Fall According to my Phone

I try to capture most of our events with my big camera but I don’t always have it with me for the small moments I want to remember. I love that phones are accessible so I can fill in the gaps.

For my birthday at the beginning of the school year, Troy gave me the best gift; the gift of alone time. He sent me to a hotel for 24 hours and it was heavenly. I got so absorbed in catching up on computer work that I didn’t even leave to eat. I ordered some lunch poolside and called it good. I sifted through hundreds of photos and made a dent in catching up on documenting.

Weeknights became busier than ever with three kids in activities. One night I packed up our dinner to go to get Blake to scouts on time. I loved that the boys sat down to bless the food outside the church building.

We celebrated my dad’s 60th birthday in SoCal with a nice dinner and gelato in Laguna Beach and then took the whole family to Newport Beach the next day.

The beginning of 4th grade was a rough transition for Blake. I noticed how weighed down and defeated he was feeling. One Monday when I picked him up from swim practice, I surprised him with a quick date to Disneyland. We sat in traffic about as long as we were actually in the park and we only rode on a few rides. But, he held my hand with fingers interlocked the entire time and it meant the world to him.


Finn fell off our porch swing at the end of preschool one day and earned himself a few staples under his hair.

Our neighbors threw together an impromptu s’more gathering one Sunday afternoon. We love our street.

Every time we go to the dentist, the boys insist on taking a picture with the giant giraffe.


Crew and Finn are good errand runners. Usually I save my errands for the days that Crew is at preschool so I just have Finn in tow, but they love coming up with shenanigans together.

Nash was on fire with reading in 2nd grade and I loved finding him in interesting positions as he whipped through book after book.

I was having a rough day and Blake wrote me some notes to make me feel better. He writes feel better/apology notes often and it’s the best.

We took the quickest family pictures ever on a cold and windy day in November. The boys climbed the trees once the photographer left.


Troy’s family spent Thanksgiving break with us. We kept busy with trips to the shopping center, pool, and beach. We ended with a leisurely afternoon at the movie theater seeing Coco and had lunch and played Cornhole afterwards.


December kicked off with a girls’ night out at an escape room. We were proud of our less than one hour finish to solve the puzzles.

Then our front porch started filling up with package deliveries and that meant December madness was in full swing.

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