Friday, December 4, 2015

Friday 5: Snow, A Birthday, and A Tragedy

Another Friday means another Friday 5!  Share 5 thoughts and 5 pictures to end the week. #Friday5

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5 Thoughts

1. It is amazing how much 1 week can change everything.  Last Friday we were in Utah finishing up our Thanksgiving Vacation, it was wonderful and so much fun.  I still have all the pictures from the trip I need to go through, but since being back home I have hardly had a minute to spare.

2. Last Saturday Alex had a birthday she will never forget.  Not only did she wake up to snow on the ground, but it continued to snow.  We went sledding, then later swimming (at an indoor pool of course), all in one day.  We ended her birthday by going out to dinner with family, presents with cousins and an ice-cream cake. Then we flew home at 10:22 at night, it was crazy.

3. Alex will be starting an indoor soccer league with her current team here soon, there really is no break from soccer in SoCal.

4. Then this week everything shifted and changed, the shooting in San Bernardino was way too close to home; minutes from where Eric works.  The victims were brought to the hospital he works at.  I am friends with people who personally know some of those who lost their lives.  My heart is breaking.

5. Today this week ends on a somber note as it is two years since a good friend's little girl, who was in Lucas' class, was stuck and killed by a car while walking home from school.  Sometimes when life seems to be chaotic and horrific it is easy to want to shut down, to shut it all out and try and ignore what is happening, but as Mr. Roger's mother taught him, look for the helpers, look for the good.  We can't give up, we have to keep trying.  We have to find a way to love and care for all and break through this insanity.

5 Pictures
Snow on her birthday morning
Not a lot of snow, but just enough to go sledding
Sledding With Brother
Love this one!
Christmas Tree
One of our three Christmas trees
The countdown to Christmas has begun

What is your Friday 5?


  1. I love your pictures this week. So festive! And your last thought just broke my heart. That is the saddest thing. I can't imagine.

  2. Wow, sounds like Alex's birthday was a whirlwind but sounds very awesome!

  3. I work pretty close to San Bernardino and know several people that were personally affected. It's scary and terrible and heartbreaking, and you're right. We have to keep trying and keep going.

  4. I love that you shared the quote from Mister Rogers. I had forgotten about it, and it is such a good way to teach children in the midst of calamity. I am so sad that the shooting happened so close to home for you. Actually, I am heartbroken that it happened at all. This world. Sigh. But how fun that you got to play in snow! That is absolutely wonderful, I am sure!

  5. Your Saturday sounded really busy and that first picture of Alex is just gorgeous!
    The shooting breaks my heart. I often ask what's wrong with people these days. I'm sorry it hit so close to home.