Sunday, December 9, 2012

Huntington Gardens

I had the opportunity to take the kids to Huntington Gardens last week.  Let me just say, it was gorgeous!  It was so peaceful there, as peaceful as it can be with two children vying for my attention.  I love the beautiful flowers all over and the smell of the roses.    

The Japanese garden was probably my favorite.  It looked like a dream.  I'm still amazed at the talent some people have in their abilities to landscape like that.

I don't think I will ever get used to seeing lemons, limes, and oranges growing on trees around here.  I had to sit at this little tree and stare at the fruit on it.  I'll admit, I wanted to yank one off and take it home with me.  No, I didn't do that.  I'm not that horrible.  

I hope to make it back to the gardens again in the near future.  What a treasure!

An Update

Ever since I gave birth to Elliot, my life seems to be a bit more chaotic.  Who knew that could happen when you had another child?  Go figure.  Life in California is grand.... most of the time.  Now that I can see a light at the end of the tunnel (only 8 more months!!), I am getting very anxious to get out of this place.  I do love things about California, but I am more than ready to be back in Utah with family and friends.  However, I am trying really, really hard not to get my hopes up as I know going back to Utah isn't really going to be an option unless a miracle presents itself in the form of a job.  Let me just tell you I am praying for that miracle about 27,000 times a day.

Ryan is doing great in school.  He excels at what he does.  I told him yesterday that I would absolutely trust him to do my anesthesia.  I think he is going to make an amazing anesthetist!  He spends most of his free time studying.  Then when he gets some free time, he studies some more.  It's never ending.  Sigh.

I am busy being a mom to two very active kids.  I love it.  I love the opportunity God has given me to raise his children.  I cherish every single moment I get with them.  I know that this young age they are in is fleeting and will soon be over.  I enjoy every smile, every laugh, and I try my best to endure the tantrums.  I will admit that there are days when I still dream of having Kingston in our home.  What I wouldn't give to just hug him and kiss him once more.  My heart still aches that he is gone; however, I know, without a doubt, that we will be together again one day.  I often wonder what it would be like with him and Scarlet.  How would she act around him?  Would they play well together?  This time of year is always difficult without him here.  Holidays are hard.  We love our little King and miss him every. single. day.

Scarlet is a very active, very sassy 2 year old.  She talks non stop.  She also sings herself to sleep on most nights.  You can often find me laying on the stairs listening to her as she sings "Twinkle, Twinkle" or "Jingle Bells."  She brings such a light to my life.  I can't even believe that we are approaching 3 years since we did in vitro with her.  Time flies!

Elliot is now 6-1/2 months old.  He is the dream child.  He smiles and laughs all the time.  He is sitting up on his own now and rolling all around the floor.  He only cries when he is hungry or wants to sleep.  We sure do enjoy our little California miracle.  I have no idea how we ever lived without him.

So, there's the quick update on us.  I hope all of you, all one of you who reads this, are doing well.  Come visit us in the land of California!  Let me entice you:  Disneyland, beaches, and 70+ degree weather.