This is what happy and healthy at 85 looks like.

January 21, 2013 · 5 comments


We celebrated my grandma’s 85th birthday (as well as my aunt’s 63rd, my sister in law’s 32nd, and my baby niece‘s 1st, which all passed within the last seven days) this weekend with a small family gathering in a rental house in Sunriver, Oregon. My grandma (who I wrote about a bit in this post) is still incredibly active and sharp as a tack. I swear she has more energy than I do.



There’s been this cold, foggy funk hanging over the Willamette Valley for over a week, but once we go up to the mountains, it was nothing but sunshine. My kids were stoked to make snow angels and ride plastic saucers down the makeshift snow ramp off the back porch.


I got to do a little snowshoeing with my awesome cousin, Amelia. She will graduate from college in June and is hoping to get a job and move to Boston. I’m afraid I won’t get too many more chances to see her on the West Coast, so I may have to schedule a trip east. Boston is worthy of a cross-country trip, right? (Photo taken by my uncle Bob.)


Speaking of cousin love, these three (reading with my dad) get to see each other often, but they’re all really excited every time they get together. (Also, does anyone have any tips for treating my little girl’s superfine mouse-nest mullet? It’s getting out of control.)

Thanks for all your kind comments (and tweets and shares and whatnot) on my recent homesteading post. I was glad to see that y’all seemed to get the gist of my message and were gleaning the little bits of wisdom most relevant to your own lives. I’m so happy to connect with you. xoxo

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Eleanor January 22, 2013 at 2:37 am

There is nothing more heartwarming than a family getaway! What a fabulous reason to celebrate too!
I loved your homesteading post. my inlaws built a cabin in the mountains of rural SC and I know what hard work it is just living day to day. But when you live in such beauty day to day and take that moment to pause for thought…you realize what a miraculous world we really live in!


Ryann January 22, 2013 at 10:08 am

I found your blog today and am absolutely in love with it. This is the kind of life I’m working towards having someday, though I hope to have mine a bit different – breeding reptiles for cash to be exact. On the mouse nest mullet, I still get that to this day, and I’m 19. I find that the Suave Kids Detangling spray actually does wonders with that for me at least. Love your blog!


Camille January 22, 2013 at 7:40 pm

Thanks for the tip. I keep thinking she’s going to outgrow the hair trouble any day now, but maybe it’s just something we’re going to have to learn to live with.


catie January 22, 2013 at 11:43 am

what a sweet post!
happy birthday, grandma!!
i adore charlotte’s mouse nest ~ some detangling spray as ryann suggested might help, but don’t go cutting that adorably wild hair : ) not just yet.
that picture of you dad begs to be displayed in natural edge wood frame.


Katie January 28, 2013 at 4:54 pm

We use apple cider vinegar as a conditioner and de-tangler for our hair. Dilute 1 tablespoon vinegar in 1 cup water and pour over hair after shampooing or spray on hair after shower before combing or brushing. Don’t get it in your eyes! THe vinegar smell goes away when hair is dry. If you dislike the smell, you can add essential oil of some kind (maybe google it to see how much and what kind is good). When I was a little girl with super-tangled hair, my grandma was the best at combing out the knots… she always started at the end, then worked her way up to the roots.


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