Monday, August 15, 2016

Everett's first day of preschool.

Being a mom is a funny thing. Of course, I wanted to get a cute photo of this little guy on his first day of preschool. He is becoming more vocal about not wanting to take pictures these days, and as I was taking these, I was sure that I didn't get any decent photos. Everett wouldn't sit still for a second and he was being so silly, but as I looked through the photos I managed to get, I realized that these are perfect, because they are exactly who Everett is at 2 years and 2 months old. He is always on the move, silly, adventurous, and independent.

Everett has been my little buddy all summer long. Except for when Matt and I went away on a little babymoon, I have been with Everett every day, which is a different pace of life from my work schedule last year. Matt has been back at work for two weeks already, so Everett and I have had a lot of special time going to museums, the zoo, parks, and playing in the backyard, and I am so grateful for all of the time we have had together, especially thinking about the new baby that will be joining us shortly.

Here is Everett's first day of preschool photo shoot before we headed out the door this morning.  

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Me: "Everett, let's take a picture for daddy on your first day of preschool."
Everett: "With dinosaur lunch box."
 Everett: "Mama, watch."
 Everett: "Everett eat dinosaur. Everett silly."
Everett: "Mama, ride bike?"
Me: "Sure buddy."
Everett: "Mama, Everett take bike in car?"
Me: "No buddy."
Everett: sad face
Today is my first day back at work after two months off, and I am only going back for a short time before my maternity leave. I love my job and I love being a mother, and often those two passions seem like they don't fit well into the same life. While it felt good to get back to school today and connect to a different part of myself than being a mother allows me to, I sure did miss this kid and his cheesy smile.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Los Angeles babymoon.

We wanted to have a little getaway with just the two of us before the baby comes, so we stayed in a part of Los Angeles that neither of us have ever explored for a few days. During the day, we swam in the pool and read, and in the morning and night, we explored the surrounding food scene to try new and delicious restaurants. It was an amazing and relaxing time. It is always so hard for me to leave Everett. I get sad and second guess myself, thinking that I should probably never be away from him, but the couple of times that Matt and I have gotten away without him have been so refreshing for us as a couple. I really do think that one of the best things we can do for our son and our family is have a strong marriage, and so when I realize that, it makes me feel a little less guilty and selfish for leaving Everett. Plus, he gets to stay with his grandparents, which he always loves, and he talks all the time about how Mama and Dada went on a date!

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Since it was our "babymoon" and this time around has been documented much less thoroughly than last time, we decided to take some bump photos, so there is pregnancy photo overload below at 29 weeks. 

Monday, July 25, 2016

San Diego staycation.

We stayed in a local hotel for two nights as part of our summer travels to fill in a gap between trips since we had rented our house out on AirBnB. It was actually really fun and something I definitely want to do again. There was no real agenda except for lots of swimming in the pool, walks along the water, and eating at places nearby. It was kind of the perfect trip for a toddler, because often for them, less is more. 

Saturday, July 23, 2016

San Francisco.

After Mammoth, we stayed with some good friends in Marin and then stayed in the city at an AirBnB. San Francisco was freezing, and we didn't come well prepared with our winter wardrobes. Every day was foggy, windy, and misty, and I seriously wore leggings, jeans, a t-shirt, long sleeve shirt, sweater, and fleece, and I was still cold. I was also not feeling all the way better after being sick, and probably pushed myself too much, because I relapsed and was sick again after we got home. 

Despite the unpleasant weather and not feeling back to normal, we had a great time. The area north of San Francisco is beautiful, we enjoyed hanging out with our friends, hiking, and exploring the city. Also, the San Francisco food scene is amazing, and we ate so much delicious food. I would love to live there for the food, but I don't think I could live somewhere where it is freezing cold winter in July. It pretty much never gets that cold on our coldest day of the year in San Diego.

Highlights included:
  • Bay Area Discovery Museum
  • Exploring Public Art
  • Dolores Park
  • Hiking in Muir Woods
  • Biking across the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Eating all the food
  • Everett's cheesy grin