September 21, 2014

Sunday Scoop!

Happy Sunday everyone! Today is my first linky with Teaching Trio to share my 3-2-1 of things I have to do, hope to do, and happy to do! Be sure to link up too!!

Have to Do:
1. My major must have is getting my teaching license from VA transferred to CA! I know I have time and I knew that I wouldn't be teaching this year when we decided to move...but the type-A person in me wants to get all this paperwork and processing done as quickly as possible! 
2. Fall conferences are coming up and I can't wait to share the resource I've been working on! It's been a slow process but these forms have made conferences so productive and easy to share with parents for me in the past! So, be on the lookout this week for it!!
3. And of course, my final must do is laundry, cleaning, etc. of our new place. Thanks to my mom I got the clean-freak gene and I enjoy this stuff. Plus it'll keep me busy during the day while the hubs is at work ;)

Hope to Do:
1. Work outs. It's not my favorite thing to do and I basically HATE doing it. However, it's a necessary evil for me as I wasn't one of the few that were born 'naturally skinny' so I have to work at it. My Fitbit has been an amazing motivator and I still enjoy using it. So, another thing this week that I hope to do is begin getting back on track with my workouts!
2. Moving always requires change and in this case I not only left my family back in VA but we both left an awesome group of friends. It was sad to let them go but I do look forward to meeting new people out here. I was thinking of joining a book club or even taking a French class at the local community college for fun. :)

Happy to Do:
1. My father-in-law helped us move by flying into DC from TX and offered to drive our U-Haul across the country. Isn't he amazing?! Well, while he was staying here for a couple days he offered us a housewarming present that was a brand new 50' TV! It's huge! But, recently we've gotten into The Blacklist with James Spader and we're hooked! We're only on the first season but we look forward to seeing where the story goes!

Well, those are my 3-2-1s so be sure to link up and share your Sunday Scoop!

September 17, 2014

California Bound and Arrived!

Hello from California! We {finally} made it to Ventura, CA where the hubs, Murphy, and I will call home for at least the next few years. We spent four days on the road; traveling from VA across the country to CA. We are so blessed to have had Philip's dad fly out (from TX) and be willing to help us drive the U-Haul (with a trailer for my car!) while we drove our Jeep. Otherwise our journey would have been slightly more difficult than it actually was. 

Here's a little slideshow from our drive...

So, we set off early Saturday morning and our first stop was Nashville, TN where we made a pit-stop for some good BBQ and sweet tea! Then, it was onto Memphis where we stayed the night. We averaged about 10-12 hours driving each day (I say we but since I don't know manual I didn't have to do any driving, haha!). Thanks to Yelp we were able to find some great local eats along the way and hotels where we knew our stuff would be safe for the night.

Needless to say our little guy, Murphy did very well living out of hotels the last four days :) I was actually very proud of how well he handled the entire trip. For an 11 week old puppy who has only been with us for the last couple weeks he was very comfortable and relaxed the entire time! #thankgoodness
Then it was...
Family photo time!
Getting closer...
Lots of desert and rock...

And this is the view from the front of our building...I mean it's perfect and it makes me very excited about our new chapter. Of course it was hard to leave our friends and my family but now that we're in our new place and getting settled it's feeling more and more like home here. I mean, I've been here for two days and sometimes I have to pinch myself to remind me this is real ;)
{the little dots in the water are surfers...not sharks, haha}

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I'm not gonna lie...there's some housework that needs to be done but I'll be getting to work on some new products so make sure to follow me on Bloglovin' and Facebook to stay up to date with all my adventures! 

Oh...and I guess I can officially update my blog to show that I am officially a...

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

September 1, 2014

September Currently!

I am linking up with Oh Boy 4th Grade for her monthly Currently linky party {this is my first!}. I've always wanted to participate but for some reason I couldn't get it up in time but today I can! So here's my currently...

Listening: The joys of Netflix and Hulu Plus is the fact that one could spend hours binge watching their favorite TV shows and for the hubs and I that's many hours of Law & Order: SVU. We can seriously watch this show all day...and we just might ;)

Loving: Today is my husband's birthday and I just love the heck out of that man. He's been my rock and I am reminded each day how much he means to me and I can't wait to celebrate with him tonight! Also...I can't forget to mention how in love I am with our newest member of the Daniel family...Murphy!

I mean, who can't love these two? I'm one lucky lady ;)

Thinking: Currently I am thinking about how the hubs and I can spend today celebrating him. He's not one for wanting to do very much especially since we have this big move coming up and Murphy just arrived. However, this man does so much for us {and me!} that I want him to feel appreciated, especially today! I think we'll do dinner at one of his favorite French restaurants tonight :)

Wanting: Something that I know I've written about A LOT lately is our big move across the country coming up in just a couple weeks. Moving is always so stressful and the fact that we're not just moving down the street is a lot for me. Especially considering this is the first time I'm moving away from my family. So, one thing that I'm wanting is for our packing and actual move to go as smoothly as possible...even with our puppy!

Needing: Iced. Coffee. At this point I'd be ok with an IV hooked up to me because there's something to be said about a nice cold iced coffee to get you through your morning....afternoon...or heck, even evening. Now, I know I have a problem and I hear that's the first step...however, I'm ok with my little addiction and I'm not ready to quit, haha. It's a necessity for me because I'm definitely not a morning person and this...

3 Trips: After our move we actually have some trips lined up...and I'm hoping the hubs will be able to get time off to come with me. First, it's our trip to CA then I know around Christmas we'd like to get back to Texas {where he's from and his family lives}. Each year we love getting back home to TX because it's just so relaxing to have family around and get to see his Goddaughter. And finally we will be headed back to the DC area next month for weddings. Lots of moving and needless to say I will be happy to stay put in one place for a little while :)