Tuesday, December 1, 2009

A Lot Can Happen in 2 1/2 Weeks!

You can say that again! Let me do a quick recap here of what we have been up to and that will explain the lack of blog posts. I bet you will forgive me after this!

We packed all our stuff and drove the 13 1/2 hours from Roswell to San Diego from the 12th-14th of November. We stopped at our dear friends' home, the Wests, for our first night's stay. Day two held 8 hours of road tripping for us, and then one of the best hotel stays we have ever had at the Holiday Inn in Yuma, AZ. Maybe it was because we were tired. Maybe it was because our perspectives were skewed after living in Roswell for 6 months. But the beds and pillows in the room we stayed in were HEAVENLY! Day three only left 3 1/2 hours of drive time for us, and let me tell you, we were elated when we got back into San Diego County lines again! Paradise! We met with the realtor who is managing the property we are renting to get our keys and then, voila, we moved in to our new home! Of course, "voila" doesn't quite give justice to the fun of unloading a U-Haul and unpacking boxes.

A couple days after moving back to SD, I had the pleasure of photographing my sweet friend, Kenna's, brand new baby girl, Eliana, or baby Ellie as they call her. Talk about getting right to business!

We were in town for exactly one week before we hit the road again, back to my home town of Lancaster, CA, so that I could shoot and attend another dear friend's wedding. Kimberly and Adam were such a laid back bride and groom and their families were just as cool as cucumbers as they were on their wedding day. It was almost shocking! After the wedding, we spent the next 4 1/2 days in Lancaster with my family enjoying each others company.

Another dear friend of mine, Golda, was in town for the week and her parents happen to live a few doors down from my parents, so it was awesome to be able to hop over to her house whenever we felt like visiting! We didn't even get to do that when we were in high school! :)

Our trip to Lancaster also encompassed a trip to Los Angeles for Kevin's maiden voyage of the Hollywood scene. We met up with my sister, Rachelle, and then headed to the Disney Production Studios where my dad's cousin, John, gave us the grand tour of the lot, the Archive Studios, and of course, the world-class commissary. The food was delish, and John told us they change everything on the menu everyday. Rarely do they have a repeat of a menu item more than once a month!

We were lucky enough to spend at least half of Thanksgiving Day with family. Fortunately for us, since Kevin had to work TG night, they held TG "dinner" at 1pm so we were able to eat our fill and then get on the road for our 3+ hour trek home again to San Diego.

Of course, getting home from another trip meant mountains of laundry, unpacking, and organizing, so we have busily been chipping away at our household responsibilities. Throw in church, shopping, and toddler wrangling, and there you have it. Our lives for the last two weeks.

Another exciting thing that happened over the last couple weeks is that I am finally out of my first trimester! That's right, folks! For those of you who don't know, I am pregnant with our second little rugrat! We are due at the beginning of June 2010 and Kevin and I are looking forward to our new addition. Anslie still doesn't quite understand what I am saying when I tell her there is a baby in my tummy. She lifts up her shirt and pats her stomach and says "baby", or she pulls the top of her shirt out and peers inquisitively down it. But she LOVES babies and baby dolls, always pointing them out when we are out in public. I know she will be a great big sister and I am excited to offer her a new little sibling to play with and care for next year!

So, am I forgiven for not blogging for the last couple of weeks? Yes, I thought so. Here's to being better in the future!

(PS - I have lots and lots of pictures to post, but I will post them as I am able to get them up. Seeing as how I have a wedding and engagement/family portraits to process, it might be a few more days. Hang in there. I'll get em up, I promise!)


Rebifromgermany said...

Congratulions! I am so excited for you guys. Looks like you fit right back in with all those Chula Vista pregnant ladies. ;) Hope the rest of the pregnancy goes well and please let us know if you need anything. Welcome back to San Diego. We missed you. Rebecca and family

The Bowldens said...

we miss you guys here! kylee asks for you all the time, no exaggerating either! cant wait to see the wedding pictures!

Kendyll said...

Congratulations Shillawna!!! I am so excited for you. Wow, your life really has been crazy... especially being pregnant. I hope you are feeling well. I can't wait to come to San Diego again and get together with you.

Gail said...

Congrats! I was sooo excited to hear your news! You are so awesome to be able to do all of the things you do especially during the first few months of pregnancy! Hope it goes smoothly!

The Daltons said...

Sounds like you've been busy! And all with the fun of being in your first trimester; way to go! I'm so excited for you all with your baby on the way. 2010 must be the year for babies!

Raych said...

well, if you need forgiveness after a couple weeks, i'm doomed! I haven't blogged in way too long.
Congrats on the new baby!!! Yay for more than one kid!! and don't worry about anslie, my four year old already has two younger sisters and she still thinks she has a baby in her belly... it's so cute!

Lechelle said...

Congrats on the new baby!