Thursday, October 20, 2011

Chicago & baby shower

Having my grandma on my heart lately, I left my boys to fly up to Chicago for a weekend to spend some time with her. She is definitely one of my most favorite people in the world but to give you the reason's why would take days, so i'm just gonna sum it up with...because. Being a daddy's girl, having him there with me was the icing on top. I haven't spent a weekend with just my pops since I was a teenager! As soon as I was picked up from the airport, we left to spend the weekend on Lake Geneva in Wisconsin...just me, dad, Grandma & Grandpa, Aunt & Uncle, Sister, her hubby and my niece. Again, to tell you why this weekend was really special and what a freakin blast I had would take days. All I can say is being there made me appreciate my family on both sides (mom & dad) so much! Both sides are so similar yet so very different at the same time. Many times I feel like I fit into my California side so well, but this weekend I noticed how much I really fit into my Chicago side as well. My heart is so full of love for my BIG and undeniably special family...everyone a little crazy, but everyone bringing so much life and significance to our whole bunch. It wouldn't be the same without even 1 person. This weekend is definitely unforgettable.

my daddy

my little grandma

For the last 12 1/2 years I've lived with husband, and the last 3 1/2 years, my son. I've loved every minute of it and took pride in saying "my boys!" Finding out I was going to have a little girl, I've been a little confused on how to feel, but the more i've thought about little dresses, dollies and pink stuff, i've been getting kinda anxious about meeting this little one. Then, last weekend, 2 very special girl friends threw me a little intimate baby shower that pushed me into this over excited, heart fully pounding, can't wait to meet my daughter stage! Coral Love, mommy can't wait to meet you!

Kelly & Teri, you made the day so special. Love you with all my heart.

my mama. my heart.

missing a few here but these girlfriends mean more to me than anything. we've been meeting every week for a few years now and have become so close. honestly, don't know what i'd do without them.

my amazing niece emily & super hero sister sandy (whom just had a mastectomy days before. look at that smile. cancer doesn't have her, she has it...being an overcomer runs in the women in my family, especially these women. seriously amazing.)

my other beautiful sister and nieces (holly, abby, ellie). wish i could describe each of their hearts. you'd be nothing but privileged to have them in your lives.

my twin in so many ways and favorite little sister katy and sweetest lindsay bobbitt whom i've known since before she was born. best family vacation and holiday memories with these two.

these girls have stuck by my side thru thick and thin the last several years of my life. lots of history and love with these 3. (brit, carissa, laurel)

one of my very best friends kelly whose really been with me thru it ALL. she'll definitely be my sidekick till we're 100!

happy shower. happy people. life is good.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Camping in Malibu

What is it about being outdoors, away from the crowds and concrete jungle, that makes everything in the world okay? This weekend we packed our tent, sleeping bags, cooler and kiddo and head up to Malibu to camp it up down and dirty with some good friends. Between the hiking adventures, mouth-watering camp food and s'mores, constant deer families walking by, fires and conversations, we forgot about everything going on at the bottom of the mountains and seriously enjoyed our families. Our little ones, camouflaged in dirt and sweat, played it up till passing out in the tents. Then it came, glorious adult time, sitting under the stars by the camp fire with a drink in hand and stories to laugh at. I'm grateful for this time before my little family of 3 becomes 4. I'm grateful for the quietness in the mountains, for my last special moments of it just being us and David, and for the friends i get to share life with. God's been pretty good to me.

Camping sign made by the amazing Sarah Petar

Our group, Petars, Kennedy's & Rassmussens

boys at the water hole

my crazy husband

feeling baby move

and little scarlette, stealing my heart and boosting my exciting for my little girl!

morning camp coffee in the cold mountains with this man, awesome