Wednesday, September 4, 2013


"Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened"

The youngest said this a few days ago when we were discussing the end of summer and the beginning of the new school year.  She was trying to get her sister to have a more positive outlook about school starting.

She said she read the quote somewhere at one of the hotels we stayed in last month.

We had a lot of fun this summer.

Most recently, the nine days we spent driving to and from California with plenty of fun stops along the way.

The Redwoods. Driving through the Avenue of the Giants was so amazing and totally worth (almost) getting car sick.

The ocean! (way different from our Puget Sound beaches).

We pulled off the highway in Crescent city and ran around on the sand, explored the tide pools in my mom's back yard  (almost literally - pic above), boogie boarded in Avila Beach.

Everyone braved the rides at the Boardwalk  - including the BIG roller coaster (sorry we couldn't get anyone to ride the drop thing with you mom), and kept cool on a 104 degree day riding slides and splashing in the wave pool at a water park.

This picture cracks me up. Don't worry - he was smiling when the ride was over.

We ate In 'n Out Burger, bread bowls full of chowder, Baja Fresh, Ghirardelli ice cream, chocolate covered bacon, Voo Doo Doughnuts well.

And got to run in some cool places (West Cliff in Santa Cruz, overlooking the ocean, American River Trail in Sacramento, Pre's Trail in Eugene.)

Now we are back and adjusting to some changes.

Good or bad, changes are not always easy for the members of this household.

My husband got a J.O.B. after six years as a stay at home dad, and one year of searching.  I am thinking that it all worked out perfectly because this is a  really good opportunity with tons of potential (and benefits that include free peanut butter.)

The fact that he is not just around 24/7 to watch the kids and drive them where ever they may need to be has made it a bit more difficult to figure out how to fit in marathon training runs. 

Yeah, yeah, yeah, (you damn overachievers say) if it is important, you'll find time, blah, blah, blah ... I am still fitting them in for the most part.  I did miss yesterday's 12x400's - who has time for that on a weekday?! (Okay, a lot of people I guess, but not me - see title of blog.)

The oldest started middle school. We bit the bullet and enrolled him at the private school we had been so indecisive about.

He still looks so little to me
We may have to eat pasta a few nights a week, and he has to lug a heavy old laptop we had at home around from class to class (since we're not yet ready to purchase a new lighter model), but I think it was a good decision for this kid, this year.

Then the girls started today.

and are so over the back-to-school posing, apparently

So far, so good.  We made it through the whole day without any phone calls from the principal, so I'll call that a win.

And a reason to smile for a bit longer (while still adjusting, but let's focus on the positive.)


  1. Congrats on making that tough private school decision. I agree with you, making the best choice for that kid this year. Very wise.

  2. Sounds like a fun summer! Those kids are so cute!


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