Wednesday, December 4, 2013

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things

Hello!  We are back from our Thanksgiving hiatus!  This year we drove 1350 miles round trip to spend the holidays with family in Iowa.  There is nothing like staying in a cabin without cell phone or Internet access to make you really stop and soak up some great family time.  Just look at that view- so relaxing.

We also got a lot of niece and nephew love in, which was just what the doctor ordered for Eric and I.  

After returning to Colorado, we immediately set out to get our Christmas decor up.  In one day, we got all inside decorations up, the lights on the outside of the house and our tree decorated.  Side note- we got this year's tree from Costco for $45.00.  It is gorgeous, smells amazing and is drinking water up like champ.  Can you say deal of the century?

Homemade stockings hung by the mantle, window with care.

And then last night, it started big time snowing. Thank goodness this wasn't going on last week or we wouldn't have made it to Iowa.

If you look close, you can make out our attempt to keep our chickens a bit warmer.  Under 10 degrees, we hang a heat lamp in the coop.  In negative temperatures, the chickens come indoors.

Which brings us to our next picture of the "janky coop".  With a forecasted low of -11 degrees tonight, we decided that the chickens need to come indoors.  So, on Monday Eric quickly threw together a coop we could put in the unfinished basement for "arctic emergencies".  He is going to kill me for putting this picture on the Internet.  He actually asked if we could tell people that I made it.  For throwing it together in a couple of hours, I think it looks fine and I do not think our toasty warm chickens will be complaining.  I would totally take credit for making it.

So, all in all, we have had a great last week- family, decorating for Christmas and snow.  Sounds like a trifecta to me!

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