Our Little Easter

I realized quickly that I could ruin this Easter by being too fixated on it being “perfect". Instead I realized keeping it simple would be the best recipe for a good day.

This didn’t keep me from coordinating our entire family’s outfits or putting together a cute little Easter basket, but that was about all I did. My contribution to Easter dinner was box mix cupcakes and our Easter brunch was the free one at church after the service.

All day Saturday it had rained bucket. But Sunday started out with the most beautiful sunrise followed by a perfect day in the 60s and 70s.

We took our fourth annual front porch Easter photo and Felix munched on the paper grass in his Easter basket. I was glad I didn’t buy anything extra for the basket, I had just stuck in cute things he already had. It worked out well and keeps our house just a little more junk free.

We ended the day driving up north and having a cozy night in our camper, so in my books this simple Easter was perfect.

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Dose of Vitamin Sunshine

Last year, we zipped down to Florida for a long weekend and enjoyed every second of it (see my post about it here). We left knowing we'd be back.

Lucky for us, we were able to take a longer trip this year. Dave's business slows down in the winter, so we got to rent a house with some family and friends and soak up all the sun.

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We couldn't have been more grateful for a break. The guys caught us lobsters and fish and in the evenings we watched the olympics. I think I went to bed by 10pm every night because I was so exhausted from our days filled with sun, water and relaxing.

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I read four books and knit an entire little sweater. Dave truly relaxed for the first time in two years and nothing could have been better.

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I don't know if you've ever played around with your phones photo app, but I did and discovered my phone had created a video of memories for me. So while it's not professional or fancy, here's a fun video of some more snapshots.

House + Home: Christmas

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Believe it or not, I've been looking forward to decking this house for Christmas since the first time I walked through. Last year we didn't move in until the day before Christmas, so the extent of our decorating was a tree and some blankets on the floor.

This year, we had just finished up the last of our renovations and decorating in November, so it was especially fun to deck the house out in some festive decor. It's as magical as I had hoped. 

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Small Joys: Christmas Snow

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We had a dump of snow on Wednesday night — almost 10 inches. It was the first true snow, leaving branches with little white hats and threatening to fall into the tops of boots.

We just had to go out and trudge into it yesterday evening. We couldn't stop ourselves. There's magic in being the first to walk across a freshly laid blanket of snow. I highly recommend it. 

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Anne came dancing home in the purple winter twilight across the snowy places.
— L.M. Montgomery

Waking up from Hibernation

I can't believe how long it's been since I posted regularly. There are many contributing factors, but the biggest is that setting up our house and settling into a new home has been more creatively exhausting and emotionally draining than I expected. Since usually this little space is my creative outlet, the house usurped that role for a while.

In the past couple weeks things have started to feel better around here. I'm not sure if it's because spring arrived and we've fallen in love with our yard, or because we finally have furniture in our living room, or just because it's been 4 months and our hearts are finding peace here. 

As things quiet down, I've discovered so many ideas and so much inspiration that I can't wait to get into. Winter is a hard season for me and in the same way that the sun and green returns in the spring, I find myself reenergized with a zest for life that surprises me. It's feels like like a jolt from the best cup of coffee.

Things around here were overwhelming. We've had to give ourselves grace and allow a period of adjustment. There have been dark nights when we stumble past piles of renovation supplies and stifle the panic rising that told us we were never going to feel at home again. We learned how necessary a kitchen table and couch are to our life (living without was the worst). I've doubted and questioned just about every decision we made about the house projects. It's been a challenging time. But there's light at the end of the tunnel and it's getting brighter.

We're through the worst of it now. Our kitchen and bathroom are done with full rehauls. Our living room and bedroom have fresh coats of paint. We're living life here like normal people. Not that everything is done. But the hardest parts are done. Now we can tackle the fun things — like what to hang on the walls — slowly and as time and budget permit. 

I'm excited to dive back in to this space. Thank you for sticking around even while hasi & co. was hibernating. Things are going to get good