Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Getting back on the horse

Since we started really packing up the house, the exercise kinda dropped off the schedule. Last night which was our second night here in Yucaipa I went for a run. There's a few loops that are pretty easy so I thought I'd just do one of those. Well at some point I missed a turn to complete the loop and ended up going a lot further than I hoped and ran a loop that was twice as large as I had planned. I remember at one point being up on a hill and being able to see the house but couldn't get to it. It was pretty comical actually. I should have known that I'd do something like that, oh well!

Along with working out on a regular basis, I'm also looking forward to going to bed earlier and waking up earlier, giving me time to read my scriptures and get a major chore done each day. As we've been settling into the house it's apparent that windows will need a day (lots of going in and out the big sliding doors), floors will need a day (nice wood floors with lots of crumbs and sweaty kid feet), obviously bathrooms....I need to decide what will fill two more days.

I feel so motivated to get myself and the kids on a good schedule for all these things so that I can make time to play with them and feel like I'm being a productive mom. I don't know what it is, a new start, a fresh page, the beautiful sunshine....oh the view that we have, I'll have to share a picture with you soon. Great sunsets!!! There is so much for me to catch up on....stay tuned for the move, the house tour, and probably plenty more posts on getting lost.

Friday, July 20, 2012


Hello blogging world! My name is Rachel. My husband's name is Jake. We have three children, Cooper (5), Jack (3.5), and Adele (1). We live in the Puget Sound area of Washington state for exactly one more week and then we're off to sunny southern California to support Jake as he attends his first year of law school. Our previous blog can be found here.

We are experiencing some big changes in our lives and this is my way of journaling our adventure, sharing our experience with our family and friends and also maybe some others who are also in this crazy school/family/moving-on part of their lives. It's also for the purpose of having a little bit of an outlet for myself as I transition from a nearly full-time working mother surrounded by friends and family, constant activities and scheduled events....to a full-time stay at home mom in a new area barely knowing a single soul. (AHHH!) Even though the knowledge of all this puts me on the brink of a small panic attack, I say to it "BRING IT ON!" We made this choice after months of research, questioning, praying, avoiding, embracing, etc. But more on that later.

As I type this I am pushing through my last day of work wondering how I'll walk out of here tonight without embarrassing myself. I inherited some true ball-baby genes from both sides of my family and they ain't pretty I tell ya. The famous Dr. Seuss quote that is helping me cope with the sad side of all of this is, "Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened." And that I will.