Saturday, September 17, 2016

Hello? Is this thing on?

Wow.  It's been a while.  I can't say this hasn't happened before... say, after every baby I've had. I guess it can't be helped.  

We've been rolling through house projects, at a much slower pace than before.  I've wanted more time with baby Autumn, more time with the big kids, and more time to relax.


Not that we haven't been pushing through projects...  just now I spent some down time while I'm sick making pocket diapers for my almost one year old.

Two down, eight to go!
About 5 minutes later.  She really needs these diapers!

So, what has happened in the last few 9+ months? Ready for a photo dump recap?  Great, lets go!

Well, we wrapped up our last year homeschooling (for now, at least )and the kids have started up public school.
It's quite the task with 5 bags to pack for work + school
Eli snuck a kiss just as the bus was pulling up. 
Bye boys!

We went camping for the first time ever.  We picked a spot at Meacham Lake, NY that was more like backpacking than camping, and I loved it 100%. 
View from our campsite
Getting ready to make dinner
Hike up a mountain next to the campsite
SOOOO proud, 7.2 miles (round trip).  Some of the steepest climbs I've done too!
I got a hammock for the trip, but loved it so much, we made a home for it at our house.



I've met my challenge to get outside more! After some trial and error, we found the Deuter II hiking backpack is the perfect fit for both Jon and myself, enabling us to hike a few bigger mountains. (Kelty wouldn't fit him, Osprey wouldn't fit me).
The mei tai worked great, but made me nervous I would fall forward climbing up the mountain.
Love this back carrier
Mount Major was nothing after the 7 mile hike!
Gollum crossing the brook up Mount Major!
Short little hike up a local mountain
Whinne the Pooh Trail

York Beach, ME
State Park for my birthday
 We got to hang out with a lot of family this summer, seeing just about 90% of most every one we're close to on both sides.

Impromptu crashing at grandma's house
Forth of July fireworks!
My Grandpa!

Reading together has been amazing now that the big kids are at a great age.  I started reading Harry Potter to the kids, and currently reading the beginning of book three.  We even made wands :)

Jon finished reading them the hobbit as well as the adventures of Huck Finn.  As a family we clocked 13 hours of Adventures in Odyssey while traveling, as well as the books 2-4 of Laura Inglis Wilder on audiobook.

Farmer Boy Farm tour.  The house in the background is the original house.
This tree watched farmer boy grow up!

In the spring, I was able to take the kids biking/running a lot the afternoons Jon was a teaching at a local college.
Baby on board

 In the beginning of spring, we took our kids out snowboarding, and snuck in a couple of days sliding on our pond.
Picked up skates at a garage sale last year!



At the end of winter, we took our first real vacation ever to Disney.  My Mom, step dad, sister brother-in-law and their kids were planning for a while before we decided it was something we could do.  It was actually that my husband was able to work both semesters to both pay for the trip and cover the time off from work for me.  Plus, since we were renting a house for all of us and it had an extra bed, we invited Jon's Mom to come too.  Thanks to winning $1000 in a raffle after, her tickets and plane ticket were covered.
All thirteen of us!

I love this one.  Jon is staged, but Eve and I are authentically scared.

....Around the house we have done a few things too.

Isaac got a new Link costume, as he wore a big hole in his old one.

Sniff, my little toon Link is all grown up!  (Age 3 on left, age 6 on right)



Having a baby was the motivation needed to clean out half of our room and make it a nursery.

Way back when the kids helped me assemble the new changing table/dresser.  There was sorting from every move for the last 3-7 years in there, and it took a while.



This side still needs a bit of work, but we're getting there.
This side's not too bad.  The birth center bag ready to go.
Post Baby - Trofast helped... kick that junk back in the center of the room.
Hung up some storage bins
Finally, all settled in
A nice elclectic mix of things that make me happy. The kids old TROFAST shelf lives here now.
Not too shabby
The kids finally got a sandbox!  We decided under the playset was best, as we no longer have to clear out the weeds under there. Also, we decided to muck up our lawn a little bit and bury a few tires to jump around on.


We waited too long to get our pool going, since we knew we had to drain it, and ended up with, no joke, about 4000 tadpoles in it. Once we got those guys transferred to our pond, we moved our pool pump and filled er' back up!
We're not kidding. 1000's.  This is why you start your pool, even if you're planning on draining it.
New outlets are in on the far side of the pool!

I built a big table and benches for our deck, and moved the picnic table to the firepit..

Our firepit is thriving, with some comfy new chairs, the newly painted picnic table, and lots of love and s'mores.


Jon chopped down some more trees, dug up some roots and we've reclaimed some of our lawn burning some of the old brush that fell a few years ago.
The compost bin is built and doing its thing outside.


Rats (yes, rats!) tore up the garbage temporary bag lid, so that side needs painting.
We finally had enough funds to pay for an electrician to upgrade our electrical panel.  Turns out there was a potential fatal mistake they had made when they built the house (!!), but it's all fixed now.


I made a second garden bed to match the first, but because of the drought, only got a few sad green beans from either.... but our neglected grapes thrived this year!


We revamped the sun room, inheriting my mom's old couch, getting some new TROFAST shelves that fit the room better, and painting the walls white.


Our entry way got a little perk with some new wall cubbies and a new color for the front door.


This one has been on my list for so long.  We finally painted the bathroom (the half I hadn't done when pregnant).

We gutted our basement of mold and drywalled it and installed a garage door opener.  That project is still is the works.


We repaired the threshold to the basement, hopefully sealing out mice and the elements.

We had to tear out much of the walkway we put in (whomp whomp) because it shifted so much over the winter.  Also still in the works.