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Summer, Day 65





My tooth has been killing me all winter. It was a wisdom tooth (I never did have mine out) and the dentist told me I needed to have it pulled after I had the baby.

Friday was the day.

I was amazed at how fast my whole mouth felt better. Thank goodness.

In the meantime Wyatt went back up to the cabin to work on finishing the never ending projects (now he’s started on remodeling and adding onto the bathroom).


I know these posts are more about what I did . . . but that’s because one these days the kids have just been kicking it around the house – running outside then inside then back outside, building forts, jumping on the tramp, and doing the sorts of things kids do when their mamma is too tired to do much of anything. *SIGH*

The Cabin – The Summer Chronicles




This summer we finally realized a dream and bought a cabin. We spent a lot of time up there – almost every weekend. And on the weeks we didn’t go up on the weekend, we made it up on weekdays. Each kid had a special cabin trip for their birthday (only Olivia’s wasn’t on her birthday because we’ve already winterized it). It was such a great addition to our life. We fell in love with Oakley and Weber canyon years ago, and spending so much time up there this year has only cemented it even more into our hearts. Hurray for our cabin!

So here are the pics – a montage of our time up there.

Calvin’s Quilt – The Summer Chronicles




I realize now that I’m looking at the pictures that there were a lot of harsh shadows when I was taking pics. Cie la vie.

This summer I made Calvin a quilt for his birthday.

I always idealized that when we had a cabin, my kids would have warm, cuddly quilts to snuggle under on the cool mornings. So when we bought a cabin just a couple weeks before Calvin’s birthday, I knew exactly what I wanted to make for him!

I’ve been saving my old jeans for a few years for the day when I finally had the courage to attempt a quilt.

I looked on pinterest for pattern ideas and came across this one. It didn’t look too hard to replicate, so I set to work.

It only took me about a week to get the top put together, but another month to finish it (I missed his birthday, and after that my steam ran low).


But I finished it! I was (am) soooo proud of myself. Quilting has always been an art form I’ve admired from a distance. They’re so fun, but look like so much work (and it was). Quilting always seemed outside my attention span.

But I finished this one, and I’m tickled pink with how lovely it is. I backed it with an off white minky furry fabric (I wanted it to look like wool, but so much softer). It is the coziest quilt – heavy so it comforts, soft so it cuddles, and thick so it warms.

Happy Birthday Calvin, love!

A New Little Addition to Our Family




Today we added a monumental piece to our “puzzle” of life . . .

Today we bought a cabin.

Now, you probably already know that it was a conversation about having a cabin together someday that lead us to the marriage talk.

And you probably know that we’ve been looking to buy a cabin for over ten years now.

I’m sure you know we fell in love with Weber Canyon just outside Oakley when we first discovered the canyon almost ten years ago.

You might not know that we’ve had offers on or seriously considered putting offers on 4 or five different properties over the years.

Of course you know that we did buy a piece of land about eight years ago with hopes to someday build.

If you’ve read this blog that long, then you know that we did attempt to start the build process in the summer of 2009, but had to be put on hold when Wyatt decided to start his brokerage.

What you probably don’t know is that last year we discovered a new, and PERFECT location for our little family cabin. It’s called Hidden Lakes in Weber Canyon.

Since you don’t know anything about Hidden Lakes, let me tell you.

Unlike other cabin communities in the Weber canyon, Hidden Lakes has some really, really awesome ammenities. This includes association owned river frontage. (Other communities’ river frontage is owned privately, meaning you can’t technically get down to play on the river). In that river frontage they have built a small “swimming hole” perfect for children to splash and play.


In addition to this the association owns it’s own private lake. The lake is small, the size of Liberty Park’s paddle boat pond. But it has it’s own ‘Tom Sayer’ island in the middle of it, and it’s own natural population of trout for fishing. When we were first there over a year ago, a family had little paddle canoes out for their kids to paddle over to the island, and other kids had butterfly nets they were using to scoop up frogs out of the pond (they caught about three in the fifteen minutes we were there!)


Hidden Lakes also backs up to National Forest Service land (unlike Beaver Springs, where our land is, which backs up to more private property). This means you can go out of the association and go target shooting (SAFETY FIRST!!). There is also, purportedly, a giant rope swing that swings out into the forest. It also means one can ride 4 wheelers out on the trails instead of being limited to just the association roads.

Since we first discovered Hidden Lakes  we have had 1 property under contract, and negotiated for one other one. But two weeks ago we found “the one.”

And today we closed.

It’s a teeny tiny little thing – a true one room cabin. No bedrooms, we will sleep on a pullout couch, and the kids will sleep in a make shift loft built into the rafters. There is an indoor privy, with a curtain for privacy  😳 and you have to wash your hands in the kitchen sink, because the bathroom doesn’t even have a sink (and yes, that also means no tub or shower). There’s also no hot water.

It’s rustic to be sure, but it is also perfect for us at this time in our lives. Wyatt and I both feel strongly that “it’s time” to have this piece of our puzzle. We see it as an investment in our family, in our relationships with our children, and in their personal development and self identity.

We are thrilled.

We would love for anyone who wants to, to come up and enjoy a day with us in Oakley . . . catching frogs, painting, fishing, canoeing, reading, riding 4 wheelers, what ever you want. But don’t mind us if we don’t invite you to spend the night.  😉