Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Enjoying Life

Despite the classic fall weather this week, I've been able to get quite a lot done. More so than I thought would happen. On the outside the air is extremely crisp and rain comes and goes. Inside, Ellie and I stay warm and cozy while the big sisters are away at school. If we're not doing some of her school lessons or baking up something yummy,  than she's usually playing while I'm doing house work of some sort.

A couple of weeks ago I wrote out some things that I really wanted to try making from scratch/homemade. Things that would make a difference in the long run budget wise. I did this after the hubby and I evaluated our spending and budget and realized some things needed to change. It forced me to find alternatives to the pricier options. 

So, I picked a few things to start with...
yogurt, granola, homemade gluten free bread and homemade laundry soap. 

The granola and yogurt were HUGE successes. Something which I was extremely proud of and the girls ranted and raved over it. The bread is good. It's still not as fluffy as they'd prefer, but it's working quite nicely for now. The laundry soap is still in the works. I have a sense of accomplishment because I've tackled those things instead of cowering from attempting them. 

Here lately, we've been getting out and taking advantage of living in such a beautiful state like Idaho. I remember when we put Idaho on our list of choices for assignments. Most of our reasons all geared towards opportunity...when would we ever be given a reason to live in such an amazing and outgoing area. A place where you can go and do anything that you feel like doing. 

It's a lot of fun this time of year to get out and see all the changes and let the girls explore and have so much fun being outside. They've been collecting leaves and berries then coming home and looking them up in their nature books. It's been so much fun. 

It's crazy how fast time has gone since we first arrived here. Before we know it, it'll be time to press on and move forward to a new adventure. But for now, we're enjoying life where we're at and all that it brings. 

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Fall in Idaho

Fall in Idaho has been beautiful so far. The colors and changes are unbelievable. Something I've never seen so vibrantly before. 
Fall in the South is pretty much nonexistent, so you can pretty much understand why the excitement is on high right now. 
We've been enjoying every ounce of the season so far. The girls are happy to be back in jeans and boots. I'm happy it's soup season. Daddy is enjoying the actual possibility of killing a deer that's more massive than anything he's seen.

Cool mornings.
Last of the season buggy rides.
Brisk evenings.
Amazing sunsets.
All a few of my favorite things about fall in Idaho.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

A Short Stack

Every now and then I get this urge to pick up a book and read. I see others on social media with these big stacks of books they plan to read through and I allow myself to feel envious of them. Their picks seem in depth, thought provoking, and some geared towards creating a purposeful home. Most of my books include topics like gluten free cooking and kids art activities.  I've never been a big reader, but there have been times when I have found something that I just can't put down. I would love to be able to get completely lost in a book no matter what it is.

I've made it my goal this summer to keep working towards reading when I can. Even if it's just a mere 15 minutes or even 5.  I don't desire to have a long list of books to read, I realize now that's just not who I am. But I do desire to be able to unplug from the world for a while, when possible, and enjoy reading something for myself. It's good for me, just like those 15-20 stack of books are good for the others I envy at time. 

So far, my list of books has been extremely short. Just a handful to be completely honest...

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery 
Wildflower by Drew Barrymore
American Housewife by Helen Ellis

I set my goals and keep working towards them. One page at a time. One moment of me time when I get it.

What are some goals you've set for the summer? Are you a reader? 

But as for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more Psalm 71:14