Sunday, March 26, 2017

Lean On Me

Molly finally allowed me to come into her voice lesson room at the end of her lesson this past Thursday so I could listen in on her performance of "Lean On Me." 

I cried at the end. 

Keep singing, my sweet little songbird. 

With love,
Mama Hauck

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Be Our Guest, The Hauck Homestead Cabin

We've finally got our "little" guest cabin ready for it's first occupant! Eek, I'm so so excited! I'm thinking my calling in life is to run a small bed and breakfast. Except Sam will do the cooking, hahaha, and I'll do everything else.

For years now we've been saving to build ourselves a guest cabin. We got the concrete poured for it last summer, but that's as far as we've gotten. Time and money, you know. Me, thinking that 3 years is long enough for me to patiently wait for a guest cabin so my dad and others don't have to sleep on our couch, went about seeking what I could do to offer guests a nicer place to stay while we continue to save up for our "real" guest cabin!

We got super lucky and scored a small outbuilding for a super price from friends who were looking to clear if from their driveway. It took a bit of work to get it loaded, transferred, and then unloaded in our yard, but the task was completed. We gutted it and then Sam got to work wiring, insulating, and putting up the tongue-and-groove blue pine walls and ceiling. 

Since getting the bones of it finished this past September, I've been slowing adding my decorating touches and getting it ready. It's been super fun! Goodwill, Salvation Army, and yard sales have supplied me with most of what I've needed to clean up, repurpose, and decorate with.  

We've still got a bit of work to do on it though, inside and out. I want to paint the door and trim a new color, maybe that royal blue color. The existing door is just yuck looking, so please pay no mind to it! I want to purchase a screen door to install too. We have to trim the windows, and eventually we want to put railings up on the deck as well. For the inside, we've got to figure out what type of flooring we want in it. For the time being, we just have a big rug in there that doesn't cover all of the floor (so bring your slippers!). We also need to get a piece of mirror to go in the frame I've got hung up for that purpose, and get a new space heater (since the pretty faux fire one we had in there was defective). Just small things to wrap up!

For your lounging convenience, take a load off in the antique chair I bought at the Coast for Sammy two summers back, and read by sunlight (or salt lamp glow!) one of our awesomely cool Pacific Northwest nature books. We also welcome you to robe up and take a dip in our hot tub that's just a hop, skip, and a jump away! 

We found a really nice old full size bedroom set, complete with a few dressers, bedside table, and vanity at a garage sale.  There was no room for the vanity in here, darn it, so that'll go in the "real" guest cabin in the future. We hope guests will sleep soundly in a full size bed! Think of it as cozy instead of small, haha, couples are forced to snuggle. ;) I've always loved the red and black hunter plaid look for a cabin, so I searched high and low and found the perfect cabin bedding. I was really excited to score tons of old frames at Goodwill and transform them, with the help of spray paint, into something nice to display my photography (which is all local photos by the way!). Oh, and when staying, don't forget to sign our guest book!

Coffee and tea is a daily morning ritual in our home, but I wanted our guests to be able to make their own when they woke up, just in case they wanted to enjoy a cup in the cabin before making their way to the house. We've supplied a coffee maker and jug of water to brew their coffee, or just run the water through and heat it if tea is wanted.  I've also included all the goodies one might wish to put in their coffee or tea, as well as extra drinks and some snacks. Actually, I'm forgetting the Baileys for the coffee. Note to self: get Baileys. 

Ideally, I'd eventually like to get a mini fridge in there somewhere. But maybe not. That might have to wait until we get our "real" guest house built that'll have the space for it. 

And for those that want to brush up on their Bigfoot knowledge or play a game or two, I've got a nice selection of Bigfoot books and a few games, including our home made tic-tac-toe. Bigfoot lives around here, you know.

I still need to get a piece of mirror to fit into the large white frame, but other than that, I think I've satisfied the basic dry amenity needs one might have. I say dry because obviously there's no bathroom, lol. You can help yourself to gum, mints, wipes, makeup remover, lint roller, lotion, hand sanitizer, cough drops, tissues, first aid kit and basic painkillers, nail clippers, hand warmers, etc. etc.....but to go potty or take a shower, you've got to trek to the house! Which isn't all that far, so no need to fret. We're hoping to build an out house in the future, which will take care of the potty needs, but guests will always have to trek to the house if a shower is wanted.

Shall I start accepting reservations!? We are so excited to have a little place for family and friends to stay when they come visit! I can't wait to play host! 

With love,
Mama Hauck

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Yakima West Valley Tournament: 03-18-17

Tournament number three! West Valley!

Our team's banner with our sponsors (Sam's wind farm is missing from there as the banner was made before Sam's work donation came in) came in and it looks so awesome! We hung it up where we were sitting on the bleachers! We also got our team's gear in (except for the sweat pants) and the kids just look so awesome! We got Anthony and Molly a t-shirt, sweatshirt, and sweatpants. Sam and I also got a t-shirt, but we're thinking we need a sweatshirt too as they look awesome. We'll have to get a group photo of us all in our Goldendale Grappler gear.

Anthony's weight this time was 69 pounds! I joked with him that it was because he hadn't pooped yet that morning, hahaha. We're thankful he didn't weigh in at 70, as that would have bumped him up to the 70-75 pound weight division, wrestling with boys clearly larger than he is. We don't want that as we already have an issue with him being short compared to the other boys in his weight division, despite them weighing within 5 pounds of what he weighs. What can we say, we grow 'em short, but that can lead to a disadvantage within a match!

Before pairings and matches began, Coach took the kids out on the mats to stretch and warm up. I loved seeing them all out there in their new Grappler gear. They all looked great.  

Our team had to run one of the judging/timing tables at this match. Sam and Molly enjoyed helping out with this task. When Anthony was up to wrestle, someone always made sure to switch out with Sam so he could be present during his match. Having a "task" to do helped entertain Molly during the tournament, which was awesome.

Anthony's 1st match - a loss.

This match was a doozy. The boy had a few inches on Anthony and right from the start it was an advantage the boy worked with. Anthony just couldn't seem to catch him to perform a take down, as he had a long sprawl, and the boy was quick to swing around and get on top of Anthony. It was a tough match, but we are always so proud of Anthony for never giving up, when others easily would, and for always doing his best.

Anthony's 2nd match - a loss.

Anthony would have won this match and continued on to the consolation round had he not gotten pinned within the last few seconds of the match! He did well throughout this whole match up until that pin at the last second. It was a great pairing!  


Because Anthony lost both his matches, the day ended there for him, there was no continuing on. He was bummed, as anyone would be, but you know what, he's getting really great at accepting his losses and moving on. 

We really try hard to teach our children that not everyone can win, and you will not always come out as the winner. We want him to process his wins and losses in his own way and try not sway him in either direction with how he should react. When he wins, he feels proud of himself, and so are we! But he is a good sport about it, is humble, and does not boast past sharing his excitement and pride with others. When he looses, he feels defeated, but we try to let him work through that. He has gotten so much better with coming out the other end knowing he tried his best, and determined to listen to coach to see how he can improve next time. Such growth makes us proud. 

Great work this tournament, Anthony! Win or lose, we are proud of you!

Go Grapplers!

With love,
Mama Hauck