April 23, 2015

Resurrection and Changes

by Shelly

Well, I think it’s safe to say that I basically fell off the edge of the Earth for six months. Life got a bit crazy the end of September/beginning of October and there was a lot going on in our family life that I wasn’t able to talk about…until now.  Some good, some bad.  But let’s just talk about the good, shall we?

As of February, my husband and his business partner have sold their business to a very well-known, amazing fitness centered company in the San Luis Obispo area. So what does that mean for the Van Rozebooms? Well, we’re moving to Central California!  This is a HUGE change for all of us….new school for kiddo, moving my business, hours away from all our friends and the life we currently know. It’s going to be a shake up for sure. We’re excited to get out of the Los Angeles area however. I’ve been here all my life and never went away to school or any of that. So this…So Cal that is…is ALL I know!  My husband is from the Central Valley originally, so we’ll be closer to his parents, family and friends which will be nice.

We’ve already bought a house in the city of Pismo Beach which is very close to where the hubs will be working in San Luis Obispo.  It was important for both of us to still live near the ocean and Pismo fit the bill for us. We also found an amazing house, with really great bones and a beautiful ocean view! You cannot buy that kind of place for under a million (heck a couple million!) where we currently live, so we sort of jumped at the opportunity. The house was originally built in 1991 and hasn’t been updated since. So we are gutting it….new kitchen, new baths, flooring, skim coating walls…all that fun stuff!  Eventually I’d love to also do all new windows and a revamp of the outside, but in due time.  Here are some of the major rooms and the exterior before we started construction….








 {breakfast room}


{family room…with kitchen in background. kiddo belongs to our general contractor!}


{living room. the view across the street is gorgeous and we even have a peek a boo view of the ocean to the right}


So needless to say I will be sharing LOTS of before and afters of this house on the blog. It’s just going to be such a fab transformation. Tomorrow I’ll be back with the plans for the kitchen. It’s been a bit of a head scratcher to rework it, but I think we’ve finally come up with a good plan.


Sorry for the looonnng hiatus!!

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February 6, 2012

Taking a break

by Shelly

Things have been quite busy work wise for me and the hubs lately.  Since we are both small business owners, having to work way past normal business hours and on weekends is not unusual for us.  But it really weighs on me emotionally and makes me feel super guilty towards my motherhood duties.  After all our kiddo is only going to be a preschooler for so long!  Since she’s our only one (and most likely always will be), I really try to balance out work and home life as to not neglect her.

So, part of my New Years’ resolution this year was to start getting out and being more active as a family.  We had really fallen into a rut of staying home on the weekends and working or vegging out in front of the tv.  Our girl wasn’t happy…and neither were our waist lines!  But we’ve now been doing a pretty good job getting out and trying new adventures.  One weekend we went roller skating, another we went bowling, and this past weekend we explored our local tide pools!

It was absolutely glorious outside….

There wasn’t a cloud in the sky and you could see from the mountains to the Channel Islands off our coast. It was spectacular!  Ellie and Daddy had a great time checking out the sea anenomes, urchins, sea slugs, and star fish.

I was shocked at how well Ellie did balancing on the rocks!  She’s not the most coordinated kid…but she’ll get better as she gets older. *BTW sorry for the over exposed picture. The hubby didn’t realize it was on manual and I just love this pic even if it is a bit washed out!*

And I never tire of watching Ellie play at the beach.  She is usually the happiest when she is around water of any kind.  But like her momma, the sea is where we both feel the most relaxed.

BTW…notice the Sponge Bob Band Aid sticking out from my skull print slip on Vans?  I think the combo is quite hilarious myself.

Nothing like a day at the beach!

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