One of the big reasons we made the decision to close our physical storefront and make the move to become an online exclusive retailer is the kids. During the busy season it is always an impossible struggle to simply be there for them - it was not uncommon for us to put in 90-110 hrs / week at the shop, from September through January.
Despite that, each year we've managed to establish a couple of traditions that we hold very near and dear to our hearts. In the Fall, we go to Craven Farms, not far from us in Snohomish, Washington. We all bundle up and head down to trek through the fields, pose for pictures, check out the animals, and generally make some memories.
This year, we actually managed to make it down early (but yes, the blog is pretty late in coming...). It was a spectacularly beautiful day, the kids were super excited and happy, and the memories were stellar. If you saw our "homemade pizza post" - that was how we ended the day that day. Tomorrow's post will show you Ben painting his pumpkins... all the same day. It was a good, good day - and it reaffirmed our reasons for the decisions we've made.
We hope you have some traditions of your own, and that this upcoming Christmas season can be a time for making some great memories.