March 05, 2015

Oh hi.

Other options for the title of this post were, "It's been 2 years and I'm back!", or "Where in the world are the Barlows?", or "Do blogs even still exist?".

I think blogs are still a "thing"? I'm just gonna dust off this old thing here.

I got out of the habit of writing when we moved to the Bay Area. I had tons of free time but put my blog on the back burner. It was a hard move for me so I just didn't write. I still miss Provo at times but life is good, really good. A lot has happened in 2 years for this Barlow crew!

A short recap is: 
>>> we moved to the East Bay of Northern California
>>> Mr. Barlow temped at Google[x] working on the Google Glass Project
>>> Mr. Barlow commuted 3-4 hours a day to work
>>> I started nannying and teaching Seminary, doing Faith in God for the Activity Day Girls and taught youth Sunday School
>>> we got pregnant, found out our addition was a little boy, long live the Barlow name!
>>> we moved to a house in Oakland, right down the hill from the Oakland LDS Temple
>>> Mr. Barlow's car was broken in to 3 times in 2 weeks, everything was stolen on the 1st break-in 
>>> Seth Jacob Barlow joined our family July 10th, 2014
>>> Seth J. cried a lot, pooped a lot, did not sleep a lot, was kissed a lot and cuddled a lot
>>> Mr. Barlow's contract ended on the the Glass team suddenly 
>>> moved home to LA and lived with the Barlow Parental units while we job searched
>>> Mr. Barlow got a job at a tech start up in San Mateo, the peninsula side of the Bay
>>> I got a job as Resident Manager for the apartments we live in [Beth & Adler, if you are reading this we owe you our 2nd born child]
>>> now we live in San Mateo and Mr. Barlow's commute is a 7 minute walk from our apartments
>>> Seth J. finally learned how to nap and is still working on sleeping through the night

We really have been taken care of by the Lord, family and friends. It feels like it has been a long 2 years and a lot of moving. I told Mr. Barlow we are not moving for at least 2-3 years! I hate packing. So much.

I want to write more. I think Cat wants me to write more. At least I found 2-3 old comments on this dusty blog asking me to. Here you go Cat, because I love you and China is so far. Thank goodness for your VPN and Google Hangouts.

ALSO I HAVE BEEN HOME FROM THE WISCONSIN MILWAUKEE MISSION FOR 5 YEARS TODAY?! WHA??? I remember not taking my tag off until I went to bed even though I was released from being a missionary several hours before. I miss my Wisconsinites. I get so excited when someone brings up Wisconsin or I see something Wisconsin related. Or someone mentions cheese. Sconnies, I love you. I miss you.

And here is Seth J.'s newest trick as of today! Standing in his crib! The little stinker finally figured out how to get up. [Taylor, this video monitor has been a lifesaver, thank you!]