Thursday, June 8, 2017

Life Lately

This year is flying by!  I can't believe its already June, and that Ellie will be starting school in 2 months! So crazy!
Turning in her registration packet for school

We went out to the Safari park for the first and really enjoyed it.  It was really interesting to see all the animals living together like they do in the wild.

We were able to spend some time with cousins at the zoo and the beach, which was a lot of fun.

Ellie has gotten very adventurous lately with doing flips and climbing things, I'm not sure how I feel about that!

Penny is also starting to climb more!
Penny started nursery a few weeks ago, and she is still on the fence about whether she likes it or not.  She is still a great sleeper, and we often find her with one hand behind her head.  She has also started eating at the table, which she loves.  She loves playing with her big sister.

For Memorial Day we went to the beach with some friends and had a bonfire. It was a lot of fun, if not a little chilly!  I didn't know until we moved here, that late May and June are very overcast and lower temperatures.  They call it the "June Gloom".  Its kind of like our fall, but its still in the mid to upper 60's and low 70's.

Easter in Utah

We went to Utah for Easter.  It was a whirlwind trip, which ended with our car dying.  

This was the first time we have been back since Andy's parents sold their house.  It was bittersweet to be there, because we all missed the house, but their new house is nice.

pit stop on the way
exploring the new backyard

On Easter, Ellie was super excited, and Penny wanted breakfast.  We looked through the Easter baskets and then went to church.  Afterwards we went out to visit Thomas' grave.  Its a special treat to visit on Easter.  To be reminded once more that one day we will have Thomas, and we will be given the honor of raising our son.

We also had a delicious dinner with Andy's family and a fun egg hunt.  On our last we finally took Ellie to see Beauty and the Beast, she loved it! After that we mainly hung around the house, playing and enjoying being with Grammy and Papa.

Ellie loves their new bath tub

The next day we started driving home.  The trip was going great, no traffic, we were making great time, but about 2 hours from home our oil light suddenly turned on the engine started making a horrible noise!
Long story short, our car was done for good.  After a very stressful few days we got a new one.  I hate when you unexpectedly have to make a huge purchase, but it is what it is!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

We bought a zoo pass

We've lived in San Diego for a year now, and finally bought a zoo pass.  We were dragging our feet about it, because it is expensive, but finally decided to use a bit of our tax return to get passes.  If you are ever here, it is well worth the money!

So amazing and beautiful.  I've learned so much about animals just taking to the workers and volunteers all around the zoo, and this place is HUGE!  We haven't even made it out to the Safari Park yet.

The girls have so much fun there, and so far no one is sick of going.  We've been several times and we still haven't seen everything.
the baby cheetahs are SO cute!

Our favorite animals are the orangutan (especially the baby) and the peacock who seems to be everywhere.  We also love riding the sky tram.

Borrego Springs and Julian

California has had a ton of rain this winter!  So much so, that there are wild flowers bursting everywhere, especially in the desert where they have had a "super bloom".  The ranger told us they haven't had flowers like this in 15 years.
Funny enough, I don't have any of the flower pictures on my phone, but I do have pictures of these sculptures that were all around.

On the way home we stopped in Julian to try the "world famous" pie.  We both agreed it was meh.  Nothing special, but my brownie sundae was AMAZING!

This last picture is a gorgeous shot of the sunset while we were on Sunday drive.  It was so beautiful that people clapped when it was over.