Well, hello there…it’s been a while.
Last time I posted I was at the halfway point of a 12 day business trip…Ryan was on the business trip, not me.
The following weekend, and all the days combined had me wiped out.
The kids and I fell asleep together at 6:30 almost every night until Ryan got home.
We crafted, got Christmas decorations out, and snuggled together a lot.
It was good.
When the kids were really young, and Ryan traveled every week it was HARD.
I complained A LOT.
Sent angry text messages to Ryan.
Left him messages where I was crying or screaming because I was so frustrated that he was gone.
It was what we had to do.
The sacrifice we had to make for me to stay home with the kids was for him to be gone for work.
No matter how many times Ryan told me that, or I told myself that…IT WAS HARD.
But we did it.
I did it.
And, you know what?
I am stronger for it.
I know that I can take care of things around here.
I know I can keep my kids safe.
And, now that they are older, it’s easier.
But, man, are we glad that Ryan is home!
My parents are coming to visit us for Thanksgiving. They get here tomorrow. I can’t wait!
Traveling with young kids can be tough.
Traveling with young kids during the holidays is not something I want to do.
I am so thankful that my parents will come out to Oregon to share our new traditions.
We cook fabulous food, enjoy wine, build fires, watch football, the boys go hunting, we cut our Christmas tree.
And, this year we will celebrate my dad’s retirement from a 37 year career at Xerox!
On to new adventures.
Oh, and remember what I did with the JOY marquee from Target?
I’ve seen them all over Instagram and asked people to share them with the hashtag #sharejoymarquee.
Here are some of the photos…
Anny (@oakhart) used a frame from Goodwill and rubber cemented atlas pages to the cardboard backing on the frame. She cut a hole in the cardboard behind the J to run the wire through (so the cord runs down the back of the frame against the wall). She used command hooks (but hot glued them to the board) to hang the letters on and used twist ties to keep all the wires together behind the letters. Don’t you love it?
My IG friend, Courtney (@cottagemommy) used a bit of nature, and some vintage touches with her JOY. Courtney had her house featured on Life Made Lovely’s Holiday Home Tour last year…go check it out…it’s gorgeous!!
And, here is a beautiful antique holiday mantle from Kelli (@alongthedirtroad). She has a lovely blog that you should also go check out! Don’t you love the pinecones, burlap, and greenery?
If you are on Instagram and were able to get a JOY marquee from Target (I also hear that Orchard Supply Hardware has something similar), please share your JOY by using the hashtag #sharejoymarquee.
If you are NOT on Instagram you can e-mail me a photo of your JOY marquee and I will share it on the blog! Just send a photo to homeis@stephanytaddeo with the subject “share joy marquee”.
Have fun, and share the JOY!
home is…sharing new traditions, new adventures, and joy.