Our life has been extra full lately. The work at the cafe does not just end when we close at 2:00pm. Kyle and Ben might be roasting for around two hours some nights when the sun goes down and it is cool out, Alexa and I do grocery runs, catch up on dishes, and prepare cinnamon buns most evenings. These are the things that have to happen to make the cafe function on a daily basis, and there is this unending list of other things that would make not only the cafe better but also our lives better such as putting up a Christmas tree, decorating for Christmas, calling family, cleaning the bathroom, doing the laundry…you get my drift. We feel like we could be busy every moment of the day. There is a healthy amount of stress driving us to mop the floors on our days off, treat the tables with bug repellent stuff during our closed hours, and makes signs in the down time. So we don’t always get to go to the beach everyday to enjoy the sun and the ocean, and sometimes a trip out for pleasure has to be combined with business, but you know, when I think about waking up at 6:15 in the morning to bake something fresh and put the cinnamon buns in the oven, I actually look forward to it! God is good.
Life is not only full these days with tasks and work, but also full to the brim with many joys! Here are a few of the things we have been enjoying lately:
Kyle got his motorbike!! He has been stashing money away for a long time for this. He looks very serious and macho here but inside he is ecstatic! He was glowng for days. An Italika 150, great for beer runs, trips to the beach, and picking up groceries!
We found a Miniture Schnauzer for sale and scooped her up. We have talked forever about getting a dog but kept putting it off waiting for life to become more ideal to introduce a dog into our life, but life is never going to be ideal for a dog, so we just went ahead and got one. A small dog, but she can travel with us in a plane and keep up with our semi-nomadic life! Her name is Pippa. Too cute.
As Kyle says, we have the cutest household around! Cute puppy, cute baby, cute place!
We really enjoy Ayden (Ben & Alexa’s little boy) and feel very blessed that we get to share life with him and watch how he changes everyday!
We’ve enjoyed some beautiful scenery with great company
The boys try to get to the beach as much as possible after closing time to body surf, they are getting pretty good at it.
As you can see, we aren’t all work and no play. We’ve been trying to get into the Christmas spirit too and even have a live tree in the cafe. I keep comparing this Christmas season with our last Christmas in Garden Hill and marveling at what a different place we are in this year. Last year I was battling adjusting to the lack of sun and Vitamin D in my life, we were both busy with work, and Christmas was spent by ourselves in Garden Hill and we felt pretty lonely. This year, I am getting a very healthy dose of Vitamin D everyday, we are both loving our work, we are spending the advent season with great friends and Christmas with family, we feel so blessed.