Friday, February 24, 2017
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
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
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!!
Friday, January 27, 2017
The weekend is almost here!! Weekends mean the world to us especially during the school-work year. It is our time to relax and explore. However, this coming weekend will be spent at school getting ready for our Spirit Week. The weather is suppose to be sunny and slightly warmer than it has been. So we are going to do our best to try to sneak away for a bit. These pictures were taken a few weekends ago when there was break in the weather. California has literally been raining for what seems like two months straight. I know, I know, it is a good thing. I am happy to hear that Northern California is officially out of the drought.
A quick story about this swing. We had to seriously wait in line to have Audrey use it. I blame instagram... there was a line of about ten instagrammer people. I remember when nobody knew about this "secret spot" and you could have this beach all to yourself. So she got to swing for a total of like three minutes... haha. Anyway, I hope everyone has a happy weekend...
p. s. I am going to do my best to start blogging more and more. I miss it.
Thursday, January 26, 2017
Over our two week holiday break we had a chance to rent a cabin and play in the snow for a few days. We had just got back from Florida so the cold weather was quite a shock. Audrey enjoyed it but in the end decided that the warm beach is more for her. I have to agree...we are warm weather girls.
We headed up to the snow right after Christmas and enjoyed some family time with Brian's brother and Mom. Audrey always loves being with her cousins and they even got a chance to take a ski class which both kids enjoyed. The rest of the time was spent with lots of good food, cuddles, hikes, and plenty of snow. Audrey also got to make a snowman which was really her number one goal. It was good family time spent and so glad we could all get together.
Again, I am awful at taking pictures lately. I need to work on taking more.
Sunday, January 22, 2017
Over the holiday break we got a chance to visit some of favorite people. My sister, Audrey, and I escaped our California rainy weather for some tropical Florida fun. It was the perfect girls trip. We enjoyed twelve hour sleeps, eighty degree weather and all the tropical fruit you could eat. We managed to do just about everything on our list pictured above. We didn't find any gators or canoe but all the reason to come back. It was just so nice to relax and unwind while being there. My mind was really on overload from the holidays and work. We did beach trips, got to visit Miami, and of course, there was pizza and ice cream. I didn't take as many pictures as I would have liked... I need to get better at that. It was good little trip and we can't wait to see our friends again.
More pictures here...
Sunday, January 15, 2017
Happy New Year...
We had such a good two weeks off and really enjoyed ourselves. We got to visit friends in Florida and even made time for a little snow trip in the mountains. I can't wait to share some pictures of our adventures. It is already month one and I think the year is off to an amazing start. Travel, adventure, love, and live is the plan for the year. We already have booked our first flights for the year... we are coming for you, Mexico!!
Although, travel and adventure is always the plan... this year I wanted to focus on health too. Making eating healthy a top priority in our lives. For far too long I have blamed not cooking on me working too long of hours. The truth is if you put some planning into it... it is not that difficult. I have also switched up Audrey's diet to mostly a plant based diet and have been slowly eliminating gluten as well. I have been plant based for a little over two years and Brian has even joined me this year. So far it has been going good and Audrey seems happy with the change. I have been looking to these ladies for inspiration and easy recipe help...
Theses ladies above constantly remind me to eat more fruit and have fun with it. Keeping up with these goals are all that are on our list this year. Taking each day as it comes (realizing less is more) and living life to the fullest.