16 April 2015

Hello Again!

Or also titled, "how I should be folding the multiple piles of clean laundry scattered throughout my house, but would rather keep avoiding it, so here I am, finally blogging again"...

Here we are!  Max finished his course in TX, and we left AZ two months ago, and moved to sunny Southern CA.  It's so good to be back together as a family, to be under the same roof, and have a home of our own again.  We are loving it here so far - the weather is gorgeous, the proximity to the ocean is fantastic, and we are feeling pretty settled into our new house.  
moving day // game time // swinging at sunset by the ocean 
new digs // beach day // sweet girl 
swinging with daddy // new bed for Evie // sister tea party

Max is busy getting situated and trained in at work.  The kids and I have been busy settling in, and adjusting to life with just me again.  This having 4 kids is no joke!  I feel like I am constantly running around, trying to get everything done, and at the end of the day, I still feel like my to-do list is a mile long!!!  I am trying to figure out the balance between it all, and it's not been easy.  There are days I feel like I go-go-go, but have nothing productive to show for it, and that's hard for me!  I have to remind myself that somedays there aren't any "results", and that's ok - as long as I get the kiddos dressed and fed and napped, and we spend a bit of time outside, and the house isn't a major disaster, and there is some sort of dinner at the end of the day, it's probably been more of a successful day than I realized!
love them // daddy and empale // georgie 
how is emma so big? // car selfie // new spring outfits

We are slowly meeting new friends, and getting acquainted with our surroundings. We've been to the beach a handful of times, and man alive, was it good to see the ocean again, after those months in the desert!  The sand and waves are so good for a person!  The kids could sit out in the sand for hours, just digging and scooping and filling buckets.  Plus, we found a beach we can take George too, and it's so much fun watching him gallop around in the waves!
palm trees are not cacti // George knows where it's at // chubby baby
all my people // mama's quiet time // goofy boy
"am i pwetty?" // from where I nurse // love these kiddos

I have been meaning to blog for awhile, but between wiping bums, and doing laundry, and sweeping floors, and getting into a routine here, it has kept getting pushed back.  Which is sad, because I know how happy I am to blog, to keep this space, to share snippets of our story.  I'm hoping to figure out ways to carve out a little bit of time for sharing a little more of what life is looking like around here lately.  

But for now, I hear a small one calling, and there is dinner to be made...

13 February 2015

My Sweethearts.

I sure do love these precious, goofy kiddos of mine!  After taking a few photos of the four of them, Ezra and Eliana wanted to take some with me in the picture.  We miss our Daddy (only days until we move, yay!), and can't wait to see him, but I sure am thankful for these little sweethearts of mine!

10 February 2015

Emmalee Grace - 3 months

I know, I know, I am always saying this, but time has flown right by again!  How is my precious baby already three months old?!  Emmalee is doing great.  She weighs in around 14 lbs, and has outgrown most of her 0-3/3m clothes.  She has become quite vocal - "talking" to us, making dinosaur-type squawking noises, and she LOVES blowing bubbles with her lips.  Emma is a fantastic sleeper, and I am so thankful for that!  She sleeps 10-11 hours at night, takes one longer nap in the afternoon, and a few catnaps in the morning.  She nurses every 2-3 hours during the day, and if she's not eating or sleeping, she probably has her hands in her mouth.  She is still quite laid-back, and easy going, for the most part.  We love our sweet Emmalee Grace!  

09 February 2015

Our weekend (or, Alison visits).

My parents were out of town over the weekend, so when my cousin Alison (who the kids call Auntie Alison) asked when she could visit, this weekend seemed like a great time!  She came down on Friday and stayed through Sunday, and we are so glad she made the trek!

The kids were so excited going to bed on Friday night, knowing they would see her when they woke up on Saturday morning!  We went the to Zoo on Saturday morning, and had a blast seeing all the animals.  There is a baby elephant there, and she is just adorable!  She seems so tiny, but just weighed in at 400+ lbs!  Crazy!  We went out for Sonoran hot dogs after the Zoo, and then headed home for naps.  Spent some time outside before dinner, and then once the kids were in bed, Alison and I had a fun night eating treats, painting nails, chatting, and catching up on shows.  We headed to the park Sunday morning, to burn some energy off, and then Alison hit the road to head home.  

I am so thankful for the conversation, extra hands, and help that Alison provided!  We are so glad she came down to spend the weekend with us!  
morning walk view // playing outside // sleepy babe // Queen Eliana
 Can you find the little teeny baby in the picture above?!  
playing at the park!
{many of the photos above were taken & shared by Alison!  Thanks!}

06 February 2015

The little things this week.

A few little things that made me smile this week:
 Afternoon popcorn snack, complete with watchful brown beast, and guarding arms!
 Happy, smiley morning burrito babe.
 Taking the car to the carwash.  Easy entertainment.

Emma chatting it up with her favorite friend...the ceiling fan!
 He brought his coffee cup and pot to the table for breakfast.  Also, this is his "cheese" face.
Morning walks with a sweet girl, wearing a bonnet that belonged to me as a babe.