Category Archives: us

Kitchen Remodel and Addition – We made it!

Back in 2000, we lived in a different house and had our kitchen there remodeled.  It took about 8 weeks and my oldest son was just about to turn one year old.  It was a very stressful experience and one I wasn’t ready to endure again anytime soon!  Good thing we waited 14 years before […]

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Sue Silva - January 8, 2015 - 1:39 am

It’s beautiful, and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the paint colour!

Evie - January 8, 2015 - 2:44 am

Thank you, Sue!

Rainfall

as I write this post an amazing rainfall is happening right outside my window.  It’s absolutely pouring out there and it looks like I’m sitting behing the curtain of a waterfall in some fantastically lush, tropical locale.  But I’m not.  Just sitting here in my “office”, watching the rain fall on the other side of […]

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Gearing up for the holidays

It has begun. The long-awaited countdown to Christmas, Yule, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or whatever holiday you honor at this time of year. We are a secular household but still love a few time-honored traditions. One of them for me is the advent calendar. Its origins can be traced back to 19th century Germany, although my first […]

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Joan - December 7, 2008 - 1:41 pm

Growing up we had a small felt wall hanging (I guess you would call it) of a Christmas tree. Underneath the tree were numbers 1 – 24 with a small ornament safety pinned. Each morning we would take the ornament off the number and pinned it on the tree. On the 24th, there was a place in the base of the tree to put Baby Jesus. My brother and I would take odd or even days but fight if better ornaments were on the days we didn’t have. To be fair about the 24th, we put Baby Jesus in the tree together.
Of course if you read my latest post, I’ve done nothing about Christmas. As far as religion, I guess our house is a mix. My husband is definitely a Christian as my daughter. I’m questioning a lot of things which has rubbed off on my son.

Cate - December 7, 2008 - 6:25 pm

Hi mate,

my kids have adored Advent calanders over the years too. My mother ended up making them a fabric one a few years back, and even though they are now nearly 16 & 18 respectively, I’ve already been told that they are expected it filled with treats for when they get home from Germany & Australia within the next week :-)

Live it up – go get one for yourself too

Cate - December 7, 2008 - 6:26 pm

“expecting”

*duh*

Stephanie - December 9, 2008 - 12:08 pm

We always had the chocolate ones too.
Even though we have a fancy one now, I bought Trev and Maddie chocolate ones at the market.
But they ate them all that day.
lol
(which is why I only put something in each day, and not ahead of time!) :)