If you read my blog from yesterday, then you knew I was heading to town today. Well, I have a good problem, but I must get it figured out! It takes one hour to get to town, but in that one hour, you could essentially be in several towns. We are in an amazing location to MANY large cities. So, when I go to town, I rely solely on my lovely iphone GPS to get me where I need to go. I actually know how to get to and from the grocery store without the GPS now, but everywhere else is quite confusing for me. I mean, there are like 5 Wal-Marts, 5 Targets, 3 Michael’s, 2 Panera Bread’s, …you get the point.
I told you this is a good problem to have, but I am going to have to find “my” shopping center soon or I am going to go crazy. I need to be able to go into a store and actually know where things are. You know?! We went to Michael’s today, and I could not find anything. The layout is totally different from “my” Michael’s in Texas. However, if I could remember locations and visit the same store each time, I would learn where things are inside of them. It really is quite crazy!
It has been so interesting, really. From Escondido to Los Angeles, the cities just run up on one another. I can honestly not tell you where one ends and the other begins. (Escondido and Los Angeles are 3 hours apart people!) That just doesn’t really happen in my area of Texas. Of course, this is all the perspective of a person who has no sense of direction, distance, and no familiarity whatsoever with California! Ha! Ha!
I will get it all figured out one day. Come visit me in a year and I will take you to “my” stores and restaurants here in SoCal!
When I “go to town” now, I MUST have a list. Seeing as how the “town” is 45 minutes away, you do not want to forget anything. Actually, I have learned that we can live without quite a bit that I thought we needed. I love simplicity! Really! I do! I am learning how to make things stretch, and it is working.
Tomorrow’s trip has a pretty long list. It is getting time for my little advent calendar to begin, and I need all of our supplies for each day’s activity. When we lived in town I could cheat and put activities like “go to Starbuck’s for a special Christmas treat” or “go to the park after school.” Yep, won’t be puttin’ those things. I think I have it all figured out, but we shall see what I forget and how I figure out how to do our activities anyway.
I am going to try to begin another “add-on” to our daily activities this year. I found the idea on Pinterest, and I think this is possible. I really think it will be cool to share and talk about the names of Jesus each day with the kids. I haven’t decided if we are going to hang the ornaments on a separate tree or just the one I already have up. I will figure that out tomorrow. Here is a link to the 25 names of Jesus idea.
I love getting prepared for Christmas, even if it does require me to “make a list and check it twice,” don’t you?!
The title of my blog is Climb Every Mountain, not to be confused with the web address of my blog, which is “themountainmomma.” Just wanted to make that clear before I begin this post. Ha! Ha! I have never really understood the whole title versus web address thing, but, I digress.
I wanted to title my blog “Climb Every Mountain” for various reasons, one of them being that I feel like our move here was one of the biggest changes that I have made in my life up to this point. I like to make analogies with things that happen in life. I think it helps me process what is going on. How about you?
Anyway, mountains are known for amazing views, beauty, awesome experiences. However, the trip to the top of the mountain is usually filled with the struggle to get to the top. Sometimes the road to the top of the mountain is fairly easy, long but easy. Sometimes the road to the top is windy. (Like our crazy mountain road.) Other times the road to the top is treacherous, scary, and filled with painful moments. There are also those roads that contain all of the above. Been on any of these?
I kind of relate tough things in my life to climbing a mountain, because I don’t really like hard work or tough situations, but I really enjoy looking out from the top of a mountain.
I am babbling on and on about this, because I feel like homeschooling Grace and Ben is a major mountain that I am climbing right now. I have NO DOUBT that I am going to look out from the top of this “home school mountain” and love the view. However, the road is a bit treacherous. Last night I was printing out curriculum, planning for the week, and getting very anxious about it all. I truly feel like I am a first year teacher all over again, but this time I am teaching multiple grade levels! I know that I can do this, but it can become very overwhelming at times. (Just keeping it real friends!) I don’t want to give up. I want to experience the joys of watching my children grow and learn. I want to teach them the joys of being a lifelong learner. I just sometimes do not want to do the work that all of this will take. I try to psych myself into thinking that driving up and down the mountain two times a day would be just fine, no big deal. (Then I remember that Grace is carsick and this would be a disaster.) I try to tell myself that Ben would be better off with other children. (Then I remember that he is talking more clearly than ever and that his reading has already improved greatly.) I think that Grace will not be well-rounded and needs more life experiences. (Then I realize that she is not biting her fingernails and her anxiety is much less now.)
Okay, I am not going to quit! I am going to keep trudging up this mountain, because the view from the top is going to be more beautiful than I could ever imagine. I just need to keep my eyes focused on Christ because I can do all things through him! Please pray for us as we journey up this mountain.
Let me know what mountain you are climbing. I would love to pray for you and with you on your journey too!
I tried to post about our little DIY project last week, but couldn’t find my camera card reader. So, here are the pictures from my little “mud room” if you will.
I somehow forgot to post the picture of the “Shake Shack” earthquake simulator from the Science Center yesterday. So, I will leave you with that tonight.
Micah had a conference in Anaheim last week, so the kids and I decided to join him. We knew that we would not be going to Disneyland on this trip, since Micah had to work. So, we found other things to entertain ourselves.
We decided to take a detour on Sunday, and head up to Big Bear. Micah lived in Big Bear from the ages of 2-5. He wanted to see if he would remember where his house was and the park he played in. Well, he did!
The kids and I just hung out at the hotel on Monday. Swimming, playing games, just enjoying time together. Then on Tuesday, we headed to the Discovery Science Center for the day while Micah finished his conference. The Science Center was GREAT! I highly recommend visiting if you are ever in Anaheim.
We also went to an area in Anaheim with fun restaurants one evening. We ate at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Micah and I have a love for that place because we ate at the first one we had ever seen in Maui on our honeymoon.
Yesterday was the first Thanksgiving that Micah and I were away from our parents since we got married. We typically go to one or the other houses (alternating each year) for Thanksgiving day. I tried not to think about this too much coming up to the day, because even though we knew we would miss them, we had so many things to be thankful for.
Well, I woke up yesterday morning thinking of my family. We lost my cousin, Stacey, unexpectedly this year and when you have lost someone, holidays bring memories (though good memories) and that is tough. I thought of Josh (her son), her parents, her brother and his family. I thought of my aunts and uncles and cousins. I thought about how thankful I am for my amazing Christian family! I cried a little bit (and am crying now as I write this) but it was because I realized how good God is to us! He loves us and cares for us. He knew that Thanksgiving would bring memories, and that we may cry. It’s okay!
Then, I thought about how very exciting it was that Matthew and Elathan (my brother-in-law and nephew) were here with us. We have not seen them in 4 years! They live in San Francisco, and drove down to be with us for three days. That is a BLESSING!!!! We loved having them here.
I thought about how exciting it was that Randy, Erin, Zach and Nathanael Hammond were on their way to spend our first Thanksgiving on the mountain with us! These are our new friends, who have taken us in like family! (I honestly think we may figure out at some point that we are long lost family in some way.) We love them!
I thought about my very first turkey cooking in the oven with all the other fixin’s and how blessed we are to have SO MUCH! I am THANKFUL!!!!!!! I really am! I hope that in whatever season or circumstances you find yourself, that you can be thankful for a God who loves us unconditionally, full of mercy and grace. He knows every detail of every moment of our days and for that I am thankful! He is a God of LOVE! I am THANKFUL!!!!!!
We had an awesome day and I pray that you did too! Here are a few pictures of our day:
We had a great time, and our fun did not end until Friday morning around 4:15 am. More to come on that tomorrow!
Upon reading the title to this post, you might think that I am going to begin a super spiritual Christmas journey with this blog. Unfortunately, the title refers to this:
Gone to Anaheim! Be back soon with lots of fun things to share!
You know that little thing that you plug into your computer, and then place your camera’s memory card in it so that you can load pictures? I can’t find mine and I am totally bummed!!!!!!!
Micah and I completed our little “mud room” today, and I took pictures of the entire project step by step to share. I am so sad. I guess I will be making a little trip to get one of those “things” soon.
On another note, this super cute girl went to town with me today to do our shopping for Thanksgiving. She was SO helpful, and I could not have done it without her! So thankful for my daughter!