Thursday, October 19, 2017

Travel Plans

 We have been doing a lot around here.  Now that Emmett is in preschool 2 days a week, time seems to fly by even faster.  About a week ago he got to take home the class mascot who is a monkey named Marshall.  He took that monkey everywhere with him.  When it was time to take the monkey back he wrote a story for the class and he got to share his story with the kids.  I think this is an awesome project!  I can't believe how the kids love doing this assignment, they have no idea that they are actually learning and presenting something in front of their peers.

We have been making some super delicious food and trying lots of new recipes.  I have started to do videos of our cooking and I have posted them to YouTube.  I have also started a cooking section on this blog too.  Just click the Cooking button at the top of the page to see what we have been making.
Below is what we have been up to and some future travel plans.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Victory Park in Tustin

We went to the park the other day and it was great because Calvin is finally the age where he can actually play. He was able to go down the slide and run around with Emmett. They had so much fun! It was super hot out so we only stayed about an hour, but I was so happy I decided to get out of the house and go explore a new park. I forgot to take pictures but I did take a lot of video.

This park is really awesome!  Its good for little kids and big kids, something for everyone!


Saturday, October 7, 2017


We now have a YouTube channel
Head on over to see the video I created of our day at the pumpkin patch.

We had such a fun time picking pumpkins and riding the tractor!
We are ready for Fall, although it was about 85 degrees today and it still feels like summer.  It was so hot I had to turn the air conditioning on, but that's not going to stop us from enjoying FALL.

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Monday, October 2, 2017

Emmett at School

Emmett has been going to preschool for one month now and he really loves it.  He has no problem when I drop him off, he actually runs into the classroom!  When I pick him up I get to hear all of the awesome things he did during the day.

The school takes a few pictures of them when they are concentrating on an activity.  I love that I get to see this because a lot of the time he doesn't tell me everything that they did.

Here are some of the pictures from the first month.

He has nothing but positive things to say about school.  Most of the time he says he played in the fire car.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Minimalism 2 Months

We have been minimizing for 2 months now!  I have gone through our entire house and I think we are at a good stopping point.  I am no longer sorting through everything, but now I am waiting to see what we use and what we don't.  If there are more items that we don't use as time goes on I will get rid of them.

One interesting thing I did last month is I didn't buy anything accept food and essential items.  My goal was to only buy food and pay our bills.  I was very excited when my credit card bill came and it was over $300 dollars less than normal!  This month I am going to do the same, I am only going to buy food and pay our bills.  I plan to do this for as long as I can and see how it goes.  It will be interesting to see if I can save even more money next month.

Another thing I have done is I have stopped watching TV.  I might watch about 30 minutes of news once in a while, but overall I have just stopped watching.  I have also stopped having the kids watch TV.  It was getting out of control and I noticed that TV was affecting Emmett in a negative way.  So now he barely ever watches TV anymore and I have seen a huge improvement in the way he acts.

Because I don't watch TV I have a lot of time to get things done.  In the last few months I have read about 7 books!  I love reading and I can't believe I was wasting so much time watching mindless crap on TV.  When we lived in NZ we didn't have cable and we only had 3 channels so it was really easy for me to stop watching ( I knew I would be fine).  Grant has even stopped watching so much TV and now in the evenings he often goes to our community gym.

Just in the last few days of this second month of I have deactivated my Face Book.  I had been thinking of getting rid of Facebook for a really long time, but I kept thinking I would miss something. I did not get any joy at all from FB.  Lately every time I would go on Facebook I would find myself getting extremely irritated because there are so many ads.  Also everyone making comments about things that they haven't even read, or looked into, just got really annoying ha ha.  At first I thought I would keep Facebook and stop checking it, but then you have people saying, "did you see the comment I left you on FB?" Or people possibly messaging you and thinking you are rude for not responding.  Anyways I got rid of it and we will see how it goes.  I am not saying I will never be back, but I am happy right now with the decision I made.  I have also deleted Instagram and Snapchat from my phone.  I still have Instagram on my tablet, but I am less likely to check it as often on there.  Now I don't feel this urge to look at these pointless apps where I am not living my life, but watching other people live their lives.

Books I have Read (and highly recommend)

The More of Less by Joshua Becker

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

Stuffocation by James Wallman

You Tube channels I have been watching

Zoey Arielle 

Break the Twitch

Bus Life NZ

Messy Minimalist

So a lot has changed, but it has all been positive.  I feel so much happier and I have gained so much time!

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