Thanksgiving 2015

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Our 1st Thanksgiving on the Ranch. What an amazing year it has been. It seems to be that all our years are amazing, but this one was unpredictable & off the charts…amazing

It’s probably not smart to make a list of all the things I am thankful for, because it’s inevitable that I will forget {many} things/people that I am thankful for. I will attempt a little ‘thankful list’ for 2015 and put the disclaimer out there now: this isn’t everything! Just a snip-it as I won’t have enough time to type everything (and really do it justice). 

(1) I can’t even express how thankful I am to be married to this guy. We celebrated our 12th anniversary back in Oct and I feel JUST as smiley about him now – as I did in the picture above (taken 16+ years ago, obviously when we were MUCH younger!). We don’t seem to get many pictures together these days (note to self: try to snap more pictures of ‘just the two of you’ – you will treasure them later) but that doesn’t mean I love him any less.  I could make this entire post all about him & all the reasons he is the best, but I am sure you would rather see more pictures than a LONG list of words. 

(2) I am SO thankful that Nicholas’ transition to a new school has gone SO well. I prayed SO much for everything to work out – and it was even better than I prayed for. He is doing great at the new school and for that, I am so grateful. I am also thankful that he was able to play on on a soccer team this year. It’s something he has wanted to do for awhile – and it was a joy to watch him play and learn. I am thankful for his health and energy for life. This little {getting so big} boy has my heart. 

(3) This little boy has proven to have quite the ‘animated’ personality. I am thankful for his goofiness and his gentle love (when he is in a good mood). It is a joy to watch him make his sister laugh – he really only has to smile as her (making eye contact) and she LIGHTS up! I am grateful that I was on the sidelines for most of his soccer games and I got to cheer him on when he scored his first goals! ⚽️ I am thankful that I get to watch him grow and learn in Kindergarten. He is already reading! Love my baby boy 💙

(4) I know….I say this ALL the time – but it will always be true. I am SO thankful for this little pink (purple) surprise! I am thankful that she was born healthy (& quickly – once the Dr gave her a nudge). What a blessing and perfect addition to our family. 9 months have gone SO fast and there isn’t a day that goes by when I don’t Thank God for our sweet Grace. 

(5) I am thankful for Family. We have a lot of it and that is a true blessing. Cousins, Aunts, Uncles, grandparents…both near and far. I am thankful we have ways to keep everyone updated and we can hear what everyone else is doing. 

(6) Although the picture above isn’t ALL of them – it’s a good representation of our friends. We are SO blessed with the people we have around us. Joe & I have friends from ALL our different life-eras & we love them all. Thankful for their differences and strengths, their support & understanding. 

(7) I am so thankful for our church family. FHPC has been our ‘home’ for more than 10 years and we just celebrated 65 years as a church. Wow! I snapped the above picture at our luncheon celebration last weekend: Mrs Jolliffe & Grace. I love all our generations. There is so much to learn & experience together. I am SO glad we were able to keep our church family after moving. 

(8) I am thankful for my job. I celebrated 7 years with Peregrine this past Sept and what a ride it has been.  I am thankful for the opportunities to learn and grow over the years. It’s not easy to leave the family everyday to go to work – but I am so thankful that I have a good job AND I can work out my schedule so that I don’t miss all the important school stuff with the kids. 

(9) What a blessing it has been to live on Promise Lane. We moved here in March (when Gracee was 5 1/2 weeks old) and I STILL say to Joe every night: “I can’t believe we live here!” There are so many amazing & awesome changes we have experienced these last 8 months. I am SO thankful to have all the outdoor space for the kids to ride bikes, run and play. I absolutely LOVE the inside of this house – all the rooms, the space, the feeling. Everyday when I pull into the drive-way (from my long commute home from work), I can’t help but feel grateful that I am pulling into THIS drive-way. I still can’t believe it. 

(10) I am super thankful for motivation & the drive towards good health. In the summer of 2015, I made the decision to work my tail off to get healthy / fit (especially after having a baby in February). I was determined & supported fully by my family. I worked so hard, and it paid off (faster than I thought it would). Between mid-July and Thanksgiving Day, I have completed two plans (my own written plans/goals), I have found a new passion in working out (nearly everyday), and I have lost almost 27lbs. I am gearing up to start a new training plan — to do something in 2016 that I haven’t done before. Should be fun! 

2015 holds so many changes for our family. Two of the BIGGEST changes in a marriage: (1) a new baby and (2) moving, both happened in less than 2 months. The graditude I feel for ALL the help and support we have recieved this year goes beyond words. We really couldn’t have done it without the help. Thank you to ALL (you all know who you are). 

From my family to yours, I hope you had the chance to sit back and really enjoy the gifts in your life. And…I hope you consumed a ridiculous amount of food on Turkey Day 🦃🍴😊

***Here are pics from our Thanksgiving festivities***


Happy 70th Birthday, Dad!

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Happy 70th Birthday, Dad!

This was a video that, my sister, Meg and Wayne Brubaker (from San Diego Video & Film) made for Dad’s 60th Birthday Party.

Here is Wayne’s outtake that was on the DVD:


Fall (2015) Fun

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The Fall Season is here, although most of the time it doesn’t feel like ‘Fall’ in San Diego. I have gotten used to it over the years: 80-88 degrees during the day in November is just….’normal

Right after we got back from our weekend in Agua Caliente, we took the kids to Knott’s Berry Farm. Most of you already know about AJ & the roller coaster video (also posted below for your continued enjoyment). That one, 53 second video, made the entire (long) day worth it. There were WAY too many people in the park and the boys didn’t get to do much. But the one roller coaster they did – was Epic 😀

Here are a few pictures from that day.


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