December is always a crazy busy month for everyone I think. Thanksgiving holidays are behind you but you are facing a MOUNTAIN of Christmas parties, plays, family get togethers and endless shopping it seems. Years ago, I commented that we had dashed through December like a sled down a steep hill. Somehow that has always stuck with me and now I always think of “Dashing through December”.
This year was no different. We were extra busy from Day 1, but that also meant we had some extra special things to celebrate this year. I’m getting a little ahead of myself as usual though. Let me start at the beginning of December. Actually, it was the last weekend of November, but let’s not be a stickler for details here, shall we? Okay, thanks!
So, the weekend after Thanksgiving we decided that (1) it wasn’t raining and (2) we actually had a day that we didn’t have something going on so we loaded up the kiddos and went to pick out a Christmas tree or two. Yep, we did! We took the day to enjoy each other’s company. Well, at least I enjoyed their company… My family might say otherwise…
I love, love, love family time. That’s probably pretty obvious though isn’t it? Sorry. You can call me Captain Obvious from now on.
Just like last year, we bought a tree to decorate in the house and we bought a tiny, little, baby tree to plant outside to celebrate our first year living our dreams on the farm! We still aren’t where we want to be with the farm yet, not even close really. But we are getting closer everyday and we’ve definitely made ALOT of progress this year. So, I will be happy and celebrate with an adorable little butterball of a tree. HA!
It was the Christmas season though, so we were all excited regardless of whether we could see our sweet little Christmas tree tucked safely behing the couch or not. The holiday spirit is within us and not something that should depend on material objects or decorations. Okay, that’s what I told the kids repeatedly, so that’s what I’m repeating here also.
So, moving on! The end of November also brought some really early snow and ice. The first round didn’t last too long but it was pretty to look at.
The first weekend in December brought us some great news in the from of an offer on our old house!! Actually, it was more than great news, it was EXCEPTIONALLY GREAT news because the offer was a cash offer and they wanted to close in less than 3 weeks on December 21st. Wow!
And then the realization of trying to move the remaining stuff out of our old house during the craziness of December and while asking Mother Nature to cooperate with us set in. Ha. That last part became hysterically funny as time went on! I think Mother Nature enjoyed laughing at us as we tried to move and fix fences in 10 inch deep snow. I will admit that sometimes it was comical to us as well. At other times…Well, let’s just say that at other times, it was not fun or funny.
I don’t remember the exact dates but sometime around the middle of December Snowmaggedon hit us HARD. We had massive amounts of snow, downed trees and power outages. We were so fortunate to remain with power and not to have suffered many downed trees here on the farm that really mattered. However, the log cabin had multiple trees that came down on fences that had to be fixed in a matter of days before the Due Diligence was up. No pressure though right? Yeah sure. I’m not stressed or anything with all these deadlines. I mean, I still hadn’t even finished my Christmas shopping, but there was still time for that right? Who needs sleep anyway??
I promise, I have lots of snow pictures to share in my next post. This one was getting a little bit to long with all my sappy pictures though. So, I will share all of our snow photos in the next post. Well, maybe not all. I don’t think anyone really wants to look at 100 snow pictures of everything from from snow prints to sledding and everything in between. So, I will try to keep the pictures relevant. Maybe…
The Monday after Snowmaggedon we had an appointment in Greenville for little Jethro Flash to have an echocardiogram to determine the cause of his heart murmur. Thankfully, we were able to make it down our drive in 4WD and make it to the interstate. It still took us over 2 hours to get there though because parts of the Interstate were still one lane roads due to trees hanging in the road. I’ve never seen so many downed trees before!
We finally made it and got some good news. The vet discovered that Flash does in fact have a VSD that is not in a place that can easily be fixed with surgery. The hole in his heart is a little larger than they would like but as long as it doesn’t get bigger as he grows, they expect him to be just fine. He has to have another check up when he’s about a year old, but aside from that, we are hoping and praying that the timid little guy will grow up and roam our farm for many years to come. Yippee!
After the vet appointment we came home and spent the afternoon sledding! Again and again! And again every day until the snow melted, which was a while! We split our time between moving loads of stuff from the log cabin while the kids played outside in the snow and doing schoolwork and playing in the snow at home. It was exhausting for me but it was also a lot of fun!
The closer we got to our December 21st closing day the more it seemed to rain. And not just a little rain. Inches and inches of rain. I don’t think anyone would have thought me crazy if I had started building an ark. Seriously, it was a lot of rain! And moving in the rain is NOT fun. Not at all, folks.
The day we closed on our house it was raining. Pouring rain is a much better description actually. The closing went well, but the rain always seems to dampen a celebration somehow. We celebrated with a dinner out and then went home to focus on Christmas!
Christmas was great this year. We were able to relax a little. We tried to enjoy our first Christmas in our little home. While being in such a small house presents it’s challenges at times, we had a wonderful Christmas.
I even mangaged to get Christmas pictures the day after Christmas. I prefer to think of it as 364 days early for next year as opposed to a day late for this year. Ha!
I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and I am wishing everyone a Happy New Year from the Carter Crew!!