Friday, August 18, 2017

Ellie's First Day of School

Ellie started kindergarten! I can't believe that I have a child in school, I feel like a such a grownup!

Penny wanted her picture taken too
Ellie absolutely loves riding the bus and going to school.  Her teacher is really nice and I can't believe how much she has already learned.

Questions for people with school kids, what do you do with all the paper your kid comes home with! So many drawings, crafts and misc paper! She wants to keep it all and we'll be smothered in it soon!

Summer Review

Summer was over in a blur.  We went to the zoo a bunch, had a ton of visitors and some how survived the heat with an ac unit that is basically useless.
4th of July at Safari Park

We had a visit from Uncle Chris and family and the girls had a great time playing with their cousins.
Timmy and Penny, only 1 month apart
We were so lucky to have my mom come and visit for 2 weeks! We went to the beach, Disneyland, the zoo, and spent lots of time talking and laughing!

Andy and I also celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary! I love him and I'm so happy for our relationship and our 3 children!

Finally I went on a girls trip to Florida with my 3 best girlfriends!  We have been friends for 11 years and I love our friendship!

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.