Sunday, April 29, 2012

Ramblings of an Entrepreneur's Wife.

    It's Sunday night and my sweet husband just left to go drive into the city for a late night meeting with his fellow computer conscious coworkers. And then he's just going to stay the night there because he has to wake up super early to keep going. They have some crazy interview tomorrow in which they only have 10 minutes to impress the panties off of a bunch of people in an effort to make it into this elite group for startups.
  So we've been business owners for about the past 5 years but for some reason I always hesitated calling my husband an entrepreneur because I felt as though that title was intended for those crazy guys that come up with random ideas and scream at the top of their lungs on infomercials and somehow people fall for it and end up buying junk they had no idea they needed 10 minutes previously (I am totally one of these people).
   I've since come to realize that this is not the case an entrepreneur is someone who loves the challenge of dedicating their lives to something that they KNOW will be the next best thing. And they believe so strongly in that idea that they will work endless amounts of hours without any gurantee that in a year they will be working on the same project. Maybe the job has benefits and maybe it doesn't. But either way it really doesn't matter because what have you gained if you haven't even tried. I now know my husband is an Entrepreneur.
   When Cahlan left Enspark (previously Sharp Media) and began working for K12 it was awesome for me!  Not only did that mean we would have a stable income but it also meant that Cahlan would work 9-5! We were making great income and had AMAZING benefits. Like seriously any kind of benefit you could possibly think of. That lasted for 2 months. Then one day Cahlan sent me a text message that said "how would you feel about moving to San Francisco?" To which I replied "WHAT?!" then he explained that he was just looking at a new startup in San Francisco called UNDRIP.
   Now see a couple of weeks before  this little texting exchange happened Cahlan told me that he loved K12. They were an amazing company to work for and the stability was amazing  and he was definately working with some people that he could learn so much from. But then he saw this possible opportunity to live the startup dream.
   So after about 10 minutes of looking stuff up about UNDRIP (like this video) and Mick Hagen (the CEO). I sent him a text message that said "Let's do it." This was all before Cahlan had even talked to Mick or anything. I had no idea what would happen. But I figured, hey we're still young and we have young kids what better time to do it than now.
     I love my husband and I think he's like the smartest person ever. And he has always taken care of us and made sure that we have everything we need.  He sometimes works until 2 am (last night with 9 am church this morning, my hero) and although I could not sit at a computer for that long he does it because he is so passionate about what he does. But he amazes me because even with that he still somehow manages to make myself and our babies feel special, loved and so important.
   I remember early on when I was a new mommy at some point I talked about going back to work for financial reasons to which he replied "If you feel the need to work then that means I'm not working hard enough."
  I don't know if what we're doing here will set us up for life or even the next couple of years. And honestly it really doesn't matter because in the end we can't say we didn't try. But we're having a blast and it's an adventure. We're living in the coolest place and meeting some amazing people. I don't know if I have some type of disorder that doesn't allow me to think practically or what but I have my husband and my kiddos and my faith and anything beyond that is just stuff. "Come what may and love it."

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Food, Friends, Family and Fun

This picture pretty much sums up the past couple of months for us. Going going going. It's been awesome. (notice how they're all holding hands. I love it.
So first at the beginning of March we got to go the the Greatest place on earth DISNEYLAND! Where we had a blast with our "besties" the Kenyons. It was magical and delicious.   

Here he is, the stud in the flesh, Sadly we didn't make home with these sweet shades. We did make it home with the child however.
So excited to go ride us some rides!

Cuties on a carousel.

Trying so hard to wait patiently.
So scared to go on the tower of terror. AHHHH! That ride is awesome if you don't mind losing your stomach through your nose.
So emmy has an obsession with humpback and blue whales. So when we found this Pink sparkly one she was in HEAVEN. She even named her. Crap I forgot the name and she's sleeping.

                         Camille and Summer about to get pummeled by the Gadget's Go coaster.
Princess lunch with just the girls. 

 My sweetie. This picture so describes Emmy. Man I love that little face so much! She is such a sweetie and such a happy girl. Pretty much all of the time.
Which one is the real Snow White.
Orangey smiles!
Splash mountain! I may have tinkled my pants a little here. May.
Our girl Minnie.

That's right Dumbo. When I tell you to go up you go up when I say down you better get!

Dancing Face. Get it girl!

                                                 Cute boy so happy to be out of the stroller.
                                           Whoa, it may be a small world but it's fascinating.
                                      Pew pew pew pew pew pew. (shooting sounds)
                                 Poor Emmy got a little spooked by a bee. I would have made the same face.

So once we got back from Disneyland, like literally the next day My brother Ricky and his wife Kristen and their 3 beautiful boys came for a visit. Oh and let me just say that family that will drive 27 hours with 3 energetic boys in 2 days is completely crazy but so freaking awesome. I have the most fabulous family.
Here he his enjoying some well deserved pizza, that actually wasn't all that fantastic. Sad. While they were here we saw A LOT of things. Like...

The Presidio, which is amazing. This is the Cemetery but the whole Presidio is Gorgeous.

The sea lions at Pier 39.

The Aquarium at the Bay

A starfish giving me the bird. 

The tunnels at the Aquarium where we got to see them feed to the fish little tin squids. It was kind of creepy actually. 

We also ate lots of cool food like this place if you like garlic this place is money.

Cohen and Reese in Zombie mode.

Chinatown. It was nostalgic for me but it still wasn't stinky or dirty enough.
This reminds me of the crush I used to have on Uncle Jessie with his thick black mullet and tight leather pants. 
"What ever happened to predictability
the milk man the paper boy the evening T.V.
You miss your old familiar friends but 
but waiting just around the bend..."
Where did you go Uncle Jessie?

I just love this building. It's my favorite. One day I'm going to get a really sweet shot and frame it. 

Then the day that Ricky and Kristen left Nana and Papa Sharp came for a visit. We had a blast with them too. We got to see a couple of things but mostly we just hung out an took it easy and talked and cuddled. It was fabulous. 

We did eat us some Ghirardelli Chocolatey awesomeness. 

Nana and Papa Telling Daddy bye bye at his office.

They're seriously like the perfect Grandparents. Who says bye this sweetly? They do!

And just to throw them in there when we moved here my Fabulously amazing parents drove over with us. not only did they drive with us but they drove the moving van helped us get settled and went to see a few cool things with us too. I love them best parents EVER!
This is a cute shot of my Mom and Emmy at Crissy Field. 


My Sweet/crazy/amazing little sister decided to go on a mission for our Church. She entered the Mission Field on February 8th. And I miss her like CRAZY! She is doing SO WELL and loving it so much. I'm incredibly proud of her and trying to live through her vicariously. Every letter she sends to us is addressed to us as thuggers. She may be a missionary but she's still Kelly.  I lud dat girl.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Here we go!

  Alright here we go. I know it's been almost 2 years since my last post the funny thing is that I have actually made several attempts at updating our blog all of which have gone unfinished. Well I'm tired of starting things and not finishing them so here I go. 
  Too much has happened to even try to catch up on it all and I do regret that I don't have a well kept blog or journal to cover what has happened in the past 2 years but I'm going to change that. I have decided that I need to keep some type of record of our life because it's a roller coaster and sometimes I think it would be nice to go back and reminisce or look back and be grateful somethings are over.
   Right now is one of those times that I'm sure I'll look back on with affection and appreciation for one day but for now it's rough. 

    Here's the past 2 years in a nut shell. We added a new member to our family Ainslee Graham. He's pretty awesome. He's almost a year now and I still get excited to pick him up from his bed in the mornings. He's just so dang cute!
Cohen and Emmy attended preschool together and LOVED it. Cahlan left the company he helped start for a new GREAT paying job with amazing benefits and then decided, 2 months later, to leave that job for another start-up with no pay and no benefits, yet.Well this newest venture has landed us in the San Francisco area. So far it's been amazing! We love it out here and are so close to being completely moved in. 
   So in about a month we decided to pack up everything we own and move to the west coast. We aren't actually bringing in a pay check yet. And we have no benefits. We're not exactly sure when any of that will happen, hopefully soon. I think many people think we're completely insane and most likely we are. Some days it hits and I feel completely small and vulnerable and then something wonderful happens like we just got word that we are signing investor contracts soon, which means one day we'll receive a pay check. We can't afford preschool right now because you need money to do that, weird, and so I have the kids ALL day long all by myself with no family around and no husband because he is so insanely busy with work that I don't even want to ask him to change a diaper. He does have Sundays off, which we Relish! 
  This might sound like I'm complaining but actually I'm not. I love an adventure and this is definitely one. I have a fabulous husband that works like a mad man and in his free time (however minimal that is) holds me and our babies. He is so good at making us feel safe and secure that I have complete trust in him to take care of us. After all that's what family is for. And I am so blessed with an amazing one. I have to say that my prayers have become quite a bit more sincere in the past 2 months which is a nice side to this entree of craziness. So here we are taking on this ... adventure? Sure we'll call it that.