The SLO life.

For years, our favorite place in the world to visit has been San Luis Obispo, CA. We were first introduced to this wonderful city when we stayed at the Apple Farm. This lead us to the actual exploration of the city itself. We have walked Monterey and Higuera more times than I can count. We always visit our favorite shops, some are no longer there. But the overall feeling of the place is “Welcome!” Now, we actually have the opportunity to live there. My hubby has accepted a job at a GREAT company there is in his second week. It’s a wonderful opportunity, and he is inspired once again. I, on the other hand, am now standing in the middle of our home thinking, “What in the WORLD have we gotten ourselves into??????” I really hate to pack… no , really, I HATE to pack… We are two pack-rats who got married and produced 2 baby pack-rats. AARRRGGGHHHH!!!!!! I really have no idea how I’m going to get through this. The only thing I can think of is to just stay focused on the end result. SLO…SLO….SLO…. I can’t wait to be able to enjoy the SLO life on a regular basis…

The Last Day

This day is definitely bitter sweet. It is a day that I’ve been looking forward to for about a year. I had hit burn out pretty badly after 9 years as a Behavior Aide and had decided to take a year off. Then 4 weeks ago, God sent our life into warp drive! Rob has a new job in a wonderful city, I have to get the house ready to sell, the girls are entering the next phase of their lives, our family dynamic is going to radically change, and I will be a stay at home mom again. WOW!! I consider myself pretty easy going but this is alot in a short amount of time. The hardest part will be leaving the little girl I’ve been with for the better part of 3 years now. She has been the toughest but most rewarding assignment I’ve had so far. I love her like a daughter and when she smiles, it just melts the heart. Being with her 1-1 for so long, it made it hard to really see her progress. She has come so far, and I am SO proud of her. She will probably never understand this, or really care, but that’s OK. She will always be in my heart, like one of my own children. The laughter, the tears, and definitely the stories to last a lifetime.

On to the next great adventure!!

Sadness.

I sit here, staring at my computer screen, not know what to say. I have soooo many things spinning around in my head, I just can’t seem to make sense of them. My sweet Grandpa passed away last Thursday. But he was more than a Grandpa, he and Grandma basically raised my sisters and I when our Father decided to split. He taught me how to fish, shoot, and drive. But most of all, he showed me what a true and faithful relationship with Jesus was all about. His faith was a mountain. It never faltered or wavered. He continually pressed us to begin our own journey with Christ. He was funny and sweet. He was one of the best men I’ve ever know. Thank you for your influence on my life, Grandpa. You will never, ever be forgotten.

The Pumpkin Patch ’09

The pumpkin patch is one of our family’s big traditions. We LOVE to go and pick out  pumpkins and corn stalks for decoration.We waited until the last possible second this year due to the fact our oldest is away at school. She came home today and we rushed to the patch to get everything. See pics below. The first ones my fav…sisterly love!!

Then, of course, they mug it up :0)

Still following Daddy..just like they used to

Silly girls :0)

Poor girl has my short “genes”

Confused…

Beautiful Girls!!

What a joy to have everyone together doing “family” stuff!!

Week in review..

Very stressful week. Glad for the weekend. Funny moment today… I was ridding the ceiling fan from the huge dust bunnies that decided to go for a spin when I hear my hubby yelling for me as he comes in the front door. I answer him, stating I’m in the bedroom. He proceeds through the hall door with the statement,”I have something to show you!” Now, you have to know my hubby. The fact that he was out in the yard working, paired with the excitement in his voice worries me. As he steps through the door he says triumphantly “HERE!” thrusting out his hands which contain one very BIG toad! “Isn’t it cool?” he asks me. Uhhhh…ok. Yeah..kinda cool, but not in my house which I have been trying to clean for the last 2 hours! So here’s my hubby, grinning like a little kid. All excited over this big, black toad, and I’m trying not to burst his bubble. “Yeah babe, that’s cool. Bet he’d really like it in the garden ;o)” So next time you stop by our house, ask the hubby and I bet he’ll show you exactly where our new friend lives…lol.

A fabulous food experience.

Our oldest daughter came home this weekend and prepared a WONDERFUL dinner for the family!! I was so excited to see how passionate she was as she created it. See the pictures below…but I warn you, drool can short circut your computer  ;0)

In process…

Plated perfection.

Proud chef! (Still alittle warm from the Kitchen :0)

Dessert was bananas fosters. Too bad you can’t see the flame. Rob was impressed.

Childrens Sports…

So…how many others are still in the cycle of being the sports “mom” or “dad”? I can just imagine all the hands going up in the air…*sigh* Not that I don’t love watching my girls play sports, but its hard to not get swept up into the competitive nature of the game. Sure, you want to watch your child win, and yes, you will scream, yell, moan, and in all likelihood make a fool out of yourself but shouldn’t your child be proud of that support? I guess I just trying to show support to my girls anyway I can. I never knew what it was like to have that kind of support, so I really can’t understand the embarrassment involved. I am EXTREMELY proud of both my girls and will cheer them on to the end… deal with it..lol  ;0)

Rainy days…

It is kind of sad that I’m always amazed by the first real rain of the year. We have such a long, hot summer that I tend to forget how wonderfully refreshing it is. One of my favorite smells is new rain on the ground. Right now, I should be getting ready to go to yoga, but I just want to cuddle up on the couch, light a fall scented candle, and cover up with a soft blanket. Lol.. luckly, guilt will win out and I will go. Hopefully the storm will last through the night so I can listen to the rain as I fall asleep.

Good morning! It is Sunday and better yet, the 2nd day in my week long vacation. What to do…what to do… It’s hard to figure it out. It’s one of those things where what I want to do and what I SHOULD do are two completely different things. Paint the entryway…scrapbook….work on my budget (ugh)…hmmm. Decisions, decisions…

To Blog or not to Blog…

I have been pondering this question for years. I have started and stopped several times, not being focused or dedicated enough to follow through. So…here we go again. I have read several blogs lately that were wonderfully inspiring, so dare I try? I figure it can’t be any worse than not doing it so, ok…I’ll try.

Today was Exeter’s Fall Festival. It was packed. Our family loves to walk around the festival. It is sort of a traditional “kick off” to the holidays for us.

But the REAL reason we love to go is………..

…………………………the food!!!!! This year we tried the Bratwurst (mine – the sauerkraut and onions). Sadly the funnel cake didn’t last long enough to get a picture.  ;0)   The best part was having Haileigh (our oldest daughter) home from culinary school long enough to walk around with us. We miss you, babe.