Merry Christmas 2014

After a very long (much too long) hiatus, the Fetch Clan is back!  As much as we enjoy documenting our activities, it’s the many activities that keep us too busy to post.  Our goal for 2015 is to provide weekly updates.  There…I said it..so now it’s out there in the universe and I need to keep up with that goal.

Christmas 2014 has come and gone.  Our Christmas week was a blur but we did manage to enjoy the day with a delicious Christmas meal, gift exchanging, and cookie eating!  Here’s a quick glimpse…
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I need to post these cookie recipes!  They are our favorites…jam sandwich cookies, snickerdoodles, and eggnog cookies.  The eggnog cookies were a new addition this year and they quickly became a favorite!  We’ve already had requests to make them again next year.

We’ve added some new faces to the Fetch Ranch.  In the first photo, take a close look at what the kids are holding.  Yep, GOATS!  We got 2 Nigerian Dwarf goats several weeks ago.  They are adorable!  Since they’re so young and small, they are living indoors while we bottle feed them for a few weeks.

The kiddos were excited to finally get iPhones.  According to them, they are the last teens on the planet to get smartphones!

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The excitement of the season for us was bittersweet as we said goodbye to Bob/Dad/Poppy just before the holidays.  Rest in peace.  We love you…you’ll be missed.

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Ski Vacation 2014

I can’t believe we are at the end of January and so far this year I’ve managed to post zero entries here.  I am making a personal goal to get back in to the swing of things and post more regularly.

For now, please enjoy some photos of our annual ski trip!  The kids had a couple days off from school so we headed back to the slopes.  We’ve gone to the same resort for the past 3 years.  Everything is so convenient.  We are all fairly comfortable with the slopes.  And it’s just such a beautiful place!  Last year it snowed like crazy and was brutally cold…this year, the skies remained clear (bad when you need new snow) and the temps were pretty moderate.
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IMG_4356Jessa and I got forced a little braver and made it to The Summit (black diamond) with the boys.  The Summit is the highest peak at this resort at over 10,000 ft.  How we made it down, I’ll never know.  Probably should’ve recorded that.
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IMG_4350Smores are a nice warm treat after a day of skiing.  This type of activity brings on a whole new level of tired!!
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IMG_4369Here’s a look at last year’s picture…look how much Jessa and Joel have grown!
IMG_2637When we returned home last year, we dove right in to a kitchen renovation.  We weren’t far from that this year.  Last weekend we began the addition of built-in cabinets in the dining area.  More to come soon!

 

Merry Christmas This Year

How quickly time flies these days.  We just had Thanksgiving, which I never posted about, and now Christmas has come and gone.  I figured I’d better get something on here about that before we head into 2014.

We made a trip to a nearby Christmas tree farm to pick out our tree this year.  You can cut your own tree which is really unusual for Florida but we opted for one that was already prepped and ready to go.  It’s a Scotch pine and very pretty, but the needles which seem to prefer the floor to the branches of the tree, are long and very sharp!
photo 2Mini was intrigued by all things Christmas tree, especially the lights…
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IMG_3958Once we got the lights on the tree, the kids had fun filling it with all the decorations.  The finished product looks great!
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IMG_3997Little Miss Crafty helped make some Christmas decorations…Christmas ornament garland.
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photo 3Christmas day was fun-filled and very exciting for everyone.  Just look at these faces…
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IMG_4020The rest of the day was spent exploring all the great gifts we received.  Since we had a nice Christmas dinner on Christmas eve, we had a delicious quiche for breakfast which I will definitely post the recipe for very soon.  With all the eggs we get from our little chickens it’s nice to find an egg dish everyone likes!
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IMG_4002Merry Christmas from the Fetch Ranch!