Like really good. I think I may have decided that October is my favorite month. Apples, pumpkins, warm clothes and warm colors, chilly air, cinnamon, and excitement as the beginning of the holiday season creeps in. It is beyond amazing to be in California and have hints of actual seasons again. Florida was the worst for that. I actually own sweaters and have worn them. Magic.
Baby #3 is happily wiggling in my belly, a strong and active little dude that is already so loved. Big kid just celebrated his last birthday in the single digits and the little chick is continuing to blow us away by being Captain Precocious. Hubs is happy and busy at work. Homeschooling is phenomenal. I’ve got pumpkins roasting in the oven and yeah. This is my life. Its wonderful.
Everything is cool when you’re living the dream ;)
Seriously though, California is great. It feels like home and things are amazing. We’re in a primo location. A few hours to Lake Tahoe, only half an hour to San Francisco or wine country. We’ve done so much exploring and we’ve only hit the tip of the iceberg. Farmers markets with (gasp) actual farmers, take note central Florida! No produce resellers here or bags that look like the ones sitting on the grocery store shelves.
The kids are thriving, too. Homeschool has been great, but we recently hit such a perfect stride! The “deschooling” process was rough, but we got our Oak Meadow curriculum after the move and he has jumped in with full force. I decided to buy the second grade and third grade. Even though he has technically been in second grade this year, we had some time off during the move and I feel like certain areas could use a boost. We’ll be working through the second grade package from now until the fall and then picking up with third grade right on time.
Let me tell you, Oak Meadow is fantastic for the big kid! Between his SPD, reluctance to read, but huge love of details and learning…its just perfect. His confidence has skyrocketed and he is choosing to read instead of it being a chore. We are really glad to have found OM. The tiny child just turned two, but insists on doing school with us, so naturally she is included! I’m a fan of Montessori for the younger set, so I’ve set her up with some work. It is seriously exciting to see them excited to get down to business in the classroom :)
I have an incredibly legitimate reason for being absent! WE’RE MOVING! So long Florida, hellloooooooo California!
Hubs has accepted a killer job offer in San Francisco and we couldn’t be happier. I’m staying super positive and trying to not pull my hair out. He’s shipping off without me and the kids to start work and we’re tasked with getting the house packed up and ready to rent/sell. Deep breaths! I feel like singing, “We Shall Overcome”! Seriously though, it will be a trying month-ish, but I’m ready to take on the adventure of moving cross country to a hugely diverse, amazing city.
So! All you people snooping around, share your favorite San Francisco tips! We’re house hunting in east bay to give the kids a yard (something they’ve never had), but plan on exploring everything. I’ve got my fingers crossed for comments, don’t disappoint!
I don’t update. Really. I’m quite awful at keeping track of this thing! We’ve been up to all sorts of shenanigans. Science experiments, LegoLand field trip, holiday hubbub and all sorts of good stuff. I’ll break it all down for you soon. We’ve also started working on Montessori-ing our spaces for the wee one, so that’s fun! I’ve got loads of ideas to share! Be on the look out :)
Ah, October 31. The one day where it is acceptable to pretend you are something you aren’t, go door to door and harass strangers for treats. If you haven’t heard of it yet (helllooooo are you under a rock), consider having more than just candy tonight! The Teal Pumpkin Project is in full force and is a cause near and dear to our family. A teal pumpkin signifies your house has non-food treats for trick or treaters that suffer from food allergies. Stickers, pencils, vampire teeth, erasers…there are tons of options! Lets keep the fear on Halloween for make-believe monsters and not actual deadly experiences :)
If you are fresh out of pumpkins to paint, you can print out an awesome sign like mine HERE or if you are just offering non-candy treats, try THIS sign.
I’ve got Minnie Mouse and Harry Potter hanging out with me tonight. Part 2 will come after sundown, lets hope I can get some great pics!
Sometimes you just need to sit back, relax, and eat a pizza the size of your trunk. This is a dose of realness. As much as I try to feed my family healthy food, we will totally dig into this cheesy goodness (all except for the wee babe, she gets some vegan deliciousness due to allergies). The best thing about gigantic pizza? Husband could indulge in it all week for lunch.
Here’s some visual proof that this beast of a pizza exists. That’s the back of my Prius. Epic. Simply epic.
I totally realize that this post has no substance whatsoever. I’m ok with that if you are :)