Monday, November 24, 2014

Holiday Wish List: Yellow Gold!

This post is written in partnership with JULIAN & Co.

I've been a fan of yellow gold ever since I was a small child. Growing up, I always noticed that both my parents wore yellow gold and not just their wedding rings but bracelets and necklaces, too. They gave me a small yellow gold ring with a heart, my first ring, when I was very young, and I still have it. (I'm hoping someday to pass it on to a daughter or grand-daughter.) Over the years, until he passed, my dad gave me yellow gold on my birthday or for Christmas. Some of it was a little flashy for my taste, but you'd better believe I treasure those tokens now and still proudly wear them! If I were to choose some new pieces of yellow gold to add to my collection, they would be simple pieces like these from JULIAN & Co. Classic and timeless. The perfect way to balance out the jazzy gold from my daddy ;)

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

What's New?

In the temp apt. He's happy anywhere. Glad someone is ;)

Gosh! Where to begin? The last post I wrote, we were still in our little white house, and now we are in a furnished apartment -- temporary accommodations -- that we can't wait to get out of! Ugh. Just a few happenings to report...

As I mentioned, Hunter and I both started school. He has adapted really well to the Montessori environment, and we had the opportunity to observe him for a bit last week. It was so neat to watch him navigate his classroom and receive a lesson from his teacher. I was so happy to see him focused, engaged, and independent (you know, as much as you can expect from an almost 2-year-old).

My training program has been amazing. Being a preschool teacher/educator of children 6 and under is such an important job -- something I am not taking lightly. My heart and mind are transforming in the best way possible. I've learned so much about children, ideas that will help me as a teacher and mother. I don't know where I will be this time next year, but I sure hope it will be working with children and using my training.

We sold our house, but oh boy was escrow a very trying time. The buyer was making some unreasonable requests -- we thought we might have to start all over! We also needed to figure out where to move... and for about a month we thought it might be New York! Isaiah flew out there for a job interview, but in the end he turned down the offer. Since we weren't sure where we'd be living, we moved to this temporary apartment and put all our stuff in storage. It looks like we'll be in San Diego for a while longer, so the hunt for a new place begins.

In the meantime, there was some apple picking, a school field trip to the pumpkin patch for Hunter, lots of studying for me, and we booked a family trip to SICILY! We'll be heading there for spring break, using lots of recs from this blog. Also, I can't believe next week is Thanksgiving! Where did the year go?

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

First Day of School

I can't believe my baby started school today! 

While I am training to become a Montessori guide (Primary, ages 3-6), Hunter is attending the Toddler Program at a Montessori school here in San Diego. We visited the school yesterday for open house, and Hunter just loved his classroom. It is such a beautiful environment, and we are so happy with our choice. We met only one of his teachers, and she is just the sweetest, most gorgeous teacher I've ever seen. I think he will be in love soon, considering how much this kid is already a ladies' man!

Drop off is basically pulling up to the school and allowing one of the teachers to take your baby out of the car seat and carry him inside to his classroom. The look on his face! He didn't cry, but he looked so confused. My hands were shaking and my stomach was doing somersaults, but I know he is in good hands and will have a wonderful time. If there's anyone who needs to be brave about this whole going to school thing, it's me!

P.S. Obviously, I had to take several photos to get a good one (i.e. smiling not frowning, OK lighting, and not blurry). These attempts involved changing positions from one side of the door to the other and moving the chalkboard sign around. The result was a grumpy Hunter. ;)

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Backyard Garden


One of the things I am going to miss about owning our home* is the backyard. Although we haven't done much with it during the two years we've been here, it has so much potential. We had dreams of an herb garden, veggie garden, pergola, etc. Despite our lack of landscaping, Hunter has enjoyed playing in the dirt, digging around the dead grass, and pulling weeds. Isaiah has used the space to work on projects around the house.

I, on the other hand, have enjoyed tending a small garden for the last couple of months, and I couldn't have done it without my mom's help. She and my stepfather have an amazing garden. (She even makes how-to videos!) The strawberry, mint, parsley, kale, and Swiss chard all started from seed. My mom sprouted them for me, brought them over, and helped me transplant them in some small existing beds on the side of our yard. 

The blackberry started as a branch Mom cut from her blackberry bush, and we have already had a mini-harvest that yielded about a dozen berries over about 2 weeks. Every day, Hunter would go out there to check for ripe berries, "Baby, baby, baby!" The zucchini and cucumber started as small plants my mom bought at Home Depot and planted for me because she wanted Hunter to enjoy zucchini from his garden (his fav veggie).  I am really impressed with myself that I have remembered to water everything ;)

Swiss chard
Zucchini flower
Swiss chard and Cucumber
We also planted a small cactus garden in the front yard. Check out our home renovation blog for some photos.

*Long story short, we're selling our house because we need the cash! With the capital gains from the sale of our home, we plan to pay off our student loan debt, pay for my training program (I am going back to school in a couple of weeks to become a Montessori primary teacher), and pay for Hunter's first year of Montessori school.