I have been driving the same car for 12 years.

Every time I put gas in it, I have to reset the mileage so that I can keep track until the next fill up because the odometer works but the gas gauge quit a while ago.

The clock was right twice a day. 1:27.

The air conditioning has been measuring in celsius for years, so I always knew that 19C was a magic number for cool air on a hot California day.

The power steering would go in and out so some turns would catch me by surprise, and I'd have to muscle it with both arms like I was driving an autopia car at Disneyland.

The automatic door locks stopped working so I had to actually put the key in the door to open it.

The sunroof, that was a good one… it went from sunny to stormy in the same day. The roof was open for the Spring air to blow through as we were on the freeway. Unfortunately, the sunroof motor stopped working right as storm clouds rolled in. In what felt like a blink of an eye, I found myself driving back home with one hand on the wheel and one hand holding an umbrella over my head. The water was spilling off onto the boys, so they covered their faces with blankets. We made it as far as my parents' house, boys soaking, and sunroof still open. I could not stop laughing at the ridiculousness. We had the car shop close the sunroof, and that was the last day we enjoyed the Spring air blowing through our roof.

The trunk hydraulics, also laughable. Did you know they can go out? The trunk had to be held up with one arm while I muscled the stroller or groceries in with the other arm. Sometimes, I would forget and the door would come crashing down and eat me. Pretty sure anyone in the parking lot that saw that got a good laugh. I eventually used one of Jeff's golf clubs to start holding it up.

But despite all the "problems," I loved this car. And I felt it was always doing its best to get us from A to B. It was brand new when Jeff and I bought it, right before we got married. Little did we know then that it would eventually bring 3 babies home from the hospital over the next 12 years of our marriage.



Our Knotts Berry Farm in the fall tradition continues...
this time with their all new, park wide, Knotts Spooky Farm celebration!
A non-scare event for the whole family, every weekend in october.
See our spooky saturday below!



so since life moves fast with three kids, instagram has pretty much become my daily blog. but I still love this space for the ability to post all 50 photos of the three on my bed, after sharing just 1 on instagram. and also, videos. this is the best place for those. the one above was made with all my iphone clips smooshed together from june's first 4 weeks. and I've probably watched this video 100 times already. those newborn yawns and cries are my very favorite, and make me long for them to last just a little longer.

// video made with imovie, music by jack johnson



on wednesday, august 19th, we left in the car to drive up the coast of california with destination stops in
monterey, modesto, lodi, and san francisco… roadtrip!

a seven year old, a four year old, and a two month old.

three hotels in six days.

a rehearsal dinner and wedding, aquarium, cannery row, fisherman's wharf, 17 mile drive, pier39, crab house, painted ladies, golden gate, all of it! 1,200 miles later we made it back home with full hearts, and forever favorite moments.

// all video captured with iphone6 and a gopro cam



welcome baby
June Marie
born exactly on her due date
June 25, 2015 at 10:39pm
8 pounds 1.8 ounces
20.5 inches long

the sweetest addition to our home, to our family.

photos taken on June 27th, our first day home from the hospital. still cuddled in her hospital blanket.


that makes three babies with three blog birth announcements.