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Oh, hey! We moved!

I’ve been so terrible at updating the blog through this whole process, but if you follow me anywhere else, you probably know we moved!! Joel is working out of Costa Mesa now – same job, different location, plus he’s still working in Murrieta at least two days a week. Needless to say, it’s been a crazy past few weeks and things moved much more quickly than we thought they would. You know this things only happen when you are simultaneously rolling out a new website, working through the yearly school testing and trying to adopt. Only then, will big huge changes happen – just because. 

I have zero good pictures as the new house is still in shambles, but give me a few more days and I’ll get a decent post up. We are so happy to be near our family, even though we are still adjusting. Pray that our house would finally close (it’s gone incredibly smooth, it would just be nice to be settled.)


I’m a day late and dollar short with Easter this year, even though we are hosting the party! I plan to catch up and do all my shopping on Saturday with the rest of the world. Here’s to hoping we find clothing in the right sizes! Ha! Ever just told Grandma, “My mom said, ‘I forgot about Easter and didn’t even buy dresses!’ And I’m think, who cares about dresses! We need eggs, eggs, EGGS!!We’re all about the true meaning of the holiday.

In case you remember then from your childhood, did you know that Amazon has the entire Hanna Barbera’s The Greatest Adventure Stories From The Bible online. I’ve been looking for this for a long while and was so glad to find the whole set!

Personality Quizes and A Baby Box

Occasionally, in the past, I did a little post called “Confession Sunday” where I told you a few of my deepest darkest secrets. And although it’s not Sunday, and I’m not part of a religious group that necessitates confessionals, you are in luck today… here it is:

I love online personality tests.

But lest you see me as a psycho-mommy-narcissist just sitting at home wanting to know all about my own personality (because that doesn’t really have much to do with it) more accurately, I love personality tests that match me up with my favorite TV show’s characters. Any guess on who my Downton Abbey match is?



Lord, help my husband. I would be lying if I didn’t say that she is by far my favorite character in the show, so while you (and my husband) might all be mortified that I’m announcing Violet as my personality doppelgänger, I was somewhat pleased that she and I have so much in common.

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Which Downton character are you? Anyone else take the test yet?

And in the feisty spirit Dowager Countess of Grantham. I ask you to watch and seriously consider the video below.

I wonder where those babies would have ended up if he hadn’t been there? And on the flip side, imagine how many people probably thought he had lost it when he told them about his box for babies… makes you want to rethink life doesn’t it?

NYE 2013

We stayed in and had a dressy dinner before spending the night snuggling and then banging some pots and pans at midnight to wake the neighbors! Ever tried to go to sleep at 10:50, and I begged her to stay awake, hah!

We’re excited for a new year, but tomorrow means back to work for Joel and school for the kids, which is making me a tad bit sad (selfish, I know!) I wince a tad when thinking about the future because I would love things to just stay the same forever and ever, but trust that God will get us through 2014 like he has all the rest. Cheers! xxoo

Mary Gubein - How sounds like fun! They all are in the party mode!

Brooke Tyndell Ahrens - I’m impressed with that very neat bun on top of Ever’s head!

Joni Elizabeth - Ashley you have such a beautiful family (duh). Can I come intern with you as a photographer?!

The Best of Facebook 2013

(We needed a picture to give our socialworker and didn’t have ANY. I’m not kidding, the last one was in 2011. That handy self timer has been my saving grace.)

I kinda love the whole “Year in Review” thing that happens on Facebook. It makes me laugh all over and then also reflect on how inappropriate I am. (Unapologetically, of course.) For example:

-Joel, “You look so beautiful.” Me, “Stop it, I do not.” Joel, “I know, I just thought it would be funny since you are so disheveled today.” Bonus points for using the word disheveled, couch points for the rest of that sentence.

-I just said to my husband, “do you want In N Out, or do you want to cook dinner?”  It’s a win-win for me.

-You guys. Last week I put in an order to Gap to purchase somethings for Joel before the start of the semester as is my usual custom. The package arrived today, so I asked him to try on everything so I could see how it looked. He started through the items and got to a gray shirt which he put on (complaining loudly about the fit) and then said, “Wow, I mean who would even wear a cut like this?!” It was right at that moment that I realized I WOULD wear a cut like that, and I had just made my husband try on a women’s shirt. If it wasn’t so obscene I would have posted a picture for you to laugh too, but I’m seriously going to need therapy, so I thought we should spare you. (And we both cried we were laughing so hard.) Wife of the year right here.

-Just came across this picture of the beautiful Minster in York. Joel had the brilliant idea to climb all the way to the top of one of those towers to propose to me, but what he didn’t know is that I have claustrophobia. When we got to the hundredth and something step in the tower, I started to panic because there were no windows and literally just about 18 inches of space to climb through on really steep stairs. He had to PUSH me up the rest of the way saying, “Theres no where else to go!” Needless to say, he didn’t propose at the top. 12 years later, I see it as a win! I didn’t have to spend any time convincing him my claustrophobia was real and that has made our marriage a whole lot happier (for me anyway).