11.10.2015

...and then the beach

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It would have been absolutely unacceptable for us to leave California without a beach day! So we took a little drive over to Laguna Beach and spent the morning with our feet in the sand.

There is a super cheesy quote that I've heard a few times that says something about salt water and healing. It references tears and the sea. Agh - I don't want to look it up but here goes.


And as cheesy as it is I do feel like this little trip our ours was so necessary. 

It always amazes me to watch children at the beach. 

We didn't bring a single toy, shovel, or bucket and yet they were entertained for hours. They ran up and down the shoreline, they dug their heels in, they squealed with delight as the waves crashed on their legs, and they dug, and built, and hunted for treasures and creatures. 

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When things get rough in Idaho. This is where you might find us. 

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At least for a couple days. 

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Disneyland Cures

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We had been wanting to plan a little trip since finding out that we were moving and we managed to fit in some time to take the girls to Disney.

We didn't waste much time to start drowning our woes with a stop at In n Out as soon as we hit California for nostalgic burgers, fries, and shakes.

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Then when we got to our hotel we really drowned our sorrows with some pool-time. It was too cold for me so I supervised from the hot tub and loved listening to them play and splash together. Hearing the girls' laughter was medicine for my aching heart as that night I decided I really didn't want to move, but wanted nothing more that to stay at our home in Colorado forever.

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The next day our sorrows continued to dissipate in the Magic Kingdom. They are great ages for Disney (really the best) and seeing it through their eyes was so much fun.

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We weren't interested in waiting in lines too long so of course we utilized fast-passes. We also rode together on every ride that we could as long as everyone was tall enough. 

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Maybe not the best idea though. Tall enough does not equal "age appropriate" especially when dealing with The Tower of Terror!!!!! (not our best parenting with that one)

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She was forgiving with princess visits though.

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And some spinning!

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It was such a treat being together. Especially as we have been feeling a little fragile. Now a few days at Grandma's and we should be ready to take this Boise thing head on.

11.09.2015

Ava's (pre-birthday) Birthday

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With Ava's birthday happening so soon after our move we decided that a big-girl birthday date was in order with her closest friends here in Colorado.

It was so much fun taking these girls to dinner and a movie! They are cute and quirky, smart and silly.

Ava is such a dear friend to others. I often have had teachers tell me how she will go out of her way to befriend a new student or how she reaches out to those who need a little extra help or support. I pray that she will find someone like that in Idaho to lean on, especially the first few weeks there.

We just adore this girl. She is such a light and example in our home of goodness and I can't wait to celebrate her more in a few weeks.

Leaving

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Leaving Colorado will likely go down as one of the hardest things we have done as a family. 

On our last Sunday there before taking off to church we sat on the porch for a final pic. I can't even look at this picture without tearing up. I love this home and this family. I love how my girls have blossomed here. I love my little Colorado town and my people there - friends, neighbors, teacher, coworkers and acquaintances. 

We went to church and I felt overwhelmed with emotion. I really really just should not have gone. It was almost too much to bear. 

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The hope that mine and Sarah's wedding plans for these two works out some day!!

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Back home we spent a little more time with the fifth sister (our dear neighbor) and then presented the girls with a consolation prize...

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Disneyland! 

Halloween 2015

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Snuggling "Mr Skull"

I swear as the girls get older Halloween just gets more and more fun. 

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With our house on the market and a pending move I was a little of a Halloween Scrooge this year and it about killed the girls. No decorations to speak of although they begged and begged.

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We did get pumpkins and we did dip caramel apples, but it just wasn't quite the same without the house being decorated.

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We did spend quite a bit of time on GM's headpiece for her Malificent costume - and used 3 rolls of electrical tape. 

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After attending the annual festival at the school, a party for littles, school parties, a night of dancing and games at the church, and finally trick-or-treating with neighbors and friends I'd say that we actually did party-it-up pretty well.

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Trick or Treating:

The older girls were on fire running through the neighborhood until a dude dressed up in a bear headpiece totally freaked them out on a porch. They didn't know if he was real or not, but they absolutely refused to approach that porch. We moved on then they looked back to see the bear-man hovering behind kids that ventured onto the porch and were digging through the bowl of candy. He totally freaked them out when they turned to leave. Haha! It was hilarious until a few minutes later the bear-man crossed over the street and walked toward us. I was ready to be done with when the girls ran and screamed and clenched onto our arms and begged to go back home. It was the best finale!!!

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