Celebrating and Settling in

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The other day, I noticed that the light hitting the forest behind our house was looking remarkably beautiful, and I ran for my camera and zoom lens. About that time, Jonny came and grabbed me, saying, “Come on, you’ve got to see this.” He was talking about the same light, of course. We got in the car and drove down the road, just wanting to see all that we could. There was even a double rainbow in the sky. It was pretty amazing. I thought about how grateful I am that our landscape hasn’t changed much with this move.

A friend asked today how we’re doing as far as the move goes. I told her that it feels a little like we’ve been on vacation (though not the relaxing kind) and I’m ready to go home now. Only, we are at home, it just doesn’t feel that way yet. And I really don’t want to go back to living in our other house, I just want to feel at home, you know? That won’t happen overnight, and I know better than to expect it to. We are hanging pictures here and there, and making plans for what we would like to do to make this house better reflect us as a family. Making a place your own takes time.

To answer a question that many of you have, yes, we have room here for our animals! What we don’t have yet is fencing. Fencing will be the chief work of this week and next.

Last week, we celebrated Beatrix’s eighth birthday, our first family celebration in the new house. We came up with a crazy (maybe not so crazy, actually) last minute cake idea: two pans of brownies with a layer of ice cream between, topped with whipped cream and chocolate sauce. Total stomachache, but so good! Reminded me of the Shoney’s hot fudge cake that we oftentimes got on birthday dinners out when I was a kid.

Beatrix was pretty specific about what she wanted for her birthday: mainly this dress, this doll, and this bonnet. To make up for the lack of a homemade birthday dress or sweater (still knitting the first sleeve!) I also bought her and Mabel matching dresses. The lack of enthusiasm when Bea opened that gift was hilarious. I admitted to Jonny that maybe the matching dresses were really a gift for me.

We dipped leaves gathered in our new backyard in beeswax (Beatrix is wearing her original orange Sunday Sweater in that post!), ate more ice cream, and had a wonderful time celebrating. Another week, and it will be Advent, the perfect time of year to keep doing the work of settling in, making this house our home.

All for Job

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We celebrated Job’s third birthday last weekend. My experience with three year olds is that they keep you busy. Job is no exception, though he’s also especially sweet. After unwrapping his first gift, he exclaimed, “A box!” His excitement over receiving what he thought was just a cardboard box was precious. As he continued to open his gifts, he stopped to play with each one rather than toss it aside to tear into the next. I think he would have spent all day opening his gifts slowly, one by one, if not egged on by his siblings to get to the next gift each time he opened one.
Cake disaster! I converted a recipe from my Grit Cookbook to gluten free, and it wasn’t pretty. It did taste good, though!

Job had a wonderful birthday. I love these early years when children don’t quite understand at first that we are truly celebrating them for the day. A little like Eeyore he asked, “My birthday? My presents?” Yes, Job! All for you! We love you to pieces, sweet boy!

p.s. I typically share gift idea, so here are a bunch of links to Job’s gifts! (The amazon links are affiliate links.)

Always a couple of books!  This year: Transportation (such cute illustrations!) and the classic Rosies’s Walk.

My boys have all loved monster trucks at this age, and I was really excited to find some nice metal ones without any ugly pictures on them!

Job loves marbles, and while they are a total messy nightmare, I got him this marble run, by Hape. It is too advanced for him, but luckily the older boys are happy to build tracks for him. I think we all agree that the Haba set we had years ago was simpler and just as fun, though the Quadrilla has some great features.

I also bought Job a wooden catapult and some wooden stacking figures from Nova Natural (the puzzle people don’t appear to be available anymore, but this game, that we also own, is a similar concept.) Both are great, and while I didn’t buy them for this purpose, of course my boys immediately wanted to stack the people and then aim the catapult at them. 🙂