Friday, January 31, 2014

Painting Outside

What's better than a little outdoor painting in January?  :)  Birdhouses and heart boxes that I picked up at JoAnn's for $1.00 each.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Miniature Golf

Since we had a day off for MLK Day I decided to take the kids miniature golfing, something I've been wanting to do for a while.  This was a first for them.  It happened that my mother in law had tickets to Fiesta Village that had been bought at an auction, so we didn't have to pay anything.  My sister in law Heather met us with her three older kids and the cousins had a blast playing.  The only crazy thing is that they got a little too hot and started complaining at the end.  It was in the mid 80's in January!!!  Look at all those hot, sweaty, red faces :)


Crazy Hair Day

Ethan had crazy hair day at school last week.  I was so proud of him for participating :)  Last year he was too shy and embarrassed to participate in anything.  The only thing was that this glitter spray stuck to his scalp for several days after, lol.

While we're on the topic of crazy hair, check out this bed head on Alayna :)  hehe. 

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Bump Diaries

My belly is continuing to grow!  In fact I think baby is becoming quite cramped :)  I can't believe that we only have two more months until we get to meet this little one!  I am still feeling pretty good (at 31 weeks).  I really had higher aspirations of staying in better shape during this pregnancy and keeping to the gym, but honestly it just hasn't happened.   It's just so not motivating to work out when you are getting fat anyhow.  My only complaint at this point is that I get horrible lower back pain if I do too much.  After the days I clean the house I am hobbling around in the evening.  I can handle 20 weeks of nausea, and lower back pain...that is FAR better than having insomnia and loosing your mind.  I am super grateful that this pregnancy has been so much easier this time around.  Hopefully it continues to be uneventful and I can keep on working right up until my due date :)

Thursday, January 23, 2014

January Days

While January has been a really tough month, it's also held some really lovely weather.  California is in MAJOR need of rain and close to declaring a drought, but it has many happy residents who are loving this very warm and dry winter.  The kids and I have spent a lot of afternoons outdoors enjoying the lovely weather.  I will really miss our afternoons together when Ethan is in school all day next year.

Looks like everyone was enjoying the weather on this day :)  It's a gathering. 

I've mentioned before how much my kids love the un-landscaped space in the back of our yard.  It is where much of their play takes place. To me, this is what childhood should be about... freedom to play, create, explore, imagine and be dirty.  They spend so much time back here climbing trees, playing in the dirt and just imagining.  I love it.  On this particular day they "built their own play set". I thought it was pretty cute :)  I used to want to get this part of our yard looking nice, but now I'm so glad they have this space and I am okay with keeping it like this for them for several more years :) 

Seeing all those photos of snow and cold makes me quite happy that our winters are often so lovely!  I love that we can be outdoors so much :)

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Goodbye Papa

Dear Sid,
 I wasn't ready to say goodbye yet, but really I don't think we ever are.  God saw fit to call you home to heaven on January 7th, 2014, after 70 years here on this earth.  Now we are trying to move forward without you.  I know that you are so very happy, basking in the presence of the Lord.  No more frustration over not being able to hear people, you can now hear perfectly, and do everything you want to do :)  I'm happy for that, I really am.  It's just that we miss you so much, that is the hard part.  Trying to find a new "normal" without you, that is what is hard.  I'm trying not to focus on the fact that I wasn't ready for Matt and I to not have a dad in our lives, and for my kids to not have a grandpa.  I'm trying not to focus on the fact that this new baby will never know either of the two amazing men who gave life to both Matt and I.  Instead I'm trying to focus on the time we did get to spend with you, and be grateful for that.  We have so many good memories that we can focus on.

I'm going to miss your mischievous grin a lot.  Sundays will never quite be the same. I will forever see you in church passing out candy hearts to all the kids. My whole family is really going to miss having lunch with you after church, we have oh so enjoyed that over the past several years.  I'll miss you whenever I go over to mom's house... I'll keep expect to see you puttering in the garden, or cracking walnuts, or sitting in your chair... and it just won't seem the same without you. Again, it's hard finding a new "normal". 

You were always out for a laugh :)

 I am so very grateful for what you taught to Matt. I get to see the things you taught him played out in our own family.  You taught him how to love his wife well.... fiercely and faithfully, and with a lifetime of dedication.  You taught him a strong work ethic, and how to work tirelessly to provide for his family and keep a high- maintenance house and yard going strong :)  You taught him (and me) a whole lot about generosity and what it means to give selflessly and faithfully. 

You taught me some cool garden tricks.  Whenever you came to our house you always wanted to see how my garden was doing.  You loved to talk "garden" with me when you saw me as well :)  I'm pretty sure you and my dad are up in heaven now tending to one amazing garden, as he could make anything grow beautiful himself.

I'm grateful that I got to say goodbye and tell you I loved you before you left... that all of your family did.  I'm grateful that it was a peaceful and painless goodbye, and that we could be with you and usher you into the arms of Jesus.  We will see you again someday Dad, and until then, we will always miss you.  Thank you for he legacy you left here on earth.

Love, Jess

p.s. I took those photos of Sid and Marlene back in late November for them for Christmas.  So glad I did... we will always treasure them. The last two pictures are from some of the last moments we got to spend with him in the hospital.