Sunday, July 13, 2014

{Sunday Photograph - 136}


These three got older this week.  Have you ever just looked at your kids one day and realized they look and seem older?  Well when it usually happens around these parts it only happens one at a time, but this time...it was all three and it about gave my mother heart a heart attack. 

Birthday-fest is coming up this week.  Three birthdays all within 2 weeks of each other.  That's a lot of cake, presents and celebrating. 

This past week we spent some time with friends at a local splash pad and the pool.  It was nice not having to worry about a little baby at either of those places.  Though I am sad my kids are growing up, I am, at the same time, loving this new freedom I have.  They look after each other and I can sit in the sun, wade in the pool and talk with friends.  I think it's safe to say I am in a new chapter of life.

This week more pool visits, hikes up the canyon, visiting with friends a back to school open house (already?!) and some needed me time.

We have officially been here a month. The kids are adjusting quite nicely.  We've all missed the beaches and our friends in California at different times.  Jonas hasn't asked for a few days now if this is our new home or when we will be going back to California so it's starting to stick that we are here for the long haul I think.

Happy Sunday!

*The empty picture frame and the shelf behind the kids is still a work in progress...slowly but surely the house is coming together.

Sunday, July 06, 2014

{Sunday Photo -135}


Today's Sunday photo includes a family that goes back to the Veterinary school days.  The Christiansens are good family friends who spent the Iowa years with us raising babies, having babies, watching each other's babies, supporting each other and with barely a penny to our names, we'd combine our resources and have many a potluck style dinner.

There's stories and history and friendships that have lasted years.  Now they live ten minutes away!  We are super excited to be able to hang out again...they will be life long friends for sure.

Happy Sunday!
p.s. If you're in the Lehi area I know an amazing podiatrist ...go see Dr. Christiansen! 

Sunday, June 29, 2014

{Sunday Photograph - 134}

We left our piano in California when we moved to Utah.  The kids were sad that we were but I promised them we'd find another one shortly after we got into the new house.

I wanted one that worked but wasn't pricey...one to learn on, be banged on a little (or a lot) and one that matched the style of our home.  Thanks to KSL classifieds (what can't you find on there?!) today we have a piano. 

There is a designated music room in our house.  It has French doors that can be closed when "music" is playing.  Ukuleles, guitar, piano and other musical instruments can be enjoyed and played behind closed doors if need be...and sometimes, I'll be honest...it needs be!

Things are starting to get settled.  Bedrooms are starting to be unpacked and the main floor is done.  Piano teachers have been sought out, dance teachers found, sports programs identified, season passes to nearby museums and gardens have been purchased and it seems that soon the kids will be able to also settle into Summer. 

I'm ready to settle into Summer myself...

Happy Sunday!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

{Sunday Photograph - 133}


First Sunday photograph in the new house, new state, new chapter.

Busy unpacking, while trying to fit in some fun activities for the kids...you know, like unpacking their bedroom, clothes,DVD's and picking up all the packing paper. 

Yay for older kids who can actually help around the house. 

Happy Sunday!

Sunday, June 08, 2014

{Sunday Photograph - 132}

 This is our last Sunday Photograph in this home.  We sold our home and closed on it earlier this week.  The house is in shambles as we finish up packing, ready to move on to our next adventure in Utah.

Living here in California was never the plan...and then it was...and it has been an adventure filled with memories and friends, beach trips and Disneyland, good times and not so good times. 

On to the next chapter in this crazy life we lead...

A few other pictures of the last week or so:
Because we are renting for a while in Utah it was difficult to find a place that would allow animals.  We were so very lucky to find the place that we did, however, the dogs will not be able to come with us. 

When we broke the news to the kids they were devastated.  There were many tears shed and many pictures taken.  Yesterday was the last day with the dogs.  I wanted to be sure and get some pictures of Jake and Ruby with the kids before we gave them to a technician at Bret's work and headed to the beach.

My kids loved those dogs.  I tolerated them because they made my kids happy...and ate the crumbs on the floor. 
The moving truck has been dropped off and Tuesday our house will be emptied and the truck filled.  The kids are all showing some apprehension and worries in their own individual ways.  It's been a struggle trying to be there for each of them in the way that they need and pack and get things done that need to be done. 

I am sure that they will be fine, but I am expecting a bit of a transition for them as well.  I love my Littles and want them to have a smooth transition as possible.
Packing up the house is what my life has been for the last week or so.  The kitchen is my least favorite to pack.  I've been getting rid of a lot of things with this move.  I am not sure if it's because it's a good time to purge things or because I just don't want to pack them....I choose the first one so I don't feel as bad.


We have amazing friends.  This past weekend they all came together and did a potluck for our family so we could spend one more time with all of them and say our goodbyes.  We will miss our friends here and they will always be a part of our lives.
 
Yesterday was spent at the beach with friends as well.  One last beach hurrah with everyone.  The kids are fishes just like their mom.  It was a great day filled with lots of laughs, food, sun, sand, ocean and beach volleyball. 
 
 
Kinda crazy this is the last Sunday photo here!  Here's to new adventures and memories!
 
Happy Sunday




Sunday, June 01, 2014

{Monterey}

A few weeks back we spent a few days in Monterey while Bret attended a continuing education conference for Veterinarians.


A recap in lots of photos and some words:
Ready for the long drive
We stayed in a cottage in Pacific Grove which borders Monterey.
  We were five minutes from Cannery row, which was the first stop we made.
We walked around Cannery row and visited all the little shops and ate amazing food.
The next day the kids and went to the Monterey Bay Aquarium.  It's HUGE and as amazing as we thought it would be.  Our favorite places to visit were the Jelly Fish, the otters and the hands on tide pools.
 
The next day we spent the morning at the Aquarium - you really need a day and a half or two days to really enjoy the place.  The afternoon was spent at a free children's museum where hours were spent crafting, playing and having fun.
When I spot a French Bakery, especially an award winning one, I MUST go in and try their baked goods.  This one was so good that a second visit was required.
 
The rest of the time spent there was visiting the beautiful beaches in that area and Fisherman's Wharf.  One day we drove the "17 mile drive", which is this beautiful span of beaches and scenery.  It was beautiful!
We stopped at a beach where we could hear seals barking and could watch them out on this little island.  The kids loved it.
We drove through Carmel by the Sea, Big Sur, Pebble Beach, etc.  Such beautiful and breathtaking landscape.
We also visited Dennis the Menace park.  It's a must if you're visiting Monterey with little kids.  Such an awesome playground.
 
For the drive back we decided to take a longer route by driving along the Pacific Coast Highway.  I am so glad we did.  The drive was BEAUTIFUL! 
We made a few stops along the way.  The first stop was at this beach where hundreds of Elephant seals were sunning themselves.  They were right up next to us.  The kids thought it was smelly, and it was, but they were so close to us and a lady came and educated the kids on them, which now has caused them be slightly obsessed with elephant seals.
 We also stopped at Grover Beach...for obvious reasons.  The kids thought it was pretty cool.
Next to Grover Beach was Pismo beach.  We stopped to have lunch, grab a world famous cinnamon roll and of course...drive the car on the beach.  It's one of the few beaches you can drive right on the the beach.  I opened the sunroof and let the kids stand up and stick their heads out the roof while we drove on the beach.  They loved it.
There were hundreds of sand dollars all along the beach.  You couldn't walk without seeing them all around you.  We of course collected "a few"...
I was so glad to have done this trip before we move.  It has been on my list of things to do with the kids for years now.  I hope they will have good memories of the trip...I think they will.