here's the thing and i say it every week - this week flew by. remember when you were a kid and it seemed like time would never pass? well no i blink and i've lost three days and all of a sudden sawyer is potty trained. oh...she's not potty trained? more on that below.  in the meantime...

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1 | speaking of potty training
so...we were having all these ridiculous snow storms and were basically trapped inside. (eight foot snow drifts will do that.) and so one day i was like - oh hell yes. sawyer is totally getting potty trained. i mean...she brings me diapers...she's clearly uncomfortable with wetness.

so we did it. we (i mean she) spent all day pants-less. at first she didn't like it. then she felt very free. maybe it's something we should all try. anyway...i did all the tricks. lots of liquid. lots of promises of prizes. we even did ipad time while sitting on the toilet. 

FIVE hours later. five. it's just as i had feared. sawyer is part camel...just like her sister.

sawyer had one successful go and then it was bedtime. the next morning we woke up and i was stir crazy after being trapped in the house for the fifth day in a row. farmer and i agreed to ditch the farm and head to the mountains for some skiing and hot-springing...and that's just what we did.
and sawyer's potty training will be saved for another day.

2 | skiing and hot springing
how i love winter. #1 - we get to go skiing. but a very close #2 is that my farmer has oodles of time. i mean, yes, he still has farm things to do...but he also has time for getaways, being home for dinner, house projects, etc. winter is the best.

as i was saying - we ditched the farm and headed to the mountains. it would have been the most perfect time to find a sitter for the kids and enjoy all the fresh snow, but we bit the bullet and got the gals on skis. we need to teach them or we're going to be stuck on the bunny hill forever. 

kaye did great. we really need to cut the strings and let her ski by herself. and since it was sawyer's first time i just had her between my legs and we made nice big turns. 

the very best part was once at the bottom she always wanted to ride back up. and then when we got off the chair if we didn't immediately start going down again she was not a happy camper. i have a feeling kaye might be our cautious skiier and sawyer will be our little wrecking ball. just a prediction. 
we also headed to a great hot springs spot about 25 miles south of mccall. it's called gold fork and if you're anywhere close by - go to there. it's just glorious. also...they only accept check or cash so be ready for that. anyway...since it was a wednesday at noon we had the place to ourselves...until about 1pm when all the retirees started showing up on snowmobiles and started unloading their coolers. out came dips and chips and veggies and liquor and mixers and desserts and i think i even saw a crockpot. ummm...if that's what being retired is, i can't wait to be 70.
we had the very best getaway and our farmer has promised we'll be headed that way again soon.

3 | bathroom update
this bathroom - it's kind of a never ending process. actually - we've made great strides. all we have left is some caulking, painting, and we're waiting on some mirrors that are on backorder. i also need to order a floor mirror and some art prints. but i really am the worst when it comes to home decor so maybe someone wants to do it for me?
i did order these rugs. totally out of my comfort zone. normally i would have done something far more traditional / pottery barn looking, but my sister assured me it would look great in our all white bathroom. it was on wayfair for like $130 so i guess if i don't like it in two years i'll feel okay replacing it. 
4 | some designs
i've been super busy on the design front. (but i'm currently booking one more in february and for march!) as i've said's been so fun to work with clients and small businesses. i just can't get enough. here are a few of the latest...
and a valentine...because it's right around the corner!
5 | resolution update
guys - i've been super proud of myself. i know it's only been a few days but things have been going will on the resolution front. i'm yelling less! this was a big one. granted...the girls still totally tune me out, but i find myself being more patient and approaching them rather than yelling to try to get their attention. AND...i've been working out, so there's that. even though i'm still dealing with all sorts of lame hip / back issues. injuries are the worst. so i'll just keep at it over here in 2017.

happy weekend friends!