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 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!