Monday, February 1, 2016

Idyllwild Snow

 Sorry East Coasters--you probably won't find this post one bit amusing. Given you just got hammered by Winter Storn Jonas. However, in California we try our best to get our winter snow fix when we can.  You can try Disneyland in December or trek to the mountains for the day.  Our self contained winter escape from all this summery weather. Sorry, it's too easy to rub that in!

Idyllwild is one of our favorites. It's our escape from city life. In the winter, Idyllwild is our novelty snow play area. It feels like secluded retreat--which is free AND not so populated. I'm gonna miss this place!

Our real life Charlie Brown Christmas tree.

This is my favorite. Me: "Hey, honey let's take a family selfie"  Husband: *click*

Friday, January 29, 2016

A Walk Across Town

Some of you may vaguely remember a list I created over a year ago here. My 101 Things In 1001 Days bucket list of sorts. I've never published it nor do I talk about it much. You might notice me using hashtags like #101thingsin1001days or #101 in1001 on my Instagram. The hashtag signifies me crossing something off my list.

Most recently, I took a beautiful Sunday afternoon to walk across our town. 6.5 miles of hilly terrain. It was kind of fun. Kind of exhausting. And I did it! 2.5 hours total to complete. 

When I put this adventure on my list a year ago there was a different meaning. I thought a simple physical challenge to empower me. However, after finding out we were moving to North Carolina the walk became more about my connection to this place we call home. 

I know the more I think about this connection the more I know it's so big for me. The emotion of leaving Temecula is because for the first time in 17 years of military life I've felt like I could call a place home. I know I've never been able to do that outside of Iowa. Walking the length of this city gave me a chance to know the city more. This walk wasn't quite goodbye but it is a start. I'm going to remember this one.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

North Carolina Bound

After nearly 17 years at Camp Pendleton California, the Marine Corps has spoken. Our family is switching coasts. We are North Carolina Bound. 

This news, while expected in some manner, comes as a complete surprise. We have been comfortable and happy with our life here. Breaking the news to our teens and teenagers has been heartbreaking. We have all shed and continue to cry our share of tears. 

Some days I'm on board and other days I ridden with anxiety. It's all a process. I'll continue to write about this insane move from California to North Carolina. I know I'll need a place to share as the next several months pass. 

Right now we are trying to get everybody happy with what is quickly approaching. Did I mention I'm moving middle schoolers and a high schooler? They give me hell every day :)

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Goodbye 2015. Hello 2016.

It's almost here. In 12 hours we will have 366 days ahead of us to change the world! Ok, maybe not, change the world but do what we want. I always love the mystery of a new year. It's so unpredictable and exciting.

2015 wasn't so terrible. It was one of those years of practical living. We were happy and healthy and predictable in our life. I think sometimes life has to be that way. 

2016 is going to be one of those years where things happen. I can feel it, plus I got a sneak peek ;) The new year will be good, it is always good (Romans 8:28).

Enjoy your night...whether out and about or cozy inside! Be safe. And see you on the flip side.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Merry Christmas 2015

Merry Christmas! Happy New Year. Holidays. Seasons. Winter. Happy Everything in December to you. I'm not sure what this hashtag 2015 best nine is all about but I'm trending with it! 

It has been a fabulous week of celebrating. We awaited the holiday by playing board games, viewing decorative lights, and gathering with friends. We made cookies, ate cookies, and exchanged presents with others! We finally wrapped the holiday up with a nice little bow by visiting nearby family. It has been bittersweet to end this Christmas here in California.