Ten Things of Thankful

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These past two months have flown by. I felt like I was just ushering in the new year. I’ve had some great things happen in the last two months or so & I’d like to share them with you.

1) We took a short trip to LA over MLK weekend. I can’t tell you how much I needed that trip. It was so nice to see my brother, my friends, the Pacific Ocean, and visit some of my favorite places to eat.

2) It was very nice catching up with my friends & brother. We all picked up right where we left off & I hope the next visit isn’t too far away.

3) I really missed the food in LA. Was nice to indulge in some of my favorite places.

4) I also missed the ocean so much. It was so nice to be able to just sit on a bench & stare off into the sea. Man, LA made me so spoiled!

5) Andrew & I have started taking music classes again. He’s been very active. Usually, he’ll dance around or run around the room. He also likes to play with the egg shakers & drums.

6) My sister came to visit last week. It was nice to catch up with her.

7) We went to San Francisco with her as well. I just love the vibe of that city. I wish we lived closer… but we’re not trillionaires so I’ll take what I can get!

8) Little man & I have been exploring new parks. It’s just nice to get out there. I get out of the house. Little dude gets to play at a new place…and hopefully takes a good nap afterwards!

9) Mat & I had our first date night since my dad went back home last December. Gotta love that Andrew’s preschool has a parent’s night out every month!

10) I’m starting to get into a routine. I’m still getting settled & I miss my friends back home dearly. It’s really hard starting over, so I find that getting into a routine helps me out a lot.

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The Resolutions

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So here we go with the obligatory resolutions post. I like to think of them more as goals. I’m glad to say that I stuck to my 2014 goals pretty well. I attribute that to writing them down in ink in my planner, so I could see them every day & they served as reminders.

So here are my goals for 2015

1) Be present, live in the moment-This is a huge challenge for me. When I’m out at certain events, or when I come home from them, I’m always worrying about if I said the right thing or not and so on. So I’m challenging myself to just take everything one moment at a time.

2) Meditate- I’ve started doing this daily for 3 weeks now & it’s been very helpful. I feel more relaxed when I start my day with a few minutes of meditation. I’m hoping to continue this throughout the year.

3) Walk the dog at least 4 times a week- The little dude & I get fresh air, the dog & I get some exercise. Everyone wins.

4) Continue to have green smoothies for breakfast- I heard about the site, Simple Green Smoothies last January. I participated in their 30 Day Smoothie Challenges in January and October & I felt great during each challenge. Starting in October, I decided to drink a green smoothie every day for breakfast. Since I have a toddler, it’s harder for me to get breakfast around. So whipping up a smoothie is a quick way for me to get some nutrition & energy first thing in the morning.

5) Take group skating lessons- I’m going to start taking group lessons at my new rink. To be honest, I’m really nervous. Not about the skating, but about meeting other people. I know we all have skating in common, but I’m just awful at small talk. I’m just challenging myself to get out there & meet people. My old coach also suggested I start off with the group classes so I can get to know the skating community & the coaches. So here I go getting out of my comfort zone & all that.

6) Spend less- I’m not a huge shopaholic, but I just feel like I get things I don’t need from time to time & I’d just like to be more conscious of that habit & cut back.

7) Write more- Last year, I made this same goal, but failed royally. Ok…maybe I’m being too hard on myself. I did write in my journal at least once a month to document how my son was doing at that time. However, I want to write more often. So far, I’ve written in my journal every day this year. I hope I can keep it up!

So there you have it. My goals of 2015. What are some of yours? Join us at Tuesday Ten & link up!

 

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2014 Resolution Review & Ten Things of Thankful

 

0001-3Well, here it is, the last Ten Things of Thankful of 2014. This year has gone by so fast. I think what made it a little different from the rest is that I was more aware of the goals I set for myself in the beginning of the year. I made sure to write down the goals in ink, so I couldn’t erase it, and I put it in my planner, where I could see it.

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Overall, I’m happy to say that I stuck to my goals pretty well this year. It wasn’t easy, that’s for sure. There were days where I couldn’t find ANYTHING to be thankful for. There were times where I forgot to do my chores, or write a to do list. Some days, I didn’t want to exercise or walk the dog. I’m not perfect by any means. I’m glad to say that I’ve cut back on social media. I’d like to do better at journaling. I kept up my skating journal, but wrote in my personal journal a few times a month at most.  I am proud that I stuck to my goals pretty closely overall. The goal I am especially proud that I stuck to is not repeating 2013! I’m happy to say that overall, it was a very good year. Sure, the last 3 months have been challenging, since we moved to a new area away from our support system, but overall, it was better than 2013 by huge leaps & bounds. That’s the first thing on my list of ten things of thankful.

2) I’m glad that Mat was able to stay home for the past few days. I’m always grateful to spend more time with him. Especially since his commute is a lot farther than it was when we lived in LA & he can’t come home early anymore.

3) Christmas was a success. A nice mellow day. Just the three of us. Andrew enjoyed his new train set & tricycle.

4) I’ve always liked how mellow the week is between Christmas & New Year. I can’t explain it, I just enjoy the quiet.

5) New Year’s Eve is my favorite out of everything in the holiday season. It’s really the only holiday that always “feels like it” after all this time.

6) Skyping with my dad & sister on Christmas day was great. Glad we got to see each other even though we’re on opposite sides of the country.

7) Andrew can be a handful since he loves to run around all day. I cherish the quiet times. When he sits in my lap while we draw on the chalkboard, or when we play with his train set, or when I read him a story. I just love holding onto the little guy.

8) We’re starting to organize our house a lot more. I’ve always liked to organize things, so this is fun for me.

9) I got my haircut for the first time since we moved. The search for a new hair stylist is on.

10) I’m hopeful for 2015 & what it has in store.

I wish you a safe & Happy New Year!

 

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Off to the Gym

I’ve always loved going to the gym. Sure there’s some days that I have to drag myself there, but I always love how good I feel when I get a nice workout in. What I haven’t liked in the past is that my son has NEVER done well in the gym daycare. He wouldn’t stop crying & the staff would come get me within 10 minutes of dropping him off. It didn’t matter how many times a week I’d bring him, he never got used to it. So I had to take classes at night & on the weekend which made for a very tight schedule.

However, I got a lot of feedback on a gym in my area that had wonderful daycare, so I decided to give them a try. My son is an early riser, which helps me out since I could take classes before their peak, so my son wouldn’t be overwhelmed with scores of kids. I admit the first time I dropped him off, I kept looking at the clock, thinking they’d come & get me at any moment. That never happened. When I picked him up, he was still quietly playing with his blocks. The second & third time I dropped him off, he said “buh bye”, gave me a hug, & ran off to play with the toys. Again, I picked him up when my class ended.

You have no idea how good it feels to get a workout in during the day. I’m glad it frees up the rest of my schedule & I’m happy that my son is doing so well in daycare as well. Knock on wood, this gym is a keeper!

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Ten Things of Thankful

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Here we go with another installment of Ten Things of Thankful. Only a few more before the end of the year. Where did the time go?

1) My brother visited from SoCal last weekend. I was so glad to see him for the first time since we moved in September. I really hope to visit him & SoCal sometime in the very near future. I know I’m still transitioning up here, but I really do miss SoCal. What can I say? The beach spoiled me.

2) It’s been raining a lot up here which is pretty awesome since we’re in the middle of a huge drought. It’s a welcome break from the sunshine. I know that sounds weird, but seeing the sun every day was getting a bit tedious. While I’m not ready for some Seattle like weather, the rain is a nice change.

3) The holiday season means a whole lot of sweets. This is the only month where I let myself go crazy on the goodies. So far I’ve been to 2 cookie exchanges & a potluck. I wonder what else the rest of the month has in store.

4) My skinny jeans still fit despite all this pigging out.

5) Finally getting some time to go holiday shopping. I’m still a bit freaked out to go on the weekends so I’m glad I’m able to go on a weekday morning.

6) We took my brother around parts of our new town. It was nice to get out there & explore.

7) With that being said, the foodie bug hit me. The food blog may return… in Instagram form…

8) We found our crock pot cookbooks, which is awesome since I’ve cooked practically every day for the last two months. Mama needs a break!

9) I joined the gym again & it feels great to be working out regularly once again.

10) Andrew did very well at the gym daycare. At my old gym, the staff would always come get me & I’d never complete a work out. I resorted to only going to the gym on nights & weekends. Now it looks like I can get my workout done in the mornings!

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Ten Things of Thankful

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It’s been a while since I participated. Now that our big move is behind us & we’re somewhat settled in, I feel like it’s time to give this another shot.

1) I’m thankful that Mat got a job in Silicon Valley. I’ve been pretty homesick since we moved & I’m glad we’re only a 6 hour drive, or a 45 minute flight away from SoCal, instead of a cross country flight, which was the original plan.

2) I’m glad that one of my friends from SoCal also moved up here too. I really hate starting over. I’m not good with change & I’m a really shy person. Heck, it took me two years to make friends in Los Angeles. So it’s nice to have a friend up here too.

3) I’m glad that we found a preschool for Andrew right away. He was in preschool for 2 months back home, & I’m glad to get him back into the swing of things right away up here. He loves it so much that he runs to the building when we get there, and knocks on the door to get back in when we leave.

4) I’m happy that I found 2 blogs that focus on things to do with a toddler in Silicon Valley. I’d be completely lost without Silicon Valley Toddler & Campbell Mom Squad. So I’m thankful that these two resources help me explore this new area.

5) I’m thankful my dad has been visiting since October. Moving with a toddler is no easy feat. Having my dad here to help watch Andrew as we unpack, run errands, and go on date nights has been great.

6) I’m glad for a house with air conditioning. Seriously, for the past 8 years, I lived in a place that felt like a sauna every single summer. Not good. I’d have to have 5 fans on me at all times. I wish I could’ve strapped one onto me as I walked around the house because it was just so uncomfortable.

7) It’s a love hate relationship, but for the most part, I’m happy we have Facebook. It helps me feel that my friends aren’t so far away.

8) I’m happy I found an ice rink nearby so I can continue to skate. I admit that the vibe is a lot different, but I am taking group classes in the winter so I hope that helps.

9) I’m thankful for nice neighbors. I’ve met more neighbors in my first two weeks here than I did in my 5 years in Los Angeles.

10) I’m thankful our home is in a centralized location. It’s nice to have shops close by. Of course, my self control will be tested during the holidays!

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Off to Preschool…Again!

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So Andrew started preschool up here at our new place. I was surprised that he cried when I dropped him off on the first day because he was totally fine at his old school back in LA.

Ever since the third week of school, he’s been fine. Now he says “bye bye mama” and reaches out for me to hug him, which is really sweet. He’s pretty funny about school too. He gets really excited the minute we pull up to the building, and he runs to the door as soon as I take him up to the car.

He’s equally as excited when I come to pick him up too. He runs to me & says “bye bye” to everyone the whole way out & as we pull away in the car too.

At his last preschool, his teacher would tell me he wouldn’t ever talk. That’s not the case here! I get a daily report & they tell me he’s always chatty & silly. He plays with the other kids as well. Glad to see he’s coming out of his shell a bit.

He’s definitely learning so much. He can count now. Every morning, he & I both count as we come down the stairs. I started taking him with me to baby bootcamp classes & he counts as I do my exercises, which is really cute.

I’m really proud of how far he’s come & I can’t wait to share more milestones with you all.

 

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Ethans Escapades

FTSF: Neighbors Through The Years

When I think about neighbors, the first thing that comes to mind is the street I grew up on in  Long Island. I knew almost everyone on that block, and I had so many friends on that one street. We’d get together every day after school. We’d run through sprinklers, bike around the block, or go to a close park. The days seemed so long back then. I felt like we had so much freedom. There were no cell phones, but it was a beautiful thing. We didn’t go home until the street lights came on. I’ll never forget all the adventures and fun I had with my neighborhood friends.  Even after all these years, just thinking of my childhood home makes me feel all cozy inside.

Sadly, I would not experience the same camaraderie when we moved to Florida. Everyone kept to themselves. I only knew the neighbors to the right & left of our house. Even still, we weren’t very close at all.

I lived in the South Bay of Los Angeles for the last eight years. Once again, in those last eight years, I only met three neighbors. They were all my age and I’d always see them around.My husband & I would exchange gifts with our next door neighbors, which was nice, but it never developed past that.

I would get jealous when I’d hear about my friends having block parties with their neighbors, or even going to their houses for dinner. All we got in LA was the typical “we should hang out” with no follow through. I’m the kind of person that will only pursue a friendship so much before I give up. Again I longed for the friendships that my friends had with their neighbors & what I grew up with.

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A welcome cake

We moved to the Bay Area last month. Although we haven’t been here long, we’ve noticed a different vibe. People seem friendlier. We’ve met more neighbors in these past two weeks than I had in my time in Florida & Los Angeles. The kindness I’ve seen has been very refreshing. To top things off, our next door neighbor made us a cake to welcome us to the neighborhood. I thought it was such a kind gesture. Something I haven’t experienced in a long while.

When it comes to my neighbors, the feeling of inclusion is a beautiful thing.

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Talking up a storm

I know this isn’t the first time I’m writing about Andrew talking, but after he was diagnosed with a speech delay back in June, I am thrilled at how far he’s come.

I was worried that the move would make him regress between the stress, change in routine, & lack of speech therapy and preschool at the moment, but lo & behold, he is having a huge word explosion!

The latest development happened last night. I was singing “Head, Shoulders, Knees, & Toes” for the umpteenth time. He’s always loved that song & puts his hand on his head when he wants me to sing it. Over time, he’s done the motions with me. Last night, he said “hea” “noh” “eah” “mou”. I got a little misty eyed. He’s come a long way. He also picks up on words a lot more quickly these days too. He repeats what I ask him to say most of the time, which is awesome. At the same time, I guess I need to watch my mouth when we’re in a traffic jam!

What achievement has your child made this week?

 

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So Long, Los Angeles

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After eight years, my time in Los Angeles has come to an end. It’s been a really interesting ride for sure.

I remember how nervous I was at the thought of driving on the freeways for the first time. Yes it’s true that I don’t leave my little bubble too often anymore, but I’m happy to say that I’ve managed.

I’ll admit that it was hard to make friends out here. Meet up groups were hit or miss. I did make a few friends after starting this blog, back when it was strictly a food blog! I would’ve never guessed that writing restaurant reviews would lead me to meet so many people who were also as passionate, if not more about food!

Over time, I met more friends through concerts, mom groups, and of course, skating. I think the theme here is patience. Something I’ve struggled with all my life. Once I get settled in my new home, I know I may be worried that I don’t know anyone. I need to remind myself that it took time to make friends in Los Angeles, it won’t happen instantaneously, like it seemed to when I was in school.

After eight years, I know in my heart that it’s time to move on. What’s always hard for me is leaving friends behind. Yes, there’s always the internet & the phone, but nothing beats face to face interaction. I’ll miss living just minutes from the beach. I’ll miss the South Bay bubble & above all, I will miss my friends & family.

So long, Los Angeles. You’ve taught me a lot. Until we meet again….

 

 

 

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