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Cheryl, Life, Rob

50 things

I saw this post by Rockstar Diaries and thought it was the cutest idea. In case you don’t know a lot about us, here are 50 things to catch you up to speed:
  1. She grew up in Michigan, he in Washington state.
  2. We met in high school in Mesa, Arizona.
  3. She stalked him and left mystery notes on his door step.
  4. He asked her to be his girlfriend by holding hands with her.
  5. He said “I love you” first.
  6. We both played high school basketball and track.
  7. He was voted best dressed in high school.
  8. She drove him around for a year until he got his license.
  9. He idolizes Michael Jordan; she idolizes Reba.
  10. She went to Arizona State University & worked at the bookstore.
  11. He found her her first apartment.
  12. He surprised her with Lucy on Christmas.
  13. She loves scary movies but closes her eyes the whole time.
  14. He introduced her to crab, mushrooms, tomatoes and mustard.
  15. She introduced him to techno music, pasta nights and Einstein’s Bagels.
  16. Our favorite date night is dinner on the couch & Friends on DVD.
  17. This song reminds her of him. This one reminds him of her.
  18. He proposed on Coronado Island at sunset and she said yes.
  19. We postponed and got engaged again with friends at a lake house.
  20. We got married in Phoenix in March 2008 and mini-mooned to San Fran.
  21. She was giddy at the altar and couldn’t wait for the kiss part.
  22. Every day life is what we love most about being together.
  23. She always forgets to put deodorant on.
  24. He pursues acting in his free time.
  25. He once broke his sister’s arm throwing her around for fun.
  26. We went to Italy & Greece for our 10-year anniversary.
  27. She walks in her sleep and he talks in his sleep.
  28. She doesn’t like to cry in front of people, but always cries at the meadow scene in Pride & Prejudice.
  29. Her favorite book series is a tie between The Hunger Games & Harry Potter.
  30. He auditioned for American Idol.
  31. We started a pet-sitting business in 2010 and Gus was one of our first clients.
  32. He has a pretty good model pose.
  33. She loves to dance, and so does he. He often has dance-offs with random people.
  34. She likes to overeat, especially if pasta is involved.
  35. He eats everything except for cottage cheese.
  36. We fight. But, we can’t stay mad at each other for long.
  37. He used to have a bowl cut as a little boy, and she looked liked a little boy when she was a little girl.
  38. She likes a clean car on Mondays.
  39. She bought him Tacoma and it’s so his dog.
  40. He loves failed blogs and videos.
  41. Her favorite movie: Pride & Prejudice; his favorite movie: Oceans 11,12 & 13
  42. Our friends mean the world to us.
  43. He has lost 7 wedding rings.
  44. We love to eat in the car.
  45. Laughter is his purpose in life.
  46. If she wasn’t in marketing, she’d be studying volcanoes {maybe}. If he wasn’t in sales/education, he’d be an NBA player.
  47. He loves attention but HATES crowds.
  48. Our families rock.
  49. He once waited in line at a Stephenie Meyer book signing for her.
  50. We are best friends.

For me, one of the best moments with Rob was the week we moved in together after our wedding {above is right before he carried me through the front door}. We came home from our mini-moon, opened all of our wedding gifts, ate wedding cake… and from that moment on it was us. Every day, every night. It’s all I ever wanted.

To be continued…

Cher Joy, Life

Some things to mention

img_2062 We FINALLY found a church. It’s called Redemption, which is basically the same church we used to go to when we lived here before but a different location.  I also put Jace in flannel to dress him up a little and at breakfast after I couldn’t help thinking how older he looks. Especially with his watch on, just like Daddy.

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Aptos, Cher Joy, weekend

About today

So, about this day .. it was perfect. Borderline heavenly (queue some Russell Dickerson). There was so much happiness flowing through our veins this day we almost couldn’t stand it. It was a Saturday and the weather was gorgeous. The beach was glowing. And the whales jumping! After all the stress of moving and putting our house up for rent, and the long nights with a newborn, and the trials with a toddler .. we needed a day just like today. To remember that life is good, and we are together as a family. That things feel slow again; not yet easy, but slow. We packed a cooler for the day with some delicious snacks and a bottle of the American Summer Chandon (thanks to our Heather!) .. we put Tom Petty on the blue tooth and just beached out all day. Jace is officially obsessed with the beach. And how on point is his beach outfit? Including his new shades from Grandma and Papa. Humpback whales are migrating to Alaska right now and are all up and down our coastline eating anchovies, so all day we stared into the waters to see whales jumping up and their fins splashing. Whale watching is so awesome when it’s free! The smell of the ocean air, the warm sun .. it really doesn’t get better than this. At times I get these rushes of guilt, like I don’t deserve this expensive California life we’re living and the relaxing beach days, but then I remember that it all happened for a reason. We wouldn’t be here if things weren’t set in motion to bring us here. I love seeing Jace run up and down the beach, and Walker’s little chubby baby feet in the sand. So for now, I’m going to keep soaking in these summer beach days as we have them and not feel too guilty that this is where we live again. It’s real, I just need to enjoy it!

Activities for Kids, Cher Joy

Around here lately

Oh, hi. Coming back to share a few things that brought me joy last week. One being Mother’s Day. Although the day was spent running around celebrating our Moms around town, I was still fortunate enough to enjoy all the travel time with my boys.  Here are some blurry shots of me with my sweethearts!

I’ve also been enjoying Walker’s chubby thighs. I just want to bite them! Instead I kiss them all day long. So deilcious. 

Rob and I had our first date night last week, too. We went to a Rours and Pours event at the Phoenix Zoo .. it was such a beautiful night and my first time just strolling the zoo without having to run after Jace face. I think Rob and I are going to need more regularly planned date nights, now that we have two kiddos to wrestle. It’s so important! 

We have a hummingbird nest in our backyard that Rob has been obsessing over – Mr. birdwatcher that one – and he even captured some up close pictures of the Momma and babies. Too cute. We definitely can’t go without documenting this fun day, staring at the hummingbirds one Sunday.

I always love doing little art projects with Jace, to keep his mind exercised in some way! This one lasted like 5 minutes, but it was fun all the while! Jace gets pretty excited about any activity or project we give him, which just melts my heart. I’m also loving Jace’s new Daddy-style hair cut .. !

The Arizona heat is here just about so we’re trying to prep ourselves with pool time and early day plans. Then we walk into our cooled house where we keep it at around 73 degrees >D Hope you’re having a nice week in your parts!

Family, Giving Joy

April’s Gift for a Friend: Goodbye & Good Luck Sister!

My sister is moving to California next month so I thought I’d do something extra special for her to get her in the Cali groove, including some new shades I know she’s been eyeing for quite some time now and a new girl-power tank to get her pysched out for her new work territory. Just a couple things to make her feel excited and uber-confident about her new job and adventure. Love you, Pam! I will miss you but know you’re going to love that ocean air, and more quality time with your honey! ;) See you soon. (I can’t believe I used “uber” in a sentence!)