Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Hello, Goodbye

When we decided to accept the job offer from USU, 5 weeks seemed such a long time to have to wait before we could be closer to our family.  But before I knew it, it was time to go.
So we packed up this guy...

Turned on the Christmas tunes...

Said good-bye to this...

and hello to this.
As happy as I am about this change, it's hard to say goodbye.

Goodbye beach and ocean.  I will dearly miss living on the coast.

Goodbye summer concerts in the park and seeing my favorite singer, Steve Tyrell, every year.

Goodbye touristy trips to L.A. Goodbye Pink's, Santa Monica Pier, 3rd Street Promenade, Griffith Observatory and Hollywood sign.  (See the tiny sign in the background?)

Goodbye hiking in the local foothills.  

Goodbye Camarillo Farmers Market and our weekly vegetable box from Underwood Family Farms.

Goodbye Swirl Yogurt Bar.  Even though we eat clean most of the time, we will miss occasionally sneaking a treat.

Goodbye to our beloved Disneyland.  We have had soooooo much fun running around the park and acting like kids.

Our whole family will miss you!

And finally, good bye to the dear, dear friends in my little quilt group.  As Dorothy said to Scarecrow, I believe I will miss you most of all.  
We have had a good life in California filled with fun and friends.  If I let myself, I can feel very blue about leaving.  But not that long ago, I read an article filled with wisdom that has helped me look forward with anticipation instead of backwards in sadness. The title is one I have often repeated to myself during these last hectic, nerve-wracked, semi-sad weeks...

Click for a dose of inspiration

I hope you enjoyed a happy Christmas. and I wish you joy during the rest of your holiday season.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

2012 Christmas Letter

I've been back from Utah for 3 weeks now, but so much has been going on I have totally neglected my blog.  What's more, It doesn't look like it's going to calm down for at least another month.
All I can say is, you know how sometimes you think you're going down one path and then suddenly life takes you down a totally different road?  Well, that is what has happened, in a very happy way to Matt and I.  Long story short: we are moving to Logan, Utah after the first of the year.
Since I've already written all about it in my Christmas letter, I thought I would just post a link to it here for those who might be interested in hearing more about it.  

As for quilting, there's not much of that going on right now.  In fact, the sewing room is pretty buttoned up right now.  My fabric and machines are all wrapped in bubble wrap, waiting for the packers to come.  That is the nice thing about this move, Matt's new company is paying a full relocation package so we get to have movers take care of everything.  Yay!

I'm very much looking forward to Christmas.  We are spending it in Logan with my Mom and the kids. The best thing is that this year, we won't have to try to cram everything into a few days.  We can relax and enjoy knowing that soon we will be closer and able to be together as much as we want.

I feel truly blessed.  I can't even put into words how much I have missed living close to my family.  I have loved all the different places Matt and I have gotten to experience over the last few years, but I have ached over being to distant from my loved ones.  I thank Heavenly Father for this answer to my prayers.  

On another note, is anyone else as stoked about this as I am??? I am so there!