Life has been full! Busting at the seams the last few weeks and when that happens my blog takes a back seat. I’ve struggled feeling like I am not giving it enough of my time, one day in the future I might… just might be able to sit and write uninterrupted for an hour, but that is so far from my reality at the moment.
November was packed! Full of travels, memories, friends and family, travel stress, holidays, and home improvement projects.
The first week of November we flew our boys and dogs (yes, the whole entire family) to Arizona. We were a sight to see at security. I wore baby G in an Ergo, J held my hand while the Hubby held both dogs thru the metal detectors. J wasn’t thrilled about his stuffed animal frog going through the x-ray machine but we all (including Mr. Froggy) survived.
Getting ready to take off! (You can’t see them, but our two little dogs were snuggled in under the seat by our feet.) They traveled so well!
After spending two days with family in Arizona we drove 6 hours to Southern California, rested for the night at a longtime friends home and drove another 4 hours to Central Coast California to visit more family and celebrate Great-Grandma’s 90th birthday. After 3 days enjoying the beauty of the Central Coast, we drove 5 hours to San Diego to splash in the ocean and attend a wedding. The day after the wedding we drove 7 hours back to Phoenix, stayed the night at my brother and sister-in-law’s home, and flew back to MN the following day. Did you catch all that craziness!
One of my favorite moments during our time in Central Coast, California. In 2010 we were married at a family members home. We took our engagement pictures a few months prior to our wedding. It was so fun to be back at the place we were married over 6 years later and capture a picture with our boys.
J traveled like a champ! He was a breeze thanks to an unlimited supply of snacks, applesauce pouches, juice boxes, and a fully charged iPad. G was a bit more challenging, he is so active right now and loves crawling and exploring. Too old to nap all day in the car but not old enough to feed himself or be interested in watching movies. He also refused to adjust to the three hour (two hour West Coast plus 1 hour daylight savings) time change. Every morning was bright and early at 4:15 AM.
I took advantage of those early morning wake-up calls. Baby G and I watched the sunrise in San Diego.
We arrived home excited to spend Thanksgiving with our friends, enjoyed making the first snowman of the season, putting up Christmas decorations and continue making progress on finishing our basement updating our basement to code (more on that later). We enjoyed the warm sunshine of Arizona and California but are so excited to welcome winter and snow back home in Minnesota!