Day 10: Memories


Today was a day filled with community. My sisters and I and the kids went to church and connected with our friends. We enjoyed an hour of sitting together quietly.

After church, we worked together to feed the kids and prepare for our going away party at the park.

I loved being at the park today and spending time with so many friends and family. I realized how many connections we’ve made here over the past 11 years and I’m so thankful. I grew up in a town where everyone knew each other and I feel like we have that here now too. That’s a cool thing. I took pictures of everyone I could so that I can carry the memories with me.



Taco truck guys were a big hit!

Day 61 – Packing and Pleasure

Today was another busy day – the end of the school year is wrapping up with lots of festivities. J had a 5th grade pool party at Laurelwood Cabana Club. It was so cold and windy, I couldn’t believe the kids were in the pool. The chaperones were hanging out with our hoodies and hoping for sunshine to break through the clouds and wind!  The kids didn’t seem to notice too much and enjoyed playing and swimming, snacks and pizza.


After freezing on the pool deck, I went over to help out at the Peterson Middle School Recreation Day. I found C playing basketball with friends and supervised the Aquathon  – a mini bi-athalon with swimming and running. It was a gorgeous yet cool day up on the track. It was cool to be on campus and witnessing Junior High in action.


This is CJ’s favorite lunch time activity – today he got to play for 2 1/2 hours. He should sleep well tonight.


Check out the beautiful cloudscape – so pretty, right?


Tomorrow we are leaving for Colorado to visit Jeff’s grandparents. They are 88 and 92 years old. How cool is that? They are so wonderful and we are looking forward to visiting with them before we move to the Netherlands. There are so many people we want to visit before we move. Jeff is also planning on visiting his dad in Chicago. We have a trip planned to Thousand Oaks for a wedding and to be with family and a trip to Hawaii too. I’m hoping to see my BFFs too – you know who you are! Are you coming to see me or do I have to come see you??  As for places we want to go or see before we move – not that many, actually.  I’d like to take my paddle board up the Elkhorn Slough and along the Santa Cruz coastline again. I’d like to eat crab at Than Longh in San Francisco, and I’ve never been to The Counter on Santana Row for burgers. That’s about it.    Kinda a short list, wouldn’t you say?   

Time to go finish packing – hope you enjoy Memorial Day weekend and kiss a veteran!!  Our freedom isn’t free. 


Day 62 – Are you Awesome?

I ate my lunch in front of my computer and enjoyed a little TED talk today. I love learning and exploring and getting lost in connections from one site to the next. I don’t remember how I got to this talk today by Neil Pasricha, but if you have 17 minutes – I think you’ll enjoy his story. We can all relate to it.  Basically he shares the 3 A’s of Awesome – Attitude, Awareness and Authenticity.  Our lives are not easy. They’re complicated. There are lumps and bumps along the way and we’re not always going to feel happiness. BUT – we always have a choice to move forward and to follow our hearts to find fulfillment along a different path if the one we’re on is not the one of fulfillment.  Listen to his story –  I think you’ll love it as much as I did.

Today we celebrated two AWESOME teachers at Ponderosa school who are getting married. Current and former students were invited to the bridal shower. Can you see the love? The parents and teachers who organized the party are AWESOME too!


I started to write my blog to share my/our story about the path my family is on to take us over seas and to share the journey because several people were asking about it and wanting to know what it’s like and to live vicariously through me. I thought it’d be fun to learn more about blogging and to capture our story too.  I’ve found that I’m really enjoying taking the 10-15 minutes a day to slow down and reflect on the day and to share something positive – to express gratitude for the little things in my life that I love and to connect with friends and loved ones, and meeting new friends who share similar interests.  Thank you for reading my blog and sharing the journey. Life is much sweeter with you in it! xo