Tech Dept Christmas Party and Zoo Lights

Tonight was our Tech Department’s Christmas party. Being in my new leadership role, this was the first time I organized a party as what my team affectionately (or not so affectionately) call me, “bosslady”.

It took awhile for the team, and the department as a whole, to warm up to the new changes. But I think the easy talk, laughing and general merriment tonight was a sign of how we’re grown. I am happy to be working with this crew, and I’m feeling a stronger sense of connection. We cracked up during the Dirty Santa game. I ended up with a pair of men’s size Star Wars boxers. I’m pretty sure I’ll be re-gifting those next year!

My little elf stole the evening with his cuteness. This will be my first year working the Christmas break since I started with the school district. I’m taking 2 days off work which will turn out to be 5 days off due to where Christmas lands. I’m so excited for some down time with my little guy, and with Match, though he doesn’t get to take any time off this year.

Last weekend we experienced the Oregon Zoo Lights. It was not the best night to go, since the weekend was crazy busy. But it was the only night we could go with Old Married Couple. I’m sad to say they’re moving back to California, now that they’re finally having a baby. I’m so happy for them, but I’m so sad we won’t get to have them close by, and watch their baby grow up. Sure we’ll visit, but I’m still really going to miss them.

Hoping you’re all enjoying the joys of the season, and not too much of the stress.

Surprise Holiday Express Trip

You guys, it’s the Christmas season. I really do love this time of year! On Saturday, my amazing co-worker K treated me and Piglet to a trip on the Holiday Express. It was such an awesome gift. Match had class, and was super bummed to miss out. I didn’t tell Piglet where we were going, just that we were having an adventure. When we arrived, he saw the train, and said, “Oh wow we get to look at the train!” Can I just say how happy it made my heart that just looking at the train would have been enough for him? But I was able to make that little boy’s day when I said, “Oh no buddy, we’re going to RIDE the train!” His little face lit up with pure joy.

When we boarded, as we were driving past the Portland waterfront, he turned to me and said, “Great surprise, mommy!” My.heart.

Icing on the cake of a perfect day was when we discovered that Santa and his elves were on the train! He got a candy cane and he even got to hold Rudolph for awhile.

I love making memories with this little bug. What an awesome experience, and now we are hooked on the Holiday Express. I can’t wait to go back next year!

I’m so grateful for my co-worker for bringing such joy to my little boy’s heart.

Finally Got My Fireplace

I’m beyond excited. My amazing husband installed an electric fireplace in our living room. It was my biggest complaint about our house when we moved in, that it didn’t have a fireplace. I love the ambiance and the way it adds to a room.

Match had to do a lot of work to get it installed. He ran a new electrical outlet through our attic. I got to help pull the wire! This whole being married to an electrician is really paying off.

Here it is all installed. I am so, so happy with my beautiful living room. He gave me a great Christmas present!

A Garage May Not Sound Luxurious, But…

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When someone says the word garage, it doesn’t really provoke excitement, does it? After all, it tends to be a space whereby we simply throw in the things we don’t use a lot. However, while a garage may not sound luxurious, it can do wonders for your home. This is in terms of functionality, as well as boosting the value of your property too.

There is only one place to begin, and this is with the fact that a garage has a lot more to offer than most people give it credit for. After all, there is no rule that says a garage has to be used for storage and storage alone, is there? There are plenty of innovative uses for garages, as you will see at http://armstrongsteel.com. For example, you could create an outdoor office or workspace from your garage. This will make it feel like you are leaving home to go to work in the morning, which can cause your productivity levels to increase considerably. This is a great solution for anyone that works from home. You could also turn your garage into another living area. Plus, even if you do stick with the traditional storage option, who’s to say your garage can’t look great and enhance the overall appeal of your home?

The functionality of a garage is not the only factor to consider. You also need to think about the impact this will have on the value of your property, and it’s assured to be a positive one. A garage could add up to 20 per cent to the value of your property. Of course, this all depends on what you are using the garage for, how big it is, and the style of it. Nonetheless, the potential is clearly huge. Space is at a premium today, and this is one of the most important factors people consider when looking for a home.

Needless to say, garages are often used to house vehicles as well. This can also drive up the value of your property, especially if you live in a space where parking isn’t widely available. Plus, the added security of having your car locked within a confined space can put your mind at ease. This could also be a moneymaking venture. You could rent out your car parking space inside your garage to any professionals that are working nearby. Find out more here: https://www.savethestudent.org/make-money/rent-out-your-unused-car-parking-space.html. This is ideal for anyone that lives in a busy city and is looking for a way to generate more income.

As you can see, there is a lot more to adding a garage than may meet the eye. This can boost the functionality of your property in many different ways. After all, a garage does not have to be used for storage only. It could be an outside office or converted into a living area. Plus, no matter what you decide to use the garage for, it will most certainly drive up the value of your property overall.

 

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!