Two Weeks in Sunnyvale, an iPhone Photo Dump

Posted by Heather , 6.17.2013 1:51 AM

Well, we've officially been here two weeks.  Miraculously, we are pretty much unpacked and settled.  In some ways it's felt like forever since we've been "home" in Utah,  but in some ways here is starting to feel like home.  Our house especially is feeling home-ish.  We're finding that wherever we all are together, with our stuff and the sounds and smells we generate--really is home.

It was such a whirlwind right at the end as we were preparing to leave that I feel like a lot happened without being processed or documented in any way.  I decided to do a quick photo dump to give a feel for what's been going on.


Honestly, this has been one of the most difficult experiences for me in almost every way.  Dismantling our house and saying goodbye to all the people we love the most has left me physically and emotionally beat. Now that we are here, it's getting easier...and I'm sleeping more and not bending and twisting and lifting everything we own all day, but I still feel the huge void left by the family and friends back in Utah.  I wasn't expecting to be so tender.  I've never really gotten homesick much before.  Maybe it has to do with being pregnant...

ANYWAY, on to the pictures and update.

The last few weeks and days before leaving we had a whole slew of performances and programs.

We had our last Asante performance.  Love these kids and families!
Emma's group, aka " The Littles" should see their rendition of Jambo Bwana

Eli's "girlfriend," Izzy....such a sweetheart. We're hoping she really will wait for him.

Emma's "soul sister"

Eli drumming with the boys.  He didn't love the drum at first, but he's gotten really good at it.

The kids also finished up their second season of ballet lessons with their performance of "Hansel and Gretl."  Emma's class was woodland creatures, and Eli was one of Hansel's friends and a gingerbread boy.  They both did such a great job.

Their cheering section on the big night.
Miss Shauna, their teacher
Max had a very sweet preschool graduation.  He's loved his teachers and has learned a lot this year.  Emma and Eli also had an excellent end of the year program, but the auditorium was too dark and the pictures didn't really work out.

A lot of work by a lot of people went into getting our house cleaned up and fixed up, ready to rent.  It seemed like it would never be ready, but after multiple trips to the dump and DI and the help of an awesome moving crew and Relief Society cleaning crew, not to mention all those who watched kids and helped me organize,  it finally looked like this:

Love this yard...

Just finishing up...
The carpet cleaner guy also cleaned out a few of our worst vents for us. This was from ONE of the cold air returns.  I warned him it would be bad, but even he was amazed.  "Wow, it's like a dollar store," was his reaction, I believe.

In the midst of cleaning and packing and performing, we also started saying our goodbyes to friends and family.

Not sure how we are surviving without these guys.

The "Cul-de-sac Gang" 
The "Three Stooges," who are impossible to get a good picture of. :)

I got to go on one last "Mother's Day" flings with my sisters, mom and aunts.  It was such a fun day that ended way too fast.

We had a goodbye party with friends from the neighborhood and ward, complete with yummy food, swimming, a pinata, and early birthday presents.

We squeezed in a Memorial Day celebration and a Shuler family goodbye party that I forgot to get pictures of.

I love the tradition of visiting graves.
Said goodbye to these cousins. (Sorry the picture is hard to see.)

Oh how we love our Coco and Mia! and Summer and Jeremy and Mitch and Aria.

A couple hours before hitting the road we got to see Baby Tess be blessed. 

The beautiful Johnson family.  I want to eat that sweet baby.

Said goodbye to cousin Davis who's on his way to Peru.
Love you Elder Rutter!
There were a few tears (Heather G., you're fired ).  Then we hit the road and drove all night long, beating the moving truck by a couple hours.

The moving guys unloaded our stuff and left us sitting in a maze of boxes.  And here we are!  

We worked on unpacking for a couple of days on our own, then Team Rutter arrived and helped us finish the job.  Addie and Kristen are awesome, and are constantly saving us when we are in over our heads.  We are so thankful for them! 

The kids are excited about their new rooms.  Emma now has her own room (that doubles as a guest room for all of you that come visit. Please come, please come).  It has a butterfly theme that turned out quite cute.  The butterflies on the ceiling flutter when the breeze comes through the window.

The boys have a "planet" room that glows in the dark.  Very cool.

I'm excited about our nautical themed bathroom.  I've always loved nautical themes, but they seemed so irrelevant in landlocked Utah.  We're rocking it now.

There are many things I really like about this house.  It has all white paint, which I thought I would hate, but it's actually very bright and cheery. I definitely like it better than beige, but would probably still choose some color.  We have a great little playroom off the kitchen that opens in to a nice backyard.  It is too small for two people, but there is a master bathroom that I quite enjoy NOT sharing with the kids.  And, we LOVE having a piano in the family room.  The kitchen is nice and spacious too, with a very efficient dishwasher.  All in all, it is a great little house in a nice neighborhood. 

We live a couple blocks from this park which shares the block with the school we hope Emma and Eli will be attending.
The neighborhood and ward seem quite nice.  It is amazing how quiet and sunny it is here.  It is very pleasant.  I know there must be people living in the houses all around us, but so far we've only really made friends with the neighbors across the street.  They are an awesome family from Ireland and we love hanging out with them. They helped us celebrate Emma's birthday a couple days ago.

She had a Lego friends cake.
The kids blew up water balloons and played on the slip-n-slide.
Emma got lots of fun presents.  She was especially excited for the Legos Friends and MP3 player she got. It seems even this little bit of technology has ushered in the beginning of the teenage years.  She will hardly put that thing down! Scary.

Of all the awesome restaurants around here, she chose to go to Carl's Jr. for her birthday dinner...yum.

To celebrate Emma's big day, and to  reward ourselves for finally getting the garage cleaned out enough to park in, we decided to go to the beach on Saturday.  We have the goal to have as many adventures as possible while here.

We went to a bay beach, as opposed to the ocean with hopes that it would be a little more little kid friendly.  Crown Memorial Beach had a cool little aquarium/museum, and the beach was nice...but it was WINDY and we were not well-prepared.  While packing our stuff, I was imagining basking in the sun on the sparkling sand.  In reality, we were more huddled under our towels and blankets trying to keep from freezing.

After a bit of that the kids got brave and ventured in the water.  The sand and water were quite warm, despite the whipping wind.  JT dug a big hole which he and Emma built a wall around.  Inevitably the tide came in and wiped out their hole, but made a nice swimming pool for Max.  All in all, it was a great day and a good learning experience.  We'll be sure to bring warmer clothes next time!  and full size shovels and buckets for some more serious sandcastle construction.

Wow, you must really love us if you are still reading.  Sorry this is so long.  I'm still trying to figure out how to pace this whole blogging thing.

Till next time....


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