Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Happy Christmas Adam!

When I was a kid, I felt it was rather unfair that Eve "got a day (Christmas Eve) and Adam didn't." So for as long as I can remember, in my family we have called December 23rd "Christmas Adam." So with that, I wish you all a happy Christmas Adam!

A little "construction" update-
We ripped out our driveway hoping to get a new one in with proper drainage before the rain hit. We did not succeed.


Bringing in the big guns.

Seriously, look at how this these chunks of concrete were! A driveway should be around 3" thick, there were places where ours was 18"

The carnage.

Despite our best efforts, the rain has come, and the driveway has been put on hold. I bet our neighbors LOVE us.

True to Redding weather, we went from 90 degrees and sunny to 39 degrees and rainy essentially overnight. Sometimes I feel like we are failing at this whole remodel business, because we also managed not to get an HVAC unit installed over summer. Which means that for the last two months we have had no heat, in an old stucco home, in 39 degree weather. We have been VERY VERY cold. As in "see your own breath in the living room" cold. Not okay. The only source of heat we had was a very inefficient fireplace.

Thanks to an early Christmas gift and some amazing generosity, we now have a brand new fireplace insert, which miraculously (and beautifully) heats our entire house.

My favorite part about it (other than the warmth), is that it sits flush with our fireplace, and has a huge window. I really didn't want an insert that stuck out 2' from the fire and took away the visibility of the flame. This insert is seriously amazing. 

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Bugs, Hugs and Drawnings

Here are some photos of the past couple of weeks:
 A preying mantis that Jax found and could not stop talking about it. He put it on his shoulder and took him upstairs.
 Lola, Jax, Lucas, and Maddox watching the super moon lunar eclipse from the back of our truck.
Drawn by Jax, a drawing of a man in a space suit
Drawn by Jax, a guy being spray painted. I had to ask what this was because I was concerned. The questionable "thing" is the spray paint.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

First annual Ricketts-Wilson Camping Trip

Now that all of the Ricketts kids are living in one place, we decided to institute an annual family camping trip. For five days our families disrupted the lives of the other campers at Patrick's Point, and had an overall amazing week filled with good food, plenty of ocean time, and great memories.

These two...

Such buddies :)

Picking their noses for the picture of course.

This girl and her Papa... the photo says it all!

I have such great memories of exploring the tide pools with my dad :)

It was great to see our kids getting to enjoy them too!

Can't wait for next year!


Over summer break we thought we would carry on the tradition of throwing the kids in the car and heading out for an adventure. This is something my parents did for us when we were kids, and it resulted in some of my very favorite memories!! So without saying a word about where we were going, we packed our bags and off we went!

Day #1
Six Flags!!

Watching the dolphin show. Maddox especially LOVED it!

They were SO exhausted.

On to day two!
We booked a hotel in downtown Sacramento and stayed the night (the hotel enough was SO EXCITING for the kiddos).

Sacramento Zoo. Seriously, look at the excitement on Jax's face.

 Overall the trip was amazing. It was so great to get some quality family time and a break from the remodeling!