Saturday, November 28, 2015

Thanksgiving 2015

We had a fabulous Thanksgiving here in Phoenix! Thanksgiving really is my favorite holiday for so many reasons. I love the gathering of friends and family, the delicious food, the pie, the time of year, and the reminder to be thankful for all our many blessings! I remember really dreading that first Thanksgiving that we wouldn't be going home, where I wouldn't be helping my mom bake 8 pies, where we wouldn't be in Utah...but as it turned out we really loved having Thanksgiving in our own home and will forever treasure those Thanksgivings on 3rd Ave in Iowa City! 

Tim had to work this Thanksgiving. I thought about packing up and heading to Utah since he would be pretty busy but Tim randomly got vacation assigned the first week in December and we decided we'd go up then. And as luck would have it Tim was working nights in the emergency room so he didn't have to be in until 6pm which worked out perfect so he was able to join us for our dinner feast before heading off to save people and all that. 

We met together with some of Tim's co-residents and had a really nice dinner! The wife of one of Tim's classmates offered to host. I was hesitant about not having it in my own home but decided with leaving for Utah 2 days later it would be nice to let someone else host and not have to worry about cooking the turkey. We had a great dinner full of friends, laughter, and good conversation. 

Having Tim around for dinner was a highlight that I didn't necessarily expect when we started residency. I'm so glad he could be with us. My other two highlights were filling out our thankful tree throughout the whole month. It was very sweet to take a few minutes each day and count our many, many blessings. Kate really grasped the whole idea...Millie on the other hand would always say the same four things (Minnie, Kate, mommy, daddy) when we asked her what she was thankful for. But would then also agree when I provided other suggestions :)

The other highlight was baking pies with my girls! If you know the Sokol family you know we are very serious about our pie making! Some of my fondest memories growing up were spent in the kitchen with my mom and grandma learning the art of baking pies! Although it is always a little sad to not be in the kitchen with my mom I especially enjoyed baking with my girls this year. Kate came into my room Wednesday morning whispering, "Happy Pie Making Day Mom!"

I love baking with my girls. It always takes longer of course but it is so fun to watch their enthusiasm and teach them. Both girls were awesome helpers. I had them really help with mixing etc. but they also loved just playing with some pie dough and making "chocolate chip" pies. 

Our thankful tree
I'm all for focusing on Thanksgiving...but with our holiday travel plans decided we had to put up our tree as soon as possible. The Monday before Thanksgiving we pulled out the Christmas decorations and put up the tree!

Pecan cheesecake, apple, peach, and derby
Some of our after dinner crafts on Thanksgiving

I failed to mention...not only does Kate adore making pie...this year she realized how delicious pie is! She may not have eaten much for dinner but she ate plenty of pie!

I also had to pull out warmer clothes for Millie with the change in temperature here in Phx. I decided to go through all my baby clothes totes and found these clothes for our baby boy!

Saturday, November 14, 2015

SD Trip- Garth Brooks in Concert

Oh and how can I not post about seeing Garth?! So late Friday night as I was checking Instagram discovered Garth was also in San Diego! I had had not idea. Not only was he in town but tickets were also still available and for a reasonable price!  Saturday morning we last minute bought tickets and I'm SO glad we did!

My mom and I just couldn't pass by this perfect opportunity! It had seriously been only a week or two when I was talking to my mom on the phone saying how I wished I had come up to SLC so we could go together! It was just too perfect! We saw him 17 years ago (along with 3 of my friends) and it felt the exact same. Garth put on an amazing show and I remembered every word to every song! Some things just don't change!

SD Trip- Safari Park

We had an excellent day at the San Diego Safari Park (used to be called the Wild Animal Park)! Millie absolutely went crazy over the tigers and bobcats...but especially the tigers aka "big meows" and Kate loved the flamingos and baby animals most! 

This place is huge! We walked SO much! It really is a neat place and its nice to see the animals in a more natural setting with lots of space to run and be free! 

Millie checking out the tigers...we stayed there for 30 minutes!

Riding on the tram

They had so many elephants

SD Trip- Beach Days

The girls could play in the sand all day every day if we'd let them! There really is nothing better than being at the beach! My girls were in complete heaven just digging holes, getting buckets of water, building sand castles, and playing with Grandpa! And even though the water was a bit chilly Kate discovered the joys of jumping in the waves and playing in the water this trip!

We hit up several beaches while on our trip including Mission, Coronado, Newport, and Corona del Mar beaches! Here are a few pics...

Friday, November 13, 2015

SD Trip- Whale Watching

Tim arrived late Thursday night. My parents love going whale watching in Hawaii. We had heard that there were humpback whales and lots of dolphins to see off of California so Friday we headed up to Newport Beach/Balboa and caught a boat to do some whale watching! Kate was initially really excited about seeing dolphins but then got super nervous about riding on the boat and didn't want to get splashed by them in the ocean. But once we got on the boat she was all smiles and loved it. We saw some awesome whales but unfortunately didn't see any dolphins. It was really fun to do something we had never done before in California! I love Newport Beach and Balboa...wouldn't it be amazing to own a beach house there?!