Last weeks in California!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Linking up with This Ain't the Lyceum for 7 Quick Takes!

This is our last full week in our apartment! Next week the movers come and we move out to a hotel until we fly out to our new digs in Minnesota!
I feel like both my time for blogging, and need to write, have gone way down in all the moving hustle so here's some thoughts on the past weeks and moving.


We had our last Dominican Easter! 

I sang A LOT. I logged about 15 hours of singing last week. Consider it my goodbye gift to the parish. Making it to Easter brunch felt like crossing the finish line.

I am crazy proud of all of our RCIA attendees who received their sacraments this year!

It was a rainy Easter here but there was enough of a break in the rain to do a (very quick) confetti egg hunt and fight in the park.

Part of the joy of Easter is smashing the egg shells from the confetti eggs.

Overall, I am not sad to be leaving California.
Things feel like they came/are coming to a natural conclusion point here. I am very happy with what we have been able to do in our time here in Berkeley. I will miss some people and places, but it does feel nicely closed. I know there will not be enough time to say goodbye to everyone, for one reason or another, but we are giving it our best shot!


The movers come next week!
Because this is a company move we have to have the moving company pack us, but we can prepare by getting rid of anything we can not/do not want to take with us.

My Lenten 40 Bags in 40 Days project was a success. Not all of my "bags" were physical bags. Taking the time to transfer medical records, set up plans for the coming year, clean out my email files, etc. counted as some of the bags. We still have some remaining food items, art supplies, cleaners, etc. to get rid of in the next week, but I think we're in very good shape for the movers!


My husband just completed his last business trip out to the Twin Cities without us!
(Yea for less solo parenting in my future!)

Speaking of solo parenting, congratulations to reader Lissa who won the pocket rosary from Rosaries by Allison! I hope you enjoy it!


The bump is finally showing!

I'm 18 weeks along this week, and per what seems to be my usual it just seemed to pop almost overnight. Since this is my 3rd pregnancy to come this far along, we can be pretty sure this is just how I roll.


Doing Ballet while showing is not nearly as challenging as I thought it would be. I can still jump and move as well as ever. The challenge is re-negotiating what centered and balanced feels like each week. Turning is a little more difficult, but I think that has more to do with re-learning how to get on my leg each class (aka. centered! It's the never ending dancer struggle.)
Hopefully I have one more class before we move, then I will probably switch to training at home for a while until after this little one is born.

I have been surprised by how many people expect pregnant women to "stay active" yet there does not seem to be much actual moving that they approve of pregnant women performing. Listen to your body obviously, but pregnancy is just not as fragile of a state as it gets made out to be. In fact this is prime time to get moving. How can we expect women to do the marathon that is birth without any physical training?
Someday I'll write a whole post on Ballet and continuing movement while pregnant. 


During all of Matt's business trips to our new home state, he has made it his job to investigate all of the arts, food, and natural sites as he can. He's making it very hard not to look forward to living there!


  1. Hello! I stumbled on your blog from Kelly's quick takes and was excited to see photos of my hometown, Minneapolis. Let me know if you have any questions about the city. I'd be glad to help. Best wishes for safe travels and hope you get settled in your new place soon!

  2. I am so glad that things are coming to a natural close in California, and I am excited for all of you with your new adventures to come in Minnesota!

    I think it's really cool that you've been continuing ballet while pregnant! It is funny how our society is regarding pregnant women and exercise and that sort of thing. Actually, my big incentive to start exercising regularly a couple years ago was that I wanted to get into a good exercise routine so that whenever I did get pregnant, it'd be easier to keep moving because I'd already have a set workout in place! I'm grateful that I did that, because when I got pregnant and unmotivated, since I already had the habit of doing cardio exercise several times a week, it was easier to keep at it.

  3. I love how upbeat and positive you are staying through this transition - big ones between moving and being 18 weeks pregnant!! You are rocking, lady - and looking gorgeous while doing it!!

  4. You look Beautiful, Kirby! That baby bump is so adorable :)

  5. Ooooh, so sad that you are leaving Berkeley (my hometown...I love seeing your photos of the Berkeley hills!), but I'm sure you'll love Mpls/St. Paul. And All. The. Snow! (Still a few piles of that white stuff here in our part of Maine, grr.) Love that you're still doing ballet while pregnant. Awesome! :))


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