December 28, 2008

Snowed In

Our last several days have been spent moving between cooking, eating, tobogganing, sleeping, reading, and stoking the fire. We've been hit with more snow in the past week than I have seen in a very long time, and I'm loving every minute of it.

Fortunately, my mom and step-dad, who spent Christmas with us, came on the 23rd instead of the 24th, because there's no way they would have made it here had they waited. We already had over a foot of snow at that point, and we received another foot on both Christmas Eve and Boxing Day, which delayed their departure until the 27th. We were all happy for the excuse to extend our holiday fun!

Our driveway is much too steep to bring the car down when there's snow, but it does make an excellent toboggan run. Princess, who loves the snow, was beside herself with excitement and kept racing everyone down the hill. She occasionally tried to leap over us as we slid by, but more often than not she landed in our laps as we plowed into her mid-jump.

This is our deck after the second major snowfall. Following Saturday's storm, the snow on the tops of the chairs merged with that on the railing, rendering them totally unrecognizable.

Christmas day dawned clear and cold, so my mom (also a photography nut) and I headed out with our cameras after the morning's festivities for a trudge through the snow. It was very hard work, as I am not known for my long legs and the snow was deep.

The rain chain (a length of galvanized chain used in place of a traditional downspout) has become a gorgeous and constantly changing sculpture of ice.

We're expecting another foot or more of snow again tonight, and as long as we can keep the fire going, I say "bring it on"!

Happy winter!

December 11, 2008

How is it already December??!!

This month seems to have snuck up on me. It feels like we've only just moved into our house, but we've been here for 5 1/2 months already! How can that be? I'm not even remotely ready for Christmas, and I see on my computer's calendar that it's two weeks away. Is this some kind of cruel joke?!

Things are going well around here, although it feels like everything is taking way longer than it should, because we seem to end up having to re-do everything at least once (more on that another time). Despite the problems, the house is coming together and the end is almost in sight (although I'm sure it's still a year or more off!).

Aside from the house, we've met some wonderful people and are really enjoying being a part of this new community. There's such a remarkable difference between small town life and city life - I know more people after 5 months here than I did after 12 years in town. The kids had no problem making friends, and I hear "I love living here" on a fairly regular basis.

We're freaking out about money, as is everyone these days. We kept reassuring ourselves that if we blew the budget too badly while building, we could always just sell the house (not that we would ever want to!), but that doesn't appear to be an option in the current market. So, our frugal-living skills are being put to the test.

I've been taking lots of photos and formulating blog posts in my head, but with all that we've been doing lately I find that the last thing I want to do at the end of a long day is sit down and write about it. Hopefully inspiration will strike and I'll return to regular posts in the not-too-distant future - we've got lots of catching up to do!


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