But our expenses have dropped slightly. It takes only a couple hours to clean the entire place top to bottom. We're located right in the city and so it's close to everything, which can be both good and bad. (We go out for dinner fairly often now.) And we're much closer to Hub's family and the place where he grew up, which we both like.
In the meantime, here's a taste of what we've been up to...
The place where Hub grew up is simply beautiful. It's a good-sized piece of property and we often spend time there exploring, working, and hunting.
We visited family to celebrate Brother-in-law's birthday. It was a perfect day. Next year both he and I will be 30 years old, along with a few cousins, so we may plan something fun.
My sister and I spent some silly time together playing with my camera.
Hub moved my tree stand and worked hard preparing for hunting season.
I saw this incredible sunset from the back window of our apartment. Unfortunately, we don't quite have the amazing view we had at the house. (Ugly, noisy freight trucks take up most of our view.)
I attended my first ever work-related trip. We went to Texas for a trade show and sales meeting -- I work in Marketing -- and stayed at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine just outside of Dallas. These pictures show that everything seemed to be outside, but we were actually indoors. It was incredible. The photos don't do it justice.
Hub bagged this awesome buck during bow season, one day before modern gun season began.
Two days later he bagged a big doe with his gun. It's been a good season for him and now we have lots of meat in the freezer. Deer chili and summer sausage! Yum!
Last weekend my good friend, Adrienne, invited me to join her at Rogers to see Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman. We stood in line four hours to spend a matter of seconds having our cookbooks signed, but it was totally worth it. I was excited to finally meet Ree, who's blog I've been following for a few years, since before she had a TV show or was quite as famous. We also got to meet her husband, a.k.a. Marlboro Man. He was as handsome as his pictures. Then again, I love cowboys. My back was killing me by the end of it but, again, totally worth it. (Note to self: Wear sneakers next time. Toms are awesome shoes, but not so awesome when standing for long periods of time.)
This coming week we'll celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends. I MIGHT attempt a little weekend shopping, although I hate the idea of Black Friday -- it's scary. I hope to finish tidying up the apartment soon. And I'll do my best to keep this blog updated more often, but no promises. I want to write and spend more time being creative at home, but sometimes life just has other plans. I'm learning to go with the flow.