Travels. San Diego, Oceanside, & Huntington Beach.

The amount of attempts I’ve made in trying to take time to write, but then falling into bed tired or finding something else to do is countless. Let’s just say, loads? 🙂 Though I suppose it’s perfectly effective to be spending time with my family and exploring, then resting rather than staying up late typing. Let’s see what has happened since Vegas . . .

Menifee, CA. We spent a couple days parked outside my great aunt and uncle’s house, and it was such a blessing to hang out with them! They played with the kids, we visited, and it was so lovely to be around family, especially since we haven’t seen them in years!

Next stop, San Diego, CA. We stayed in San Diego for 8 days! The longest we stayed anywhere our whole trip. It was so great to be based out of one place to explore the city. We stayed with my Memaw’s best friend growing up, whom we had never met! But they were so lovely and hospitable, spending time with the kids, picking oranges from their tree and feeding the chickens in the morning. And the city was so lovely! Out of all the places we’ve visited so far, this has been our favourite; we kept seeing more of the city, then commenting to each other, “Yes, we could definitely live here.”

And the San Diego Zoo was incredible!!! We spent the whole day there, open to close! The girls were troopers, but they were so excited to see all the animals!

The folks who allowed us to stay in the driveway were so lovely; Thanks Barbra and Lyle! 🙂

Next stop was Oceanside to visit Matts second cousin, and Huntington Beach to camp and see Matt’s great uncle and aunt. We also took a couple days just to rest, do laundry, shower, and just have a day of not doing much. With as hard as we have been going, it was such a welcome break! We love adventuring and being in new places, but it is a constant thing. If we were home, we would do maybe one or two things a week, then have the rest of our days to do our routine of life. But the way we have been going, we have gotten up, eaten breakfast, then explored all day, lunching and napping on the go! Simply being still was a welcome, gentle exhale.

So there you go, a whack load of pictures and memories, unedited and imperfect, but perfect for us. xo

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Sporadic Creative Burst . . . & Some Family Photos.

Actually, if I’m going to be honest with you, this isn’t even a creative burst. It’s a moment when the house is quiet except for the gentle up-down of my baby’s breath as she nurses in her sleep. Mabel is napping in her crib and Matt is resting on the couch, because after a morning family ride up the gondola to play in some snow and watch Santa from afar, we all need some rest. I, however, have a rough time sleeping in the middle of the day, especially when all I can see around me are unfinished projects and deadlines. I wish I could just stick Juniper (the baby-oh ya, forgot to mention, we had a baby 🙂 ) in the ergo and go for it, but I know little Miss takes better naps lying on her side, so I’m here. The projects around me include packing boxes, packing bags for our Christmas vacation as well as our Maui trip AND our camping trip, deep cleaning the corners to get ready for movers, finish using all our groceries and pack away non-perishables, etc. There are so many things, and here I am googling “what do to when stuck under a nursing babe.” So I figured if I was able to wiggle one hand free while she continues to nurse I could write, which I haven’t done much of the past few months.

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We have been busy in the weirdest, craziest ways! After our summer camping trip to the interior and Salt Spring in the June/July, we came home where Matt upped his hours at work and continued doing house renovations. Parents came to visit for a couple months, and we had a baby girl! Matt continued to work 6-7 days a week while coming to reno, resting in small moments when there was little left of him. But we knew if we wanted o travel next year, this is what would have to be done. So now we are in the final home stretch of crazy before our travel, which is just over a week away! Where are we going? Here’s a rough timeline . . .

Dec 11-Jan14: Springfield for Christmas (FAMILYTIME LIKE WHOA!!!)

Jan14-Jan17: Squamish to drop our winter clothes & grab our beach clothes . . .

Jan17-March19: Maui!!! Staying at the YWAM base where Matt and I met. Bringing the girls there is going to be so surreal and wonderful.

March19-first week of April: Squamish to celebrate Mabel’s second birthday, see family, and pack up our trailer . . .

April: Head south with our little camper! We bought a 14′ fibreglass 1979 beachcomber trailer (which we’ve affectionately named Ethel Beavers), and we are heading south to properly skip the rest of winter and the silly rainy spring. From here on out things get a bit fuzzy, but we know we want to be in Southern California, Arizona, New Mexico, etc and only head back north through the National Parks when he weather cooperates and warms up. 🙂

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So needless to say (Even though I’ve already said it?!) we’ve been busy! I hope to write more after our first flight is taken off and I can breathe a little bit more, as well as have some time to reflect. Since Juniper was born, I feel like our main goals have been to get the house ready for renters, pack, purge, as well as heal from having a baby, and I haven’t don’t much reflecting on this new season our family is coming into. A season where Mabel isn’t our baby, but a full-blown toddler who has stolen our hearts with her sense of humour, adventure, and wide vocabulary. A season where I can again savour the small moments of having a small baby, and the wonder and innocence she is. A season where I can again look at my amazing husband, a man who works tirelessly for our family, and spend some time together as friends, lovers, adventure-buddies, partners, playmates, and most importantly, as a brother in Christ. Focusing on what God has in store for us will be amazing!

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Anyway, enough words. Here are a few family photos that my brother took when he visited us a while ago. Thanks Evan! I’m in love with them!

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