Sunday, April 23, 2017

Walking this Earth

We just got back from our trip to Mexico and it couldn't have been more perfect. It was the best little get away. This weekend we unpacked, got organized, ran errands. We ended today with a little hike with some good views. We aren't exactly ready to go back to school and work but we are so close to SUMMER!!! We already starting to plan some summer adventures and working on summer schooling as well.

It's no secret that Audrey and I love to hike so when M.A.P. shoes sent shoes for Audrey to hike in, we were so excited. They are eco- friendly, durable, and comfortable to hike in. They are even waterproof for when we do our creek hikes. They really are the perfect shoe for all occasions. We are so excited for Summer and can't wait to see where Audrey's shoes takes us.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Learning and Growing

April has been so busy, so much work, so much to do, but at the same time, so much fun. This Little Lady turned six on the sixth and it was the best little day. We celebrated with close family and Audrey couldn't have been more excited to turn six. We are officially on Spring Break now and taking full advantage of this time off. We started today with some Easter crafts and a gorgeous hike. In a few days we will be leaving to Mexico!! Audrey is already packed and ready to go. She packed her swimsuit, sandals, and her coloring books... you know the essentials. I suppose you don't really need much more than that. We are looking forward to this trip it is so needed. 

This month we also took some steps to assess her focus issues in class. We hope to start some classes on social skills and whole body listening when we get back. I also found a ton of books to read and get more educated. I know this will be a life long journey and I just want to learn everything I can on how my her brain works. I want her to learn skills that will help her in classroom even if we don't continue with traditional classroom education. She does so well one on one but being with others she gets distracted very easily. However, we just got her report card and she is doing so well academically... most of her grades are above class grade mastery. If anyone has any advice on this topic... please share. I would love to hear your thoughts and experiences. 

Hope everyone has a wonderful Easter too!!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Sick Days

Last week was pretty much awful for Audrey. She came down with some sort of bug... she had a crazy high fever and the worst cough for a few days straight. It was the first time I have ever seen her this sick. She is usually pretty healthy and rarely is sick. So we were all kind of shocked how bad she was. I am so grateful to my parents who helped me out when Audrey had to stay home and I needed to be at work. My mom put together this little fairy garden for her to play with in between naps and resting. The pieces are movable so Audrey can rearrange them how she wants. Audrey loves it and is hoping real fairies will come visit her. I totally recommend this if you have a sick kid who needs a little quiet play and need to break away from the television for a bit.

Here is to a healthier week ahead...

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Boot Season

So even though it has been raining like crazy we are trying our best to get out there and see more. So glad we invested in some rain boots because they sure have come in handy this Winter. This past Saturday there was a break in the rain and we headed straight to the creek to find some fun. Most of our adventures we end up a wet, muddy mess and we love it. With all this rain it is waterfall heaven and I have been researching where to find some secret ones... hopefully we can find more. California...your weather has been crazy but we still love you.


Friday, February 24, 2017

School Life

Kindergarten life has been going pretty good for this little lady. She is enjoying school and really loves teachers. We are still working with and her focus issues though... I think with time everything will be okay. We have been using essential calming oils which she loves and puts on every morning and afternoon. We also switched up her diet to a mostly plant based, gluten free diet. Yes, I'm one of those people. I thought it would be a hard switch but she never even noticed. Audrey aced her first spelling test... we were so proud. I have a feeling academics will come easy to her... she loves doing homework for the most part and likes to get her week worth of assignments done in one night.

Last week she was getting her valentine's ready to pass out for her class... she sat and made almost 50 valentine's card. She was so focused and determined to make each one special. It was pretty cool to see. Audrey's favorite subject is of course art... her reasoning, she just loves to create. Audrey also joined the ecology club at her school. She has learned about the effects of garbage in our oceans and how to make art from recycled material. It has been really cool to see all the learning and growing she has done this school year.

Some days I dream about pulling her out from school for a bit and jumping on the whole homeschooling train. The freedom to learn when you want, how you want, and what you want is so appealing. The more adventures we could take and learn from. So who knows what is in store... it is a good feeling to know that anything is possible though.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Three States...Fours Days

Happy Friday!! What a busy week it has been. Not to mention all the rain we have had... it has been raining since last Saturday... so crazy. I just keep reminding myself to think of all the waterfalls there will be to explore. They also say this weekend that the sun should be back... so some exploring will be happening. Brian and I are trying to plan a little Valentine's Day hike for us and the little lady.

So the photos above are from our little summer road trip. Three states, four days, and five hikes... it was so fun. Brian, my sister, and Audrey flew to Las Vegas to drive to Utah and Arizona. We explored up at Zion National Park, Kanarravile Falls, Horseshoe Bend, Antelope Canyon, and Coral Pink Sand Dunes.  It was also crazy hot that week, breaking record temps... but still so worth it. Audrey had loved playing in the creeks at Zion and loved the waterfall hike we did in Knarraville. The creeks kept us cool on our hikes so we could pretty much go all day. I was so happy we were able to show Audrey these amazing views that you just don't see every single day

We ended the trip in Las Vegas for the night and stayed at the Paris Hotel. Audrey's dream is to see the Eiffel Tower, so we figured the Paris Hotel was as close as we could get for now. We mostly hung by the pool and relaxed. We hope to make it back to Zion and stay a few days there because there are so many amazing hikes to do. Also, the park is so organized and it is easy to get around with their shuttle service. Overall, it was a great family trip and we all made good memories.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

A Break from the Rain

So California has been raining almost non stop for what feels like forever. So whenever there is a break in the rain we head straight to the outdoors. There are waterfalls all over now so it is nice to get out and explore them. This day my sis, Audrey, Brian, and I hiked for a bit and then headed straight to lunch to get some warm soup... it was so cold that day.

I can't believe it is already February... time flies when you are having fun or just crazy busy I guess. Also, my husband had this crazy idea/challenge to not buy any clothes or shoes this year to help save money for traveling. I couldn't argue that... so we completed month one!!