We’re savoring our sunny days at the beach. They’re coming to an end. In less than 3 weeks, we will no longer call California home. We’re beginning a new chapter in Washington. I’m at both ends of the spectrum emotionally. I’m excited about Washington, happy to be closer to family and I’m in love with the home we’re buying. And I’m going to miss California something fierce - the place, the people, the whole dang thing. Living in California has been an amazing gift. Our family, our marriage has done a lot of changing while we lived here. We climbed so many mountains here, our most known one was paying off our debt. California is the only home our girls can remember - they were too small when we left Colorado. We are going to miss just about everything about living here (our dear friends are at the top of that list!) and I’m already planning next summer’s vacation in this golden State!

We celebrated Holly’s 6th birthday this weekend. Six years old. That feels like the big leagues or something. It’s very grown up, very much passed the “toddler” and “preschooler” age. Holly is full of energy and a generally very happy child. She loves reading “Biscuit the dog” books. She loves playing with her sister - the intensity at which they play is impressive. Every day, Holly and Greta are thrilled to be together and they play with passion. It’s adorable and I’m in awe of their amazing sisterhood. Holly’s Holly! She a wonderful kid! It was a fun, busy weekend. We went to the San Francisco Zoo on Friday. It’s an okay zoo. The most recent zoo we’ve been to is the San Diego Zoo. If that’s the zoo that I hold as the standard, I think I’m going to be very disappointed every time we visit a zoo. It was fun and I’m glad we went. I don’t plan on visiting again. On Saturday evening we had a very small birthday party. And now it’s over. But the entitlement lives on.

I love the fourth of July! Most years that we’ve lived here in CA, we’ve gone to the Rose, White and Blue Parade - a local parade that’s really close to where we live. It’s so fun and I think I love it the most. When the army reserves come rolling through, I barely hang on from bursting into tears. My heart is so grateful to live in the USA. I love living here. I love the people, I love the diversity. I love the opportunity. I don’t fully understand what a big deal it is to have lived in North America my entire life, because I haven’t experienced any amount of my freedom being removed from me. Undoubtably I take it for granted to some degree. It’s a white woman’s luxury that feels a little uncomfortable to type, and yet I’m so grateful.

A trip to Half Moon Bay with Conor! Traffic is seriously so insane here these days. It can be painful to get to the beach. We were planning on going to Santa Cruz, but there was a couple accidents on the 17 and early Friday afternoon traffic… so change of plans! Half Moon Bay was cool and breezy and beautiful.

Holly’s first lost tooth seems as good as any reason to start blogging again.

Being a mom is so fun! It was so exciting to first discover the loose tooth and then to have it come out. Throughout all of kindergarten, Holly watched her classmates wiggle their teeth and loose them and as any child can tell you, especially Greta, it’s agonizing to want to loose a tooth! One day Holly’s tooth became noticeably more loose. I still didn’t think it would come out, but she worked on it for a while until she pulled it out herself. I’m convinced that it was painful - there was a good amount of blood before it even came out. But Holly was determined to finally lose a tooth!

The night the tooth fairy came. As Conor and I tucked Greta more snuggly into bed, she woke up, disappointed that the tooth fairy had not come. Little did she know…

Holly’s not big on smiling with her teeth, but when I catch a glimpse of the hole in her smile, I think it’s completely adorable!

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