Bamboo Sprouts

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My Mom has been hanging out in Oregon a lot lately and she recently caught a ride on the train and popped in on us for a few days. Such a nice time visiting, playing games, browsing around town, and such. :)

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So to be honest, this tree has been less than ideal! I love a good, tall, WONKY tree. This tree is so full and pretty, that it looks fake, but the bigger problem is that it weighs about a ton and it has not one but two crooks in its trunk and sheesh, would you believe we got it about 99% decorated…and it came CRASHING DOWN?! All 10 feet of it, lights, ornaments, the works, crashing down in our living room! It was so sad. It now stands, tethered to the wall behind it with a thin wire in hopes that it will stay standing, and in hopes that we don’t have to tip toe around it all month. Next year I hope to find something much less full and perfect, but for now, we are enjoying the beauty of the beast that it is.

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Doesn’t happen often, but it makes for some extra beauty when it does.

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School room

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Family room

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Our downstairs has felt like a whole separate disaster of a house since we moved in. The previous people used the window-y room as their school room, and I just automatically set it up that way for us too, but there was too much going on in there to function well for us. So, I finally worked up the energy to reorganize and switch it all around. I don’t really have before pix handy, but here is the result and it is working so much better now! The school room is really just the school room now and the family room/kids rec room is an all purpose, hang out type room with desks for art and computer and working on projects and tv and comfy spots for just relaxing. Now, maybe some drapes and paint would be nice too. :)

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sunset

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We have enjoyed beautiful autumn sunsets this week.