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. 

Wednesday, September 26, 2018


It has been forever since I have been to this space. LIFE... it can get so busy and just drain you dry. However, life is good and I just needed a reminder to slow down and that not everything needs to get accomplished right this moment. The pictures above are of my Grandma's home. It was so peaceful there and she was and is such a constant reminder to just breathe and that everything will be okay. 

We had an amazing Summer and I hope to share that soon. For now though... we are back at school and work. We have a few little road trips planned here and there but no big travels planned. So who knows where we will end up... I hope somewhere new!! 


Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Finding Places Pt. 2


These pictures are way over due but I suppose better late than never. We are well into Summer over here and enjoying every second but more on that later...

So during the Spring we made our way up north to Oregon and Washington. We even made it to Seattle on a whim. We spent a few hours in the city and did the most touristy thing we could find...the ferris wheel. Audrey loved it and I did not move the whole entire time we were on the ride. Heights are not my friend and Audrey thought it was hilarious. We didn't stay in the city too long, we just wanted a small taste and needed time to drive back to Portland. We actually did a lot of driving during this trip...we even drove through a snow storm and I screamed the whole time. We are truly California girls and are not familiar with snowy drives but we somehow managed. We also got to see waterfalls and went for small hikes. Also, Audrey got to see a Alpaca farm on the side of the random but so fun. I think the coolest part of our trip is when we got to see the airplane home. It was seriously something you don't see everyday and I am so happy Audrey got a chance to see it. If you have the time check out this guy and his creative home...

Monday, June 4, 2018

Finding Places Pt. 1

During Spring Break we had a chance to road trip to Southern California and then all the way north to Oregon and Washington. It's amazing how far one little car can take you. We love finding places in hidden spots, that most people do not get to see. I love that Audrey is always on the look out for places to adventure to as well. These places are not just filled with art but have history too... I always do my best to research these buildings and find the story behind it. During our trip we also stopped to do some hiking and see some scenic views. It was such a nice time spent with my kid and my sister and all the memories we continue to make together... 

More pictures to come on our trip later...

Friday, June 1, 2018

A Little Party

I just wanted to share a few pictures from Audrey's 7th birthday party. It was a sweet little party filled with great friends and some fun art. I am not a huge believer in over the top birthday parties. I don't ever want Audrey growing up thinking she is going to have a huge part every year but from time to time, a little party can be fun and so sweet. The theme was mermaid art and I knew the perfect person to help out. My awesome and amazing talented friend, who happens to teach art. She lead the kids in the art project and their mermaids turned out great and the kids had a blast. There was also a sweet little surprise from one of her friends...they played "Happy Birthday" for her on the guitar. It was a good little day.

Summer is almost here and we are so ready. The day after we get out of school we are off on a month long adventure with our family. This trip has been planned for quite awhile and I can't believe it is finally time. We are planning to spend time in France, Italy, Croatia, and Greece. We hope to make some amazing memories that will last a lifetime. 

Sunday, April 29, 2018

School Life

First grade with this girl has been so fun... there is never a dull day with her learning adventures. We are so lucky she is surrounded by such loving teachers and staff that truly care about her. Audrey still has good days and bad days in the focusing department but what is really important is she is learning strategies to help her and she is starting to realize what works for her and what doesn't. One thing that I love about Audrey is she truly cares about her grades and studying before tests. She is the one asking me to help her study and she even gets nervous before taking her tests. I think it's so cool that she cares and I will always try to help her with whatever academic goals she sets for herself. There is only a few weeks left of school and we want to finish the school year of strong before we hit the road again. So many adventures to come and we couldn't be more excited.