February 22, 2015

I'm off!

It was a busy week! Lots of cooking, baking, meeting with friends (one who I hadn't seen in 7 years!- so good to catch up!), Bible study, making new friends from church, etc. Adam actually got sick this week, he had some 24 hour bug that caused him to cancel class and stay home, poor guy. Thankfully he's on the mend and B and I both avoided it! I'm sitting at LAX waiting to board my flight to Cabo!! It was SO sad leaving B this morning, I always hate saying bye to her! Poor thing cried, broke my heart. :( I'm sure once grandma and grandad arrive tomorrow all will be well with the world but, my sweet girl has a sad heart today. :( I already can't wait for Adam to join me on Wednesday! I prefer when we're together on vacation (well, and pretty much any time :). I'm excited to hug my friends tonight, it'll be a great week! The ol' blog will be quiet until March, so see you here next week! :) I blogged so head over to mollywinnphotography[dot]com/blog to check out my latest engagement session. Have a great week, everyone!! Xo

February 16, 2015

4 day weekend

This weekend was so fun! Friday B had off school so the 2 of us went with my friend Sara and her 3 kiddos to this fun trampoline place where the kiddos jumped their hearts out, we got ice cream and went to Costco to grab hot dogs before meeting up with our husbands (who both work at APU) and we all watched APU's first baseball game of the season! 3 of the 4 of us went to APU so it was fun to be on campus rooting the cougars onto victory! Saturday morning my sweet valentines cuddled in bed with me and we opened our sweet treats from each other and then I made pancakes before heading to Glendora to meet with a bride to go over her wedding timeline. Later that afternoon I decorated the table and got my "LOVE" lights turned on for our dear friends that came over. We ordered take out from our favorite Thai restaurant, my sweet friend made raspberry mojitos and we had such a fun night hanging out while the kiddos jumped in the backyard  -a great way to spend valentines day! Sunday we went to church, came home, hung out for a little bit before dropping B off at a birthday party, then Adam and I went to our pastor's house for a super fun afternoon of lunching outside with new friends. 8 of us had a great time talking and getting to know each other, there were many laughs and I look forward to more time with our new friends. We came home just in time for cousin Kyle to come over and spend the evening with us. We sat on the porch and chatted, jumped on the trampoline and had leftover Thai food for dinner. :) Good family time! It was a BUSY weekend but so so fun, the weather was AMAZING and we were just enjoying the long weekend. Today we were thinking of going to the beach but I think B decided she'd rather stick around here and go to a movie and get some lunch, so a chill day with our little family of 3 it is! The countdown is officially ON for our vacation next week! T-6 days until Cabo and we can't wait!!! I've got lots of cleaning to do before my sweet in-laws come next week, I've been too busy playing to do much of that! :) Thanks for checking in, hope everyone is enjoying a lovely holiday today! xo

February 9, 2015

annnnnnd we decided.

It was a good weekend, lots of fun. Friday our friends had us over for a yummy dinner, Saturday we had my long-time friend and her husband over for dinner, and Sunday we went to church and then our friends from orange county came up here to spend the day with us. I went to the flea market with Meg, Adam and Matt wrangled the 6 kiddos and then we all joined together had lots of fun playing at the park and jumping on our trampoline. Monday morning came too soon!

Hands down the best part about the weekend was FINALLY deciding on church. It has been a long 6 months of searching and listening to my friends thoughts/opinions/suggestions and having them listen to my frustrations/desires/hopes, etc. We decided on church #9, otherwise known as San Marino Community Church. It feels good. We've tried it the past 2 weeks and yesterday was even better than the prior week. The worship leader was back and it was hands down the best worship experience we've had since moving back here. The people were again, so welcoming and inviting and this week the pastor was a woman, which Adam and I are all about. B enjoyed Sunday school and has already made a friend and said she wanted to go there (although she wasn't so sure when we had to be "up and at 'em!"). The 9am start time is admittedly going to be hard for both of us but...its a sacrifice I'm willing to make so, there it is. I'm going to my first Bible Study with the ladies on Thursday morning and am looking forward to diving in an making new friends. When I walked out of church on Sunday I got a text from one of my mi casa darlings and it said "Why do Sundays have to be so hard? We leave church each week just kinda scratching our heads, hoping the next week will be better. Am I crazy?" I wanted to scream "No, you're not crazy!!! Starting over is crazy hard, especially after UBC!!" But, for the first time in a long time, I was hopeful. Walking out of what we had decided would be our new church home, it made me hopeful for what could come for her and her new husband. But at the same time I felt her frustration and disappointment, what we had as a group and collectively as a whole body at UBC was unlike anything I've experienced before, and its hard to get over that/let that go.

With that said, this church doesn't "tick all the boxes", and the wealth admittedly makes me a bit uncomfortable, but, I'm a firm believer that you don't go to church to be comfortable so, here we are. I'm excited for the end of a long search and hopeful for what God is going to do with us there. One step closer to feeling more at home here, after a long season of life in the in-between.

Well, you've all heard my ramblings about how I don't think B really goes to school here, and this week is no exception! She has Friday AND Monday off so, we're going to do some playing which will be fun. :) So, a short week in the Winn household! I hope everyone has a lovely Monday, thanks for reading. xo

February 2, 2015

6 months and 1 day and church #9

Yesterday marked 6 months of us moving back to California...that's weird, right? I can't tell what I think about that, if it feels long to me, or short? If that sounds like a lot or a little? If I feel like I've been out of Waco that long or not? I still miss Texas every day, to be honest, it hasn't dissipated much over the past 6 months, but in the same vein, those feelings aren't as raw either. Brennan still asks if we can move back to Waco, but when she asks its not in the desperate way it used to be, its more matter of fact with a bit of hopefulness. Moving is hard. This weekend we tried new church #9, I met a gal at a shower a few months ago and she emailed me and asked me to come try her church. I was thankful for the gracious invite, and even though it started at 9am (WAY too early!) I got my butt out of bed and we went. I'll say this, I didn't love the service, the music wasn't great (to be fair, their worship leader was on vacation so it wasn't the "normal" person leading) and there seems to be a rotation of who preaches so we heard one of a few pastors so, we got a feel but maybe not what a typical Sunday is really like. All that to say, I didn't love the service but I kinda fell in love with the people. After the service we walked outside to leave and we started talking to one of the pastors, then the gal who invited me came up and we talked for a while and she introduced me to a friend of mine's brother, then, she introduced me to one of the pastor's wives...and we hit.it.off. I already kind of love her. We stood outside talking to people for probably 45 minutes and when it was time to go, my new friend was like "Please tell me I get to see you again"  -and I felt the exact.same.way. The church is in a swanky part of town, and you can tell it has lots of wealth...that is so far from the church experience Adam and I are used to and it admittedly makes me feel a bit out of my element (I met the founder of eharmony's wife -just as a reference point!). I'm rambling now, ALL this to say, I don't know that this church is a perfect fit by any stretch, but Brennan loved it and said she would like to go there, you can tell this church really values Christian education which is right down Adam's alley, and the people seemed pretty darn great, and I'm such a people person and relationships are of the utmost importance to me, so.... this might be home. We are going to go back next week and try it again, so we'll see, I'm cautiously optimistic. :)

Weekend was good! We went to LA and got lunch at the farmer's market and B spent her money at the AG doll store on pj's for Kanani. Saturday night our sweet friends came over for dinner and I made chicken enchiladas and Martha Stewart's chocolate cheesecake for dessert for my friend's husband's bday. Sunday we went to church and then our friends came over and brought us lunch and we spent the afternoon catching up on life, and then....we watched the TRAGIC end to the super bowl. I'm sorry, I'm a big girl, I can take a loss...but TO LOOSE LIKE THAT?!!!!! UGHHHHH, it made me SO MAD!!! The game was in.the.bag.  -it was the Seahawks for the taking!!!! Sorry, clearly, I'm not quite over it. Moving on...

So, here we are, Monday morning and another week begins. I like February, I know I've said this before but the older I get I really love Valentine's day even more and I love celebrating it with B too. I got her the cutest heart necklace the other day, so fun. :) B's art class was cancelled for today so, its going to be a low key day with errands and editing for me. I hope everyone has a great week and happy birthday to B's friend Ellie! xo

Peek from last week's engagement shoot!