Lots has happened since my last post. We gave up California life to come back to the lovely Wasatch front. We moved last month and it’s been going really well. Ben and I got good jobs, Dallas really enjoys his new school and we have a very nice little house in Salt Lake. We are slowly moving our things in the rooms and making plans for renovations. Halloween was a lot of fun and Dallas had an awesome costume made by Ben. I’ll post pictures another time. Can’t wait to start playing in the snow and very glad to be close to family again!
Last week Dallas had a hospital ‘adventure’ as he refers to it now. Wednesday he complained of a stomach ache, he had a high fever and after a few hours it was so bad we decided to take him to the ED. They put an IV in his little arm and treated his fever. They were concerned it was appendicitis, so we were transferred to a bigger hospital with a pediatric floor for more evaluation. Thankfully, it was not appendicitis, just some GI problems that are easily fixed. We were very worried with Ben and the memories of previous hospital stays with Conner came rushing back. We told Dallas he was a lucky boy, a lot of kids have to stay for a longer period of time, and go through a lot of testing and pain.
We were discharged that afternoon. He’s doing very well now. Here are some pictures.
Dallas is not home this week. About 2 weeks ago we started to talk on how we could use some alone time and Dallas could use some time with other family members, having some summer fun. So we drove him to a city in Nevada this past Saturday where my parents met us and they went back to Utah with him. The night before it hit me that he was really leaving and I got teary. We had left him in my parents care when he was about 9 months old; we went to Vegas for 2 or 3 days I believe. I remember how grown up he had looked when I first saw him.
This time he’s older, and its a whole week. I’m loving this alone time with my husband, we stayed at a hotel in Reno, ate at good restaurants, went to a museum, to the movies, etc. But I miss him. I miss going through the bedtime routine, the questions, his voice. He tells us he’s having a lot of fun and we’ll see each other very soon. I just wanted to post about my big boy spending some days away from his dad and me and how much we love him.
Hi everyone. I decided to change the name of the blog. Looked Good On Paper is no more. I suppose I was looking at the whole picture in a negative way, sorta wishing life would have turned out different. Now the healing process is going so much better and I’m looking at life and at our little family in a different light and that name doesn’t fit quite right anymore. So from now on it will be Adventures By the Bay and the domain also changed. http://www.thealvordsbybay.com
Tell your friends and thank you so much for visiting!
I love to bake. Every weekend I make something yummy for my guys. Recently I started to try some Argentinian recipes, which, I have to be honest, intimidated me. See, my mom is the cook. And what a great cook she is! My grandma was amazing in the kitchen as well. I have very little memories of her, she passed away when I was 6 years old, but the few I have involve food and cooking/baking.
I like to bake banana bread, zucchini bread, plain white bread, homemade pizza, biscuits, chocolate chip cookies, etc. The two Argentinian recipes are called ‘Pastafrola’ and ‘Tortitas Negras’.
This is a picture of the breads and the two recipes mentioned above:
Let me know in the comments if you would like a recipe, the main ingredients for the Argentinian ones might be tricky to aquire.
For Memorial Day weekend my parents and my brother Nico with his wife Kiki visited us. We had such a great time. I haven’t laughed that much in a long time, which is a little sad, but for a post for another time.
We went to Santa Cruz, Muir Woods, saw Star Trek, ate some good food and talked and talked. Made me realize how close I am with my little brother and how much fun we have together.
Dallas finished first grade! We are very proud of him, he worked hard to be a good student, he made honor roll and we can’t wait to see what 2nd grade will bring us. We took him to dinner at the Spaghetti Factory and he got some little gifts.
This last photo is from Mother’s Day, I had a very nice day and I loved the cards and drawings and little gifts. I’m a lucky lady to have such a great husband and two beautiful boys.
On the 21st we drove to SoCal for some long awaited days of fun. The drive was bittersweet, I fought some tears while I thought of our sweet Conner, who left us six years ago. A lot of people remembered him on Facebook and it both made me smile and cry. Amazing how one short little life could touch so many others. How I love my brave baby.
After a good night sleep we drove to Carlsbad to visit Legoland for the first time. It’s a nice park, with some fun rides and Dallas was right in his element with so many Legos! I noticed how it needs to be better maintained, the big buildings and animals that are sitting out in the open are dirty and discolored, so that was a bit disappointing. We still had a good time.
They had several stations all over the place where kids could build whatever they wanted. One for the Hero Factory series, other to build cars and you could race your creation down a ramp, etc. I’ve never seen so many Legos in one place, haha!
The following day was Disney California Adventure day. We heard great things about the new Cars Land, but we were amazed at how awesome it is. It truly felt like we were walking inside the movie, haha!
Wreck-It-Ralph was so cute, and Venelope was right next to him but she had to go “race” for a while! I love how the Cast Members get into the whole Disney experience, the guy at the tent where they check your bag saw I had an apple and asked me: ‘that’s not a poisoned apple, is it?’
Dallas got picked at the Jedi Training show, the kid had this huge grin on his face and so did we! I recorded his ‘battle’ against Darth Vader and he just loved the whole thing. While we were waiting for the Christmas parade to start I rode Space Mountain a couple of times and I even got a celebrity sighting out of the trip, I saw Nicholas Cage leave a ride. This was the next day, at Disneyland, where we spent Christmas Eve. Cinderella’s castle was beautiful all lit up for the holidays and the parade was great. It rained quite a bit, but we didn’t mind, we had such a great time!!