My mom and grandmother gave me a portable fire pit for Christmas. I had forgotten I had it on my amazon wish list so when I opened it, it was a nice surprise. 

I knew the first thing in the pit would be our super crispy Christmas tree. He was beautiful in the beginning but by Christmas Day he was done. 

So I’m the early morning hours Thursday I took it down and drug it to the back yard. Leaving a trail pine needles in my wake. Then yesterday I cut it to pieces with my hack saw. I had a hand saw but it was pretty much worthless. My friend Pam saved the day when she brought over an ax so I could cut the trunk into smaller pieces. Lots of stress relief in chopping wood! 

Supper happened between fire prep and the actual fire. It’s been a minute since I made a meal that didn’t feel rushed. My assistant for the night was Ashlyn. She was all about peeling the carrots in record time. 

We tried a new soup recipe…Creamy Chicken Tortellini. Drop biscuits were a must and at the last minute I threw together an apple crisp. The meal was a hit! 

The fire took a bit to really get some good coals but we persevered and at the end of the night I would say we enjoyed a nice, albeit smokey, fire. Looking forward to more time around the fire pit with the girls and with friends!

Long time no see

So much has happened since I last posted. This blog is now about a family of 6 instead of 7. My now ex-husband filed for divorce earlier this year. 

I have been helping my kids navigate the changes which have been huge and some that have been far too rapid for them. 

I now have two in a wonderful Montessori public school, one in a private home school, and one that is finishing up her senior year at home. 

I have a fantastic job that I love. I work with a great group of people and am thankful everyday for this job being available right when I needed it. 

Through out all of the ups and downs I have had a fantastic support team both near and far. I am forever grateful for each and everyone of them. 

So, let’s see. Being single has given me the freedom to unearth myself from years of what I thought it meant to be the ideal mom and wife. I am physically in the best shape of my life. I get to come and go as I please when I am kid free. Decorate how I want, watch what I want, cook what I like,when I want….you get the idea. 

I’m definitely ready to see 2016 go.  But for all the stress and sadness there was a lot of joy. It’s about to get pic heavy so my apologies. 

This is just a glimpse of some of the amazing people in my life and a bit of the fun I have had with them and my girls. 10 mile solo hike, sunrise workouts on the beach in Destin, birthday celebrations, day trips, fun times at home. There have been plenty of tears but through it all there has been a lot of joy.