We finally made it to Nonna and Poppa’s new place in NC this fall. Thats David’s mom and dad. We also were able to see his grandparents because they flew in also. It was a family affair! Here are some overdue (and very large!) pics from our time there!
Almost one week ago we returned from what turned out to be quite an eventful 5 days in Alabama with my family. The reason we went was because my grandad passed away. He died in his sleep last Monday morning so we scrambled to buy tickets and ended up flying out on Thursday.
The service was Friday morning at 10:00am, and we only had one flight option… getting in at 8:30pm the night before to the Birmingham airport which is an hour away.
The flights there were quite challenging, with 2 lap children and a full airplane. The gentleman in our row had a child luckily so at least he understood. Avery nursed and slept most of the flight of course but Ella is at the wonderful age of wanting to run and get down and not able to understand any type of explanation as to why that can’t work. We did walk her down the aisles and the blessed SW flight attendant took her to the back for like a half hour and sat her in the jump seat with a snack. Thank you!
Anyways, here is a quick run down of our trip!
- Arrived at 8:30pm after a full day of air travel with 2 young kids and drove an hour to get home to a house full of the best family ever 😉
- Woke up first thing to get dressed for the funeral which was also an hour drive, got out the door late so they were holding up the start til we could arrive.
- Ella stuck her fingers too far in her mouth on the drive, lost her breakfast all over her outfit so… we spent 20 min on the side of the road cleaning up her and the carseat in 90 degree weather in funeral clothes!
- Arrived in time enough to catch some of the graveside service but I ended up missing it entirely to nurse Avery in the car.
- Avery hit her 6 week growth spurt while we were there and nursed constantly on days 3 and 4.
- On day 4 of our trip we drove to Selma to spend the morning with my grandparents on my dads side who were meeting Avery for the first time.
- That same night after we got home, we got a call from them that he had called 911 because Boppa (my grandma) was unresponsive. My parents threw clothes in a bag and ran out the door… she had slipped into a diabetic coma with blood sugar dangerously low. (She is ok though because my grandad had checked on her in time and she came back after paramedics treated her).
- After my parents drove off in a flurry, my sister was in the laundry room washing a load of towels from one of the other lake cabins and a bat, a real live BAT tumbled out of the bag and onto her foot. She screamed like I’ve never heard her scream!
And then…we traveled back and David’s parents flew in the next day!
So needless to say, our trip to Alabama was not boring in the least! Here are some pics we took…
David’s parents just left after being in town for a week and a half visiting us and hanging out with Ella. We all went to Tahoe for the first time too, and had a blast. We stayed in King’s Beach and experienced lots of snow when we first got there, then it tapered off into beautiful sunshine and 50 something degree days when we left.
Ella had a wonderful time in the snow, she loved to feel it, eat it, and was overjoyed when it fell from the sky. She had never seen anything like it! Here are some pics from our time there. . .
This season of life and ministry has been crazy busy for us. It will continue to be that way for another few weeks, both leading up to Easter and preparing to go into our new facility by the end of April (we hope). David has been neck deep in decisions about the kids area of the new building, including computers, decor, planning the layout/logistics of check-in, etc. So we decided to take the little one and get away for two nights.
We are finding out quickly that you can only move as fast as your child’s schedule allows! She still isn’t really into the bottle so about every three hours everything stopped so she could eat. Friday morning we had just entered a state park but it was time to nurse so we sat in the car and listened to a Mark Driscoll podcast. Ella pooped 3 times during that feeding so of course we didn’t get hiking until noon! We did have some wonderful friends loan us a Baby Bjorn and Ella apparently likes it because she slept most of the hike!
She had some of her happiest times and biggest meltdowns this weekend…as evidenced by the pictures…
She was a little too small to play Kajabe and Ultimate Frisbee, but all in all she had a great time! I had a great time too, it was a good thing I think for us to be out of the house and on an adventure in the mountains. The camp was at Mount Hermon in Santa Cruz about 40 minutes drive from where we live.
Honestly I was a little stressed about going just because she is still so little and requires so much constant care and attention, and we are definitely not savvy at breastfeeding in public yet. I knew I didn’t want to have her completely by myself at home for 48 hours either though! So we decided to pack up all her things and tote her along. It was nice that I didn’t have any responsibility but her, so I didn’t even leave the room til after 10:00 or 11:00am both days. I would just put her in the carseat attached to the stroller and push her around everywhere. She went to a lot of the sessions and slept through most everything. I would just walk her back to the room to feed her and David would bring me a plate if it was during the mealtimes. We put her in her pack and play at night and she slept from 2 to 7 the first night and 3 to 8 the second night. We also loved the fact that the place we stayed had an electric heater mounted on the wall right above her. She thoroughly enjoyed being in the warmest part of the room!
The retreat itself was really great too, there were 7 churches there from the San Jose area and all the students really seemed to have a great time. South Bay took 7 teens and most of them had never been to a camp or retreat like this one. Here is a picture of our group that I took. Ella is sacked out in her stroller. Looking forward to watching God continue to work in the lives of each of these students!
My brief absence from the blogosphere has not been for a shortage of things to say! If I had a few hours right now I could probably write like 6 blogs at one time. So much is going on in my life right now. We did return safely from San Diego about a week ago so I am posting a few more pictures, mostly from our tour of the USS Midway. We were on board this aircraft carrier for about 4 1/2 hours! I do very much enjoy planes and such so I was definitely interested for at least 3 of those 4 1/2 hours. The other times I was just trying not to focus on my feet hurting. ha.
You’ll see lots of aircraft in the pictures, they had all kinds of planes and helicopters out there for guests to see. We got to go up in the flight control tower (the bridge) and the tour guide picked me to be the “mini”. The person in that chair oversees the take offs. There is also a picture of another navy ship passing by, and then one of us eating dinner at Jimmy’s All American Tavern. Fabulous restaurant. They had a fire pit right next to our table during dinner.
To celebrate our anniversary and get one last vacation in prior to the arrival of our baby, we have escaped to San Diego, CA. Both David and I had been here before at different times but not to really see the sights. We are too busy vacation-ing for me to write very much (today is La Jolla Beach day!) but David is out jogging so I figured I’d post some pics of what we’ve done so far. There will be too many to post at one time! Here’s the highlights so far. . . Chick-fil-a (first stop after getting the rental car Monday), Cabrillo national reserve, Goo-Goo-Dolls concert (free because we could see it perfectly from our room!) and a tour of the Taylor Guitars Factory. I’ll post some pictures. . .
Yosemite National Park is definitely worth the trip. We only had 2 and a half days there but you could spend over a week just seeing the sights and hiking all over the place. The reason we chose to go in May is because we’ve heard it was the best time to view the waterfalls. They are the fullest they’ve been in years right now according to those who work in the park.
My favorite was Bridalveil Falls. You can actually hike up so close that you get drenched, which we did. I’ve posted a picture of it from the other side of the valley so you can get an idea of what it looks like. It doesn’t come close to capturing what we saw in person. Yosemite valley is probably my favorite place I’ve ever been so far. The Grand Canyon is also amazing, but they are in such totally different categories that you can’t really compare them. Honestly when I was looking at these waterfalls I had this gripping feeling that it was a small glimpse of what eternity will be like with our brilliant creator. I almost felt like His presence was there in a special way. I already can’t wait to go back!
We got home yesterday from a 5 day vacation on the Big Island in Hawaii. I know I’ve been MIA on the blog for awhile but the last thing I wanted to do was type on vacation! The trip was given to us as a graduation present from family, and we just planned to take it as an anniversary trip as well. August 18th was our 3 year anniversary.
We learned that the Big Island is named that for a reason! We drove so many miles, but it was worth it to see all the waterfalls, beautiful coastline, and also Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The resort where we stayed was also really amazing. It had 3 pools and you could walk about 30 yards onto the beach where you can snorkel for free every day. I had never been snorkeling for real before but it was really fun. Especially on sunny days when the water was clear and you could see really good. We also ate at some amazing restaurants, in fact everywhere we ate was a grand slam (not like the denny’s kind) but I mean good. Local beef, local seafood, and local Kona coffee. Thanks to yelp we knew where to eat and we were not disappointed!
Here are a few pictures . . .
We just got back today from a mini vacation about an hour south of here . . . we planned it after Kids Games since David had to work some crazy long hours to pull that thing off! Great time getting to see some sights we hadn’t seen yet. Here’s our quick replay of the weekend: Got to Monterey Thursday afternoon . . . ate lunch at the Red House Cafe in Pacific Grove, then did the 17-mile drive. It was pretty cool. . . then went to the fisherman’s wharf in downtown Monterey on Thursday night. Ate at The Fisherman’s Grotto. Saw lots of harbor seals that were basically in the parking lot they were so close. They make the wierdest noises. Found an excellent coffee place called Plume’s. Drip coffee by the cup . . . fabulous. Look out, Philz.
Friday we hiked at Point Lobos State Reserve, saw some beautiful coast line and got awesome pictures. Ate lunch at the Rio Grill (which was nicer than we thought, and great food). Friday night went to Carmel, was much bigger and more crowded than we expected, but very nice. Coffee at Carmel Coffee House and Roasting Company. Drove the scenic drive along the beach by some amazingly unique cottages. Marvelous dinner at Da Giovanni’s Italian restaurant.
Then today we got up and went to Plume’s again for some morning coffee and took it to Cannery Row in Monterey. Lots of cute shops and not near as crowded as some of the other places. Ate lunch at Bubba Gump’s on the water.
We really had a great time just taking a break for a couple of days. It was actually pretty cold there compared to Santa Clara, and it was cloudy most of the time but we still had a blast and are so thankful for the opportunity to go. I’m sure we’ll be back soon since its in our back yard 🙂 Here are some pictures we took . . .