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more on christmas…and that odd new year’s sickness that continues to plague us

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laughlin family christmas 2008 was survived enjoyed by all…we ate, we merried, we slept well. if you’re on facebook, you’ve already seen most of these photos. but i’m posting them mainly for grammy and grampy who we wished could have been with us! laura (andrew’s wife), mom, kenny and i, and jonathan and rachel cooked all the dinners. this is the only one that was captured on film…coq a vin, ala jonathan: we also enjoyed a homemade chicken and dumpling soup, white chili, and leg of lamb. after our leg…read more

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christmas time in the country

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we had our own family christmas this morning before the rest of my family joins us over the next few days. it’s so mean of parents to snap pictures of kids when they just wake up isn’t it? in the following picture, adam’s the most chipper since he was the one up the longest. sawyer’s not so sure about smiling first thing in the morning.   they were very excited to learn that they’d be opening presents a full two day’s before christmas morning! they got a lo tof snow-related…read more

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compassionate friends

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a friend of mine told me about a worldwide candle lighting ceremony that is taking place this sunday, december 14, 2008 for families who have lost a child. if you have a chance, please visit the web site, sign the guest book, tell a loved one of yours who may have lost a child that they are loved, and their child will always be remembered. i have three friends who lost children in 2007, and one who lost a son in 2002. this post is for them: isaac, evan, sarah,…read more

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an old favorite (recipe!)

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it’s not a family recipe, but it’s our family tradition to have shortbread on special holiday occassions. i make these every christmas and sometimes the boys and i make them on st. valentine’s day (in heart shapes).they’re a perfect blend of butter and salt and sugar. and you won’t be able to eat just one! short**bread (from scotland) 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour 1/4 tsp. salt 1/2 cup sugar 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, chilled Sift dry ingredients in a bowl. Break butter into dry mixture and work in…read more

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“farm” update

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chickensthere’s been a little too much talk of sheep in here, that i think the chickens are beginning to protest. for over a month now, the ten chickens have been producing (on average) one egg every other day. we haven’t seen a blue egg in over two months. this means our over-flowing basket-o-eggs on our kitchen hutch has been empty. because when an egg is discovered in the nest boxes, it is used or eaten right away. this is normal for chickens as the days are shorter, the air frigid,…read more

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spinning

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look what st. nicholas dropped off for us yesterday! that is a 100+ year old spinning wheel. THAT STILL WORKS! actually, kenny is the mastermind behind this christmas gift to me. he’s been hiding it at my parents’ house for over a month, and i guess he just couldn’t keep the secret quiet any longer. along with the wheel, he’s arranged for me to take a spinning lesson at a local alpaca farm. the alpaca farmer/spinner took a look at this wheel to see if it was useable and she…read more

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finally…a renovation update.

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for “before” pictures, please refer to this dining room post and this living room post. it occurred to me that i hadn’t updated the blog on the color choice of the dining room. it’s two shades of a smokey-blue. i absolutely love it, and can’t wait to have big dinners and parties in it. this hutch was our second antique purchase – we found it on our honeymoon: the hearth (floor of the fireplace) will be cut out and we’ll be pouring a slab of concrete to continue the rustic…read more

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advent, from a 4-year-old.

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as we were beginning to light the first candle in our advent wreath this past sunday, kenny and i were reviewing (or hoping to review, but you never know what sticks in the head of a 4- and 5-year old) what christmas and advent were about. here were the answers we got when we asked the boys, “what is christmas about?” sawyer (with a dreamy, wispy sort-of voice): “je-sus!”rowan: “yeah. his birthday!” i was impressed…although sawyer’s answer to anything we talk about seriously is “jesus!” but then he continued… sawyer:…read more

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cinnamon ornaments

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i first made these when i lived on my own in an apartment and i remember how well they made my entire apartment smell even when they were dried. the ornaments lasted until last year (and two moves!), so it’s time we replenish our stash. this is a really kid-friendly, fun activity and it kept all three of my boys occupied for about an hour (with my help, naturally!). *this calls for a LOT of cinnamon…find yours at a dollar store for about 50 cents a bottle. 2 cups cinnamon=4…read more

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