Monthly Archives: July 2014

shrugging off the moving fog

Ok, so my intention this summer was to blog about what it’s like to move from the midwest to California. However, one thing I couldn’t forecast was how exhausted I would be during this process, that I would have zero babysitting (hello-zero personal time!) or how my computer would be in boxes for weeks. (Never…


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  • Sherry SmithJuly 31, 2014 - 4:50 pm

    Thank you for the beautiful pictures..without them I know I would sink beyond return into deeper depression…I am lucky you are so very talented and share it with us. I love you..MOM

  • Amy TJuly 31, 2014 - 5:38 pm

    As a native Northern Californian its so interesting to see (read) California through your eyes. I hope you continue to love it. As much as I can get down on it (its so expensive to live here!, and the traffic!) it really is so special. You have the city, the wine country, the beach, the mountains, everything at your fingertips. Los Gatos is a charming little town.

  • ChristenJuly 31, 2014 - 7:12 pm

    Oh Betsy, you have been in my thoughts (and my feeble prayers) so much. I can’t imagine the change you all are undergoing. And you are strong and lovely and all will be well and all is going to be so well…and already is so well! (references to one of my favorite mystics, Julian of Norwich). I so wish I could just drop in for a cup of coffee at Mocha Lounge with you and talk parenting and talk transitions and laugh together. Although we didn’t see one another as often as I’d like in FW, your absence is with me. At your encouragement of Miles with Garfield comics my Mom got Grayson some at the library. It has been wonderful in encouraging him to practice reading more, so thank you! We miss the four Kings.

an evening at the park in San Jose

We spent the first two weeks in California house hunting in Silicon Valley and yes, we found a house, but getting settled in our permanent home takes time. So in the meantime, we have been continuing to live in the apartment complex, which has it’s inconveniences (i.e. late night fire alarms going off, parking garages…


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  • GailJuly 23, 2014 - 9:20 am

    These are SO sweet! I really love Joss’s dress here! CANNOT BELIEVE SHE’S ALMOST FOUR!

  • Megan DJuly 23, 2014 - 1:56 pm

    Four?!? Not possible!!!! Your kids look so happy Bets! Thanks for sharing. 🙂 xoxo

  • BenJuly 23, 2014 - 10:46 pm

    Your family is awesome. I can’t wait to meet them sometime. That one of Joss with the amazing light and the one of Miles one footing on his scooter are my favorites.

Half Moon Bay – Stamp’s first trip to the beach

Ok, so the first week in California was a dream. It was full of foothill gazing, swimming, blue skies, carnivals, surprise rose gardens, ice cream cones, boutique shopping and yes, the beach. It was pretty awesome. You are all probably ready to go gag right now and stop reading this blog. Of course, by week…


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  • Amy from CAJuly 15, 2014 - 2:40 am

    If your kids can handle the shorties, they are so much easier to get on and off. Also, they are going to outgrow them fast, so craigslist is a great way to purchase without being bummed that they no longer fit in 6 months. Good luck!

  • Kelli WilliamsJuly 19, 2014 - 7:44 pm

    I have been following your move on instagram and had been in awe of how well the transition seemed to be going! I see now, all was not good. I hope you guys get over the homesickness soon. It’s my dream to move from B.C. to pretty much Disneyland!

Our temporary home and a taste of our new life in California

When we arrived in California, the relocation company through John’s new job set us up in temporary housing, which is a two bedroom apartment in a pretty swanky complex in San Jose. (Seriously, it’s landscaped almost as much as Disney World.) We were kind of bummed at the location, as it’s in a seemingly dead…


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  • Sherry SmithJuly 13, 2014 - 7:48 am

    wonder when we get past gut wrenches and tears.. sending surprises has been fun though.

    will see you in October,

  • JovonyJuly 13, 2014 - 7:50 am


    As one who has moved our family from coast to coast and more, I can relate. Although we never had quite the ‘Truman Show’ welcome, it was the ability to adapt to new settings and life, make new friends, find new places to explore, etc. that my kids surprised me with. You are right, their resiliency is amazing. Sometimes there are challenges along the way, but it does bring your family closer as they rely on each other more. It’s so amazing this opportunity you all have and I know you will love it! Your heart will always be in Indiana, but there is space in there to love more. Love reading about your adventures and the cuteness of the kids. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

Moving Day

The moment it all became real was when we saw this in front of our house. A team of burly guys made their way through our house, devouring our belongings with tissue paper with amazing speed and efficiency. I’ve never had professional packers move us before and I have to say, it was quite a… Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...


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  • Kelli WilliamsJuly 8, 2014 - 6:48 pm

    What an adventure you are going to have!

  • Megan DJuly 9, 2014 - 10:05 am

    OMG BETSY!!!! I cried and laughed through out this entire post. Your family is just precious. SOOOOOOO EXCITED for you guys!!! xoxo

  • teresaJuly 10, 2014 - 10:29 pm

    I’m really enjoying your instagram updates on your adventure and can’t wait for more details here on the blog. 🙂 hint hint Thanks for sharing with us!

  • MarieJuly 12, 2014 - 5:28 am

    John, Betsy and kids (you too Stamp)…. Missing you all on Bluewater Trail! But so excited for you in your new adventure!,