Tuesday, December 29, 2009

2009 at Double the Adventure

2009 has been quite a year for my family. It started with a move from Northern California to Southern California which is essentially like moving to an entirely different state. We suddenly had a whole new world to explore and couldn’t be happier doing it. Ben started intensive therapy for his autism spectrum disorder and made huge strides. He is in preschool now and is doing a  great job. We couldn’t be prouder. Mari is working hard at improving her speech and coming up with new words every day. She is also a dancing diva extraordinaire and did great in her first recital (which you can watch here. Its adorable. I promise).

This blog is dedicated to exploring the world around us with our kids and we did some serious exploring this year. Here are some of the great things we did:

-We explored lots of Southern California beaches from San Onofre to Torrey Pines to Crystal Cove to Marina Del Rey. (Read about some of those amazing beaches here.)

- We went to Arizona, twice. Once to Tucson and once to the Phoenix area. You can read about some fun things to do in those areas here (with more to come soon!)

- We discovered lots of great Orange County Parks (read about them here), California State Parks (check them out here) and National Parks (explore along with us here)

-We took a 24 day road trip from California to Canada and back down through a bunch of National Parks. It was amazing and I am almost done writing about it all! You can read about it here.

-Paul and I got away and took a nice vacation on Oahu (well he worked most of the trip while I explored). I found lots of great things for families to do on the island and you can read about them here with more to come soon.

We also lost Tuesday, a child that will live on in our hearts and minds forever. May God bring peace to her family and help continue to do great things in her memory.

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and look forward to sharing many more adventures and ideas with you in the future. I have high hopes for a total blog redesign as well. Happy New Year!


Helene said...

What a fun year it's been following you and your many adventures. I feel like I was on almost every trip with you because of your beautifully detailed photography!!

2009 was a good one...here's to 2010 being even better!!

Amy @ The Q Family said...

What an adventure year for you! I love following your adventures and am looking forward to many more trips to come in 2010. :)

Carolina said...

I've also enjoyed following your adventures, to many more this year!

debi9kids said...

amazing all of the [;aces you have gone and the best part...you left out..the budget. (you need to tell about your budget, because I know you are a thrifty mama.)

Amen to the Whitts finding peace this year (all of us as well)

Love you Shar!

Debi said...

I've enjoyed meeting you here & look forward to the adventures your family will take in 2010. Great idea for a post, BTW!

familyadventureguidebooks said...

I have had so much fun following the adventures of your family this year. One of my resolutions for this year is to venture north and explore all those great OC parks that you have been writing about.

Let's get together in 2010!