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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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Activities for Kids, Aptos, Family

Sunset walks on Fridays

Well, it’s been 3 months now since we’ve moved back to California. For some reason it feels like longer than that, but still 3 months, all the same. Although this gorgeous weather has been making it easy to remember the good things about living the coastal life, I think we’ve had a hard time adjusting. I’m working from home now and Rob is home with the kids all day. Temporary I know, but still hard when I have to be “on” at work to get projects done and sit in on conference calls, etc. and the kids are crying or screaming or the TV is blaring. It’s been hard for me to turn Mom off and work on. But, bless Rob’s heart, he’s doing the best he can to keep the kiddos occupied and engaged, and every morning we have our morning meeting upstairs in the office to talk about the day’s schedule so he knows when to get the boys out of the house. At the same time, Jace is very clingy to Rob and desperate for friends again, so we’re anxious for him to start preschool around here to get back into some kind of routine where he can build up his independence again. And Mr. Walker is in that delicious baby stage where he’s more alert and awake and wants to be active with Jace, so even more to think about, on both Rob and I’s part (especially with all the bite-size toys and legos around here!). This work home life is truly a blessing, we just need to get better at it. And I know Rob will eventually go back to work once he finds something that suites him, but for now, we’ll just have to juggle the every day and support each other in getting balance and some alone time, where we can turn the attention back to ourselves and hit the gym, or the mani salon, or just wind down together on a Friday night after the long work week with a sunset walk on the beach. Nothing is more enjoyable than skipping rocks into calm waves, smelling that ocean air and seeing Jace run up and down the beach with the sunset in back view. That little one has so much energy, which is part of the reason we’re so spent by the end of every day! We do thank God for this chance right now to keep the boys home and not in daycare, and need to remember to simply enjoy it before schedules kick in again and late night movie loft nights aren’t an every day thing. For now, I’m going to enjoy the craziness because it lets me have lunch with my family every day and snuggle Walker when he wakes up from his naps. I also think these sunsets walks need to officially become a weekly ritual, to help us reflect on the week and the gift of each day we’re given.

Activities for Kids, Halloween, Santa Cruz

At the pumpkin patch

Happy fall, friends. You could definitely say we’re falling in over here. My kiddos are still too young for scary movies and most other Halloween things, but picking out and carving pumpkins is finally fun! Last weekend we went up to Rodoni Farms .. [remember our first trip there with baby Jace? :**(( ..] and picked out our pumpkins. Jace took it very seriously and was on a mission to the find the biggest one possible. And Rodoni doesn’t disappoint. They’re located on a massive hill overlooking the ocean, with rows and rows of every kind of pumpkin imaginable, and size! They also have a fun corn maze, face painting and other kid-friendly obstacles.

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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!