Twin Belllllyyyyy | 32 weeks


This belly is feeling pretty huge these days, already measuring at the equivalent of full term for a singleton pregnancy. According to the doctor twins usually do well when born between 32 and 38 weeks and although I'm hoping to make it closer to the 38 week mark it's a relief to reach the safety zone.

Each day brings us closer and closer to the finish line and I am so ready to meet these two. Ready, but also just a bit (a lot bit) nervous, wish me luck!


We're back in Oregon now missing all the amazing fresh fruit and watching our tans fade rapidly. I've never been a let's-eat-papayas kind of person but they happened to be in season and that changed everything. Let's eat papayas! A few full days were spent on the house project but mostly it was just here and there leaving Denver plenty of time to surf and me lots of beach/pool time.


My in-laws bought some land in Costa Rica a few years ago and have decided it's time to build.  Denver and I have been anxiously waiting for this decision and are really excited to be a part of the project.  The property is in a little township called Ojochal on Costa Rica's west coast just up the hill from the beach with beautiful ocean views.  There is great surfing in the area and all kinds of wildlife as much of the area is national park or government owned. The area seems to of attract quite a wide variety of international residents which makes for a fun vibe but even better all kinds of small family owned restaurants with amazing ethnic food, from french bakeries to tahitian infusion all at really reasonable prices.  

We learned so much in the last few weeks but also feel like there is so much more to learn and work through.  While these kind of projects are often successfully completed with the owners living off shore we couldn't help but think it would wise to be on site for much of the build especially as Denver has quite a bit of construction experience and we are all pretty particular about finish, cost and management.  Here's a little sneak peek at the architectural renderings, I think it's going to look even more awesome in person!




There is so much to be thankful for and look forward to as we begin another year but mostly we're grateful and excited for baby Linthicum (x2) so far healthy, happy and all set to join us in early May.  These two are an answer to prayer and our hearts are full. 


Life aside from the twin excitement:

- Prepping to begin a new build as soon as the weather permits this spring. We couldn't find another house flip that seemed like a good investment so it was time to try new approach. Building from the ground up is so different from remodeling. So far there has been lots to learn and we haven't even broken ground yet!

- Shop days. The plan is furnish the other unit in Bend once the current lease expires this spring so Denver has been busy creating. I'm his cheeky sanding and finishing apprentice, I'd think he'd fire me if he could.

- A couple day ski trip with my family to celebrate my Dad's 60th birthday.  I love to ski and I love that my family is game to go even in this crazy cold weather.

- Lots of snow shoveling.

- My parent's huge hay barn (the one I took a picture of Denver and I in just a few posts back) just collapsed unexpectedly this afternoon. Which is so crazy but probably only crazy to me and more like having a comic strip verbally explained for everyone else.

- We're flying out for Costa Rica tomorrow. If all goes well hopefully 2017 and all the years hereafter will also include a Linthicum family house in the tropics named Casa Panoramica. More on that to come. 


The skiing in central Oregon has been incredible this last week with over 44 inches of new snow in the last five days and cold temps to boot. This is the kind of winter conditions we dream about!

Peter Grubb Hut


It wasn't the original plan but it ended up being a pretty near perfect three days out in the Tahoe backcountry. Staying in the hut made it so much easier to access new terrain and we got all the skiing and skining our early season legs could take. The fresh snow was almost too deep, lots of wallowing involved, but what an awesome complaint. I'm such a big fan of hut camping during the winter months, that big wood stove and a place out of the weather makes all the difference between enjoying vs enduring.