It's been a bit crazy here, we moved, then the holidays happened, then I decided to make two quiet books for birthday presents, then those birthdays happened, than we went on a cruise. So basically most of my free time has gone towards quiet books. Also trying contain the craziness of my house, I now have two mess maker with Emmy now walking and getting into things. They're cute though, they are playing together a lot, and fighting over stuff; turning into true siblings.
I want to show off my quiet books for a minute after all it took me hours, and hours of work... they turned out cute though I'm pretty proud of them. I got my ideas from Pinterest.
Here is Wrenn's quiet book.
And here is Emmy's. Her's is more of a touch and feel type quiet book.
Alright now that I got that out of my system. I guess we will talk about our Thanksgiving, our move, and Christmas! I know super long ago, if that just seems way too long ago to care about feel free to skip ahead.
Right before Thanksgiving Google payed for us to do a house hunting trip in Irvine. So we got a hotel room, and ate out well each night, and looked at a bunch of houses to rent for few days. It was fun, although a bit tiring with the kids, but it payed off; we found a great three bedroom house in Irvine! It has a community pool a couple houses down, as well as a park, and it is all around beautiful. Having now lived here for five months I can say we have been truly blessed.
Thanksgiving was fun. We drove up to Utah and had it with my family. The food was delicious, no one got sick, and no giant arguments about politics occurred, so all in all a nice trip. We also visited a new temple to add to our temple wall. Yay Brigham City!
Then we came home and we had about a week before Nathan started his new job, and about a week and a half till movers came to move us down to our new place. It felt a little bit like a whirlwind; trying to get things ready... not really doing so, hoping the mover were magical, and grateful that we already had a none refundable cleaning deposit that we paid when we moved in. No deep cleaning for me!
At the end of it Nathan flew to Mountain View for his orientation; became a Noogler or new Googler, and I stayed home with the kids and attempted to direct the troops that came to move us.
Then Nathan came home and it was time to get settled into our new place. It took awhile with two kids, but eventually it started to feel like home. Although I did feel like Christmas felt a little swept under the rug with all the moving craziness. We still had fun though, we had Wrenn pick out a present for everyone which was a sweet experience.
I also don't think anyone got sick this Christmas as all the Tates got together... at least I don't think so.... I'm probably remembering wrong we seem to always get sick when we get together.
Heading down the stairs Christmas morning!
Opening our gifts to each other at our new place.
Then 2017 rolled around, thankfully; we were really excited to leave 2016 behind us. It started off great when our friends from Colorado, the Pypers, came out to explore Legoland, and invited us to join them. It was great to see them and introduce our babies, that had been born on the same day, to each other.
Built from Legos.
Also in January we left the kids behind and went Whale Watching, woot woot!
Also in February we went to a Twenty One Pilots concert. It was a fun concert to go to, and I was really grateful to them because their music helped Nathan a lot during his worst period of depression last year.
Admist all the bigger things were the little things that make life grand.
Then in March our little girl turned one. Can't believe she isn't a baby anymore.
Then there were some more good times.
Wrenn gazing at the ferris wheel.
Then Easter happened, and it was awesome. We had a lot of fun with our Easter Egg hunt and took a lot of photos.
At the end of the month Google had Take Your Child To Work Day, and Wrenn was barely old enough to go :)
Then a few days later our newly potty trained son turned 3. When I asked him if he wanted to have a lot of friends over for his birthday or go look at big fishies; he picked fishies every time. So we decided to go to Seaworld for Wrenn's birthday. We had a lot of fun, Wrenn loved it. After we had cake and ice cream with the Tates Wrenn loved that too,
Then May was here and we were counting down the days till we got to escape on our week long cruise. In the meantime though we enjoyed some fun adventures.
The boys resting around my giant laundry pile.
We took Wrenn to go ride the ferris wheel after much insisting on Wrenn's part.
Wrenn took a tee ball class. He did ok. My dad thinks he was a little too young. I think he just doesn't like having people tell him what to do.
Random photo :)
As a Mother's day/ birthday present for my Mom we took my parents to a pirate dinner show.
Finally with my Parent's in town and willing to watch our kids for the week (you guys are amazing) we departed for our cruise.
Our wonderful cruise that seemed to be the thing that got us through a couple hard months; just looking forward to it. It came and now it's gone, but I loved it. It was nice to not be responsible for a little while and to be able to truly relax. We had fun reading, playing games, and resting on the boat. On in the ports we went hiking, exploring, parasailing, swimming, jet skiing, fish watching, and shopping. It was so nice. I feel like I should have missed my kids more, but I was really glad to see them when I got home.
There is so many little stories I could write: about the ocean stealing my sandals and ruining my henna tatoo, about our awesome dinner companions, about singing a duet in front of a group, and much more, but this blog post is already long. So here are some photos.
Then our cruise was over and we came home to our adorable babies. My parents left and then we started to try to get back to normal.
Well that catches us up. We are doing alright. Some days seem to be perfect, and then some not so much. We are learning and adjusting and hopefully one day we will have much more perfect days than not. But I think we are finally reaching the point where the bad days don't frighten us as much because the good days always come too.
Love you all!