We women have a lot to learn about simplifying our lives. We have to decide what is important and then move along at a pace that is comfortable for us. We have to develop the maturity to stop trying to prove something. We have to learn to be content with what we are." ~Marjorie Pay Hinckley~

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Saturday, May 26, 2012

We are Moving To Vista, CA in FOUR WEEKS!!!

Just 5 days after graduation, we took a rode trip down to the San Diego area for two job interviews: one in Vista, and one in San Diego itself.  Along the way we stayed with the Waite family and the Gehmlich family, friends from our Davis Ward who have since moved on to jobs/other schooling in Southern California. Lukas was thrilled to see all of their kids, and Ammon and Aaron showed Lukas how to jump and do tricks on the trampoline, which he just loved. He would often say, "But first I'm going to see my friends" when it was time to come back in, or before bedtime. Aaron spoiled him by giving Lukas a little Silver Surfer man to play with while we left Bakersfield to get down to Vista, which caused all kinds of make-believe conversations grow from the back seat during the long drive. The interview in Vista went really well, and that afternoon as we hung out at a playground next to a huge green field I felt really peaceful, like this would be a place we could live, because this big open space was here where my child could just run around and just BE. Then we headed down to San Diego, where Lukas was thrilled to participate in Jakob's stomp rocket jumping (we so have to get one of those someday!) and super excited to play with Leah-- and I was amazed that they just played allll morning, so well together! While the kids all napped I looked at apartments in Vista while Jared interviewed at another school in San Diego, which ended up being more urban, and more expensive-to-live area which would cause a commute, which we are trying to avoid as much as possible. So even when Jared came back saying the interview went really well, he was pretty set on the school in Vista, which had called and extended him a job offer that morning- before the second interview- and we continued to look for housing there, and finding out more and more about the area that we had just visited the day before.  We went out to Pat & Oscars that night to celebrate with Andrea & Ryan & the kiddos, and even ran into Brother Brooks of all people (he lives in AZ!!), before heading to a hotel near Sea World for the night.

I have to say, there is something so comforting about knowing that we had friends to stay with and talk through this crazy moment of our lives!! And I feel that in most high stress/life changing moments like these, there have always been people around to buoy us up, and be a sounding board for our excitement and concerns. Just like when we stayed at the Bell's three years ago when we adopted Lukas. How grateful I am that we didn't go through that night all alone somewhere in a hotel with a newborn after having just gone through a high stress/high emotion adoption process! Sally and David were like lighthouses in the harbor for us, as were these families.

And I have to admit, that there is something so cool about calling people you've known from awhile ago from church, and knowing that you can stop by their house and pick things right back up because the gospel of Jesus Christ connects us in ways that other things might not, and creates a continuance of relationships that is beyond neighborly, because we are struggling to stand for the same things, which gives us so much common ground to stand on, even after such a long time!!

Anyhoo, we took Lukas to Sea World the next day, and had an absolute BLAST!!! We saw the amazing Dolphin Show with an appearance by a parrot ballerina, who Lukas thought was Tico Tango (from a super cute book he loves) but it also terrified him. In his recounts of his trauma as of today, he mentioned that the fire and the parrot scared him a little (I guess the costume does appear a little 'fire-y'), so it made more sense, but the poor kid has mascot-phobia ever since that Davis HS Basketball game with the Devil Mascot. Oh boy.  We saw the Shamu show and were amazed at how HUGE they are, and how powerful their tail fins are that they can splash SO many people in the stands with one huge whack! Lukas reallllly wanted to ride the Sky Tower after that, and we got a beautiful view of San Diego and the park. The reality of us moving down here was looking more and more appealing- I have to say! From up there we could see the Sesame Street play area that would be perfect for Lukas' age, and he could not WAIT to get to ride a flying fish, and the 10-15 minutes in line about killed him. "Es dauert zu lange!!!" is his favorite impatient phrase as of late ("It's taking too long!!!") But the look on his face as soon as his little zebra/elmo/fish thing took off was PRICEless: a HUGE gaping grin and wide eyes of joy; the cool part of being a parent.

He took his turn at a hanging bag/gauntlet area, and a HUGE rope climbing area (no waiting, you see-- just climbing everywhere = perfect). There were tunnels to explore and bridges to cross, and slides to fly down.
He didn't even want to stop and eat, it was that fun. If you know my child, you know that that is a really big deal! Ha ha! After watching sea lions get fed, holding some star fish and seeing some turtles, we ended our day there with a really funny sea lion show. Animals are absolutely amazing. Seeing them assures me there is a God, as they are such a wonder in and of themselves, and how they fit into such an intricate but vast food chain and their own ecosystems is just amazing.

So, we are moving to Vista, CA in four weeks. Oh. My. Goodness. I need to keep packing!!!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

It Must've Been Cold There in my Shadow

I feel like we are all into Mother Earth lately- first the Mega Moon, and now the Solar Eclipse. After racing home from Stake Youth Choir practice, I met up with the boys at dinner, passing some kids outside sitting on the sidewalk with a bathroom mirror projecting a reflection onto the wall that separates us from the Taqueria and the grocery store. They watched the whole eclipse on the wall. SO cool.  So we all sat outside in the errie light- noticing that the animals were utterly silent for awhile there. Like the light had captivated the attention of even the small creeping things that God created. And a verse came to mind: Be still and know that I am God.   It was neat to see the warped shadows of trees- all bent and twisted from the eclipse. Obviously I didn't snap those first two pictures- they're just for posterity :)  I was so glad we could be in the moment together.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Outside the Box

Did I ever tell you that the first time my kid watched part of a full length movie was on a trip to the temple, because the babysitters brought Racing Stripes, and it even cussed in it, in jest of course, and I was cringing at the whole situation? Ahhh, I hate those moments where I feel like my personal viewpoints clash with the social norm and then I have to either miss out on a situation completely, or subject my child to something I just really rather wouldn't. I'm sure someone out there is rolling their eyes, but it was an awkward moment. Anyhow, we have taken advantage of people offering to babysit for a couple times and figured it was our turn to help out again, so I packed up an IKEA bag full of toys, etc, so that the huge ol' TV wouldn't be an issue (although to be honest, I DID bring a DVD of a Mr. ROgers episode in case someone would insist that TV had to happen, but I was in major doubt of that.) And then, to my relief, we walked in the nursery room (that usually doubles as a Visitor's Center room to answer questions about the temple next door)- and saw that it had been moved somewhere else. Hallelujah! A tv-hating mom's prayer was answered. 
And we had fun without it. We teamed up with some others to man the nursery, and set up a city mat with cars in one part of the room, Noah's Ark and animals in another, tons of matchbox cars and those cool towers in another, and had a huge butcher paper piece to color on while eating snacks at the table. We snuck in a walk around the temple too. There was chalk to draw on the chalkboard, a soccer ball to kick around, and my favorite moment was when the kids started creating "puppet shows" at this table with their fingers. The younger ones were pretty limited to rabbit stories, and Peter was just bustin' out the stories left and right. It was a happenin' place in there.

Friday, May 18, 2012

All's Well that Ends Well

He did it!!! Jared graduated from Sac State University with his teaching credential to teach High School German. Time to celebrate! We got this awesome photographer with a cute one year old to snap some pics before we left. Here's a behind-the-scenes picture for the wedding slideshow someday :)  Lukas and I parked ourselves in the front row of the Sacramento Kings Basketball stadium, complete with goldfish and sippy-cup holders!!! Who knew??!!  The famous music played and we kept looking and looking and looking for Papili. Lukas kept saying : Keine Sorgen Mama. Papa kommt bald! Then we saw him, and turns out he was virtually right in front of where we were sitting!! (Which was also right next to a camera man and a huge TV screen for the grads to see). Jared and this little man made it onto the jumbo tron at least twice on this night, once when Jared snuck over really quick to give Lukas a hug & kiss, and later at the end when Jared came and scooped him up to sit the rest of the boringness out on his lap. Lukas is kind of like his cohort's mascot, so he was greeted by a lot of high fives and smiles, like eager children awaiting a huge masked furry, costumed adult. And it was on the Jumbo-Tron. A touch of fame at only three. Oh boy. But Lukas was happy as could be out there on the floor, just beaming to sit on Papa's lap. We're so proud of everything Jared went through to finish his 52 credit program in two semesters. It was stressful, to say the least, and we are ALL grateful that it is successfully over. And that we all still like each other :)