Thursday, June 9, 2016

OUR Own Little Paradise

What happens when you leave a note on someone's door telling them to contact you if they ever considered selling?  Well, in our case you get a call that same evening!
Our family dreamed of owning a cottage up north even prior to having children.  Our one offer 10 years ago was beat out by another buyer.
Wev'e rented in the are for 5 years, prior to that stayed with my sister at her cottage until friends came and we outgrew the space. Looked at cottages over the summers, never found one we fell in love with until we spotted the little white cottage in the woods.

It is set back, you really don't notice it and it is CUTE, CUTE, CUTE!!

800 square feet and that includes the porch!

The seller called the same night, so, we returned, met her and worked on getting a contract, even left a deposit.  Her cousin was interested but suggested she sell it to us!

We got the call 2 weeks later, the cousin changed her mind and would buy it.  We were sad but left it in Gods hands.  I was very hesitant to go away for long as my mom was 9 years into her diagnosis of Alzheimer's and was getting worse.  Winter arrived, my dear moms health worsened, she was hospitalized in geriatric Psych and further declined.  In Februrary hospice came in.  On Februrary 15, 2016 the cottage owner again called and asked if we were interstellar. YES, we responded.  The same day, my mom went to be with Jesus.  
I was heart broken to have lost the mother who loved me unconditionally. 

 God had given me a ray of hope with a dream come true ; owning a cottage.  Officially signed April ,1 2016- We dreamed forward to all the wonderful memories we will create with our children.

We have enjoyed camping out in our cottage during renovation (kids more so enjoyed this), campfires, beach time, wonderful neighbors and family two doors down!
We are thankful for our Petite Mansion we aptly named after my home where I grew up EVERGREEN ACRES Cottage!! 

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Double Sevens

As of January 21, 2015 we have two seven year olds in our abode.  From under 5 pounds to now 52 pounds, fitting in two palms to reaching mid chest on mom, first few days of life to first grade.

This is a memorable birthday as it was the first one they celebrated with ALL of their friends.  They both selected Chuck E. Cheese , why?  The draw was they each received a super hero cape and crown!

I had wondered when we had our double blessing what they would be like as they grew up.  
Our first born - little sprout who is now a big sprout has endured two surgeries.  One groin hernia repair at age 5 & another surgery age 6!  He is a determined sort who does not give up, this has served him well in wrestling and sports in general.  He is inquisitive like his father, we love all of his questions.  Sensitive as well.  A definite rule follower which  has helped him and his siblings not get run over by other kids. 
Twin B, aka sweet pea lived through two hospitalizations in her first 1 1/2 years of life, spent many appointments with the eye doctor and nearly a year of daily vision therapy exercises.
Sweet pea is exactly that SO VERY SWEET, she is quite, shy, does as she is told, is a people pleaser, goes with the flow.  Likes all things non girly, for her birthday in fact she told me when I asked her what she wanted her reply - " get me what I like but NO barbies and nothing pink".  I totally get it, she is a true mini me.

We are so grateful for the seven years we have been entrusted to be their parents, a double blessing indeed.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Are You Ready for 2015?

Are you ready for. 2015?  Our year in review. 
Twins turn 6! 

Twins turn 6!
Our big boy tries out basketball 
Sweetpea goes to her very first daddy daughter dance & gets her American Girl Doll who looks like her!

Our little butterfly dresses up and changes about 4 x each day.
Sweetpea takestae kwon do
Our little girl and her very best friend dress up together.
Easter egg hunt and then a much needed first haircut 😏

Enjoying our first ice cream of the season.

Our mini vacation to the indoor water park, the swimming was good but the food horrible!
Football gets underway, our guy loves it, when asked why?  "The snacks after football"

Look who lost a tooth!
Kindergarten graduation 😢😊

We love boating

Mackinaw in June with the Beaudoins, FUN!

We helped pull our neighborhood giant dog float on July 4th.
Our regular vacation spot up north!
Cedar point was fun but the big coasters, the twins gave ağŸ‘Ž.
Butterfly is four!  Lipgloss was her favorite!
Our littlest turns two!!

We had fun put putting for the first time without cousins!
And apple picking with Uncle D and our cousins along with raspberry picking - yum!
We love the water park but it tires us out.
The girls give gymnastics a go.
First day of school first grade, What do you want to be when you grow up?"   both answer a police man 😳
Baby butterfly beginning hs preschool!  Wow.

Celebrating 15 wonderful years of marriage by hitting the shooting range and out to dinner

More firsts hockey, ice skating, wrestling oh my!!!!!

A wonderful visit with Santa, then Christmas two days later!  A wonderful year with a full brood we adore!