10 Things To Smile About While Reminiscing in a RTT Rebel and TTUT Kind of Way

It’s Tuesday already – literally, as it’s after midnight and I’m just now getting around to writing this.  I miscalculated on how long it would take me to bottle 60 bottles of wine.  From start to finish 6 hours. 

The details can be so time consuming – sanitizing all the equipment, sanitizing 62 bottles, racking then filtering then finally bottling and corking.  But it’s worth it, even though my back is killing me and my arm feels like it’s going to fall off.  I’ll post a picture tomorrow of the sea of bottles after I get them all labeled up.

Let’s see what made me smile this past month (well, OK, they’re all from the beginning of July, but since I haven’t had a chance to share them yet, now is as good a time as any):

1. Being able to make my infamous for my and his family plus my parents – and getting my to cook them on his funky grill/smoker thingy while I admire the view of from his deck:

2. Having my dad’s go very well – and see him getting around with only one cane (instead of two) just 3 days after his surgery).  Plus having him and my hubby get along famously (though my paparazzi actions were apparently getting annoying…heh):

3. Watching the kids enjoy my favorite past-time – climbing trees:

4. Enjoying excellent with my brother and his wife – :

5. Spending with my favorite brother (yeah, he’s my only brother, but I always tell him he’s my favorite) and his ):

6. Spending (long overdue) quality time with my parents (today’s my mom’s birthday – be sure to say “Happy Birthday, Stacia” in the comments – I’ll pass your wishes along):

7. Finalizing the for Little Dude (yep, it’s a done deal – I’ll be writing all about that journey at some point, now that I no longer have a confidentiality clause to worry about):

8. Having the rare opportunity to get a partial family picture (guess I should have brought a tripod):

9. My brother being goofy always makes me smile – especially when he’s wielding a giant bottle of wine:

10. The sunset over Puget Sound always makes me smile.  I can’t wait to move back there next year to enjoy it on a regular basis:

That’s a wrap for this week.  It’s been a flurry of activity trying to get everything done and get ready to head off to New York tomorrow – the hubby will have his work cut out for him, as I have never gone running off and left him here to deal with the kids solo.  Think I should leave him a list to make life easier for him?  Or should we let him get baptized with fire instead? 

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23 thoughts on “10 Things To Smile About While Reminiscing in a RTT Rebel and TTUT Kind of Way

  1. Your trip looks like it was wonderful! Seattle is such a beautiful city. Happy Birthday Stacia! And congratulations about Little Guy, can’t wait to hear the whole story!

  2. From the pictures it looks like you had an amazing trip.
    Congratuations on the adoption of little Dude! Very happy for you!

  3. What is it about climbing trees! I love it too. Looks like you had a great week and I hope your dad continues to heal quickly. Here’s to another great week!

  4. Looks like you had a wonderful July! I am definitely looking forward to – at some point – reading the adoption process. I have always been interested. Happy Tuesday!

  5. Thanks for the family pics! And Happy Birthday Stacia!
    Hurry up and move home would ya already? 🙂 Give Little Dude and Princess Nagger a hug from thier Aunt Susie, ok? Love you guys!

  6. Happy Birthday Stacia! You have a beautiful family.

    I can’t wait to hear about the adoption! And the wine, too.

  7. Oh, what a wonderful vacation!! Happy Birthday, Stacia, and congratulations on finalizing the adoption of Little Dude! I know you’ve kept him out of the bloggy limelight while all of that was happening; I’m looking forward to seeing and hearing more about the little cutie-pie.

    I also feel your wine-bottling pain. It took me a day and a half this weekend to pressure-can half a bushel of green beans. Oi.

  8. Seeing other people smiling like in your pictures makes me smile. Have fun in New York and at the conference. Cheers Stacy!!

  9. Happy Birthday to your mom! It’s my mom’s birthday today too! Yea for the finalized adoption! That is so awesome and glad it is all settled. And so so good your dad’s surgery went well. You did have a great month.
    Thank you so much for linking up

  10. Your July made me smile too! Stacia not only has her birthday to celebrate, happy birthday Stacia, but a successful surgery for her husband, another Grandchild, and a wonderful daughter! Quite a blessed lady!

    Thanks for sharing Stacy!

  11. It looks like you had a wonderful time with your family 🙂 Fun pictures! That is a huge bottle of wine!! Also, congratulations on the finalization of the adoption – that is so awesome! & Happy birthday Stacia!

    Stopping by from 10 Things to Smile About ♥

  12. I am happy that you got to wear long sleeves!!!!
    Happy Birthday Stacia!
    Oh, Princess Nagger looks like her grandpa, how sweet!

  13. Please please tell me the details of your adoption of little dude. Congrats to you guys!! That’s so exciting. I would love to hear more info as that’s something Match and I are looking into.

    That view from your brother’s deck is incredible. Absolutely stunning.