I dedicate this post to my good friend, Allison, who scolded me with the following Facebook wall post a few weeks ago: "Your blog has cobwebs, tumbleweeds, dustbunnies, and smells like your grandma's attic...just sayin'."
I think this has officially been the longest length of time I've gone without blogging. Obviously, we've been busy, moving, settling in. And as many of you know, when you get out of the habit of doing something, it's sometimes difficult to get back into it.
Let's see, where to begin? We officially arrived in California on Wednesday, May 27. And, now, a month later, we have mostly settled in, though there are still quite a few boxes left to unpack, the computer desk to be set up, and some general organization (some of it drives me nuts most of the time!). But, other things have fallen into place: I'm cooking for everyone 5-6 nights a week and loving it. Aron and I are taking a date night weekly on Wednesdays. Our rooms are set up, overall. I've spent some time with a few friends. Of course, there have been very blaise days, very quiet and lonely days where I lament the loss of friendships so far away. I get discouraged with starting over...again. I know God will provide what we long for: a church home, good friends, and routine to name a few.
For my loves of lists, here are some general highlights from the past month:
*We've visited my sister-in-law, Cari, in Hollister, CA for a weekend
*Last week, I spent the week with my sister in Bishop, CA. We enjoyed time together and a time of reconnecting.
*We officially began potty training over a week ago and Maggie has done spectacular! Only 2 pee accidents. However, we have yet to go poop in the potty, but my friend Dawnielle has given me some sure-fire tips on how do encourage this. Hopefully, this week will be it!
*Curren turned 5 months old on June 13th. He began to roll around at about 4 1/2 months and now, at 5 1/2 months he is a pre-crawler! He started this week to pull his knees up under him and rock slowly. He can even propel himself forward some. He is also sitting up pretty good by himself. Big boy! Woo-hoo!
*I experienced my first-ever flat tire on the road, in the middle of nowhere, with 2 kiddos. But, God was faithful and I'm thankful for good friends and family who prayed and supported me!
M and C waiting for the tow-truck!
Swinging at the park with cousin Jacob...and Gabrielle and Jillian's heads in the background look like Mickey Mouse ears on Maggie. Funny!
The beautiful Sierra Nevada mountains in Bishop!
A pic on our road trip out to CA...first taste of In 'N Out in over a year.
Maggie at 2 1/2 years old!
Curren at 5 1/2 months old