Our First Three Weeks in California Photoblog

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kindness

kindness

Sometimes you meet truly kind people who go over and beyond for you. Thank you so much, Hillary. This made move-in weekend so much easier. I know I already mentioned this. Some things bear repeating!!!

A few things always get broken.

A few things always get broken.

prettybaby hidingbox

best toy ever

best toy ever

I can now look at this without crying. I think. Let me look at it tomorrow, and I will let you know.

THE PLATE:  I can now look at this without crying. I think. Let me look at it tomorrow, and I will let you know.

a seriously convenient way to feed children: the kitchen bar

a seriously convenient way to feed children: the kitchen bar

Cereal makes life easier.

Cereal makes life easier.

I keep moving things around in there, but you get the idea.

I keep moving things around in there, but you get the idea.

more feeding the baby...

more feeding the baby…

I love china. I love crystal. Why do pretty dishes make me so happy? I don't know, but they really do.

I love china. I love crystal. Why do pretty dishes make me so happy? I don’t know, but they really do.

This is the sitting area of the dining room. It's awesome. This is where I have reading time with the boys everyday, after lunch.

This is the sitting area of the dining room. It’s awesome. This is where I have reading time with the boys everyday, after lunch.

I thought this would be a holding area for decor until I found a place for each piece, as I unpacked and set up. No, it just became a growing eye-sore that made me feel like I would never finish. I finally crammed all that junk into the storage closet.

I thought this would be a holding area for decor until I found a place for each piece, as I unpacked and set up. No, it just became a growing eye-sore that made me feel like I would never finish. I finally crammed all that junk into the storage closet. Yep.

Caleb was so excited about school, I had to get started right away!

Caleb was so excited about school, I had to get started right away!

getting organized: I keep buying more of these. These first ones were a gift from my friend Lisa, back in Virginia. Thank you, Lisa!

getting organized: I keep buying more of these. These first ones were a gift from my friend Lisa, back in Virginia. Thank you, Lisa!

copied this idea from Joshua's teacher from last year

copied this idea from Joshua’s teacher from last year

what the board looks like after Caleb's reading lesson

what the board looks like after Caleb’s reading lesson

JD's big boy bed is ready and waiting for him.....because somehow we have ended up with 4 twin beds, a crib, and a full sized bed. Craziness.

JD’s big boy bed is ready and waiting for him…..because somehow we have ended up with 4 twin beds, a crib, and a full sized bed. Craziness.

So cute.

So cute.

a typical moment: one in my arms, on hanging onto me

a typical moment: one in my arms, on hanging onto me

2 cuties

2 cuties

I love to see him read to Caleb.

I love to see him read to Caleb.

Caleb, giving me a back massage....a mom could get used to this!

Caleb, giving me a back massage….a mom could get used to this!

Moss Landing

the ocean at Moss Landing: We saw tons of seals here.

sunset over Moss Landing

sunset over Moss Landing Do you see the little seal head?

best invention ever

best invention ever

Ah.....I love it. The boys feel the same way about the beach as I do. :)

Ah…..I love it. The boys feel the same way about the beach as I do. 🙂

 

Things are coming together. We actually have lots of things hanging on the walls now! One step closer to feeling like home!

We all went to Moss Landing yesterday evening, in search of whales. The water was not as cold as I thought it would be.  We didn’t see any whales, but we did see tons of seals. I guess they are seals. They have flippers, not paws, and they are smaller than sea lions. I need to research that. We LOVED finally getting in some family beach time, and now my really precious but horrible sleeper is crying, so I’d better go tend to that… Hope you all had a great Labor Day!!