Monday, December 28, 2015

Christmas in the Thumb 2015

First off, I am having a hard time believing Christmas was here already...where has this year gone?!  Our family has definitely had a whirlwind last 6 months, with the spur-of-the-moment decision to put an offer in on this house BEFORE we were even ready to sell the house we were living in. But as we have said repeatedly these past few months it was God's plan since all fell into place fairly easily. I feel like I lost the last 4 months of 2015 with packing/moving/unpacking/reno. Still quite a few projects up our sleeves but can wait until Spring.

I did get a few projects in over the Christmas weekend.  I had bought 2 Billy Jacobs canvas prints at this little place down by my sister's on the "mountain" as she calls it (she lives next to the Blue Ridge Parkway) and hung them on one of the walls in the guest room entry.  Well, the other wall was looking bare so knew I needed to find some more Billy prints.  I scoured Ebay and found 4 smaller canvas prints with different barn quilts and hung them up as soon as they arrived:

My super professional way of hanging multiples ;)

These prints make me happy.

The oak trim around the doorway into living room did get filled plus more with all of the lovely Christmas cards we blessed!

Christmas day began with the traditional opening of presents...had to wake M up so we could get r done...we had food to start preparing!  With our deer processing this year, Tom chose to have a couple of hams made.  He Googled how to bake venison ham and decided to wrap it in bacon. Everything is BETTER with bacon, am I right? Well, it sure was when it came to these hams! Of course we baked both hams and I made an entire large crock full of cheesy we were cooking for FIFTY instead of just six. Sure was nice to have more counter space and room to dine...makes me want to entertain more!

Money to start the gaming computer build

That was a fun box to wrap NOT

Along with a very fluffy throw and new electric blanket,
I think Hubs is trying to tell me we're going to be cutting
off the heat and no more buying of baked goods!

Not sure why we thought this hunk of meat wasn't going to be
enough for 6 people. 

At least Hubs and MIL smiled for me.

Aren't they cute?!

Went over to BIL's place the day after to get the stove we gave the in-laws out of our house (it ended up in BIL's barn instead of at their house) and I got to see his refinished floors for the first time. He bought a circa 1920 small farmhouse that came with a gigantic barn and many acres of land for his cattle back in the spring and has been slowly working on it to get it to where he could live in it...doors, windows, plumbing, floors, paint, appliances. He still has quite a bit to do but it is getting there. He still has fencing to put up so his "girlfriends" (cows) will join him in the spring.

Gorgeous white pine floor was hidden under nasty carpet and
vinyl flooring.

Love love LOVE the corner built-ins!

Today the weather has turned terrible, winter storm warning with ice.  So I put on my Martha Cap and made bean soup with all of the leftover ham plus a loaf of beer bread.  Hate to brag but it was pretty darned good!

Tom decided to work on indoor projects today (except for the part where he has to go out to the barn to cut the flooring in the horrible weather)...electrical in the basement and laying floor that was left over from downstairs in M's closet (was only sub floor).

We head to Iowa to visit friends that are family later this week to ring in the New Year (you know there will be photos to come!)...haven't visited for 2 years so it is definitely time.  Looking forward to hosting the entire family mid-January as well as a couple of good friends plus get some projects ticked off of the list.

The Thumb life is good! Happy New Year everyone and see you in 2016!

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