Well I haven't updated my blog for over a month for several reasons. First of all because my computer NEVER cooperates and is in great danger of being thrown out the window and secondly because we have been so busy I just havent had any free time.
We started off October with a much needed trip to California. Jeff's grandparents live there and we hadnt been to see them in almost 2 years. We spent almost a week with them and had a great time. We did some shopping since my kids had outgrown all their clothes and were starting to look like little orphans. We also spent a wonderful day at Newport beach which the kids absolutely loved. It was great to put Andie down in the sand and just watch her crawling all over and laughing like it was the greatest thing she had done in her short little life. Kaleb loved the waves most of all. I loved hunting for seashells until I realized Kaleb was throwing them all back. It was an amazing day until we hit rush hour traffic on the way back to Fontana. It took us 2 1/2 hours to drive what should have taken 15 minutes! Oh the joys of California! So we topped off the trip with a necessary stop at IKEA and the Orange County Swap Meet. Overall it was wonderful to get away for a while and spend some time with Grandma and Grandpa Anderson. They are amazing people.
Then before we knew it, it was back to reality. For those of you who don't know, Jeff has enrolled in Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Vegas. It is a dream of his that he never really thought would come true but we decided that if it was what he truly wanted to do we needed to make it happen. So as soon as we returned home I was faced with having to prepare for Halloween with my whole family coming to town, Andrea's first birthday and the upcoming move. Oh and not to mention the holiday boutique that I had at my house the week I got back. Can we say STRESS OVERLOAD!!! So my friend Jenny and I had the boutique which I think turned out adorable. We wished the turnout would have been better but it was still a lot of fun. I spent the next week after that making 6 Halloween costumes and preparing for company. My family all arrived the day before Halloween and my little sister Tiffany surprised me and brought along my sweet little niece Brooklynn who is now 4 months old. It was so great to get to see them. My parents and my other sisters were all here as well along with my other sweet niece Lexi. It was a crazy weekend with a very full house but we had a great time. We had a birthday party on Halloween for Andie and then we all went trick or treating afterwards. They stayed until Monday and all left just in time for me to put my house all back together and prepare for Andie's birthday party with friends and Jeff's family. Needless to say, by the end of that night I thought I could go to bed and sleep for a month! But there's no rest for the weary so off to work I went the next day. (I need to add though that it was only one work day and then I got a 6 day vacation which was wonderful.)
So, that Wednesday we decided to drive down to Vegas so Jeff could talk with the Warehouse Manager at the Summerlin Costco about transferring. Our original plan was to move down there by the 1st of December and he would be starting school on January 4th. As you can see this left me less than a month to get our house rented out, find a place to live and all the other wonderful things that go along with moving. So, he talked to the manager and found out that he wouldn't be able to transfer until after the first of the year. Then we called the school just to touch base and found out that something had gone wrong with our financial aid applications and he was on "Cancel" status at the school. So, to make a long story short this has all bought me at least one more if not two more months to prepare for everything and one more holiday in our home. He is now scheduled to start school on February 16th. I am so proud of him for wanting to go back to school and do something that will both make him happy and support our family. He hopes to someday open a restaurant of his own and I hope he knows I will be by his side every step of the way.
So things have calmed down a bit and I was able to spend the last week working on Christmas presents. We decided this year to go as simple as possible since the kids are still young and really won't understand. I have tried to make as many of their gifts as I can, aside from the gifts Santa will be bringing. So far I have made a bunch of play food out of felt and will be making a play stove and sink out of felt as well (thanks to Kacey for finding the idea). I am also making Kaleb a set of "Where the Wild Things Are" hand puppets since that is his and Jeff's absolute favorite book. And last but not least I am making Kaleb a bowling set out of Gerber Puffs containers. I will post pics soon. I have 5 more days off coming up so I should be able to get it all finished up soon! If anyone has any good homemade gift ideas please pass them my way. I am always searching for new things to create.
Well, I am sure your eyes are burning by now from staring at the screen so long to read this! I will try to be better at updating this so my posts aren't so long in the future. Thanks to all of you for taking the time to read this and for being so loving and supportive of our family. We are truly blessed to have you all in our lives!