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Christmas in the Prairie Victorian

I would like to start out with a recap on what I have done with Christmas decor in the past.  At our old house I went between going all out and then toned down ….which was a nice change.

Start with the all out:

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And just in case you couldn’t tell – that’s 7 trees in one room!

And here’s the toned down version:

Gives your eyes a little break but ensures that you know its Christmas.

Now that we are in the Prairie Victorian and most of my Christmas decor is still in Montana – I have had to improvise and really go low key by necessity this year.  Since I packed up all my work stuff and had it delivered to my office here – I have my office Christmas decor which I have taken home to use there, as this office has 6 (!) totes of Christmas decor already.  I find it hilarious that my office Christmas stuff made it here but not my home decor.  Seriously girl!?????

Janey setting up our ceramic tree

Outdoor lights (all that I had!!!!)

Lights flashing through the house with a glimpse at our tall and narrow tree.

Since I already have a tree in Montana, I purchased this one with the idea that it could be used in the stairwell going to the second floor or in our ‘library’. But for now…..it’s the main event.

How is your decorating going?  Are you going all in or toned down?

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Fall at the Lake

Fall is a beautiful time of year in North Dakota…especially in the Turtle Mountains.  Sigh.  so pretty.

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There has been a mass exodus of boats and pontoons from the water and it is so quiet up here now.  During the summer months the lake is a hive of activity.  Boats buzzing across the lake all the time.  And then Fall comes and it winds down slowly until that week before the first frost…..the rustle of the leaves is the only sound.

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Perfect skies.

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Cool mornings and warm days.  Love it!

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Even on an overcast evening like this – I have this view.  ↓

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I hope you are all enjoying the Fall Season.  Get your Pumpkin Spice while you can!  hahahahaha

Cabins and Lakes

We always knew that we would end up here.  Both Dave and I thought it would be closer to retirement, but we always kept an eye on the job openings…..and here we are 🙂  A large factor in our decision, is the proximity to the lake.  Dave and I are lake people.  He has had a dream of having a cabin on water since he was a kid.  I added that to my bucket list the first year he took me to Lake Metigoshe when I was 23.

I have posted about the lake before:

Our stay on the Canadian side

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So pretty and fun. The girls are looking forward to waking up next to the water during the summer months.

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Pics of us getting settled into the cabin for the season.

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Jules made sure we had flowers for the table.

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Evening on the lake

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And now I am off to prep for an extended Fourth of July Holiday.  Follow along on Instagram....

 

Happy 6th Birthday Janey

Oh Janey, we waited 3 years for you and just when we thought we would be a family of 3….you surprised us.  I am so happy that we are a family of 4.

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As opposed to Jules (click here), Janey was not an easy baby.  She was a challenge from the start (I’ll spare you the details and just give you the basics).  No naps, cried all the time and from 3 to 7 every day she scream/cried.  Rough.  She grew out of the fussy but she acquired a nickname that has stuck ever since.  THE. JANE.

look at that face  Janey is our sensitive kid – it doesn’t take much to discipline….a firm no will send her into tears.

Jane has grown up to be such a joy.  She loves to give mom and dad hugs and kisses.

Janey loves her animals and any other fluffy animal that crosses her path.  Harriet is only OK with that some of the time.  hahahahaha

Jane is shy and likes to play by herself but when she branches out, she can play with anyone.  Once you are her friend, she will be a loyal playmate.

Cat ears go with everything.

 

Happy Birthday Jane!  Mom and Dad love you bunches.

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