various illnesses of varying degrees that made their way through the children, Mr. D and myself multiple times. My mom came to visit and got snowed in, but it wasn’t quite as much fun as we had hoped it would be when everyone got the stomach flu. Miserable stuff. I’ve never been so thankful for spring in my life!
April – Miss J and I went to Paris! And that is what I will discuss in my next blog post. It was truly a remarkable experience. I’m trying to convince Mr. D that we could sell everything we own, buy one way tickets and backpack our way across Europe. I think I could learn to be a nomad. Do you think a 3 year old is too young to backpack? 😉