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Idle hands, blah blah blah…

Even though it’s usually too hot and there are too many fun things to do in the summer to spend time knitting, I made an exception for this little guy. A tiny octopus for a brand new baby who’s Daddy is really into cephalopods. So if “makes small sea creatures” is on your bucket list, here you Read more »


For us it means long days at the lake, fireflies, grilling, hikes to find hidden swimming spots, eating outside with friends, sunny skies for growing tomatoes, biking to dinner, fresh veggies from our farmer neighbors, camping, skating, neighborhood walks with the pup, and sometimes, failing at making a sunset heart while Read more »

Riding into spring

The last of the snow is finally almost gone, and while we had so much fun skiing and sledding this winter, we’re so excited for spring! A gorgeous sunset ride on a sweet horse helps me think about all the good things to come. - Tamara Read more »

Backyard Campouts - a pandemic feature

The snow is barely melting but we’re already dreaming up plans for warmer days! I’ve never shared this picture because it’s so messy - it’s out of focus and Rick’s head isn’t in and the dogs aren’t cooperating and the kids have lost interest and for reasons I can’t remember I Read more »

Happy Valentine’s Day!

We had a sweet, snowy Valentine’s day! It started with a cross-country ski date, then later my sister’s family came over for sledding, snow sculptures and exchanging homemade valentines. Our nephew made us these adorable little creatures that will live on our mantle.  Of course we spent some time Read more »

New Obsession

Who knew puzzles were so addictive? Our pandemic pod (Tamara’s sister, our brother-in-law, niece and nephew) got into them once winter started. We work on them together at our weekly family dinners. Even the baby likes to “help.” <3 Read more »

Experienced pup seeks baby who won’t go home

Fur pulling, sudden screaming and being stepped on is no problem for our Aussie, Marjorie! She has a natural love of babies and children, and endless patience. Her only flaw is the occasional drive-by kissing - she knows the rule is *one* gentle kiss when they first greet her. But sometimes she can’t help Read more »

Our Little Library

Reading has had such a huge influence on our lives, and we are still both avid readers. We’re building up our little library with some old favorites and new finds, and can’t wait to share our love of books with a little one! Read more »

They don’t always love you back (by Tamara)

Our niece was only an infant when the pandemic started. Wanting to protect everyone, we quarantined within our own homes. That meant daily video chats with my sister’s family, who only live a few miles away. But it was painful to stay away, especially from the new baby. After three months, when we all knew more about Read more »

Missing Mickey (by Tamara)

Growing up in southern California, a day at Disneyland was pretty much the most exciting thing that could happen to me as a child. My family didn’t have much money, but we’d get very cheap discount tickets once a year through our school. It was basically the highlight of my year. Now, we join our family in Read more »

Merry Little Christmas

This year it was just our little family, cozy at home. Normally we’d be traveling across the country, visiting California, Massachusetts and a few places in between to see the ones we love. While we miss our families and look forward to traveling safely again soon, spending time together with just our “pod” Read more »

*No trees were harmed in the making of this holiday

This year, Richard made Tamara’s living Christmas tree dream come true by digging up a wayward pine tree from the yard that needed a new home. It’s now in the living room, roots and all, and will go to a new location to live out its years after the holidays. Free, and environmentally friendly - a win/win! Read more »

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