Monthly Archives: October 2015

Prize Winner of North Fields

Esme, her new cheese headed friends and her massive chocolate prize.

These new neighbors were overjoyed when we walked up, their first visitors of the night, on their first Halloween in Salem. We had a nice chat, Esme posed for a photo, and Peter was the lucky one who got to carry the thing home! It was a fun little surprise during a lovely night of trick or treating!

Olaf’s Snowball Toss

With a song from Kristoff and lots of thrown snowballs we can count another Trunk or Treat under our belts.

There is always a flurry of activity in the week before (pun intended!) but I do love the challenge of coming up with a fun theme, coordinating game, and clever costumes- all on a very small budget. Everything always comes together in the end, though, and we always have fun!

The North Mountain

The young artists and I were successful today in creating our Trunk or Treat backdrop. It was a group effort from concept to design to execution. They were awesome with their ideas, their willingness to try, their compromising and their perseverance.

What do you think, would Elsa feel at home here?

Thirteen, for Us

A humble look at the evening of our thirteenth wedding anniversary. Robin Hood on tv for me, Legos and a 9 year old’s art strewn about, and Peter working on a fussy soldering project in the dining room. It is not a year of extravagant celebrations this year, and that is perfectly okay with us.

Hikers

While on our Church Retreat this weekend a number of us hiked up Belknap Mountain. A great way to spend a morning in fellowship and fun!

I love the photo of the whole group, but one particular pair of faces caught my eye! I couldn’t resist pulling out a thumbnail. Cuties!

3:55am

For two years now we’ve been living in a multi generational, multi unit, you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours situation with my parents. We talked about it and planned it for several years before that.

And this morning’s 3:30am run to the airport is exactly what we had envisioned during all the planning and moving and settling in.

Okay, so maybe driving at 3:30 am isn’t my dream situation but living together and sharing skills and expertise and resources definitely is. We spend more time together, share meals together, work on each other’s cars and computers, share tools and equipment and, on occasion, make inconveniently timed trips to the airport.

Many people have asked me about our experience with living communally- how it’s going, how it works, what love/don’t love about it. For us, at this point in all of our lives, it is just the right thing for us. I’m always happy to talk about it to anyone who is interested. It might not be for everyone, but is definitely an option worth exploring for many.