With a new house, new job, new schools, new everything, it seems fitting to get a new dog, too! Right? I've been researching dogs and scouring the Houston shelters for months. On my third visit to a shelter, this time BARC, I found HELEN.
Helen was happy and friendly, and looked like her name should be Berkeley, so I took her home! The shelter thought she was 11 weeks old, and a German Shephard mix. Here she is on the ride home.
I loved her brindle coloring and thought she would be great for the kids. Noe spent the first 3 days SHRIEKING in fear whenever Berkeley was near her. You can't imagine how bad I felt making Noe uncomfortable in her own home. I don't know what suddenly switched, but luckily, they are best buds now.
Several years ago I had custom silhouettes made of Ronnie, Ben and Lila. When Noe came along, I wanted to make hers different, because otherwise, she would look the same age Lila did in her silhouette, when they are actually 3 years apart! So, I finally made silhouettes of the two newest members of the family.
It was much easier than I feared! I simply snapped a side view of Noe and Berkeley with my phone. Then I printed them on thick paper, and cut out around their profile. I spray painted Berkeley black, and Noe white.
I picked out paper from the scrapbooking section of Michael's, taped the painted silhouette on, and popped them in a frame! Here they are along with the other guys.
Three years in Baltimore, four years in Berkeley. Now, we are HOME. Back to Houston! After 6 months of trying to secure our perfect house (apparently, banks want you to have jobs... in the city you are moving to), we finally closed.
Thanks to the seller who stuck it out with us for 6 months!
The movers have come and gone, and boxes are mostly unpacked.
The kids started new camps
and our swimming pool has gotten TONS of use!
So stay tuned for LOTS of before and afters, lots of DIY projects, lots of spending time with family in our new HOUSE, and Happy 4th!
The return of one of my favorites! I am so happy to have this customizable family branch necklace back in the shop. This necklace features a sterling silver branch with up to 5 letters stamped on the leaves. It hangs with this cute sparrow charm and a gemstone.
I'm wearing mine with the 4 kids birthstones. Edwin even got a leaf on my branch :)
On the way home from Disney last weekend we met some of our cousins for lunch in LA, followed by a quick walk down the Santa Monica Pier.
You may notice all my pictures from the weekend are Instagram. Can you believe on such a special weekend I forgot my camera? Well, I only had 5 people to pack for an hour before we left. Lucky I didn't forget a kid! Thank goodness for iphone cameras....
We pulled it off. A surprise trip to Disneyland along with Ronnie's BFF and family.
We almost made it 4 years in California without having to go. I was totally intimidated about the cost, the planning involved, the crowds, the lines.
But it wasn't so bad! We spent two days in Disneyland park and did most of the attractions (some twice!), with no advance planning at all.
Mickey Mouse beignets!
Not only was it Ronnie, Ben, Lila and Noe's first trip to Disneyland, but it was also a first for me. MY favorites - the Peter Pan ride, Haunted Mansion and the fireworks. The kids' favorites - every last minute!
Everyone had a ball and it just about went off without a hitch!