right now

right now

Nov 16, 2009

Home for the Holidays!

I am very excited! Sailor/Farmer/Husband's leave got approved and we are officially leaving Friday very early to head home to Minnesota for Thanksgiving! The kids are so excited and have already started packing as much unnecessary crap as they can fit into their little backpacks. I was hesitant to tell them for awhile since it was possible that hubby would be sent out somewhere, but the carrier left without him yesterday for a week, so I know that our plans won't be changed "courtesy of the Navy" now. (Knock on wood!) The trip is so long, but it always seems to go by more quickly near the holidays. We will leave at about 3-4 am and usually try to power through 1000 miles the first day from Virginia Beach to Janesville, WI - then that makes for a nice 2nd day of the trip. Wake up a little later, breakfast, then only 4-5 hours 'til home. I really love MN in the summertime, but the good thing about going this time of year is that we won't have bikes, kayak, etc on top of the car, makes for an easier ride! My mom is having a ton of family for dinner, so we should get to see just about everyone in the family. My dad's blues band has a tradition of playing a local bar the night before Thanksgiving so no doubt my mom will get "stuck" with the grandkids and dogs while we get some much needed time out and will get to really enjoy a night on the town with a trusted babysitter! It doesn't get any more trustworthy than your own mom, does it?!

As far as our storm goes, we have been cleaning up the past couple of days. We fared much better than some in our area. Our fence came down, lost some 2x4's off of our pergola and the kids' playset, and just general disarray and light flooding of the yard. The veggie beds seem to be fine (raised!) and believe it or not, I still have blooms on my azaleas, though the trees were stripped clean of their leaves, can't quite figure that one out. We have a massive container ship that actually washed ashore near us, they are trying to figure out how to tow it back to sea. We also lost ALOT of sand dunes near the ocean, and a couple of ocean fishing piers.

I designed some labels for the first time for our homebrew since we will be bringing plenty of that home to share at Thanksgiving. I can't seem to get a decent picture of the labels, so I'll spell it out...

on left: (named after our deceased rescue Bernese Mountain Dog!)

Recycled Dog Extra Pale Ale
woof - woof
renew - reuse

on right:

Ludwig Family Homestead
Double IPA
dry hopped suburban farm homebrew

We also mini-kegged a batch of Belgian Farmhouse Ale. This is the first time we have kegged so I am anxious to find out if "it took"! Guess we'll know soon enough! Good thing Leine's is plentiful back home to keep everyone happy if it turns out that it didn't carbonate well :)

I hope to post again before we leave but I will be trying to post as well from home if my mom will let me hijack her Mac for awhile.


  1. Oh, how exciting! I love the beer labels! We've made wine and mead but never beer. But we did discover that a local liquor store does carry yeast and hops and everything you would need for beer or wine making. Tempting....
    Have a fabulous trip!

  2. Have a wonderful vacation and a safe, safe trip there and back.

  3. Oh, I'm so happy you get to go home for Thanksgiving! I know you'll have a wonderful time. It will feel like a real Thanksgiving for you.

    Glad the storm damage wasn't any worse than it was. Mother Nature strikes again!

    I'll bet your relatives really look forward to your home brews. What a treat.

    Have a safe trip . . . and Happy (early) Thanksgiving!

  4. Have a wonderful holiday and a safe trip! Enjoy your time with family...and DO take advantage of Mom (that's what we're for, LOL).

  5. How wonderful-have a safe trip. And enjoy hubby!!

  6. Woohoo! You guys have a safe and wonderful trip. Take lots of pictures.

    Love the beer labels!

  7. Have a safe trip, enjoy your night out!

  8. So glad you are ok, what a storm!! You have quite the sense of humor, it sure shows on your labels. We all know how much you need this family trip, so happy for you, bon voyage!! peace for all