We started the month with ice, more ice, and a dusting of snow and, as Zack observed, it was maybe more lovely than a blanket of snow. The sun made the ice on the trees sparkle and glow. The girls fully enjoyed the cold on their last trip to our other house – and I took their last portraits by these bushed.
Look at those beauties! They love each other so much and I am constantly filled with gratitude that Miss Mae was able to have a sister.
Zack and I FINISHED OUR HOUSE the following weekend!!!!!!
We are renting it out and are just so relieved to be able to solely snuggle and stare at each other’s faces on weekends if we want to now!
We received our favorite piece of mail at the start of the new year! Now, if I can just find time to make an order before they’re sold out of what we want…
We took Grandma to Ikea, where we purchased some organizing biz for the schoolroom/”workspace.”
Rae bought herself this Velociraptor (her favorite dinosaur/ in her top 5 animals of all time) and she bought her sister a giant boa puppet.
She looks old and I love her impossibly pale skin and redhead freckles and deep brown hair and her wearing my shirts more than her own.
Walking in on this scene was just the. best. Miss Maybe using a pillow properly, is definitely the cherry on top of the magical moment.
As well as some new shelving from Ikea, we also painted the lights and the table. It is so nice have a spot to put our school books and creating materials!
One one of those newly free Saturday nights, Zack and I made teeny watercolor books!
Rae and I have been enjoying them.
Davey boy is still kickin’! I wish he would choose a new shell already, but he seems happy enough.
As a reward for living so dadgum long, we got him two friends. Wyatt and Harry (from Disney’s Descendants and Zombies 2 musicals. the name Dave is from Kipo). One switched shells on the first day! They are teeny tiny and so far, a week into having roommates, Dave is completely unaware of their existence…
We waited for Dad to get home and then we watched a condensed version of the inauguration with the girls! After studying our government, taking them to vote, and getting them as involved in this election as possible since September, it was so nice letting them see it go full circle! (We are still discussing things with them, not just leaving it at the inauguration.)
Last weekend, we took the girls back to our old house/town to get Dave his new friends and we enjoyed an evening with our cousin, Beef and her husband, Ty. It turned into such a perfect day!
Miss Rae got braces this morning!
I have never heard of an eight year old getting braces, but her top teeth perfectly lined up with her bottom (and on occasion, she would protrude her bottom jaw out as an underbite), so they had to get it fixed before she got any older. She probably could’ve waited until she was a little older – her aunt didn’t get this same issue fixed until she was a senior in high school – but the moment her front teeth were all adult teeth is the best time.
Also today, we got our first substantial snowfall!
It took us an hour to drive the normally 20-minute drive to the orthodontist, and it was a rough hour!
When we made it home, the girls played out in that lovely snow for half an hour or so and after a break are now back out in it.
We still have a couple more things left to do before the month is over, but the snow feels like a great way to end the month and this post! Hope the rest of your month is wonderful!