Family Days and Date Nights

Where has April gone? The weeks have been flying by! This past weekend we got to enjoy baby animal day with Piglet, my niece and my nephew! It was a really fun day with the kids.

We also got to have a fun date night out. I really love getting the chance to get dressed up and be goofy with my hubby. This was a group outing, and full of silliness.

I still haven’t had a chance to write about Geeky’s visit! We had such a great time with them. I really miss living close by, but I appreciate that they made the big trip up here. Hopefully we get together again this summer. She is like my sister from another mister.

Sibling Road Trip

This past weekend I piled into my car with two of my brothers and headed down to California for my Granny’s memorial service.

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It was such an emotional weekend, full of tears, reminiscing, and bonding with my extended family. It was also the first time I’ve ever spent more than an evening away from Piglet. It was 3 long nights, and I missed him and Match terribly. I was grateful for the time with my family, and grateful that I was able to make the trip.

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My Granny was such a beautiful woman, inside and out. She did so much for so many people, and she left behind an incredible legacy.

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The silver lining of the trip was getting to see Geeky and her sweet baby. I missed her so very much.

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It was so cathartic catching up with family, and we made tentative plans for a reunion. Geeky baby is turning one this summer, and I hope to make another trip this summer, this time with Piglet and Match.

My reunion with my boys was pretty epic. Piglet ran around in circles, practically exploding with energy. I love that little boy, and I don’t plan on spending that much time apart for a very long time.

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Summer Break Re-Cap

I hate how life keeps getting in the way of me blogging regularly. I have so many things to tell you about! Last month during my summer break, we did all kinds of fun things. I got so much quality time in with my boy, but it just made me realize how much I miss staying at home with him. We did art projects, fun nature walks, library time, playing at the park. So many things that I have missed out on!

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We took a trip to the Portland Zoo with Kinderfriend and Guy’s Gal (friends I grew up with that I’m now lucky enough to live near!)

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Piglet had a great time with all the kids, and he loved seeing the animals.

Then we went on a road trip, just the two of us, back down to California to visit family, and to meet Geeky’s baby. She is precious! I cried when I first held her, just like I cried when I first got to see my friend again. It had been many long months since we last saw each other. I miss living near her, though we are so glad we moved to Oregon. Just wish we could visit more!

 

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I stayed with the in-laws (first time without Match being there. I was nervous!! But they were great) and they watched Piglet so I could get some time with my friends. We celebrated at Couple Wife’s 30th birthday party, and I caught up with old friends I hadn’t seen since college.

My dad and stepmom were also visiting from Arizona, and Piglet got some great quality time with them. I loved seeing my nephews and all the family. I love watching those boys play together.

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The trip was a whirlwind, and road tripping with a recently potty trained toddler was not without anxiety, but he was a total champ. He didn’t have any accidents the whole trip!

August I was back at work, my summer vacation cut short by a huge change in my job description. I am now an 11 month employee, but when I was hired I was a 9 month employee. I’m extremely frustrated, as the only reason I took the job was the promise of summers off with my son. They also changed the nature of my job, taking away my set schools, my interactions with the kids, and essentially everything that made me apply for the job in the first place. Match is currently working at a Parks Maintenance job he enjoys, and the hours are great (finally day shift, weekends and holidays off!) but it is only seasonal. As soon as something full time opens up, we are hoping I will be able to quit and focus on our family again. Oh how I miss it, and oh how I hate my job.

But anyways, back to summer. It was so nice having that quality time with Piglet, and I loved every minute of it. We spent the first few weeks working on potty training, and since we’ve been doing Elimination Communication for so long, all the really hard work was done. We still do pull ups at night, but mostly as a security blanket for me. He rarely has accidents, and soon I plan to get rid of those too. I’m so proud of him, and I love that I don’t have to deal with nasty diapers anymore. Kid, you make it pretty darn easy to be your mama!

 

 

The Goodbyes

Guys, I finally have internet. I have been without it since we moved in on the 10th. It was finally installed two days ago, and I’m just a tad behind. I’ve missed catching up with you all, and I intend to read and catch up with everyone soon!

I will be posting about the new place, and Christmas, but first I need to post about the goodbyes. We had a great last play date with my younger brothers and their kids. We met up at Scandia and played in the tunnels. Piglet actually learned the word tunnel that day, and wouldn’t stop saying it. He also learned “ball pit” and now every time he sees more than a few balls together at once, he screams “ball pit!” at the top of his lungs.

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I can’t think of a better way for these boys to say goodbye than one last rough housing/wrestling/wiggly good time. I am going to miss those boys so much. My youngest brother also stopped by for a visit, and I got the chance to meet and get to know his girlfriend and her two kiddos too. Guess what, more boys! They were sweeties, and all the boys had a blast playing together. My youngest brother actually lives in Oregon, just about two hours from where we moved. My older brother is only 40 minutes away, and the second youngest is the one who lives in California. He’s actually job hunting in Oregon, so there’s a big possibility that we’ll all finally live in the same state for once. I really hope they move here. Piglet loves hanging out with his cousins, and I know we’re really going to miss them.

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We also had to say our hardest goodbye, which was to my best friend Geeky and her husband. We met them for lunch and they got to spend some quality time with Piglet before leaving.

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I did my best not to fall apart, and the tears didn’t start til we were actually leaving. It’s so bittersweet-I am so happy about the move, but I wish there was a way to be in two places at once.

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Geeky is pregnant, and I’m over the moon excited for her. I want to be there for every step of her adventure, like she was for me. It won’t be the same long distance, but I’m going to do my best. She is going to be such an amazing mom, and I am so happy she’s finally getting her baby. I’m not going to share her story with you, I will just say that it has been a long time coming, and I couldn’t be happier for her. I just wish I could be by her side to watch her belly grow. Thank god for skype! Miss you already bestie!

 

 

10 Things to Smile About-November ’14

1.  Taking family photos made me smile.

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2. Hiking at Jack London Park with our old neighbors made me smile.

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3. Visiting the Sacramento Train Museum with Good Family and watching our boys play was definitely smile worthy.

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4. Deciding to move to Oregon made me scared, but also made me smile. I love that we are starting this new adventure!

5. Thanksgiving with Match’s family,  and seeing Match’s dad make such huge progress with his health. He was so much better than the last time we saw him, and it made us both feel so much better about moving away. We know he’s going to get past this, and we’re slowly getting him back. He was so good with Piglet, and it was so nice seeing them bond.

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6. Celebrating this adorable boy’s half birthday. I can’t believe he’s a year and a half already!

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7. Our trip to Oregon had me smiling from ear to ear. The last minute  lunch meet up with my parents was icing on the cake of our trip. Watching my parents with their youngest grandbaby made my heart happy.

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8. Celebrating Thanksgiving with Match’s family where Piglet got to meet his cousin for the first time. It was cute watching them play together.

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9. Watching MockingJay Part 1 with Geeky made me smile. I’m going to miss her so much. We promised to keep up the tradition of seeing the movies together, even if we have to fly to visit each other to do it!

10. Watching Piglet “help” pack. Anyone have any advice for moving with a toddler? Seriously, it’s a good thing he’s so cute. 🙂

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