Well, It’s About Time! + Fall 2017 Happenings
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We’ve been busy! Over the past few months, we stepped back a bit and realized we’ve been working too much and really stretching ourselves thin. We made a conscious decision to set some boundaries in order to work a little less and play more. Fall has been so fun since we made that decision. We’ve been getting out more; making memories with the kids and have begun a most exciting project!
We are breaking ground TODAY on our dream home!! We took a few photos to remember this day. We hope this home will be our forever home (God willing). I honestly don’t ever want to move again. By the time we move into our new home, it will have been 2 years living with my parents, which has been the best possible scenario for us but it gets hard since we live and work at home. I just want to move in already and camp in the big hole they are digging. In my mind, I’m already moved in and have placed the Christmas tree. Eeeek, I’m just bubbling with excitement.
Home Search Update:
After a year and a half of searching for our dream home, we realized it didn’t exist. We weren’t ultra picky – there just aren’t very many homes on the market. It’s a tough market! Prices are soaring in Idaho for homes and land so when this gem of a property came available, we took it as a gift from the Lord.
This lot sums up all of the desires of our hearts and if you question whether God really gives you the desires of your heart, HE DOES! It is 1 acre on a quiet street, in the heart of where we wanted to live, next to a grocery store (yes that was a dream of mine!), close to school and my family, very private without backyard neighbors. It’s just as dreamy as it gets and when I think about how it’s ours and that realization hits me, the waterworks start – it’s overwhelming joy and thankfulness. I feel undeserving of such a blessing and we know it is an answered prayer.
The Story of our Dream Lot:
We initially called the builder about this lot while driving around in the summer months. It was already reserved for someone else so we moved on and kept searching. After that, we put a solid offer on another home that did not work out despite a personal letter with pictures of my cute children – lol. It’s funny now but I was in such turmoil over it. And then out of nowhere, the builder calls me and tells me his buyer switched to a different lot. THANK YOU LORD!! Now we are praying for an extended Autumn so we can get the walls and roof on before it starts snowing :).
P.S. Scroll back up to that first family photo and notice how baby D is posing with her mini shovel. We did not plan it that way but her little pose is priceless. I can’t get enough of her sweetie pie-ness :).
We’ve been getting out more and taking the opportunity to create lasting memories with our children.
Traveling to California:
We flew to California to visit Vadim’s family and stayed a little longer than usual.
The baby loved being on the airplane. Now anytime we mention airplanes, she says, “Can I go on airplane, please?” and then she asks for the rest of the day. It’s best not to mention airplanes to the little dear unless we are flying out that day ;).
Our primary goal in California was to visit family and friends. My husband is from Sacramento so we visit annually and hope to make the trip bi-annually going forward because life is just too short not to.
We stopped at Apple Hill in Cali where we loaded up on apples, 2 giant apple pies and several jugs of the best apple cider I have ever tried.
With my beautiful sister-in-laws, Zhanna and Alina.
I’m so glad these boys have each other as cousins. They are all close in age and have so much fun together. I only wish they lived a little closer.
I can’t get over how big she looks in these photos. My baby is growing way to fast. Time, slow down!!
We also stopped at the Sacramento Zoo, which was neat since the variety of animals was completely different from our zoo, probably because we have cold winters in Boise. Baby D still talks about the flamingos.
And we took this hilarious picture because who can resist?
In-N-Out!! Every.single.time we are in California, we stop here. It’s tradition since we don’t have one in Idaho.
Back home, we’ve been doing some casual adventuring; taking the kids to the local corn mazes (and we have 2 really good ones in town!)
We’re getting out in the crisp Autumn air, taking random walks and trips to the parks. It’s so good and the kiddos love it. And is it just me, or does baby D look SO grown up?
When my son decided he didn’t want to ride his bike anymore…
…and I just wasn’t fast enough. It’s hard to pedal on a small bike – ok?
And my husband has been brushing up on his photography skills seeing the beautiful in everything.
Spending time with family is good for my soul 🙂
Well, if you’ve hung on this far, tell me about your adventures in a comment below! What have you been up to this Autumn? I just love connecting with you here :).
Loads of Love,
Natasha, Vadim, Big D and Baby D ❤️
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Hey Natasha, I just wanted to tell you I love every recipe of yours that I have made. I tell everyone I about how easy and delicious I think your are recipes. My kids will say, “This is so go!” And I reply, “You can thank Natasha!” Lol. I just wanted to thank you for the awesome recipes! Have a wonderful day! Kelly
Awww that’s the best! Thank you so much for sharing that with me! I’m all smiles
I really love your recipes and your blog. I look forward to watching your “dream home” become a reality! All in God’s perfect timing. When we were looking a house, like you, we didn’t find what we wanted so we chose to tear down the old one and built our own on the property that was my parents. It’s just over an acre, no neighbors close (about a 1/2 block distance away) woods across as it’s a bird/wildlife sanctuary. It’s peaceful. Funny, as s young adult I disliked it but now we call it our little piece of heaven. May God bless you and your family.
I’m so happy for you! What an awesome story! I know it’s not really on the same plane but it makes me think of how much I disliked borscht when I was a kid only to come to consider it one of my very favorite soups as an adult. 🙂 Your location sounds dreamy!! 🙂
Oh and btw congrats and good luck on your new home
Thank you so much! 🙂
Wow what a very beautiful family g-d bless and my how your kiddos have grown love the pix and of course your recipes girl lol enjoy and happy fall cheers
Thank you Tzivia! God bless you also 🙂
I’d been wondering if you finally got a home then I came here and saw this update. So happy for you, Natasha! Building a home from scratch should be very exciting. We are currently looking to buy our first home and we trust that God will guide us. He always has. God is so faithful! Can’t wait to see your new home and how amazing your kitchen will be. Blessings.
Thank you so much for your sweet words :-). May the Lord give you the desires of your heart in your new home! That’s so exciting!! 🙂 Blessings to you also!
Omg wow congrats so happy that you guys are gonna have a home of your own very soon it feels great to be in a place of your own what a beautiful family my how big they are getting
Thank you Tzivia! 🙂
Congratulations, may you soon be living in your home. God bless you all. 💞
Thank you so much!! God bless you also 🙂
Have you been to the train musem in old Sacramento. So much fun, you absolutely have to go if you havent yet. I am in SW Boise, what part are you in. Hope you have a good builder. When we moved here my daughter told us the two we should definitely avoid. Hoping for a milder winter this year, but from what I have heard, will be as bad or worse.
Pamela, I’ve actually visited train museum there but would love to take my daughter next time since only my son been there. we are in Meridian, and so far pleased with our builder. I’m really hoping for milder winter for sure 😬
So nice to hear about your adventures. Had one also, went to Ukraine for the first time. Usually see my cousins on Skype, got to meet them in person. Never thought that would happen. Loved Ukraine, so beautiful. Maybe I’ll go again and then visit my them in the country.
Val, thank you for sharing that with us 😁. I would love to visit Ukraine one day as well.
Natasha congratulations on breaking ground! That’s such wonderful news. We’ve also been looking for our dream home and came to the conclusion that it really doesn’t exist. We have been looking for land so we can also build our dream home. Its a tough market right now though. Seeing your post gave me a little more hope lol. I keep reminding myself… it’s all in God’s hands. Your family and your faith is truly inspirational. Love your blog! Excited to follow along as you show updates on the progress of your home 🙂
Dina, I’m glad this post is encouraging for you. May God bless you, trust that He has perfect place picked out for you 😀
Thank you Natasha! ❤️
The IdahoStatesmen newspaper, recently said : In n Out will be coming to Idaho in the near future! Where?? Mean while, being from So. Calif., we eat Freddie’s Steakhouse & Custard to ease the pain of no In n Out, it’s the closest we can get!
Always love your recipes!
Whaaaat?! YES!! That is excellent news!! 🙂
Hellofrom beautiful Spokane! We have an AWESOME agricultural area not far from town, Greenbluff. My sister and brother-in-law from Boise 😊 were here a few weekends ago and we took them out for their first visit. We had the traditional fresh, hot out of the fryer, pumpkin donuts….ohhhhh yeaaaaahhhh 😁 did a corn maze, picked apples and stopped at another farm to check out their gift shop. I love canning all sorts of jams and veggies, but my annual favorite, by far, is making apple pie filling – it is SO yummy and I love looking at the beautiful finished product lined up on my shelf!
Oh my goodness homemade pumpkin donuts sound amazing!! If you could share a recipe, that would be awesome! 😉 You’re making me crave them for sure. Thank you for sharing – that sounds like such a fun-filled and perfect way to experience Autumn.
Congratulations on breaking ground on your forever home. So exciting1 I love recipes and reading your blog.
Thank you so much Mari and I’m so glad you enjoy our blog! 🙂
Congratulations on breaking the ground for your dream home! How exciting! Building a house and picking out all of the finishing touches is really fun. We built our house about three years ago (we live in South FL) and although, the building process took longer than promised by the builder, we ended up moving in a month before our wedding (it was a crazy month for us!) and it was definitely worth the wait! Good luck to you guys!
Oh my goodness that is a very busy month – moving and getting married!! Yes we are truly over the top excited and thankful to be at this point 🙂
Tried your cheesy potato pancakes today for our breakfast. It was easy but to make and everyone loved it! Will definitely make it again. We are from India, so it was a pleasant break from usual breakfast items.
Happy to know you that you have found your dream home.
Hi Sinchu! Thank you for sharing your great review! I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe! And thank you for sharing in our joy 🙂
How inspiring it was to read your story….
I totally agree how God works in such way that seems impossible to be true….
I have had that realization a big number of times!
I am glad that you guys are doing well and are in process of building your dream home)
Your son grew so tall! He will soon reach your height, mama!😉
And baby D😍 ! She is seriously a dolly)
Such a beautiful family!
Thank you for recommending me the Gold Fork Hot Springs in Idaho)
Thank you so much Viktoriya! God is Good!! 🙂
Congratulation on finding the land for your dream home!!!! I’m so happy for you and your family! You guys really deserve it! You have such a beautiful family and your recipes are the best, if I had time I would comment on all of them! What I good point you mention about spending more time with your family. We often tell that to each other with my husband because life get so busy and kiddos grow up fast. We actually looking for a house in Idaho too, we’re planning to sell our house in Wa and move to Idaho. My husband has family there. So far we couldn’t find a house and the only choice for now is to built too. But same as you are, I strongly believe in Gods help, if it’s in God will, He will show us!
Oh I am so excited for you!! We looked for a home for nearly a year and a half before we decided on building. I do believe in God’s perfect timing in all of this. God bless you and your family whether you build or buy with the desires of your hearts! We will have alot in common since we moved to Idaho from Washington also! 🙂
Hi Natasha, so happy for your Beautiful family! What an adventure it is going to be. Glad that everything worked out in the end. Best of luck on the new chapter in your life. P.S. I’m happy to have you on my friend’s list since we share similar views!!!
Thank you so much Anna!! 🙂
Hi Natasha. Love following you and your family. We were just in Sacramento a week ago, but didn’t make it to Apple Hill. Got to eat apples from there tho as my sister-in-law had gone. It’s so wonderful how the Lord is providing for your dream home. It’s hard to wait sometimes, but it’s always worth it in the end. May He continue to bless you and your family.
I agree – the wait is hard and it’s tough to be patient!! 🙂 We are so thankful for it. My husband and I know we will be so much more appreciative after the wait 🙂
So very happy for you and your sweet little family. Your new house, is a blessing. May God, continue to grant you, the desires of your heart, as you, delight yourself in Him.
You remind me of my fam, when we were young. We lived in the city, and decided to move out of state, to live in the country. Lived on two acres, had horses, ciws, chickens, ducks, and a goat..( she ate everything…even the neighbors garden) gave her to a friend. We had a lovely garden. The children had chores. It was a very beautiful time. And though the children are now grown, with childen kf there own They, now tell stories of how wonderful, it was to be raised in the country. So enjoy all your recpies, and blog. It’s, good to put time out for your family….the babies grow up too fast.
Enjoy, love and blessings. Barbi (AKA , AJ Jones on fb.
Hi Barbara, I really enjoyed reading your story. Such beautiful and happy memories for you and your children! 🙂 Thank you for your kind words 🙂
Hi Natasha. I stumbled across your website little bit ago and have been returning ever since 🙂 I love how your recipes are healthy, simple ingredients. This is how I am used to cooking. My husband is Romanian, so we can relate with some foods. We are also praying/being patient to find the right lot for us to build. We have 3 little ones 4 and under. Thank you for all your updates and recipes. I feel like my family can relate to yours and its comforting to see your comments about the Lord and His faithful promises! Another reason to love and support your efforts.
Valentina thank you for your thoughtful comment. It really means so much to me :). I’m so glad you enjoy our site and recipes. May God bless you with the desires of your heart – your dream lot! Wow 3 little ones 4 and under – you are amazing and an inspiration! Thank you for writing in. It’s so good to hear from you.
The Lord has blessed you with a healthy family, a home and your talent of cooking “down to earth” meals. Thank you for helping me out every Sunday because it is your recipes that I cook for my elderly dad every Sunday and take to him. He always says …”This is so good !!” I always whisper to myself … thanks Natasha.
Awww your comment just lit up my morning and blessed me so much. Thank you Suzanne!! You are so sweet to cook for your Dad :). He is so blessed to have you 🙂
Huge congrats on finding a lot and starting to build a home! What a crazy blessing to know where you want to live forever… I think that is so rare these days with people our age. Hope you have a good experience with the building process.
Hi Julia! It’s so good to hear from you :). I want a place where I can remember our Christmases forever. I feel like a house holds so many memories. And, I also just never want to move again because it is so much work!! Thank you Julia – it’s a lot of time commitment to build but it sure is an exciting project 🙂
My siblings live in Sacramento and it’s only 2.5 hrs from us and we go visit all the time. Apple hill is awesome so much yumminess there 🙂 it’s funny whenever relatives from other states come to visit California they all have a tradition eating at In-N-Out lol. Can’t blame you guys they have some good burgers 🙂 Congratulations on your future home!
I wonder if my family in Sac knows your husbands family that would be interesting 🙂
Hmmm maybe! It’s such a small world 🙂
Ha ha! It’s not just us! 🙂 It’s one of those things that you crave because you can’t have it normally. Thank you Olga!! 🙂
Congratulations to you and your beautiful family, Natasha!!!!! Dreams come true and God’s timing is absolutely perfect even though we might not understand it in the “waiting”! We experienced that last year before we purchased our home here in SC!
Your kiddos are growing so fast and looks like baby D had a major growth spurt! Sweet angel! She’s so beautiful!
May the Lord continue to rain his blessings on you and I pray that the building of your new home will go smoothly and timely! Also praying for a longer fall!!!
What have we been up to this fall?! Completely chilling out. I’ve put the show on hold and only work with a handful of clients. We’ve also been hosting family from the west coast as they’re moving here one by one 🙂 It’s been very family-focused – like yours!
So happy for you guys and looking forward to seeing your dream home come together!!!! Xoxo
I’m so happy to hear that your Fall has been very family focused. When we decided to shift focus, I told my husband that before I die, I will never say, “I wish I had taken on that extra project and worked more.” Nope! It will be quite the opposite if I end up a work-a-holic that doesn’t invest into my children and family. Thank you for your sweet words and blessings!! God bless you and your family also!
Beautiful pictures and memories Natasha! ❤ So excited that you’ve finally found your dream home! (Well…land for now ;)) Will you be hiring a contractor oe building on youe own? Your autumn adventures look fantastic!
Thank you so much Anna!! Yes, we are building with a builder. I wouldn’t brave that alone right now given that we have no idea what we are doing (never built a home before) and the market is a tough one to find contractors even for reputable builders right now. The real estate market is hot and the contractors are busy busy – maybe it varies by area but I’m so happy we went with a builder, otherwise we would have gotten ourselves in trouble.
Congratulations on the beginning of one of your dreams coming true. I have a daughter, son-in-law, and eight grandchildren in Rexburg. They just bought their dream home too. Exciting time!
What a beautiful family you have.
I sure do enjoy your delicious and easy to follow recipes.
Thank you for sharing your talents with us.
Oh that is so exciting that they bought their dream home!! Congratulations to them! 🙂 Thank you for your sweet comment. I’m so glad you enjoy our recipes – that means so much to me 🙂
So happy for you and your family Natasha! The Lord answers prayers and knows the desires of our hearts. It is amazing what He will do when we wait patiently on Him to do His perfect will and trust His timing. Glad you and your family are taking time to enjoy life and creating memories because time flies!
So true!! I look back and although it was tough and so stressful at the time, I can see it was for our good and the timing is His perfect timing. I completely believe that 100%. God had this very lot in mind just for us 🙂 Thank you for writing in with that awesome reminder!! 🙂
Congrats on the purchase of the lot!!!! I have been wondering how you guys are doing, living with your parents for so long (I lived with mine for 5 years, so I know how it is), but wasn’t sure if perhaps I just missed a life update somewhere in the midst of all your wonderful recipes. 🙂 Yes, it looks like your baby is not a baby anymore, but a super cute toddler! Thanks for the post, and may God bless the four of you in the future building of the house, and all other work.
To answer your question, we have been enjoying Autumn to it’s fullest – mushroom picking in the forest, taking strolls on the waterfront, and exploring new spots. Our three year old is just ecstatic about it, and so are we. 🙂 It’s amazing how good it feels to just be outside and spend time with your kids. Thanks for sharing all the great pics!
Thank you so much Luba!! The way you are detailing your Autumn sounds so beautiful and dreamy! Mushroom picking in the forest, waterfront strolls – I can just imagine! 🙂 Thank you for sharing!
Your family is absolutely beautiful, and YES your baby looks so grown up! She and your son are both lucky to have you and your husband as parents that have “family” as your first priority.
So happy for you guys and the blessing of things working out with your dream home! Sounds like a perfect area to plant your roots and stay (🤞).
As for fall, we spend as much time as we can outside doing anything and everything. I love how much there is too do this time of year!
Hi Nicole, thank you so much for your sweet words. :). Isn’t it amazing how when the air turns crisp, there is so much more to do! I do love all of the Autumn festivities and it is such a beautiful time of year to be outdoors 🙂
I am from Sacramento and I am so glad you enjoyed the city! I am also excited for you and your family and the building of your dream house! I hope construction goes smoothly.
Also, I am Romanian and you represent Ukraine/East Europe so well with all of the recipes. Keep up the fantastic work!
Thank you so much Lillian for sharing in our joy! And I am so glad you are enjoying our blog and recipes 🙂
Aaawwww!!! So happy for you guys on the house. Building is so fun. Your home will be everything you’d want☺. Many, many blessings on the new home.
Yes, D is growing up way too fast. Before you know it, you’ll have a teenager in the home.
Looking forward to more updates on the home. 🏡
Thank you Valentina and thanks for your input on our floorplan. I’m so glad we will have an extra closet in the front!! 🙂 We are just SO EXCITED to finally be starting! 🙂
Tried your cheesy potato pancakes today for our breakfast. It was easy to make and everyone loved it! Will definitely make it again. We are from India, so it was a pleasant break from usual breakfast items.
Happy to know you that you have found your dream home.