Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Redwoods. We walked the little trail behind the Paul Bunyan to admire all the trees, and then rode the gondola up to the top to enjoy the view out to the ocean. It was the perfect way to enjoy nature without serious hiking. The trail ended at the gift shop, of course, where they sold homemade fudge for $12.00/lb. Worth trying if you ever go.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Yesterday, we stopped at Monterey Bay Aquarium in the afternoon and then stayed in San Jose last night. The aquarium was very nice. The modern architecture showcased the water life in an artistic way. Every floor had large terraces that overlooked the bay. It was refreshing to be out there and watch the fishing boats. We enjoyed learning about the history of fishing and canning of Monterey Bay. Since I can never see fish without thinking how I would cook and eat it, I found it very interesting. I also loved seeing the fat tuna. Yum! The kids enjoyed the many hands on activities. Jerome and Asha were glued to the microscopes.
We are in Fortuna tonight. After some swimming this morning at the hotel, we drove through San Fransisco, Sonoma, and the windy roads of Red Woods. Driving two cars hasn't been bad at all. I didn't know how I would do since I had never driven more than two hours at a time, but so far, so good. Scott and I keep tabs on each other with a walkie-talkie. I also love it that I don't get car sick when I drive. I do have about half an hour each day where I get really sleepy. Do any of you have any tips to cope with that? Is Red Bull the only solution?
We made an offer on a house from the hotel this morning. Since we have not even set foot in the house yet, we put a stipulation that we see the house first. Scott's mom has viewed it and gave us her strong recommendation. We are excited to see what the sellers say.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
It is Saturday morning. The second PODS container left early, and we are camping out in this empty house. It is kind of fun and relaxing. We found a few things we forgot to put in the container, one of which was my closet drawers. But then I realized that we can set them in the back of the van and put all the kids' clothes in them. When we get to the hotel each night, I will just pull out a set of clothes for each kid, and we won't have to take everything in.
It is Sunday evening now. We are staying at the Residence Inn in Oxnard, northwest of L.A. Scott drove his car with Jerome and Kai, while I followed in the van with Asha and Quinn. The drive was easy. We had a light supper of veggies and yogurt, and the kids are now in bed.
Saying bye to people at church was sad. My friend, Kiersten made a bingo game for each kid with road signs and things they might see as we make our drive through California. She also gave me a gift card to Borders towards my next book purchase. Sarah, our baby sitter, gave Asha a neckless that has a jeweled up letter "A". Sister Pierce, our dentist and Jerome's former primary teacher, gave us a big set of wooden blocks because she saw how much our kids liked them when we were at her house for Thanksgiving. Swan, my visiting teaching companion of two and a half years, sat with me in the mother's room during Sunday school and then held Quinn during Relief Society one last time. I had to say bye to Pam and Melissa, the two beautiful friends I visit taught many times. Sister Griffin, our primary president, followed us to the car to tell us how much she appreciated Scott in senior primary and how much Jerome and Asha will be missed. And then there are Julene and Kristen, my faithful visiting teachers, who had been there for me through three moves, Kai's accident, and Quinn's birth. I will never forget the many dinners, treats, and gifts they brought, and the laughs and tears we shared. Scott and I feel we are better people because of the example and love of these people.
We are driving up to Monteray tomorrow, and then take the kids to the aquarium there on Tuesday.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Scott took the afternoon off and we started loading it up. Jerome and Asha each had playdates at their friend's place, and then they put themselves to bed (We promised 15 minutes of computer time the following day in exchange for getting Kai ready for bed and reading to him.). We, well mostly Scott, filled the 8x8x16 container up completely by 9. It felt really good to get that finished. We worried if we were going to be able to fit everything in the two containers we had ordered, but we are confident that we will, after we saw what all went in.
The pictures show how the container was unloaded from the truck to our driveway. The kids found it entertaining. There is a motor by the far back post which moves the black frame that holds the container back and forth. The motor also adjusts the length of each post, which moves the container up and down.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
white - sheer sucker from a fabric store in Kauai
pink and purple - I think they are 30's repro, but I am not sure what line. My mom picked them up in Utah.
pattern on the left and paisley on the right - Heather Bailey, Fresh Cut
orange floral - Moda uptown
pink wood pattern - Joel Dewberry, Aviary
floral on the left - fabric Alison brought home from Spain
bus - Heather Ross, Lightning bugs
pink and brown floral - Lecien, My Folklore
A diaper tote for Adrianne.
Fabric from Heather Bailey, Fresh Cut.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Scott's friend at work and his wife are expecting their first baby soon, a great excuse to sew! I made another bib/diaper tote set. I don't know what it is about sewing, but it is very calming and relaxing. It sure helps with all the stress of moving. I thought this one would be easy since we are going back to Scott's home town, where we will be surrounded by people we love. Not quite so easy. I tear up everyday when I think about all my girl friends and wonderful families we are going to leave behind. I might have to leave my sewing machine out a bit longer... for therapy.
Thursday, July 3, 2008
we see a boy maturing every year. We sure love you, Jerome!