You have to give up some amenities when you live in Southern California like, a big backyard or even a backyard at all, a bigger house and so on. But, when I can look out my window and have a view like this, I think it's worth it.
My friends boys are always over at our house, they are definitely a part of our family. Atticus gets so excited to see them. The boys love playing with him and making him laugh and Atticus follows them around everywhere. My favorite is when the boys play the Wii and Atti plays along beside them with his own controller.
I have heard from some of my old friends from high school since I started this blog. It has been really fun to go on your blogs and find out what you have been up to since we graduated high school. I thought I would update you on what I have been doing the last 12 years.
After high school, I went to SUU for a semester and didn't know what to do so I decided to be a nanny in New Jersey. After six months of being a nanny, I realized I didn't like kids. I decided it was time to go back to school. I fell in love with New York City and wanted to stay there to go to fashion school. My mom talked me out of that and persuaded me to pursue fashion in California because it was closer to Utah. So, I packed up my clothes and headed out to Los Angeles, (I didn't know a soul) to attend fashion school at FIDM.
The first month in LA, I started going to the USC student ward, where Graham was finishing his Master's Degree. Graham immediately started stalking me and I kept telling him I wanted to be just friends. He is still convinced to this day I was playing hard to get. We got married in September 1997 in the Logan, Utah temple.
I graduated with my fashion design degree and starting designing women's wear for various companies. I loved every minute of it.
I went from reading 10-20 fashion magazines a month, shopping for latest fabrics and styles, going to fashion shows and designing clothes to reading parenting magazines four years later when I had my first child, Emerson. I quit work and became a stay at home mom. I was glad to find out I didn't hate all children. It is definitely different when it is your own child. I do miss designing and hope to get back into it again when Atticus starts to go to school.
Since Graham and I have been married, we have lived in LA, Pasadena, Moorpark, Farmersville (Yes, that is its real name) and Lemon Grove. All in California. We moved a lot because of Graham's job. We have been in Lemon Grove for the last 4 1/2 years. Lemon Grove is 10 minutes East of downtown San Diego. I love it here. It has beautiful weather all year round and we love the beaches. I don't know how long we will be here. Graham is a city manager so we kind of go where he gets the next job.
Graham and I have been married for 10 years. We have two kids: Emerson, 6 and Atticus 1. We have one dog named Putty. We have had him for 8 years. We decided to get a dog first before we had kids. I think it worked out well.
My days now are spent schlepping Emerson to and from school, play dates, mommy and me classes, birthday parties, cleaning, laundry, Young Women and cooking. All the joys of motherhood. I LOVE IT!
I don't know how I did it but I convinced Emerson not to have a birthday party this year. Her birthday is so close to Christmas. Every year I try to talk her out of a birthday party in December so she can have a half birthday party in the summer, but she never agrees. This year, I talked her out of a party. She has been wanting to go horseback riding for a long time. So, for her birthday this year, she got to have a riding lesson and go off trail riding on a horse named "Irish". She had so much fun. She got to brush him and feed him a carrot at the end of her ride.
"Why do mommies always plan everything and daddies don't know anything?"
After my face burned after a chemical peel Emerson said this while we were in the restroom at a restaurant. She was in a stall, so was I and others were in the restroom: "Mommy, you are the best mommy in the whole wide world and I love you and I think you are still pretty even with your big sunglasses and burns on your face."
We live in San Diego area. We have been married for 15 years and we have two beautiful children. Graham is a City Manager and I am a stay-at-home mom. We love going to the beach as much as we can and spending time with our family.
I am 11 years old and I am in 6th grade. I love my friends and family. I love to draw, paint and do arts and I love Synchronized Swimming. I want to be a vet or a chef when i grow up.
Hi, I'm Atticus
I am 6 years old. I am in 1st grade. I love video games...I am obsessed with video games but my mom only lets me play for 30 minutes if I do a chore. I want to be a professional video game player when I grow up.