We own our home which is on 3.25 acres of land and backs up onto another 85 acres that we are able to use. We built our home in 2016 and moved in beginning of 2017.
We want to provide a financially secure home with unconditional love.
We have three bedrooms, two bathrooms and an open concept kitchen, living room and dining room. We have a full walk out basement that we would like to one day finish to have a spare bedroom, craft room and another living room area.
Outside we have two big porches, one off the front and one off the back. We have dinners on the back porch and gatherings around our fireplace. Our front porch is where you will find us rocking watching the chickens roam the yard or waiting for friends and family to arrive.
We are still working on some of our landscaping as we are figuring out the land. This year we will be putting in our fenced in yard which will be a half acre for our swing set, sand box, gardens and maybe a pool down the road.
Our home is our special place as we have made it from the ground up and continue to create an amazing area for our family.
Christmas, Thanksgiving, Fourth of July, Birthdays or a great achievement, we celebrate it all! Our holiday season is usually split between NY and VT families. For the past few years Thanksgiving has been in NY, either at our home or Grandma and Pa’s home. Turkey and fixings are usually prepared early in the morning so our day can be spent going on a nature walk, watching the parade and flipping through black Friday fliers. We have two Christmas gatherings, the New York side is filled with a yummy dinner, lots of gift exchanging and laughter, and maybe even a card game. When we go to Vermont it is a whole weekend festivity filled with nephew time, games and food. We have our traditional fondue and appetizer dinner followed by our newest tradition of a saranwrap ball which leads to lots of laughter and cheering. By the end of our holiday season we are plenty grateful for the food and family we have been able to be surrounded by this time of year.
During the year we still have many celebrations to get together for. Birthdays are usually a family dinner of that persons choice followed by cake of course. St. Patrick's Day is a must since Chelsea's family is Irish, so boiled corn beef dinner it is! Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor day, and any other days that give a reason for our town to set off fireworks and have a BBQ is always an event for us. I think the only other holiday I haven’t mentioned is Easter and who doesn’t love another reason to eat candy, have a ham dinner, and put on an Easter egg hunt for the nephews! Our lives are always filled with family gatherings and the holidays give us a reason to make more special meals, exchange gifts and create memories together.
I thought to give you a better idea of our Christmas I would describe our last one. Our celebrating and decorating started the weekend after Thanksgiving when we got our tree from a local tree farm. This year we wanted tall and skinny, the year prior was a little too wide. My nephew Brayden usually comes and helps Sean and I decorate the tree and house. Decorations are abundant around the house!
The weekend prior to Christmas is cookie making time. We make sugar cookies, buck eye balls, oatmeal Scotties (my dad’s favorite) and any other requests our family has.
Christmas this year started on Saturday with our weekend trip to Vermont. It was our first holiday that our nephew Fletcher could open his gifts himself which was so fun to watch. Gift opening always has to follow with playing with the gifts as some adults get dinner together. We did our Vermont traditions and left Sunday afternoon with full bellies, a car full of gifts and many of our nephew Fletcher kisses.
New York Christmas is built around Brayden as he is the only child right now. Next year will be different because they are expecting another baby and hopefully we are adopting soon. We do dinner on Christmas Eve together. Christmas morning was the real fun this past holiday. We all waited for my brother Brian to call us that Brayden was awake and to hurry over to watch him open gifts. We all gathered to watch him enjoy what Santa brought him followed by breakfast. We all exchange our gifts and enjoy our morning together. Christmas evening we do another dinner with Chelsea’s parents to close our Christmas events.
Opal is our one year old lab mix rescue. She is a loving addition to our family and goes most places with us. She loves playing with her toys, running around the yard and going on hikes with us. She is great with children and will be a great best friend.
Our chickens roam the yard during the day eating bugs. At night they roost in a chicken coop where they lay their eggs for us to collect. Fresh eggs are a special staple in our house.
Monday to Friday Sean and I both work full time jobs, Sean has a successful career with a oil and propane company and I a medical coder. My job will be home based shortly so that I can be an at-home Mom. My mom or aunt will be always be around too.
Our weekends are usually a joint family dinner one evening, along with local events and activities. In the summer you will find us at the lake swimming, kayaking and having a cook out or picnic at the beach. Winter weekends we go to hockey games, snowshoeing in our back yard, maple weekend in April or just snuggled on the couch with a hot chocolate and movie on the really cold days.