10 Things to Smile About-March ’15

  1. My hubby getting a new job-as a woodworker, and bringing me home scrap wood. Oh the projects we will do!

2. Dinner at Fliz’s house, where Piglet decided to go full on naked baby.

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3. Special time with this boy

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4. Enjoying a week off from work and getting extra time at home. Yay for spring break!

5. Our home loan getting conditionally approved!! We move in next month. I am SO.EXCITED!

6. Celebrating my nephew’s 10th birthday

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7. A spontaneous visit from my favorite Auntie and Uncle

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8. A visit from my all grown up cousin and her BF

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9. Trip to the zoo with the in-laws & Piglet

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10. Easter egg hunt at the local college. I’ve never seen eggs disappear so fast!

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Sibling Road Trip

This past weekend I piled into my car with two of my brothers and headed down to California for my Granny’s memorial service.

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It was such an emotional weekend, full of tears, reminiscing, and bonding with my extended family. It was also the first time I’ve ever spent more than an evening away from Piglet. It was 3 long nights, and I missed him and Match terribly. I was grateful for the time with my family, and grateful that I was able to make the trip.

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My Granny was such a beautiful woman, inside and out. She did so much for so many people, and she left behind an incredible legacy.

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The silver lining of the trip was getting to see Geeky and her sweet baby. I missed her so very much.

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It was so cathartic catching up with family, and we made tentative plans for a reunion. Geeky baby is turning one this summer, and I hope to make another trip this summer, this time with Piglet and Match.

My reunion with my boys was pretty epic. Piglet ran around in circles, practically exploding with energy. I love that little boy, and I don’t plan on spending that much time apart for a very long time.

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Christmas Break Recap

Where to begin? Christmas break was such a busy time, and the 2 weeks flew by. It was a whirlwind of visiting families, and then Piglet and I having adventures before I had to go back to work.

We spent Christmas in my home town once again. My in-laws made the trip up north and rented a house on the beach, so we had both sets of parents to visit. It was nice, but I also felt completely split between the two houses. It was hard on Piglet too, who just wanted to play with his cousins the whole time. Part of me wonders if it would have been easier to just visit one family at a time. I also dealt with some frustrations with the SIL and MIL, but that’s to be expected during any family visit isn’t it? Still, it was nice to see all of the family, and for Piglet to have time with two sets of his grandparents.

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The visit ended on a bad note when Match’s parents’ dog was hit by a car. Luckily he pulled through, but it was pretty touch and go for awhile. We are so grateful he’s going to make it.

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The week after Christmas, Piglet and I went on an adventure in Portland. We got to ride the max with Old Married Wife, and we visited Old Married Hubby at his work as a Cider Master.

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We also went on a hike in Portland’s nature preserve with Fliz, her mom, and her nephew. Piglet had such a blast running along the path with his buddy.

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New Year’s Eve brought more sadness to my family. My Granny, who has been struggling with Parkinson’s, passed away on New Year’s Eve, just before the New Year. I am glad she is no longer suffering, but my heart is sad that she’s no longer with us.

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Thanksgiving By the Sea

Is it seriously almost Christmas? Holy cow I am behind on my blog posts! I will do a quick recap of Thanksgiving, and then it’s on to the holiday posts!

We made the 4 hour trek down to my Mom and Pops’ house for Thanksgiving, even though we’re also visiting for Christmas. My brother, his girlfriend, and their kids will be there for Christmas, as well as my inlaws! It’s going to make for a very busy holiday. So we decided we wanted a visit where we got my parents to ourselves, and time for Piglet to get some one on one time with his grandparents.

It was such a quiet and relaxing stay. I love that we always get a date night whenever we visit, guaranteed. It felt great to get out of the house again with Match! I always fall a little more in love with him when we get those moments together.walksdatenight

Piglet had a blast on the farm.

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We visited with the goats, and went riding on the four wheeler. Don’t let his little serious face fool you. He LOVED riding the four wheeler with PopPop.

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I even managed to bribe my parents into taking some great family photos with us. Usually they whine and complain about it, but this time they were game. I set up the tripod and somehow we even got Piglet to smile for the camera without anyone on the other side making funny faces!

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This one is going on our Christmas card. I adore this picture of us. I can’t believe how big our little boy is getting!

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We also caught up with MissPhD and her fiance (yay! that’s right she’s engaged! Oh, and she met him on Match, just like us!) We hadn’t met her fiance before, and we instantly liked him. We’re so excited for MissPhD finally getting her happy ending.

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The day before we left, we made a trip over to the train museum. Piglet loved getting to check out all the choo-choos.

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Our visit would not have been complete without a trip to the beach. Piglet loved playing in the sand.

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It was a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday, and I’m so thankful that we live close enough to make the drive for a long weekend. Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving too!

Flag Football with the Fam

This past Saturday, Match, Piglet and I went to see my nephew play football. It is hard to believe that he’s old enough for the full contact sport. I snapped this shot of his team on the field, but inappropriate pants lady really steals the photo doesn’t she? What on earth made her think that was appropriate for a kid’s football game?

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Piglet also stole the show with his impromptu dance party in the bleachers. I’ve never seen him dance that way, and it was simultaneously hilarious and embarrassing. I guess it’s time for me to stop my zumba dancing in front of him!

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After the game, Piglet had to give his cousin a hug. He didn’t want to let go. It was the sweetest thing.

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Then we headed back to my brother’s house for some flag football. It was so cute watching all the kid’s play-especially Match, the biggest kid of them all.

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I love football season, and I love living close to my family! I had a blast playing with the kids, even though Match was very liberal with the no tackling rule. I’m still sore! When’s the last time you played football?