Friday, August 9, 2019

Bonjour (Part One)

Last summer was the summer of travel. We were out of the country for over six weeks visiting France, Italy, Greece, and Mexico. It was our first time really out of the United States besides Mexico. With the help of my parents and lots of saving and budgeting we were able to travel for a month in Europe. It was by far the most amazing experience and I am so thankful I was able to share it with Audrey. 

This summer we have mostly stayed home and renewed Audrey's passport. I have been quietly saving for new adventures while we waited. We are not sure were we are headed next but for now we are just enjoying the quiet of home and getting ready to head back to school and work. Over the next week or two I hope to share our Europe and Mexico trips. I can't believe I waited so long to share...

Monday, August 5, 2019

A Tiny Adventure (Part Two)

While we were staying at the tiny house. I researched some hikes to do in the area as came across this easy five mile hike that ends at this beautiful waterfall. We started the morning with a big breakfast at the cutest cafe on the coast and then went for the hike. We were able to just take our time and really take in all the nature and views around us. We were completely unplugged and it was just nice being together without any responsibility or work.  We wandered into town and visited the thrift shops and the downtown area and found some Thai food for lunch. We were so full from lunch that we ended up just getting snacks for the evening while we watched Star Wars for the first time and ended our night telling scary stories...hehe.  It was a good little trip and the perfect way to spend my birthday and Father's Day. 

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Big Decisions

This Summer Audrey got to make another big decisions and I finally let her do it. She wanted to cut her hair for a really long time. She has been growing her hair since she was a baby with only a few tiny trims in between. So it took me awhile to take her because I just didn't want to let it go. However, it is her hair and since she had some time to think about it... I knew it was time. We were able to donate it and she even received a certificate for helping kids in need. Also, life has been easier with short hair. She can maintain it herself and even style it. It was big decision but a good one. 

Another big decision...

Friday, June 21, 2019

A Tiny Adventure (Part One)

Summer is here and we wanted to start if off with adventure... a tiny adventure. We don't plan on doing too much traveling this summer in hopes of saving some money for future travels. However, that doesn't mean impromptu road trips can't happen. So to celebrate Father's Day and my birthday we rented a tiny house deep in the forest of Mendocino County. Our dream is to one day own a tiny house in the forest, so this was a perfect opportunity to see what it was like.

It was everything we thought it would be... relaxing, cozy, and beautiful.  We spent our days exploring the redwoods, waterfalls, and the coastline. We spent our mornings and evenings sleeping in and watching movies and trying to search for stars. It was the perfect couple of days and it was so needed. I found this tiny house one day randomly and  I am so glad I did. Hopefully, one day we can return. 

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Just one

Last week Audrey made a big decision about her ears. She decided whether or not to get them pierced. She has been wanting to do this for a long time but never got up the nerve. So as Brian and her were passing a store that does it, she finally gained the courage she needed. However there was on thing we didn't expect, she only wanted one... just one. She has always been a girl who does things a little different and I will forever love and admire that about her. She is her own person and always does her own thing regardless of whatever everybody else is doing.  Brave girl... don't ever change.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Birthday Shenanigans

It has been so long since I have come to this space. I still love coming here from time to time and seeing all the memories we have made and all the little moments we may have forgotten. There is so much I want to share and document just as reminder of Audrey's little changes and as reminder of my thirties. I hope to come to this space more.

Life lately has been good but downright exhausting. I am awful at the "rat race" as they call it. I just get so tired. No amount of healthy food, exercise, and rest can fully prepare me for the day to day grind. I see so many people killing it out there and that is just not me...nor do I want it to be. I will forever be the girl with her head in the clouds wishing I lived in a van or tiny house traveling around. However, till that day comes... the show must go on...

Audrey turned eight back in April and we wanted to keep things small and simple this time around. So we invited a family friend for a first sleep over at the Santa Cruz Beach Board Walk. It ended up being such a good time. We rode rides, ate junk food, and stayed up late. We lucked out with the April weather and it ended being warm...even at night. The girls got to do all the girly thing including face masks. We all enjoyed ourselves and got a little staycation out of it. 

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Still Here...

We are currently on Thanksgiving Break and it feels so good to have slow mornings and relaxing days once again. Work has been so busy but we are still here chugging along. We decided to stay home this holiday and just relax and be together. 

We started this school year with a quick camping trip to one of my favorite places...Big Sur. We were able to take Brian's parents motorhome and pretend we were van lifers which I am obsessed with. We slept right by the beach and could hear the waves crashing while we slept... it was perfect. Audrey started second grade and loves her teachers and is doing well with her classes. She is truly learning what works best for her and what she needs to be successful. I was also able to go on a week long adventure through the woods with my 8th grade students. It was so fun to spend some quality time with them and see them enjoy nature... my favorite place. Halloween came and went by so quick but Audrey has a blast and was the cutest chicken I ever did see. She also donated all her candy after collecting it. As a mother, I was so proud... haha!!

Now we are on Thanksgiving break and I just want to enjoy our time off, spend time with family, and rest.