Santa Rosa Fires

Some of my long-time readers (are any of you still out there?) may know that I used to live in Northern California. My dad’s side of the family is from there,  I was born there, and it’s where I spent my college years and beyond. Match was born and raised there, and the majority of his family still lives there and the surrounding area. It’s where Match and I met, and where we fell in love. It’s where we were married.

And now it’s being ravaged by fires. The fires are so heartbreaking, and so close to our former and home away from home. Match’s aunt and uncle lost their beautiful home on the hill. The home where we had so many family gatherings and played bocce. It was a home his uncle helped to design, and they had put their heart and soul into it, as we all do with our homes.

Match’s parents were lucky enough to keep their home, losing only their shed, but their entire neighborhood was destroyed, except one other home behind theirs. It was far too close for comfort, and we were so grateful they were visiting all of us up here in Oregon when the fires started.

My great aunt and uncle also lost their home of over 20+ years. It is so devastating for them, as I know they didn’t have much. Thank god they were safe.

And then there is Couple Family. Some of my readers may remember Couple Wife, my dear friend who helped me so many times, and has always been a wonderful friend. Her husband grew up with Match and they’ve known each other their whole lives. They lost their home and everything in it, including their beloved family kitten. They barely made it out before the fire struck their home, and my heart aches for their loss. This is all that is left of their home.

All of our family and friends are alive, and for that we are so, so grateful. I know everything else is just things, or just a place, but so many memories were made there. I’m praying the fires stop soon, and our loved ones can start the healing process. All of our displaced family and friends who had to evacuate will get to go home, and the ones who lost so much can start to rebuild. It will take years before things will look remotely the same.

Things like this make you hold your family closer, and be grateful for all that we have. It has made us come up with a plan in case of emergency, and a list of the irreplaceable things we would take with us if we had minutes to get out.

Thinking of all those affected by this fire. We love you, Sonoma County, and I hope this nightmare is over soon.

10 Things to Smile About-March ’15

  1. My hubby getting a new job-as a woodworker, and bringing me home scrap wood. Oh the projects we will do!

2. Dinner at Fliz’s house, where Piglet decided to go full on naked baby.

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3. Special time with this boy

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4. Enjoying a week off from work and getting extra time at home. Yay for spring break!

5. Our home loan getting conditionally approved!! We move in next month. I am SO.EXCITED!

6. Celebrating my nephew’s 10th birthday

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7. A spontaneous visit from my favorite Auntie and Uncle

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8. A visit from my all grown up cousin and her BF

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9. Trip to the zoo with the in-laws & Piglet

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10. Easter egg hunt at the local college. I’ve never seen eggs disappear so fast!

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Christmas Break Recap

Where to begin? Christmas break was such a busy time, and the 2 weeks flew by. It was a whirlwind of visiting families, and then Piglet and I having adventures before I had to go back to work.

We spent Christmas in my home town once again. My in-laws made the trip up north and rented a house on the beach, so we had both sets of parents to visit. It was nice, but I also felt completely split between the two houses. It was hard on Piglet too, who just wanted to play with his cousins the whole time. Part of me wonders if it would have been easier to just visit one family at a time. I also dealt with some frustrations with the SIL and MIL, but that’s to be expected during any family visit isn’t it? Still, it was nice to see all of the family, and for Piglet to have time with two sets of his grandparents.

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The visit ended on a bad note when Match’s parents’ dog was hit by a car. Luckily he pulled through, but it was pretty touch and go for awhile. We are so grateful he’s going to make it.

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The week after Christmas, Piglet and I went on an adventure in Portland. We got to ride the max with Old Married Wife, and we visited Old Married Hubby at his work as a Cider Master.

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We also went on a hike in Portland’s nature preserve with Fliz, her mom, and her nephew. Piglet had such a blast running along the path with his buddy.

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New Year’s Eve brought more sadness to my family. My Granny, who has been struggling with Parkinson’s, passed away on New Year’s Eve, just before the New Year. I am glad she is no longer suffering, but my heart is sad that she’s no longer with us.

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Inlaws Oregon Visit

The inlaws came to town for Memorial weekend last month. Match’s dad is doing much better, and every day he gets stronger. His speech is back to normal, and he only needs his wheelchair for longer walks. It was so good to see them, and best of all, Piglet had a blast with his grandparents.

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We had fun showing them around our new town and going for walks in the neighborhood. Match’s sister and brother-in-law came over and we enjoyed a nice BBQ at our place.

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It wouldn’t be an inlaws visit without a little bit of conflict. At one point, after yet another critical comment, I said to my MIL, “One day I’ll finally get it right. One day!” I think she didn’t even know she was being critical, because after that, it was nothing but sweet comments, and she made sure to tell me how nice everything looked. It felt good to be heard, and it felt good not to bottle up my feelings. Match’s parents said how happy they are that both their kids live so close to each other, making it so easy to visit all of us at once. Now we just need to convince them to move up to Oregon too!

 

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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