Jan 1-7th was spent finalizing our move. A move that was unexpected and undecided up until the last minute...We packed up our belongings and started to make room for whatever changes may come our way. It was a sad week, but also a relief on my part, Arizona is not a place we enjoy living. The kids were bummed that they missed saying goodbye to their best friends who were visiting their father in California the week leading up to our move, and the guilt of being a mommy and trying to do the best for my children hit me full force. Sometimes it's more than I can stand, but I try to be strong.
Here is a little recap of that week: Saying goodbye to Arizona..
|Carving we found on our nature walk through the Wetlands. We had a day of exploring to say goodbye to our city.|
|The three little's had so much fun exploring nature. In Arizona, the weather isn't always cool enough to go on outdoor adventures.|
|Mimi checking out the water, she brought her "Chocolate Puppy" along for the ride:)|
|Footprints we found, the kids enjoyed trying to figure out what type of animal these came from.|
|In December we adopted a little 5 pound mutt from the Humane Society, she has since become a member of our family. This was right after her trip to the groomers.|
I don't have many photos during this time as it was spent unpacking and settling in and driving 35 minutes each way at least 2-4 times a day, and dealing with trying to establish a routine for my family and avoid interruptions that come up when dealing with a large family.
|Milla and Yoda playing house in our new house:) Yoda is an amazing dog and loves the kids even when they do this to her..lol!|
|Finally found a use for all of those old windows that have been sitting around in my mother in laws garage for years, created a little office decor with them.|
|We explored a local park near our new place and Zoe gathered a few pinecones. The girl loves nature and animals and always collects little treasures like this.|
|Christien climbing the rock wall, the boy loves to climb:)|
|Zoe and Milla, bedraggled and messy, but showing a sweet moment of sisterly love. We had been unpacking the house all day and this was right before bedtime. I was sore and exhausted and this made me pretty happy:)|
|Milla and Maceo snuggling on the bed. We still cosleep, yep, that's right, I sleep with my 4 year old and 9 year old and a dog and a cat every night, lol!! I wouldn't have it any other way.|
|A 2012 pic of Mia, adopted from the shelter in Dec of 2010, she has become a best friend to me and the kids and is the perfect description of unconditional love.|
|Milla displaying her artistic abilities with her cute little tongue stuck out in concentration. I love this little girl a lot!|