I'm glad to have a blog that motivates me to take pictures of the happenings in our life. This has become my new scrapbook. I can't believe how many pictures I take a month! Almost one a day! Documenting my family's life day by day is pretty neat. I love looking back on the pictures and memories created. Contrary to what you see here, if you know me, you know that I complain a lot and life isn't always hunky dory. I choose to post about the things that make me feel accomplished and good about myself and my family. I'm trying...
^Kai playing with Madison and sharing his hat.
^My kids rarely fall asleep during the day anymore. I love the feeling that the kids are so worn out they want to sleep.
^The air is crisp. Ed concocted a little riding train for the kids, so we took a little ride to the park in the afternoon.
^ Oh the joys of Bunko with friends. For October we dressed up. I'm that alien lookin' thing. :)
^Every night, Auzi waits for Sarah to come to bed and sleeps with her snuggled up all night. My kitties did the same with me growing up. I'm glad they have each other.
^Conference Sunday is always pretty chill. Naps are usually a necessity. Madison snoozed in the swing.
A couple of years ago I started doing puzzles while I listen to conference and I'm always much more alert and able to listen. 2 puzzles this year! A 250 and a 500 that I just had to stay up and finish! :)
^My neighborhood does some cute things. This little treat came at the perfect timing one night. Right after the kids were in bed. Warm chocolate-y goodies on my porch- and then in my mouth with some cold milk. Mmm!
^Rub-a-dub-dub 3 kids in the tub! Cuties.
^Trek to Disneyland. We bought season tickets to Disneyland last year when we lived closer to it, so we decided to get in one last trip before they expired the next week. Beautiful scenery on the way down.
... a stop for lunch in Vegas to see our friends, The Nash's.
^When we got to CA, we had about an hour before Disney closed so we headed over for a few rides. The kids were so excited! After Disney we ordered pizza to our room and went to bed.
^We headed over to California Adventure pretty early and avoided some lines. We were able to go on some rides twice in a row. Weather was perfect! A little overcast and some sprinkling, but much better than super hot!
^Some nice guy gave us a pass that got us straight to the front of Toy Story. Thank you sir for helping us avoid the 45 minute wait with 3 young kiddos. As you can see Madison did a lot of Bjorn sleeping on-the-go.
^Small world-with a sleepin' babe again.
^Splash Mountain was my favorite as a kid! Kai liked it too apparently. I don't have the pic of Sarah, but her face looked terrified. She's still not into fast rides with big drops.
^ Last ride of the night. Peter Pan. A favorite. 9am-8pm today. We're beat! Kids did well over all. Much better than last year. :)
^Day 2- HAVE to get the typical pic.
^Sarah loves the princesses. We saw most of them last year, so we only saw Ariel this year.
^Cars Land was crazy busy, so we stayed for a short time and did one ride. It was fun though. :)
^It's a small world. A kid favorite.
^After Disneyland 8am-6pm (whew!), the Katz's came and met us for dinner. The kids reuniting is always the cutest. Love the Katz Fam!
^After breakfast we packed up and met the Katz's at the beach for a couple hours. The kids loved it of course! Then we got lunch and headed to the Katz's house in LA. We did haircuts, nails, ordered take-out,
^Kristen and I snuck out for some shaved ice-ice cream and then we watched a movie. The kids loved having a sleepover. We relish the time we get to spend together. Thanks for always being such wonderful hosts! We miss ya!
Such a great, yet exhausting trip! :)
^We woke up early in the 5 o'clock hour and said our goodbyes and then Ed dropped me off at the airport in LA. I flew to San Fran with Madison while Ed drove with Sarah and Kai home to UT. Sweet Rebecca picked me up at the airport and we headed to try and catch Julia and Kaylynn at the end of the Nike Women's Half Marathon. Of all things, I forgot the Bjorn so Madison just had to be zipped up in my jacket. Long walks with babies in your coat are hot! She was a good sport. We missed their finish, but met up afterward for brunch.
^Brunch was near the "Full House" houses, so we did a drive by. ;)
^Brunch was delicious!!! Nopa. Good food and good company. Julia, Rebecca, Brook, Kaylynn and us.
(^A pic of Sarah on their drive home. Ed said the kids did great!)
^We got to the hotel and refreshed before heading out for some shopping. Red lipstick for all seemed like a fun idea. :)
^After a full day we headed to dinner. I love being in the surroundings of the city. A block away from Coit Tower. :) These girls know how to eat! That's what girls trips are all about. Shopping and eating! :) By this point Madison was getting more difficult. Irregular naps, no schedule, 4 days of vacation under her belt. I learned quickly that girls trips are a little less fun with babies. My angel baby became a little less angelic. Overall she was doing okay, but man was it exhausting!! Such good friends.
^This little turkeys predictability became less predictable. :( She was up in the night twice. Trying to keep a baby quiet so your friends can get some sleep adds a little stress. :) AND she wanted to be up at 6am, so we sat/walked in the hall for an hour or so before she fell asleep again. One thing lacking on this trip- good sleep. Compounding after days= no bueno. I started asking myself pretty often, "What was I thinking?!" :) Given the situation for her-she did wonderful, but a far stretch from what I was used to. I am a schedule freak. I like things to be predictable.
^ We got showered and headed out for brunch. Neiman Marcus Cafe. Pretty good. Food is always so pretty. Julia had to try on a designer dress. I mean, "why not"? Madison joined in on the fashion.
^Food, food, and more food. Pinkberry deliciousness.
^Madison's first taxi ride. :) I think she liked it.
^Osha Thai for dinn. Sea bass, duck and pumpkin curry.
^I never skip dessert. :)
We headed back to the hotel, gave Rebecca a quick haircut and then Julia and I stayed one last night and I talked way too much! :)
We got up and headed back south to Sunnyvale. Julia dropped me off at my friend Ruth's house where I'd be staying and doing hair. I got right to work. 10am-10:30pm. Hair, hair, and more hair. Less cool with a fussy baby that is sleep deprived and used to being strapped to you all day. :) Clients (10) were very gracious and Ruth was ever so sweet. She made me meals, held the babe, etc. Such sweet people. CA is full of them!
Wednesday was the same. 8am start and with a last minute cancellation I was done by 6pm instead of 10pm. ;) (14 clients) I got Madison to bed (poor baby) and was able to go out to dinner with some friends. I was only an hour late. :) But, Ahhh! A breath!
^It feels like I never left when I see these girls. Conversation flows so easily. They are all a part of me I will never forget. Hassle and all- always good to see. Thanks to everyone that could make it! Missed all of those who couldn't or have moved. Hope to see the rest of you next trip!...if there is one. ;) I was able to stop by Rebecca's newly bought house after dinner and Pinkberry. So exciting.
I got home that night to a crying baby. :( Once again, no predictability. Poor Ruth. Found myself feeling like this was the dumbest idea ever!!! All 3 vacations separately may have been doable, but 3 packed back to back with a baby...not so much! Utterly exhausted. And all of the people that I have put out that had to help me...feeling a little guilt.
Thursday brought more clients(5). 8am-2pm and then I headed to the airport. A total of 29 people in 2.5 days. I SO love doing hair! I SO love these clients! I SO hope I can keep it up! But, one word can describe the last week. EXHAUSTING!!
^Meet Ruth. She offered her house, food, and arms to my baby for all the craziness. Can't thank her enough. And to all the friends who helped out and drove me around, I love you and am ever so grateful!
Back home- to all the people who watched Sarah and Kai- Thanks a million! I don't want to give up these trips, but all the arranging that has to go on now...will have to decide how worth it it is. Doing hair is kind of my therapy. I love visiting with friends. I love feeling accomplished and getting my creative outlet. I am definitely blessed to be surrounded by such supportive friends and family that allow me some "me" time.
^ Madison did pretty great on all the flights. Ready to be back on a schedule, ready to have my angel baby back, ready to sleep, ready to exercise again, ready to make some changes for the better, ready to reevaluate life and what choices will do me/us best. I am continually learning.
^Home to beautiful Fall! We got some family pics taken and went to a Halloween Party at some friends.
^ In CA Ed and I always threw a party. It was kind of nice to attend a party this year. Dressing up is fun.
Roman Goddess and Hercules.
Thanks Tya and Brandon.
^SNOW! Already?! I know it won't hold up quite yet, but...
The kids were thrilled! Got dressed in their snow gear and loved it.
^My angel baby is back!! :) Happy as can be again! Whew! Just took about a week to get our heads screwed back on. :) She melts me, love watching her grow, and I love how sweet Sarah and Kai are with her. She is laughing lots, scootin' on her hand and knees, rolling, movin'. Fun to watch.
^I started a Music Makers class in my basement once a week. A morning and an afternoon class. (As if life isn't crazy/busy enough) But my kids love it! Been fun so far! We had the kids dress in their costumes for class. Thanks everyone!
^Grandma came by and stayed a while since Ed was out of town. We cleaned, made cookies, got dinner and hung out. She helped while I hosted a Ragnar meeting. Love having Mom.
^Bright and early, got my craft on for our ward craft day that I helped with. Crafty once a year at least is good. :)
^ Grandpa invited us to a Halloween party with him. Kids got in costumes, they had bouncy houses food and fun entertainment. Busy while Ed is gone is good. Thanks Dad!
^Loved watching the break dancers. Love music!
^ Sweet neighbors gave me a release for an evening run. Breath of fresh air- literally! Love the scenery where I live.
^Johnson Family cousins! We got together for dinner since my brothers are back from SC. Love my fam! Then we picked up daddy.
^Once a year, during Halloween I like to make homemade chili, cornbread and doughnuts. The Ryan's joined us this year. Wonderful company.
^Ed does some fun things with the kids. ;) He's good at playing with them.
^Madison is sitting. :) Last harvest from the garden. Onions. The frost killed the millions of tomatoes. Good year though.
^We ran out of time last night so Ryan's came back and finished out the original plan and we carved pumpkins and had dessert together. Kids get along great, and so do we! Did I mention they are the only other ones in the ward with a baby?! Crazy for Utah- I know!
Buzz Lightyear, Snow White and our Strawberry
Meg and Mike had us over for pizza, etc before we headed out for trick-or-treating.
^ Kai and Madison didn't last too long, but we had some fun!
^A fun neighborhood. Most interesting (but good) hand outs- hot chocolate, hot dogs and doughnuts.
Tuckered us(Kai) right out! Success!!
Fun, busy month!