Staff Party, Christmas Cookies and a Zoo Lights Party

This past weekend was jam packed with fun! It started with Friday night’s IT department staff party. The dirty santa party was a hit, and this year the presents were pretty funny. I’m still sad someone stole the Bad Boss Voodoo doll from me!

Saturday Match and I were able to finally go on a long overdue date night. We haven’t had a date since September! I had a hair appointment first, so my hair was all done up. I went back to blonde, but I left the red undertones. It just feels more like me. We started the evening with dinner at our favorite restaurant, followed by a mead tasting at this local Mead hall. It was so random but also some fun people watching. We ended the night with drinks and dessert at a little Italian cafe.

Sunday Piglet and I made up a batch of Christmas cookies. He was so excited to make them with me. He kept telling me it was the best day ever. I love that the simplest acts, like spending time in the kitchen baking, can mean so much to him.

In the evening we met up with my cousin and her family to check out the zoo lights at the Oregon zoo. We lucked out and there was hardly anyone there! Last year the zoo lights were so crowded it felt claustrophobic. This year we felt like we’d rented out the zoo. The animals were super active too.

It was another wonderful weekend soaking up that Christmas magic. I cannot believe we only have a week left until Christmas!

Easter 2018

My parents came to visit for the weekend! It was a short and sweet visit filled with an Easter egg hunt at my brother’s house and dinner out with just us.

Piglet was so cute chasing for eggs! I love the pure excitement on his face.

 

My niece and nephew are so good about playing with him. They made sure to share their eggs too.

Happy Easter, happy spring! Bring on the nice weather!

Thanksgiving by the Sea, ’17

We had a lovely Thanksgiving on the coast, in my hometown, at my childhood home. It was drama-free and relaxing. We celebrated with just my parents, Match and our little Piglet.

We went for walks on the farm

Match, my Pops and I got to do some target shooting

We also went to Shore Acres to once again see the Christmas lights. Some of you may remember this is where Match proposed, so it’s a very special place for us. I loved watching Piglet’s face when he looked at all the lights!

That night we went out for a little date night. We met up with some old friends of mine from high school. It was a nice little weekend on the coast.

I’m so thankful for our life up here in Oregon. I’m thankful that Match has a job he loves, and that I do as well. I’m thankful that Piglet is thriving with his daycare, and I’m so thankful it’s walking distance from my work. I’m thankful for our little house, and our family, and friends that have become our family. I’m also thankful for you, my readers, even though I don’t blog like I used to. I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Santa Rosa Fires

Some of my long-time readers (are any of you still out there?) may know that I used to live in Northern California. My dad’s side of the family is from there,  I was born there, and it’s where I spent my college years and beyond. Match was born and raised there, and the majority of his family still lives there and the surrounding area. It’s where Match and I met, and where we fell in love. It’s where we were married.

And now it’s being ravaged by fires. The fires are so heartbreaking, and so close to our former and home away from home. Match’s aunt and uncle lost their beautiful home on the hill. The home where we had so many family gatherings and played bocce. It was a home his uncle helped to design, and they had put their heart and soul into it, as we all do with our homes.

Match’s parents were lucky enough to keep their home, losing only their shed, but their entire neighborhood was destroyed, except one other home behind theirs. It was far too close for comfort, and we were so grateful they were visiting all of us up here in Oregon when the fires started.

My great aunt and uncle also lost their home of over 20+ years. It is so devastating for them, as I know they didn’t have much. Thank god they were safe.

And then there is Couple Family. Some of my readers may remember Couple Wife, my dear friend who helped me so many times, and has always been a wonderful friend. Her husband grew up with Match and they’ve known each other their whole lives. They lost their home and everything in it, including their beloved family kitten. They barely made it out before the fire struck their home, and my heart aches for their loss. This is all that is left of their home.

All of our family and friends are alive, and for that we are so, so grateful. I know everything else is just things, or just a place, but so many memories were made there. I’m praying the fires stop soon, and our loved ones can start the healing process. All of our displaced family and friends who had to evacuate will get to go home, and the ones who lost so much can start to rebuild. It will take years before things will look remotely the same.

Things like this make you hold your family closer, and be grateful for all that we have. It has made us come up with a plan in case of emergency, and a list of the irreplaceable things we would take with us if we had minutes to get out.

Thinking of all those affected by this fire. We love you, Sonoma County, and I hope this nightmare is over soon.

Goodbye My Furbaby

Today we said goodbye to our furbaby, Oscar, or as I called him on the blog, Monkey. I had him for fourteen long years, all through college, through my awkward dating years, and finally when I met the love of my life.

He was a crazy, sometimes pain in the butt, too smart for his own good, kind, silly, and wonderful doggie. I will never forget how he comforted us when we were grieving for Roo, how he let me sob into his fur. Or how he made me feel safe all those nights when Match worked as a cop, and kept the loneliness at bay.

He was always so good with Piglet, always standing guard over him, never snapping or growling as I feared he might with a new baby.  He wanted nothing more than a treat and a pat on the head. I know he’s out there running on that great big farm in the sky.

Good boy, Oski. We love you.