Family Christmas #1

Family Christmas #1

We had Christmas with Tyler’s family after Christmas. The timing just worked right. We had a great laid back time together. We do a dirty Santa gift exchange, and then the kids get presents.

The girls had a blast playing together. They did LOTS of dressing up! So sweet! Remi calls Hattie her baby sister. She will concede that she’s a baby sister cousin.

We played a Blockbuster movie game that I got in Dirty Santa, and it was HILARIOUS. It was part charades, part one-word guessing game. The funniest was pregnant cousin Kelsey trying to act out some things! We were dying.

They gave Remi a unicorn camping set, so of course, she’s been camping in the living room with her unicorn light on. An adventure for sure!

Fun New Years!

Fun New Years!

We had some fun plans over New Years! It started with taking Remi ice skating a few days before. Our town had a faux ice rink downtown, and we hadn’t made it down there, but thankfully, they were open until New Years. She AMAZED us at how she took right to skating!

She wanted a little help for a few minutes and got some falls out of the way…but then she TOOK off. Everyone was commenting that she was a natural!

She was skating all over the place- making friends with other kiddos, racing them, spinning, trying to jump! We thought we would be downtown for 30 minutes or so, but she skated for 2 hours and shut the rink down!

For actual New Years, we had a few families from church over. Some people we love, some people we wanted to get to know better- but all families that had young kids so they could all play. I hired a teenager to watch the kids so the grownups could visit. And the kids TRASHED the house with all the toys (I think we had like 13 kids between 5 families?)….but it was WORTH IT to have people over, visit, and get to know some friends better.

I have missed having people over. I love hosting.

We did a fake countdown at 9 pm (thanks to a Youtube countdown!), with noise makers and hats and glow sticks and sparkling apple juice. It was a blast!

I’m thankful to go into 2022 with friends and fun. This year is proving already to have challenges, but what year doesn’t? We want to prioritize our family, making friends, and sharing what we have with others, and I’m glad we could start our new year off that way!

The Saddest Day: Pippin Goes Missing

The Saddest Day: Pippin Goes Missing

We had a very sad and tragic occurrence in our family- our dog Pippin went missing.

One Wednesday evening, I got home late (in choir/praise team practice late), and mom and Remi were at home. They had played with Pip and gotten Remi in bed. I got home and let him out and went to change clothes. When I came back, he was NOWHERE to be found. I searched for him for hours with our neighbor (Tyler was out on a call), and we found no trace. We couldn’t hear him (he’s a yapper….we usually hear him if he wanders…and he never wanders far).

I forced myself to go to bed at midnight after searching for hours. It was very very very cold – like in the 20s. I hoped he was hunkered down somewhere, and when Tyler got home at 2:30 a.m., he got on the 4 wheeler and searched our pasture.

The next morning, me, mom and Nancy searched some more- looking in all the neighbor pastures. I posted his picture EVERYWHERE, called all the local vet offices and police departments. No leads.

We think one of two things happened. Either he wandered to the road and at that exact moment (like in the five minutes he was outside alone), someone drove by and picked him up thinking he was homeless. Or an animal got him. I truly don’t believe he ran off. It just wasn’t his nature.

I did go searching through our pasture again because it was muddy and I was making sure he wasn’t in a big puddle or something. I did see coyote tracks in the corner of our pasture. I pray he’s in some lady’s lap being pampered, or that if he’s gone he didn’t suffer.

We waited a day to tell Remi. We were trying to locate him before we broke her heart. Thank goodness, she didn’t notice him missing that morning. But that afternoon we told her all we knew- that he was there, and then he wasn’t.

She was so sad. He’s been her best buddy her whole life. She sprung into action- making missing dog posters to pass out at school. She was trying to organize a search party, too, but we told her we really thought we had looked everywhere we could.

Goodness, we miss him. I partly feel guilty, even though letting him out alone is something we did daily. He never wandered or ran off. I have grieved him. Our house is so sad and quiet. I keep thinking I need to let a dog out during the day. Taking down the Christmas tree with the dog’s ornaments was VERY sad.

We are looking for a new dog. Not a replacement, but I think our hearts need a pup around. Hopefully we can find one half as great as Mikey and Pippin were. They were amazing dogs.

Getting My Hanson Tattoo

Getting My Hanson Tattoo

For years, I’ve wanted a tattoo with the Hanson lyrics “Don’t wait for tomorrow,” from the song “Tonight” but the time never felt right. A while back, I was going through my box of Hanson memorabilia and found a note I had from Taylor (long story, but a lady I knew had a connection to them and he sent me a card) and it had music notes he had drawn. I loved them. In that moment, I knew I wanted those music notes added to my tattoo. But I didn’t just want a random font, so I wrote a letter to Zac at their record studio asking him to write out the lyrics and send them back to me.

He’s a graphic artist, so I knew his handwriting would be great. I sent him the letter and a self-addressed stamped envelope with the hope he would write back. About a week later, I was STUNNED to get the letter in the mail.

I did some research from friends and online to choose a tattoo artist, and got ahold of one. I thought she would be booked for a while, but she had an opening in December, so I went for it!

The whole process was fast- it took about 30 minutes and the pain was minimal. I got it on my shoulder, and healing has been an easy process.

I LOVE how it turned out!

I’ve loved this band since 1997, and this song since 2013. I love what these words mean to me.

I’m glad I got the tattoo. Everyone said this would open the flood gates for more, and I don’t feel that yet, but I’m happy with this one!