Family & Life Update
I wanted to give you guys a life update because it has been a while and a lot has been going on! It is crazy because I share a lot on this blog and social media but they are still only glimpses into our life.
Here are some updates from the Clark Fam…
1. Baby Nieces
We had TWO new nieces born in 2017!! June was born December and Blaire was born on New Years Eve! I got to witness June being born it was sooo amazing to watch my niece be born, so special and my sis Jamie did incredible. And with Blaire - I literally had seen my sis the night before and she said she wasn’t having contractions and then all of the sudden I wake up to a text that says the baby is born?!? She went in during the middle of the night and had a perfect and FAST delivery! I am so happy both babies are healthy and my kids are just smitten with these new cousins. So many fun times ahead with these girls.
2. Family Time
We have gotten to spend a lot of time with family lately which has been so nice. We got to spend Easter,Thanksgiving, and Christmas with David’s side as well as lots of visits in between. And we get to go see everyone in Utah next week! These are some of my cute nieces. Every time I see them I am always just so impressed with them. I was never as mature and cool as they are at their ages! Plus I love seeing their 90’s outfit choices because it seriously takes me back and I love it. Especially one of my older nephews – I love his rad 90’s style. Anyways these are just really really really good girls. Oh and I got to see my niece Izzie via skype for a quick minute on Christmas! She is serving her LDS mission in Panama City and she looks like rays of sunshine are bursting through her face – she is the happiest, cutest thing.
3. Cousin Love
These are (some) of the cousins! We are actually missing 6 more in this pic!! All such good kiddos. EVERY single night when we say prayers Atticus says he is thankful for his cousin Drew. And Drew’s mom (David’s sister Emily). It is really sweet. And he always tells me how Chauncey misses his cousins too. And I bet he does because those kids cuddle Chauncey nonstop when we are there!! He gets totally spoiled. We had 27 (if I counted correctly) adults and children all under one roof for Christmas break — it was madness but really fun. // I feel so bad for my sis in law who had to host – and yet she is somehow the most easy going person/angel and genuinely wanted us all there and didn’t ever complain once – I don’t think I would have been able to handle all that in our house haha.
4. David's Dad
From David: 2017 was both a great, and a terrible year for the clark family. No year in which you lose a parent and a brother, can be the best year of your life. Yet somehow, we were able to achieve so much. But despite our 2017 successes, experiences, memories, and moments of growth, I can’t help but think I’d trade it all to see my dad
and brother again. I didn’t realize how much like my dad I am until later in life. Not just in looks, but in his energy, his voice, in everything he does. My hobbies, were his hobbies. My passions were his passions. He gave me so much and I’m so grateful for his example and
love for me and my family.
5. David's Brother Ehren
From David: When my brother passed, I received a phone call from my other brother, in tears. At this point in time my dad had been battling cancer for about 2 months, so I was certain it was news about him. He said just one tearful word… “Ehren.” I knew right away. It’s hard not to feel robbed, but I’m left with incredible memories of him, as my swim team coach, listening to him talk existentialism at the dinner table, doing the gallery stroll with him, or visiting him with the kids unable to leave his apartment empty handed without some book, gift or trinket that he’d carefully curated for each of us. I’ll hold onto these memories forever. As painful as it all still is, I’m sustained by the belief that I will see them again, and am thankful for eternal families. Onto 2018 and the mantra of, let’s all just stay alive.
As for life in Arizona we are really loving being near my family and having our office. It feels really really good to have an office. After years and years of working from home I feel I can be more efficient and on my computer less around the kids when I just can run into the office for even a couple hours.
We are extremely happy to start the home build because the process so far has been a lot and I am ready to see it come to life now.
I would be lying if I said we don’t miss Hawaii, we talk about it all the time and I think those 6 months were some of the best we will have ever lived! -But I think Hawaii is like first class - once you try it nothing else is quite as nice ha! (I grew up in Arizona so I think I can say that?!) That is how Hawaii is for us.. and we do talk about moving back one day in the far future. I especially miss being really close with nature.. we were at the beach or hiking or in some jungle every single day. But now that weather is nice we are going to try and go into the desert more and do some hikes in Arizona! Because I do know that the desert can be beautiful too and Arizona does have killer sunsets! But all in all we are happy with our decision to move to Arizona and we feel this is the right place for us to be right now. And I don’t mean to rag on AZ – I do love it or we wouldn’t have come back.
The words that come to mind about Atticus - sweet, loving, grateful, happy. A conversation that happens with him daily goes something like this…. Atticus: “can I have more juice” Me: “sure!!” Atticus: “awwww tank you mama!!!! Dats sooo nice.” He is always sooo grateful for the tiniest things, it is so sweet! He sleeps with us at night and is the snuggliest thing and this is one of my favorite parts of the day - just snuggling him all night! He starts soccer again this Saturday and I am really excited for him. He has had this week off preschool and its been really nice to have him home all day. He is my go with the flow - cool with anything kid. He is really more than happy with any situation we are in - I really love this about him. He is careful and cautious – he says “left ….. right” and looks both ways before crossing the street and loves to stand in front of me protecting me when he sees a car coming.
Words for the Ro.. fun, silly, strong willed, and brave. She is fearless when it comes to anything, she doesn’t hesitate to try new things. She loves to swing as I as I can possibly push her (on the big girl swing too!) and would swing for 2 hours if I could stand in one spot that long and be that patient haha. I love her sense of humor – I could sit and watch her just be her all day – she is sooo funny! I love her quirkiness and that she tells jokes and laughs at herself. She walks around singing “let it goooo” from Frozen in her microphone all day. She also requests tap shoes every day, everywhere we go. She is pure sass which is funny sometimes but also like “woah” sometimes haha! She simply can’t hold still when a song comes on, she has to shake her booty and dance. She loves to pick out books for story time at home with mom or dad and loves loves loves tiny things - especially tiny animals. And she still sleeps with about 10 stuffed animals and when we lay her down she smiles and giggles because she is SO happy to be surrounded by all her little buds.
9. Social Life
We are really happy with our ward here (a ward is what we call our congregation at church) everyone is really down to earth and humble - which is really nice. We haven’t had much time to make new friends but we have made a few who we love! I sometimes feel guilty that I don’t do more playdates for the kids and I do want to be better at that. It is just with playdates I feel like its the adults talking while the kids play and I really want the quality time with the kids. But I do want to make an effort to do playdates more.
I have realized that this is a season of life for me where I probably won’t have much of a social life and if I didn’t actually enjoy working all night after the kids go down and during naps etc I may be upset about that - but I love my job so I am okay with the trade off for now. It is just a really important time for our business to grow and for us to work as hard as we can on it. Which means choosing work over hanging out a lot of times. I get to spend lots of time with my family too which is sooooo nice. We have family dinner every Sunday and I always look forward to that. And luckily my friends are all really understanding and just as busy. Everyone is busy its all just different kinds of busys. (busies? don’t know how to spell this made up usage of this word.)
10. Lifestyle Changes
The other day I had this epiphany as I was cleaning out my closet for what felt like the 100th time. I have a closet full of clothes but still would walk in my closet and think to myself “I have nothing to wear”. Then I had the realization that its because everything is colorful and printed (that is totally what I am drawn to!)- I wear it once and feel like because it is such a statement piece I can’t wear it again for a while. And that is silly. But then I realized that if I am wanting to go in the more minimal route and only have pieces I love and wear a lot.. I need to start purchasing more neutrals and versatile pieces. I took out (most) printed pieces and put them in a tub. Once I have a bigger closet I will decide if I want to pull them out again or get rid of them. But you will see me wearing a lot more simple, neutral, versatile, and casual pieces on here moving forward. It is just what makes most sense with how I want to move forward with my lifestyle. But I did keep some fun pieces in there. ;) In addition to other lifestyle changes I have been trying to be more aware of eco friendly products and incorporating some “zero waste lifestyle” aspects into our home. You guys know I have said I don’t like to dive head first into stuff like that because I want new habits to last but I am taking small steps and becoming more aware of it all and trying to teach the kids about it. Anyways maybe I will share some stuff we have been doing here on the blog soon! I will also share some bloggers I love to get inspo from in this area.
That is all for this months update! I hope you guys have a great weekend! We are planning to do a family hike before soccer practice on Saturday and we are really excited. Other than that we pretty much have no plans. Although I have been telling the kids we could go to the zoo soon so maybe we will do that?! I am also feeling bowling. Anyways see you all next week. xoxox