Monthly Archives: June 2014

the backyard kids

The six houses in our little corner of the world has no fences and everybody is kid friendly and dog friendly. There’s no bounderies and lately, even food on patio dinner tables is fair game to one of my wandering kiddos. I give so much thanks to the grass that has cushioned the feet of…

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  • Sherry SmithJune 13, 2014 - 1:54 am

    wow how they have grown and changed.. precious and brings tears to my eyes.. no one can take memories from you…they are ours to keep forever. thanks for all the pictures Betsy…Forever Memories

    YOU are the best!

Only about a week left before California

We are in this limbo of cleaning, purging (still, so much purging to do!) and wrapping up so many last little details before we head to California. We are about a week away from leaving and it’s definitly not real to me yet. We actually have a family wedding coming up in the middle of…


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  • GailJune 11, 2014 - 9:41 am

    Ooohhhh I’m gonna miss you SO MUCH! But we are SO excited for Team King on their latest adventure and hope to one day come out and visit! Can’t believe (but really…I can… ’cause you guys are perfect for it) that you’re gonna be a Cali family!

  • Rachael KJune 11, 2014 - 11:10 am

    I can’t help with cross-country family moves. But I do know about shopping for impossible to fit feet. I still swear by Zappos. I just order ten pairs (when I’m in a hurry) and send them all back except the one that’s perfect 🙂 Hoping you enjoy some of the excitement and get a few moments of peace too!

  • Christy MartinJune 11, 2014 - 1:07 pm

    Love your blog… been following for a while. We’re in the same boat… In 1-week we’ll be saying goodbye to all of our friends, family and my photography business in ATL to start a “NEW ADVENTURE” in the country! I also just blogged ‘bittersweet’ yesterday… You’re right… That’s EXACTLY what it feels like! Love following your move!

  • Ruth YaroJune 11, 2014 - 4:23 pm

    So I know we don’t personally know each other and I’m a little sad I won’t get to meet you since we’re switching parts of the county, but I wanted to let you know that I’m excited for your family’s adventure and I hope everything goes amazing for you!

  • JillJune 11, 2014 - 9:32 pm

    Go Team King! I love it! What a wonderful way to begin your new chapter– excited and united! (I didn’t mean for that to rhyme, but it’s totally cool with me if you adopt that as the Team King mantra. 😉 I’m a dork… moving on.) I can’t believe you’re leaving so soon. It feels so unreal, but I am so happy for all of you. It’s going to be amAHzing!

Checking out Silicon Valley

When John got his job with Apple, we flew out for a quick trip to Silicon Valley to give me a chance to check out the area. From the minute I stepped off the plane, I couldn’t believe how beautiful it was out there! We stayed in Saratoga in this sweet little Inn. Our room…

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  • April Cochran-SmithJune 12, 2014 - 8:18 pm

    Dude! California really, really, suits you! You look so unbelievably happy in these pictures. I’m so bummed that I didn’t give you a better goodbye last month. I think that I was mentally thinking that I’d see you before you go for some reason. I’m so happy for you guys & can’t wait to follow along (virtually) on your adventures <3

it’s just stuff, right?

As we prepare to move out west and into what will surely be smaller real estate, I’ve been purging. A LOT. Our entire studio was liquidated, save for a few treasures that stayed with family or will go with us. I’ve been getting rid of big bulky toys and furniture we don’t absolutly love. It’s… Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...


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  • Christen Pettit MillerJune 1, 2014 - 5:29 pm

    You dear woman…I cannot even imagine. We’re moving, oh thirteen miles away, and I’m freaking out. Please keep letting me know how we can help you in this time of transition (and excitement and anxiety and joy and sorrow at goodbyes).

  • Sherry SmithJune 1, 2014 - 7:06 pm

    I hope I get to have or at least store on my walls some of those great pictures…GRANDMA

  • AmyJune 7, 2014 - 7:07 pm

    I get it. We are moving from a tiny coastal beach town in Costa Rica back to Pleasanton, CA and I feel like everyone is eyeing my stuff. Its very difficult to get things here, and anything imported is pricey. I have started selling things, because we need to, but a couple friends have stopped by and I felt like they were taking inventory of my stuff. Its a weird feeling. Especially because I am emotional. The carcass analogy is very fitting.

  • Sossity smithMarch 1, 2016 - 4:54 am

    This post spoke to me so much a year an a half ago and really helped me to come to terms with selling my home and almost everything we owned except what could fit in one storage unit. We said goodbye to my son’s school, which was the same school my husband and I graduated from and where most of his cousins also went, in May of 2014, then over the summer had numerous garage sales and had to find homes for our two dogs and one cat (harder watching my son say goodbye) and then moved out of our home into a tiny apartment while my husband came to India and a few other places on business while waiting for his employment visa for India. I sold everything from pots and pans and silverware to books, toys, and outdoor stuff. I remember reading your blog then and being comforted and have been re-reading a lot of your posts today. We mainly kept family heirlooms, stuff of my son’s when he was younger and just a few things I couldn’t part with and all we came to India with were toys, yarn, fabric, DVDs, clothes, and my husband’s guitar. We completely started over and it has been almost a year now, full of highs and lows but when I read your blog and see your posts on Instagram I feel like things I’m going through are a little more normal and I’m not alone in my mix of emotions that starting over in another place brings. Thank you!