February 28, 2018

girly room

Once, along ago I made a grand declaration that I would never paint Alara's room pink. Today, I broke that grand declaration and I'm in love. This room is so girly! I used everything on hand and I am really happy with how it came together. When I asked Alara if she liked her new room she said "I like it! It's pretty!" 

I'm not sure what to put on the wall above the dresser. Maybe a mirror or something personalized? Any thoughts? 

February 21, 2018

podcasts I listen to while doing stuff

A couple of years ago a friend introduced me to podcasts. I have since then become addicted!

I listen while exercising,
I listen in the car,
I listen while cleaning and I listen while working on projects around the house.

A quick 30-40 minute podcast is perfect for keeping me engaged while I go about my life. I've learned new things, I've been able to keep up-to-date on current events and I've been inspired by so many different people. 

Today, I want to share some of my favorite podcasts.

Dressed: The History of Fashion is my newest find! This podcast dives deep into the rich and complex  history of fashion. So far I'm only two episodes in and I'm completely hooked! I love history and I love fashion. In the first episode, listeners learn about the career and legacy of Charles Fredrick Worth, the founder of House of Worth. We also get to hear first hand from  African American designer Hylan Booker, who worked for House of Worth in the 60's.  I'd highly recommend this podcast for anyone who is interested in history and fashion. 

Fictional & Myths and Legends are actually two separate podcasts written and produced by Jason and Carissa Wesier. Fictional is a retelling of classic literature with a casual and occasionally sarcastic tone. Some of my favorites have been "The Count of Monte Cristo" by Alexander Dumas and "The Divine Comedy" by Dante Alighieri. The Myths and Legends podcast shares incredibly popular stories that we know, but with surprising origins and some not so popular stories with surprising origins. Like in Fictional, Jason Wesier tells these stories with a casual and sarcastic tone. Two of my favorites have been "Beowulf" and "Epic of Gilgamesh."   

Stuff You Missed in History Class is an extremely popular podcast! The podcast covers a vast amount of history one episode at a time. This podcast has taught me so much about American and World history. Some of the stories I've heard before, and some I haven't. It is always fun to tune in and see what new things I can pick up or add to my previous knowledge.

Have any interesting podcasts for me to try?

February 19, 2018

weekend in Sedona

Over the long weekend our family drove to Sedona. For us, Sedona is about two hours away so it is perfect for a quick getaway without the long travel days. Dadi and Dada, along with Chachu Kevin joined us for this trip and unfortunately they drove from California...so their travel days were long. 

Arizona's high country is absolutely breathtaking. Living in the Phoenix area, I sometimes forget just how beautiful Arizona is. For this trip we did the Verde Canyon Railroad in Clarkdale, a quick drive by of the Chapel of the Holy Cross (it was too crowed) and Crescent Moon Park in Sedona. 

I'd highly recommend riding the Verde Canyon Railroad. The train ride is about four hours round trip, so bring snacks. Passengers are able to riding inside, or enjoy views from the open-air cars outside. 

Here are some pictures from the train.

Day two of our weekend adventure found us wandering the trails of Crescent Moon Park in Sedona. This will be the second time going to this park. About two years ago, we stopped here on the way home from our Grand Canyon trip with the kiddos. Alara had just turned one and Lucas was three.

The kiddos loved exploring this park. The water was cold, but that didn't stop the them from dipping their toes and skipping rocks. Even Daddy got in on the water action by throwing big rocks in the deeper parts of the creek and gleefully watching the muddy water splash around.

I'd highly recommend this park for casual hiking and for picnics. 

It felt amazing to getaway, but even more amazing to come home. I'm looking forward to returning to Sedona...maybe this summer? A big thank-you to Dadi and Dada for this family trip and for the wonderful memories. 

February 9, 2018

big boy room reveal

It feels good to have at least one room in our new house finished. Most of the boxes have been unpacked, however I still have stuff everywhere! It takes time to put a house together. And honestly, I'm not in a hurry. I'd rather find things that I love and can use then fill the house with stuff.

I asked Lucas for input on his room. Apparently, everything "little kid" had to go. His two requests for his room were for one blue wall, one red wall and one green wall, and a map. I vetoed the blue, red and green walls, and opted for one navy blue accent wall and of course I found him a darling map from Hobby Lobby ($7).

I used everything on hand, except for the map. I love how this room turned out. And this will probably be the cleanest this room will ever be. 

Up next will be Alara's room.

January 15, 2018

missing home and settling in

We have been in our new home for three weeks now. I've started splashing paint samples around, measuring for furniture and shopping for flooring. I'm learning my way around town, and I've become comfortable with Lucas' school commute.  I do still use my phone's gps, and I've made a few wrong turns here and there..but I'm learning and it is getting easier.

I do miss my home. Not necessarily the physical dwelling, or neighborhood but the home community of family and friends.

Attending a new church was hard, I miss our home church. 

I bought a bag of California style veggies just because it said California on the bag.

I took the kiddos to the Riparian Preserve for some fresh air and exercise. It was refreshing to get out and away from the house. We didn't know what to expect and were pleasantly surprise. Next time we will take Denny and Daddy. The kiddos enjoyed playing at the park, exploring the observatory and running down the dirt trails.

Alara thought she was back at the Safari Park.

It felt nice to get outside and do something normal and the drive back helped familiarize me with the area. 

I think this will work, but it will take time.

January 9, 2018

layered skirt

Ahem. Pardon the poor picture. 

I bought this fabric months ago, however between the move and the holidays it just sat. Finally, this afternoon I finished this little skirt and I can't wait to wear it..probably with a different top because it is 80 degrees here in Arizona. 

January 8, 2018

we moved

Here is a quick little post on what's been going on lately and why I haven't been posting.

Back in September my husband was approached by the Western Adventist Foundation to interview for a job opening that they had. The Foundation is located in Scottsdale Arizona, which would require our family to move. After praying and discussing the idea of moving, my husband reached out and a date was set for the interview.

His interview was set for November 27th.

That weekend, my husband and I drove out to Scottsdale. We drove around, looked at potential neighborhoods and checked out the local Adventist school. The weather was beautiful, perfect for exploring a new city.

On the day of the interview, my husband and I were invited to join the Foundation for worship. I met his potential (future) boss and others who worked for the Foundation. After worship I left to visit and tour the local Adventist school nearby.

My tour of the school went well. And I left feeling confident that my son would do well academically and socially at the school.

I joined my husband and a few others from the Foundation for lunch. Lunch was at an Aquarium, which honestly I thought was odd being that we were in the middle of the desert. But apparently, the aquarium in Scottsdale is one of the biggest ones this side of the county.

We left Scottsdale after lunch, and on the long drive home discussed how the interview went. My husband and I agreed that if the Foundation offered him the job that he should take it. And less than an hour late, the Foundation called and offered my husband the job and he accepted.

I cried.

The weeks that followed were busy for our family. We had to pack up our home, find a new home, say good-bye to friends and family....oh and prepare for Christmas.

It was hard saying good-bye to our church friends, to Lucas' kindergarten teachers and our own families. It was stressful, and on top of everything I got sick.

On moving day it took every ounce of inner strength that I had not to curl up and cry. I didn't want to go. I wanted to stay in my home, and community that I had worked so hard to build.

I am happy for this opportunity and I am excited to see what this new chapter brings for our family. My husband had worked hard and I'm happy that he moving up in his chosen career.

And now back to unpacking.