Wednesday, October 22, 2014
A few weekends ago my sister and I decided to take a road trip again...when life gets too busy I either like to tackle it head on or escape. This time... I chose to escape. We headed down south to Los Angeles with no plans except a hotel booked and the need to explore. We got to show Audrey the Hollywood Sign which I myself was excited to see again. We also visited the LACMA lights which was my first time and we even got to explore the Griffith Observatory at night. The observatory was probably my favorite part. The nerd in me loved the exhibits and the good views. It was well worth the hike up and the city lights are beautiful at night. We also did a huge hiking day and visited The Sunken City (more on that later) in San Pedro. We then ended our trip in Malibu and Santa Barbara and hiked some of the coastline.
My sister is the only person I know who is always down for a impromptu road trip. We would totally drive five hours to explore something new and drive back the same day. It was really nice to get away for a bit. The only problem was Audrey way off her sleeping schedule which at times really showed. Thankfully, she can usually pull it together for hiking and seeing new things. I am not sure where we will explore next, but I do know we will be doing something soon... can't stay put for too long :)
Our last adventure...
Sunday, October 19, 2014
These past weeks have been ridiculously busy. At times life gets too hectic and I feel like I am on a hamster wheel that I just can't get off of. Thankfully, slow weekends and staying close to home helps us recharge. This weekend we did all things fall including...picking out pumpkins, carving and painting them, roasting pumpkin seeds, and enjoying the cooler weather. We spent some quality time and even got to take a nap. Hopefully, this next work week is kind to us...I (we) need it.
Thursday, October 9, 2014
Her new favorite pink shoes :)
This Little Lady has been obsessed with color pink for awhile now. Slowly but surely everything she wears, holds, or has is the color pink. Even all her school drawings that come home are the color pink. When we get dressed in the morning she usually has to make sure there is some sort of pink on her outfit. She just loves her pink shoes and the best part is they are 100% machine washable which is awesome considering she wants to wear them all the time. This Halloween she decided to be a pink monster and is so excited to dress up. Although pink has never ever been my kind of color... I do love how much she enjoys it and how committed she is to it :)
Sunday, September 28, 2014
This weekend was all about staying close to home and relaxing. Weekends like this are needed considering we spend so much time away from home during the work week. The house was organized, small errands and appointments were handled...it was good. Sometimes I am torn between adventuring and relaxing but these days relaxing seems to be winning.
Thursday, September 18, 2014
The other weekend my sister, Audrey and I went back to San Francisco to visit our favorite bridge. The weather was beautiful... perfect for hiking and exploring. We hiked down to Kirby Cove because I heard there was a little hidden swing there for Audrey with good views of the bridge. Although the hike was a little much for a toddler it was worth it and I can (usually) carry Audrey for these types of hikes. She is still pretty light for her age and it gives me a little work out too. It is always fun spending time together and exploring new places in the Bay Area.
Another thing I love about our little adventures is they don't cost too much. Usually it is just gas money and bridge toll we are spending. We always pack plenty of snacks and parking is always free too. Our main goal is to get out and explore and spend time together... not spend money. Do more... see more.
Monday, September 15, 2014
This Little Lady has still been attending her little preschool program. She is now going three days a week for three hours. On the days she is not attending my Mom and Dad work with her at home. For right now we get the best of both worlds...homeschool and preschool. Audrey still attends her ballet and piano on Saturdays which she loves. My goals for her are to expose her to new things but still keep her schedule light and easy. I want her to enjoy her grandparents, free play, and her much needed (still) nap time.
Hoping this schedule will work for her... if we find it too tiring for her we will adjust. This past week she had her first homework assignment, had her first little behavior incident (more on that later) and had little neighborhood friends ask her to come play with them. Enjoying this time with her and feel grateful we get to help her learn and grow.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Making each day count has been the theme around here since returning back to work. Our days are long around here and getting tired is inevitable. I am slowly learning to keep things light and easy when we get home. In the past I was constantly searching for the secret of how to get dinner on the table, chores done, lunches packed and still be able to relax and spend quality time together. My Grandma told me "There is no secret... you just do it and do it with a smile."
Since hearing this advice things have been falling into place at home. My husband and I have started doing a weekly menu and whoever gets home first starts dinner. Chores such as laundry, dishes, packing lunches and other household things still get done (because we are neat freaks) but at a slower pace. Spending the evening together is our first priority. Life is good and we want to make each day count.