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by Heather


Just like that, another year passes.  And as it looks, almost a month since I’ve posted!  Oh how quickly time flies.  It was a total unintentional step back with a busy December and end to the year.  Busy, but oh so wonderful!  I totally missed my November monthly highlight post so to share more of what we’ve been up to for the past couple of months, I’m still going to share that.  I was planning to combine November and December, but after writing up November I decided two months would be too much in one post, so I’m splitting it up.

I’ve been thinking a lot more about my blogging intentions and how my blog in general has changed over the past few years, so I’m sharing my thoughts on that along with my December highlights.  I hope you enjoy seeing our November.  December and blogging intentions to come Wednesday!


We had a 4′ x 4′ window put into Hunter room (the prior one was super tiny, way up high and didn’t open) and since that project was done, Jacob got to work on Hunter’s mural after the walls got painted.


I shared the recipe for this delicious chicken satay with peanut sauce.  Find the recipe HERE.


After waking up on a random Saturday with no plans for the day we hopped into the car, drove to downtown Vancouver and had breakfast at Grey’s at the Park.  The food was perfect, service superb and the kids were happy the entire meal.  Plus they got these spill free cups which were a major win in my book.  Then we crossed the street and played at the park before heading back home.


Zoe is all about buttons so anytime she gets to be up on the counter and help out she’s one happy chick.  We prepped homemade salt free bouillon (recipe here), then I used it in crockpot smothered chili colorado beef enchiladas (recipe here).


Zoe got a tee-pee addition to her room.  It’s a bit large for her space but super fun.  And I made a pom-pom display for her wall and even shared the tutorial!  Check it out here.


His knife skills get better and better each time he practiced, but we still stick to dull table knives.


For the second year in a row Jacob took Hunter to the model train event in Portland.  Hunter loved the trains, pop corn, free model train magazine he gets there and then they picked up some new train books at the book store after.  It’s such a fun tradition that they have going on.



And while the boys were away that day, Zoe and I sipped on smoothies and played around the house.


A Christmas gift I planned to make for Zoe were the four remaining wool animal softies.  Step one – cut all the pieces out.  Not bad for a relaxing afternoon with some creamy chai tea.  The patterns can be found here.


After this cold and kind of wet morning I hid Hunter’s sandals until warmer weather appears.


I finished my second knit sweater for Zoe!  The pattern is called the sideways cardigan by lion brand yard.  It’s a free pattern and actually pretty simple to make, I only got stuck at one point but eventually figured it out.  I knit a 2T size and it definitely has some room for her to grow into.  My hope is that it lasts her two full fall/winter seasons.


We all bundled up for a trip to the zoo!  Hats, coats, warm drinks and we even got to see the rhinoceros – he’s never been out on any of the other trips we’ve made there.


I sewed up this quick slouchy beanie for Hunter one afternoon.  He is not a big fan of wearing knit or any kind of fuzzy beanies, so after letting him feel a few different fabrics in my stash he chose this grey sweatshirt material because it was hard fabric (his way of saying smooth instead of fuzzy).  He’ll happily wear it out in the cold now!  Bonus, he looks super cool.


Thanksgiving morning we set out on a super chilly walk through the wildlife reserve in Ridgefield.  There were just a couple other families we saw that morning.  It was absolutely gorgeous and I love that the kids can just run around and explore nature.  Later in the day we spent time with Jacob’s side of the family for a big Thanksgiving meal.



The day after Thanksgiving we went and got our Christmas tree!  I found a mostly noble tree farm about 10 minutes from our house.  It’s family owed and all the trees grow around their beautiful home.  Hunter got to help saw it down and then we all enjoyed hot chocolate there too while Jacob got the tree onto the car.


And the tree may have been a bit too tall when it got to our house.  Perfect after some inches were cut off the top!


Thanksgiving weekend we were up north with my side of the family for Thanksgiving meal #2.  We spent some time in the morning making wreaths, our annual tradition.


My mom made this adorable fruit turkey.


Just some of the beautiful polish pottery we all collect and brought was on display.  Along with an amazing meal.


We finished out the month by getting an impromptu family photo taken by my mom which ended up being the winner for our Christmas card!

Back with more on Wednesday!


Want more highlights?  Check out previous months:

August 2015

September 2015

October 2015

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Erica January 4, 2016 - 5:25 pm

You’re such a fun mom! What a great month yall had. Love the additions to the kids room! Any predictions on the sex of new baby? Y’all have names picked out??

Fit Mama January 4, 2016 - 8:20 pm

It’s going to be a total surprise, I keep going back and forth on what I think it may be! Pretty much every guess is boy. We have names ready for both, but they’re a secret! Do you have a name decided for your lil guy?


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