I have been MIA from blog land for quite a while. This has been by far one of the most hectic/exciting/exhausting summers I have ever had. We have found out we are having twins, made it through the first trimester fatigue while packing and moving. We’ve been evacuated from our new home because of a forest fire, we’ve driven all the way to Oregon and back for our big summer adventure, we’ve come back to our new house with a huge mess of ash to clean up, all with that looming date of “back to school” right around the corner. It is making my head spin just writing it all out. This will be a summer we will never forget, that is for sure!
My first trimester was busy, as I’m sure you can imagine. I battled some pretty serious fatigue, struggling to make it through the day with my eyes open. Other than that, no morning sickness, food aversions, and only a few headaches, so I’m calling it a win! I get asked a lot about morning sickness, I am blessed to be one of those women who seems to have dodged a major bullet. I’ve NEVER had morning sickness, with any of my kids. I am almost 18 weeks and we are hoping to find out the sex of our little ones very soon! I am so excited to find out what our double exclamation points to our family are going to be. I obviously want healthy babies, but just one boy would be nice for Asher. Can you imagine, one little guy literally surrounded by women his whole life. For him, I’m hoping there is a little partner in crime in there for him.
Yes, we have names picked out, I have different combos of names depending on the sex of the babies. I’m struggling to come up with two girls names, so any suggestions are welcome. Everly is our one for sure girl name, so it has to go well with that. I really like Harper to go with it, but I know a few people who have Harper’s, so I’m not sure.
Oliver, Adler, August, Everly, and Harper.
We got evacuated from our home in the first week of August. The Holy Fire threatened our new home and thousands of others, burning almost 24,000 acres. So, we started our adventure off with a bang. I’ve never been a part of such a thing and I must say, it was one of the most terrifying things I’ve ever seen. Driving out of our community was scary, it looked like a volcano went off, as the sky was dark at 7 pm and the ground being covered with ash.
We loaded up the car and headed north. We only made it about three hours that first night. We got out of the danger zone, and decided to stop to get some sleep. Most of the plans I had made for our adventure north were hindered by forest fires. I had planned to go to Yosemite National Park, which was closed due to a forest fire. We did check out the Travertine Hot Springs in Bridgeport, CA. Very cool! I kept telling my kids it was natures hot tub. Obviously being pregnant, I wasn’t able to partake, but my family had a great time, and what a cool experience. We will definitely be back. We drove to South Lake Tahoe the second day. I was so excited to see Lake Tahoe, as I have never been before, but was saddened by the smoke once again. The lake was covered in smoke that had settled in from surrounding forest fires. So, we spent the night, but didn’t do much exploring. Our next stop was the tiny town of Haines, Oregon. My husbands grandparents have a beautiful home there nestled up in the mountains. This just so happens to be the place my husband and I got married. The plan was to spend our tenth anniversary here, even though our schedule was pushed up a week, it was still so special to bring our children back to this place, spend time with family, and explore the beautiful surroundings.
After a few days in Haines, we headed to my parents house. It was about a seven hour drive west. My parents also have a beautiful home in the mountains, and my brother and his new bride were getting married there. So we arrived and got to work, helping with everything wedding! The wedding turned out beautiful and was a lot of fun. Our time at my parents house was mostly spent outside. A trip to the lake, a trip to the pool, hot air balloon watching and many hours playing with cousins in the dirt. It was simple, and fun.
Now, we are home, cleaning up a big mess of ash, and trying to find our groove. School officially starts next week! This year I am going to be doing more of a Charlotte Mason style home school. Lots of nature studies, lots of reading, and lots of fun!
I hope everyone is have the best week!