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We Are Still Here!

It’s been a few months! We are still here and surviving! It’s been a bit of a rollercoaster if I’m being honest. Ive had some hard moments these last few months. Moments where I felt defeated and alone and exasperated and exhausted and spread thin. However, luckily, with all of the low points, there has also been friendship and family and laughter and fun and meaningful conversations and silly conversations and good food…etc. So it is all a balance it seems haha.

Time is all a blur at this point, so it is hard for me to remember everything along this timeline, but to give some highlights:

-Sophie is about 75% potty trained. We are close people!! So close! We have good days and bad days, but she is slowly and steadily getting it, which has made all the difference. Because it means we can leave the house for longer periods of time and go and do things without as much fear.
-Bailey has lost 2 teeth!! Her two bottom ones and she is looking so grown! And Claire could be the best knot tier in the nation. No joke. I have had to cut so many randomly tied shoe laces off of things because I cant for the life of me untie the dang knots haha.
-We went to Utah!!!! We drove up in 2 days. They were long days! But the girls were troopers! We downloaded so many movies on the iPad and had a ton of snacks and activities for them, so we were prepared haha. Adam was also a trooper for doing all the driving while I climbed all around the back taking care of the girls haha we made a good team. It was so wonderful in Utah. From beginning to end. We needed it so much. To get out and get away and forget about the virus. It was so great to reconnect with my siblings Β after so long and for the girls to be so spoiled and played with and loved haha. For my brother’s 18th birthday my parents got all of us 2 hours at Flow Rider, the indoor water surfing place. Haha well in 40 minutes: I pulled my groin, Adam tweaked his elbows, Celine cut herself on the edge of the side wall…all the people 25 and up….and of course Danny and Aj were killing it haha. So we left after an hour and licked our wounds and pride haha. But we made some fun memories πŸ™‚ Flow Rider was basically the only place we really went to, and it was just the adults. We took the girls to the park and a splash pad, but we just had good quality family time at home, in the backyard, at parks, and with one another. It was great. I was able to witness my brother Danny get the Melchizedek priesthood and get ready for his mission to Santiago Chile, (which has been reassigned for the time being to San Antoni, Texas this coming September). I had the most quality time Ive had with Aj since he was a kid, and was able to see how much he has turned his life around and become a strong man of God–it made my heart so happy! And Its been so long since I have laughed so hard. I was thankful to have some really great life changing conversations with my sister Celine and be with her during some pivotal moments, I am proud of her strength and courage. And of course my mom and dad were the cutest Nana and Pop Pop ever! The girls agonized over waiting for Nana to wake up every morning to play! (And to give Nana credit, she was up at 6:30am! haha) The girls love them all so much! In fact, Bailey still prays everyday that Uncle Danny will be safe on his mission for two years. πŸ™‚ I was able to visit my bestie Merinda and meet her newest little bundle of joy, Michael! It was seriously squad goals, sitting on her back porch watching our kids run and play together. Who would have thought when we were little 18 year old freshmen, that 12 years later we would be where we are at. It made my heart so happy. I love her so much.
The girls were in mourning when we left. It was 2.5 weeks of nothing but love, fun, and play. I was sad to go too! We had our 9 year anniversary on the road actually! Haha we celebrated in the hotel with pizza and cupcakes! It was one to remember πŸ™‚ On the way home we were lucky enough to head over and see Austin and Rhuvana and spend some time with them. They fed us well and we always feel so comfy with them, and have lots of laughs and good talks. I love it. I was thankful to see their cute house and where they live and spend time in their space. It’s different when people come to you and your space. So I am glad we were able to do that πŸ™‚
-But home sweet home! There’s no place like your own bed, no matter how much your heart misses. We slept so good that first night home, we all did! Haha.
-While we were gone, Ally had a beautiful baby boy! Little Hyrum! Yay for another nephew! And she is a flippin rock star to be pregnant and give birth during this pandemic. Hyrum will have quite the story to tell his friends one day of him coming into this world.
-Not long after we got home, Adam turned around and flew to Washington for the graveside service of his sweet Grandma Bird. I was lucky to have met her a couple times before she had Alzheimer’s 😦 She passed with so many surrounding her in love and support. I am so glad Adam was able to go and be there with his family and celebrate her life. She will be missed by many.
-Now that we are home and getting back into some kind of routine, school is the next thing on the list. With Covid, schools are requiring face masks for everyone pre-k and up, all day. As well as not being able to socialize and have kids near each other. I understand the reasonings behind it. But that is hard for a 6 year old. And I know my 6 year old, and the lack of social connection would break her little spirit. We prayed about it really hard and felt that for her personally, it would be best to keep her home. (Side note: zero judgement for those who are going to on campus school. This is just what fits best for my family). So we had decided to do the online option. But then found out it was going to be mainly all day on Zoom. And I don’t know how that would work with my other two girls, and how Bailey would be able to navigate that…so we ultimately decided to withdraw her from school this year and homeschool her myself. I am actually really excited. More than I ever thought I would be! haha. I am thankful to have an extra year with my girlies home with me πŸ™‚ Im going to do some pre-k work with Claire too to help her prepare for kindergarten as well, so they will be able to have school time together. πŸ™‚ I am sure there will be hard days and good days. But I felt peace for the first time in making this decision regarding school, so that alone has been an answer to prayers.

So here we go! After having such an eventful few months, I am curious to what the next few will be! Stay tuned! haha.

Enjoy the hundreds of pictures of random family fun and love πŸ™‚

These are our Bits O’ Bertoch.

Cassie Bertoch

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A Summer of Fun

Whew September already! I feel like this summer flew by! We have had some amazing memories these last few weeks.

In July we went on a family reunion to San Antonio with Adam’s family. It was the first time in a while that everyone was together. Aaron’s family flew down from Washington, and Austin and Rhuvana traveled from Midland. Plus we had 3 new babies in the family since we were last together! It was such a blast. The girls were in cousin heaven and enjoyed quality time with them and were so happy to swim everyday in the awesome resort water park area. We felt really blessed to be able to all get together and spend as much time with each other as 11 children would allow haha. Im super thankful for Stacey and Dave for putting the reunion on for everyone πŸ™‚

July 29th was Adam and I’s 8th wedding anniversary. 8 years! It’s crazy. The concept of time is always weird to me. 2011 seems like yesterday, and yet in the same breath it was a lifetime ago. Ive been asked by a couple friends if we ever hit the “7 year itch” and it’s funny, because we had a pretty intense 7th year of marriage between having Sophie and starting our own business and taking the leap of faith…but our faith in each other and in the Lord never faltered. So we were very blessed and Im thankful that even in the midst of everything going on and sleep deprived nights and stress over the anxieties of new beginnings, we never had the “itch.” Of course I am sure him being a marriage therapist helped a little haha. This year for our anniversary we decided to try out the Melting Pot. It is a fondue restaurant and it was such a fun experience. The girls loved it and had a fun time playing with the spear weapons used to dip the bread and veggies haha luckily we all made it out with our eyeballs in tact. I love my life and our family and there’s not a thing I would change. πŸ™‚

In August we then traveled over to Florida and saw my side of the family! We were missing Aj (deployed in the Middle East) and Celine (working in Utah) but I loved seeing my parents and have some quality time with my not so little anymore baby brother Danny. (The flew in from Utah) Im also blessed that I have so many extended family living in Florida too! It felt like another awesome family reunion. πŸ™‚ My parents rented a condo on the beach and we had our own private beach access. And because the girls are up so early, we were at the beach by 8am and had the whole place pretty much to ourselves! Heaven!! Seriously, the beautiful white sandy, clear blue water beaches are my happy place. Ironically since I am not a strong swimmer, so I hang by the shore…but it makes me so happy! We were at the beach basically every morning. Adam and Danny caught some sand crabs, we built sand castles, and enjoyed the waves. We also had a pool at the condo, which we also enjoyed. We basically lived in our swim suits on the trip haha. But it was so much fun having so much quality time with everyone and making fun memories. We even went to the Gulfarium and saw a dolphin show and fun sea creatures! Which, fun fact, is the same Gulfarium that my Mema would take me as a little girl to see the dolphin show! Talk about full circle!! My girls were of course spoiled by my parents and all our family living there. haha. They were missing home, but devastated to leave Florida.

Not long after we got home Bailey started kindergarten! I cant believe it! She was so ready and literally has been counting down the days since about April when she turned 5. It made it easier for me dropping her off knowing she was so happy to be there. She also loooooves riding the bus like a big girl. It’s all day, so we sure miss her a ton. Although it has given Claire some time to be the “big sister” in the house and she has found more of her voice and preferences, which is adorable to witness. Her and Sophie are becoming even more closer, which makes my momma heart happy.

This last week I turned 29 and had a great day with family and friends. It’s funny actually. This is literally the first birthday I have had since 2012 that I wasn’t either A) miserably pregnant in my first trimester, or B) crazy sleep deprived from having a newborn. It feels like a new experience for me! Haha! I am happy to have my whole family here and that we can continue making wonderful memories. Spring, Texas has become my forever home. I didnt know if I would ever be okay staying place in one city forever after growing up in the military… but it seemed to find me just fine! And I am so very grateful. I am excited to have this last year of my 20s and to be entering the hopefully cooler soon fall season. I know that as long as I have my family, and we rely on the Lord, we will all be okay. πŸ™‚

P.S. Enjoy the MASSIVE photo dump in whatever order it seems to drop in haha.

 

These are our Bits O’ Bertoch.

Cassie Bertoch

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Families are Forever

Im thankful for the knowledge that I have that families are forever and that there is life after death. June 18 my Nana passed away. Nana was my squeeze. She was my cheerleader. She lifted me up in a way others couldn’t. I am thankful that I have so many wonderful memories with her laughing and talking and hugging and being kind and just having fun. People gathered towards her because she gave genuine love so freely. I am a better person for knowing her and being loved by her.

I was very blessed that I was able to fly down to Florida to meet my Mom and be there for her grave vigil. It was a beautiful service. Short and sweet and loving just like Nana would have loved. And then the after party at Papa’s house celebrating her life with laughs and tears and good company lasted into the morning. Again….just as Nana would have loved. Sometimes I forget that she is gone, and I get sad again. But truthfully I am so grateful that she is no longer in pain and she is with her family and will be there waiting for me when it is my turn to pass. I wish she could have been able to meet Sophie. We are going to Florida next month, and it would have been her first time seeing her. But it’s okay, because I know she is able to get to know and watch my family more than ever on the other side.Β Although, the last time I saw my Nana, I was actually pregnant with Sophie. So at least she was close!

I am also glad I was able to have some extra time with just my Mom to myself. The girls stayed with Adam in Texas (which was actually really hard for me because it’s the first time I’ve ever been away from my babies overnight like that!! I missed them soooooo much!!) but I was able to have the quality time I needed with family in Florida.

Growing up as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I have faith and a hope and knowledge that brings me peace and comfort during times of sadness. Families are forever. I know without a doubt I will see my Nana again. And she will be healthy and in all her glory. I know she is in the center of laughter up there. Until we meet again Nana. I love you!

If you would like to learn more about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, here is the best website ever: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/

We have some fun exciting times coming up for our family. We are going to San Antonio next week for a fun weekend with all of Adam’s family, which will be so fun!! Then we have our 8 year anniversary! And then in August we will be meeting my family in Florida for another week long trip of family fun! I am so blessed with my village and my family. Their love and support is felt and appreciated. As well as the ultimate love and support I receive daily from my Savior, Jesus Christ. Without Him I am nothing and would be lost. My testimony and love for Him increases exponentially as I get to know Him on a personal level, and I am continually blown away by the power of His love in my life. I am undeserving, but so very grateful.

P.S. Enjoy the random order pictures I have from the last couple months, and stay tuned at the end of the summer for a blog full of fun vacation pics Β πŸ™‚