Friday, August 26, 2016

New Home, New Beginnings

Saying good bye to the condo... the place Tony and I turned into a home. We moved into our City Scene condo together the day after we got married. We built our foundation together in that space. We built beautiful friendships with the neighbors. We had adventures and went through some pretty tough stuff in that home. Most important of all we brought out babies home to that condo. We experienced all of their firsts in that space. We built our family in-between those walls- it is no wonder why this move was very bitter sweet. I will not lie, I along with Lola and Ellie sobbed as we walked away from our home on Camino Degrazia for the last time. In reflection we are truly blessed to feel that much emotion, because if it wasn't for the memories we lived in between those walls, the transition would not have been so bitter sweet. 

After the move out was complete, we went back to the condo to finalize a few things, ate takeout in the vacant space while reminiscing about it all. It was a special evening and a great way to move forward with gratitude! 

Our venture to buy a house for our family started many years ago. I believe Tony and I knew deep down that it was all going to work out. We knew God had a plan for our next home together as a family, regretfully I just wish our faith would have been stronger then our anxiety in the moments leading up to and throughout the home purchase. Reflecting on all of things that lined up to take make our new home ours, we know it worked out exactly how it was suppose to be.  We worked pretty hard to get here, but at the same time are so very humbled and grateful for this blessing and cannot wait to see how our new home will be a blessing to us and others. 

We spent some time (with lots and lots of help- most who are not pictured) making the space a bit more personal. We painted, replaced some carpet, got some new furniture, and re-did the bathroom to make it work for Tony. There is still quite a bit we want to do, but in due time. Mark painted and helped move, Emma helped clean and paint, my mom helped unpack and line cabinets, Uncle Drew and Chris were like professional movers, my dad got to work on his to-do list, Mike installed a much needed ceiling fan in the girls room, Candice and Keith moved the random stuff,  and our friend Kevin did the bathroom remodel... it took a village.

My brother Mark flew down to help out! 
Lola and Ellie helped paint in-between swim sessions. 

I had to post these pictures because the moving of the cats is something the girls were so looking forward to and something I will never forget. Needless to say, they make in to our new home too! 

Our first night in our new home happened to be Tony and my 10th wedding anniversary... can't quite think of a better way to celebrate ten years. We spent the evening watching the sun set from our back yard, swimming with the girls, and toasting to new beginnings!

Cheers to our next home adventure! 

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Olympic Spirit 2016

Our family always gets quite excited about the olympics. Last winter olympics we celebrated the opening ceremonies with a little party, this summer olympics was no different. We got together with friends and celebrated by playing games, eating some yummy treats, and watching the parade of nations! Thanks Amy an Annette for hosting a fun evening.

 They brought me a birthday cake too!!! 



Monday, August 8, 2016

Surfer Girls

It was bound to happen, I mean look at their lineage. It's in their blood. This summer was the summer these little ladies turned into surfers. It was no surprise that Ellie was the one begging for surfing lessons, but it was a surprise that Lola loved the lessons just as much! They both are so brave and truly can't get enough of the wave. 

First, these girls were lucky enough to be taught by a legend- Mouse. 
Since Tony can't get in the water and teach his girls to surf, Mouse is the next best thing. Mouse is 85 years young and knows Ocean Beach like no one else. He has surfed the break for over 75 years and spent many years as a life guard on this beach. These days you will find him paddle surfing and or chatting it up with his "old guy" buddies  in the parking lot by Tower Two each and every morning. He is the one who taught me a thing or two about catching a wave. It's great to see these girls gaining a respect for the ocean and the sport from someone who's has been around a while.

Our neighbor Jeff owns a surf school in Mission Beach and offered some free lessons to the girls. They were beyond ecstatic to take him up on the offer. Adam was our instructor. He was so nice and showed the girls a very good time! 

I love these girls love for the ocean!  

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

some summer highlights

This summer has been more laid back in terms of activities a little heavy on the work side... results of moving, but we are still having fun! Enjoying each other and the sunshine! 
Here are some of the highlights so far !

Putting them to work... actually they ask, I promise! 
Their homemade "book nook"

Beach trip with our beach buddies the Herkerts. of hanging at the beach with them We tried a plaster of Paris project at the beach and almost flopped... but we made it work and the kids loved it. 

{Ellie, Lola, Lexi, Declan, Nathan}
These girls loved SHARK week! 
Ellie make her very own "farmer's market" in our living room
A pool with a view !Kaps and Monte put in a forever pool and the girls enjoy it too much!

It's not summer without a little  summer concerts in the park 
Love these carefree summer nights! 

 Kellogg beach with friends. 
 The girls got invited to go to Lego Land with their friend Macy for her birthday! So fun!

Yes, I let them sleep in our moving boxes... because who would say no to those faces.  
 Practicing Guitar in your panties... why not?... anything goes in the summer. 
 Aquatic fun with the Lomaxs

 We are spending lots of time furniture shopping this summer. 
 Slumber party with Tessa and Maddie! 
 Family Beach trips! love them
 Days at home packing and playing legos ... 
 Putting these girls to work at the new house ... Painting in bathing suits... why not!

 My Bro, mark, came down to help me move and get the new home ready! What a guy! Love him!

A day at the bay with Herkerts lead for some fun animal adventure. We found an octopus, an otter, a shovel nose shark, and paddled with dolphins. So fun!

 So many memories and summer is only have way over!
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