Matilda is napping and I have coq au vin simmering away in the oven (Ina Garten and Julia Child are walking me through it…it smells amazing) so I have a few minutes to catch up with you all. These past couple of months have been crazy, lots of changes taking place and seemingly all at once. This year has been throwing some curveballs, that’s for sure.
First and foremost, our family is growing! We are expecting a baby in January and we’re so excited. The first trimester was really challenging again but we made it through. I’m 17 weeks and starting to feel little flutters…the fun portion begins, you know, before the too-big-to-move and swollen ankles part starts. I doubt Matilda really understands what’s going on but she’ll give my belly hugs and kisses and says, “I wuv you, baby!” And hearts melt and all that mush. The thought of being a mom of two is terrifying…seriously, how do you get groceries? Or even leave the house? Or comb your hair? So many questions for you, parent of multiple children…
Now, on to the second part…we bought a farm. I know. It all happened really quickly…we knew we wanted to be closer to Reid’s family eventually but finding small portions of land is quite difficult around that area. No, we don’t need nor want 200 acres, thank you. When this 1940’s farmhouse on five acres came up, everything fell into place and we are homeowners again!
And the barn. The barn! It’s kind of what dreams are made of.
We hope to have a hobby farm and raise our own meat, keep chickens for eggs, and have a large vegetable garden. The upstairs of the barn is amazing (the hay mow, right?) and I have dreams of polishing it up and hosting monthly farm-to-table dinners up there someday. Dream big, right? Think one long community table lit by candles and large chandeliers and filled with fresh food either grown or raised by us or locally sourced. Sigh.
The house itself is small but we plan to add some additions someday. For now, we are renovating the kitchen and bathroom (yup, one bathroom), refinishing the wood floors, and painting before we move in. I am so excited for the kitchen and hopefully it turns out as I’m envisioning. When I think about one appliance in particular, I actually could cry from happiness…the dishwasher. I will probably polish it daily out of gratitude. Ok, probably not but still…I really hate washing dishes by hand. I have a double oven gas range picked out that will hopefully make its home there as well.
And I will bid adieu to these red vinyl countertops with much joy.