About Kelly

I'm a recovering HR Director turned stay-at-home mom. And I've never been happier! My interests include cooking, baking, preserving, homeschooling, gardening and reading. I'm enjoying expanding my homesteading and animal husbandry skills. I love exploring nature through the eyes of my children! Every day is full of magic moments...if you're willing to look!

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Moscow is a physically-active, outdoorsy-type, bicycle-friendly community! People are always outside doing something. And there is a really good farmers market here, which opens this Saturday. Can’t wait for that! Moscow has all the amenities that were missing in White … Continue reading

First Snow

We woke up to our first round of white stuff this morning!

Snowy Roof

Light dusting of snow on the roof this morning

It was just a dusting but Little Guy was super excited. He’s been waiting, ever so patiently, on the snow. I think he started talking about playing in the snow in July when we got here!

Yesterday we had just a few flakes. When he saw that, he started running around saying “it’s snowing, it’s snowing” and just that quick it stopped.

When he got up this morning, his dad told him to go look on the patio. When he saw the snow, he said “are you kidding me” with this huge grin on his face!

Snowy Mtn 3

Snow in the national forest just across the valley

This was promptly followed by “can we go to the national forest and play in the snow? Please mom. Please.” Hilarious!

If he got this excited over a dusting of snow, image how excited he’ll be when there’s actually enough snow on the ground to play in! Can’t wait for that mom moment! =)

Life Skills Lesson

When we came here in April, both boys got to use the little hatchet to cut a few pieces of kindling for a fire. They thought that was the coolest. The youngest was talking about using the hatchet and wanting his own for months after that.

They’ve been fascinated with cutting and stacking firewood since it started getting cold out. So over the weekend, the boys helped cut up some fire wood for the wood stove.

But this time was different….they got to use the big ax! So this required a new lesson on how not to chop up the concrete in the process and a refresher on how not to cut off one’s toes!

Garret Big Ax

The ax is almost as big as he is! I think I closed my eyes when I took this picture!

Grant Big Ax

This guy has helped chop wood every day since his lesson! He’s getting quite good at it!

No toes went missing during this lesson, and all are still attached today! This lesson would fall under scary mom moments!

And just so someone doesn’t claim we’re bad parents…Todd was cut out of the picture. He was right there the entire time.  =)

Scented Pine Cone Fire Starters – A New Etsy Store Item

We had fun this morning making scented pine cone fire starters. This batch is applejack. They smell amazing!


Just build your fire base and then light the pine cone. The pine cone will act as the fuel to start your fire and make your house smell great in the process!

We’re having another day of 40+ mph wind gusts so the wood stove is going. Those wind gusts are wicked when combined with temps in the 40s! We’re going to need our winter gear for Trick or Treating tonight!