Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Around here

It feels like we've finally emerged from the newborn bubble in recent weeks (especially with Mitch being back at work), although we're yet to really get into any form of routine. I'm totally ok with that right now though - it's summer, we're just going with the flow and I'm just enjoying time with my kids... kids! Still can't believe I have three tiny humans.

Even with a new baby (because lets face it - when have we ever let that stop us from getting out and about before?!), one of my goals this summer is to get out somewhere new every weekend. Whether it's a hike, a beach day, exploring a new part of the city, I just want to enjoy time with my little family while working on our Cali bucket list. A couple of weekends ago we went on our first hike as a family of 5, up at Mori Point in Pacifica. It was crazy windy up top but gorgeous views!




We've also enjoyed some creek time in Stevens Creek County Park...



Walked/cycled along the bay with friends...


Taken many walks to Philz downtown for coffee, treats and watching the bell clock...




The boys have enjoyed getting back to regular playdates (and Starbucks runs) with their buddies...


They also had fun bouncing and playing at their friend's gymnastics birthday party...


We've been strolling around Sunnyvale a lot - the 2 littlest in the stroller and the big boy on his bike...


Enjoying down time at home - trying on baby sister's headbands, going crazy with the stickers and just enjoying baby cuddles...





I've also ventured out (more than once now!) on my own to do groceries with all 3. Ollie walks, Aus rides in the trolley and I wear Anneke. It's not my idea of fun, but it's actually manageable!



This past weekend we had the pleasure of having my brother-in-law visit us for a night on his way home from a work trip. It was too short a visit, but we did enjoy a trip down the coast and a day in the city - the trendy flowerpot headgear had to make an appearance just for Uncle Craig...




But most of all, we've just been enjoying our sweet, happy girl. Oh Anneke - you might have some crazy non-napping days, but you really are just the sweetest little girl. We are all obsessed!





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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Life lately {a post baby tradition}

We've been really lucky to have my eldest sister come help us out after the arrival of not only Oliver and Austin, but also with Miss Anneke. Those early weeks after the arrival of a new baby are special, but also just plain old exhausting. It's been a real blessing to have not just the help with day to day life, but also the company of family. Something I certainly don't take for granted having lived the expat life for 6+ years. Kim arrived when Anneke was 2 weeks old and returned home this past weekend. Thanks Craig and kids for letting us borrow her! I'm thankful that it's not going to be tooooo long before we see each other again, the next time in the land down under.

Life lately - Aunty antics...







Last day of preschool...


(many) Target runs...


Happy Hollow...




The much anticipated Kinder Surprise eggs...


Sweet Anneke...









An outing to the city...




Sibling love...





Shopping fun...


Attempting the first passport photo (don't worry, this isn't the final photo! We had to get a more 'neutral' expression ;-) )..


Backyard s'mores...


Trying out my different carriers with Anneke (the ring sling wins yet again over the Ergo & wrap)...


Releasing the butterflies we grew from caterpillars...


And - sisters :-) Can't believe it took until our final day together before we remembered a selfie (or two). No place more appropriate than in front of Target!



Now that Anneke is a month old and the help has (mostly - Mitch has been taking a little extra time off this week) ended, it's time to burst out of the newborn bubble and rejoin the real world... Wish me luck :-)

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