Wednesday, December 7, 2016

November in a nutshell

And just like that the Holidays are upon us.  We are a full week into December and I just can't believe it.  November was a whirlwind and I'm going to try to sum in all up in a post (maybe minus Thanksgiving week which might deserve its own post)

The beginning of the month started out with great weather, not too hot, but definitely not cold.  At all.  Not quite fall but we enjoyed the heck out of it.

We have been taking advantage of the hiking trails close to our house and this particular day we took the boys to the top of Lizard Rock.

Owen played his last soccer game and earned his first metal. 

Excited is an understatement.  After years of watching Scott play and get trophies he was so excited to finally have his own hardware.  He wore it all day.  And still puts it on regularly.  Scott didn't play his last game or get his trophy til the following week so it was pretty special for Owen that this was day was all about him.  Despite your opinion of "participation trophies" - you can't deny their excitement.  Yes, eventually they have to learn that not everybody wins or gets an award, but for now I'll take this smile with his participation trophy.
Already looking forward to next soccer season!

The next day we headed up to Mimi and Papa's where they graciously took the boys out paddle boating and let Brian and I escape on our paddle boards for the afternoon!  It was a great date day.  Brian and I haven't paddle boarded together in almost two years, we both get to go out alone a lot at Rincon, but it was a real treat to get to go together!

Enjoying the day....can you tell?!?!

We headed to Mimi and Papa's for hanging out and dinner the rest of that day, when this is how the afternoon goes I would call it a success:

Parker J. and co. joined us too and these three boys got to work with some hammers, nails and scrap wood - I love watching them cooperate on a project, they could have done this non stop for days.

After the time change its been getting late on my early morning hikes - this was my view from the top of a local hill the morning after the super moon.  Kinda rad.

The week before Thanksgiving Owen's school had its annual potluck at the park.  Nothing is better than these two friends sharing a meal....and shenanigans!

And don't forget a little tad-pole-ing 

The saturday before Thanksgiving Scott played his last game as a neon ninja.  We got lucky with our coaches and teammates again this year.  Scott came so far and learned so much from all of them!

So proud of his hard work!

Hearing a coach say kind things about your kid....these are the moments...

He has definitely found a love of sports and I'm so happy for him.  3 goals this year and he couldn't be prouder.

Watching Scott's last game with Owen - forever baby!!!

And I said yes to a "regular" donut at his party after the game.  Full gluten and artificial dye.  Cool mom points for sure!

That night Brian and I headed to Aunt Jenny's 50th birthday party.  Dia de Los Muertos theme.  Such a fun night out!

And Sunday we celebrated Thanksgiving at Mimi and Papa's.  The boys spent the night the night before while we were out at the party and worked hard on all things native american, including a feather headdress and these rad earrings that Scott could not be more excited about!
It was a fun day of relaxing and family to kick off our week long Thanksgiving vacation!

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Halloween '16

For 5 years now the Howell family has been a big part of our Halloween traditions.  This year was no exception.  We started with our annual pumpkin carving a few days before Halloween.

Love these cute kids...



Then we celebrated at school with parties and trick or treating.  
Owen didn't want to wear his "real" costume so he went with a hand me down from Scott from years past.
He and his best friend Kenz had the most fun that day:
Complete with apples dipped in chocolate!!!
The Sunday before Halloween we got some good fall weather so we enjoyed hot chocolate and a fire.

Scott's first grade class on Halloween.  He's in the front row on the far left.d

My little ninjas ready for trick or treating.

Our close friends finally moved near by so they were able to join us for trick or treating for the first time ever.  Made our boys' whole year!!

With the Daniels in tow, we headed to the old neighborhood to trick or treat.  First of all our old neighborhood really goes all out and trick or treating there is the best, but secondly its just tradition to trick or treat with the Howells.  Maybe we can't walk over anymore but that doesn't stop us!
Most of the crew ready to head out:

Campbell family Halloween 2016

Scott the ninja (who you can barely see in this picture) and Katelyn the unicorn rider:

It just wouldn't be halloween without this one.  Headband costumes for the win!

When we got back to our neighborhood we trick or treated at some of the neighbors houses.  One of our neighbors really goes all out.  It was pretty cool.

Don't know how this picture ended up at the end, but its a good one.  Love our little pokemon and ninjas.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Fall at Rincon part II

A few weeks later and we are back at the beach for another awesome weekend.

We filled our days with football, long walks, trips to carpinteria, paddle boarding, friends and campfires.

Oh and of course some surf lessons

And boogie boarding with the littlest.  These are the best days right here!

The boys at sunset.  Full heart.

And when you don't have a daughter you borrow one and make her a sand mermaid tail whenever you have a chance.

Margaritas on the beach with my guy....don't mind if I do!!!!

The Howells joined us for Saturday night which is always a good time!!!!

Early morning beach walk to their campsite.

They are all growing up so fast.  So thankful for our friendship with this family!
Til next time Rincon....