Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Preparing the ranch for Christmas

Today we are headed back to the ranch after a wonderful vacation in Utah.
I just packed up some of our luggage and 
stuffed it into the car.   Now I am sitting in my mom's 
living room watching Little Women with my family. 
 My dad is cooking spaghetti and I am feeling heartsick having to leave.
I mean I'm looking forward to being back on the quite ranch
 where I can roam freely wherever I want (and Angus can poop wherever he wants).
But having to say goodbye is always the worst.
I've been looking through my photos of Christmas at the ranch
and my time here in Utah, and it was a beautiful Christmas!
Now I am reminiscing about our lazy days around the
ranch, playing outside, cooking, wrapping, decorating, and working,
and highly anticipating Christmas:
The girls in the ranch kitchen making gingerbread cookies.
Fixing fences:
 My boys (in full army gear) unloaded three loads of wood for me. 
We go through wood so fast around the ranch,
especially since it's been freezing all day long (JUST ADD SNOW, please!).

We had quite the Christmas card wall this year! 
 It sure helped with the homesickness I was feeling.
Favorite card goes to Angus's parents!
We cut down and decorated four trees in the ranch house.
 We set up the luminaries on the ranch roof:
 My brother Andrew came to visit us on the ranch.
Fun fact: did you know I call Andrew "Leonard"?  
I have been calling him that since probably 6th grade and still do.
He hates it.
Loads of wrapping.  I felt like I wrapped 2000000 presents, 
especially on Christmas eve.
Each morning during our break the boys would put on their 
army gear and drive off on the 4-wheeler's.
In their backpacks they would pack breakfast and lunch, gear, walkie-talkies, 
along with some essential emergency items; scissors,
 flashlight, bandages, band-aids, flares, and a few MRE's.
I didn't see them until the sun set.  It was a little boy's dream come true.
Lottie even remembered the ranch cat Kevin and
wrapped up some of Angus's dog food nibbles.  She found a broken
branch of our Christmas tree, and placed the "present" under it.
 5 seconds later, Angus went outside and 
ate all the nibbles inside the wrapped present.
It's the thought that counts.
 We are so excited to begin building our own home this year.
(Have I already mentioned that?).