Saturday, May 19, 2018

December festivities

December is always crazy, but we always manage to pack in all the fun we can during the holiday season.

Kicking it off with a visit to the salt spa with the boys.

Basketball season got underway for Scott.  His first time playing basketball and he LOVED it.  

When he wasn't at practice you could find him playing wherever he was with his friends, or alone even.  Sports are truly his love language. 

While Scott was on a basketball playdate one day, Owen got some special one on one time.  His choice: watching the grinch and going to OSH to pick out a Christmas decoration for the house!

Elfed out:

Then back in early December came the fires.  It was a truly crazy few weeks.  Starting with Hilary and the kids evacuating to Mimi and Papa's house, only for them to all evacuate here for the week. We made the best of it with lots of movie nights and cousin time:

School was even cancelled for us one day due to air quality, so we escaped to Disneyland for the day.

This little dude braved space mountain for the first time.

We had a super fun and exhausting day!  Disney is so magical during the holidays!

We had lots of days filled with chess games:

And we celebrated Brian and Alexis's birthdays

Basketball buddies

I was supposed to relay a half marathon but it was cancelled due to fires.  I still managed to stop by the race start and donate the toys they were relying on being given during the season!

We made latkes in kindergarten

And celebrated with friends

And hosted a gingerbread house decorating party

Dads above, moms below..... hahahahaha

Toben, the oldest in the bunch, and Owen, the youngest, make such a great team and it warms my heart.  Owen is so lucky to have such a great friend!

Love this crazy crew

Capped it off with sequence with all the parents!

Visit with Santa: check

Kindergarten Christmas celebration: check

And holiday love notes from Scott.  "Guis" (guys) heart melt. 

Thanksgiving '17

So waaaay waaaay back in November it was Thanksgiving.  And now I try to catch us up....

We camped at Lake Casitas and had a blast (minus the high temps)

Along with the Staves clan we also had our good friends, the Daniels join us, which made for extra fun for the boys.  Their days were filled with bike rides, football, and monopoly amongst other things.

Thanksgiving night

Feasting their little hearts out

And saving room for dessert!

Campfire diaries...

And one of my favorites, face timing the family that couldn't make it! 

Monday, January 8, 2018

November '17

Its probably about time I update the blog for the end of the year.  Rewind to November which always flies by with only a few weeks between Halloween and Thanksgiving.

Let's see, we met up with Mimi and Papa and Auntie + cousins for some tide pooling one weekend

Which always is a good a excuse to snap a picture of my four favorite kids.

And if you thought since it was November that we wouldn't be getting in the ocean, you'd be wrong.

Sea treasures:

Tide pooling is definitely in my top 10 things to do:

So is hanging with my favorite girl:

Fall beach sunsets can't be beat!

We are a fun bunch if I do say so myself.

Up next, long weekend...perfect for lazy morning board game marathons....

And heading over to Mimi's to celebrate her birthday!

Happy birthday to the greatest Mimi of all time!

Saturday and Sunday that weekend were dedicated to our last meet of the year.  Nothing like going full ninja to get you in the competitive spirit:

Coach Gabby, such a treasure this one!  She was not the coach being paid to attend the meet but she showed up anyways to cheer on her kids.  We are super grateful for all she has taught Scott. (Owen has a different coach)

This was Owen's first official meet and I call it a win because he was only DQd once, haha.  So maybe not all of his strokes are quite legal yet. ; )

Scott swam all his usual strokes and then upgraded with a 50 fly and his first ever 100 free.

Since we had parents in town to watch the meet Brian and I headed out for date night in Ventura that evening, sushi, drinks and a beach walk at sunset - color me happy!

Back at it on Sunday!

Both boys did amazing and we are so proud of their hard work this season.  Scott especially conquered some major nerves!

The following week we scored some tickets to the Magic Castle in Hollywood.  I was sick as can be but I wasn't about to miss this opportunity (its a members only type of thing so tickets are tough to come by.)

No pictures allowed inside but we had a blast.  Saw some super cool magic and had fun with Brian's coworkers.  Here's hoping to score more tickets in the future when I don't feel so lousy.  Because let's be honest magic is much cooler after a cocktail or two than stone cold sober.

Saturday that week was the Bridges silent auction.   And this year most of us ladies decided to leave the husbands at home (you're welcome husbands!) and make it girls night.  I won movie tickets for Owen to go to the movies with his teacher and a hike with the PE teacher for Scott. We ended the evening at a local bar owned by one of our Bridges families!!

Up next, our school Thanksgiving celebrations:

Friendship feast in kinder. 

And a birthday celebration for Ms. Marsi, a woman I can't even really put into words how thankful I am for, no mistake her birthday falls during Thanksgiving week!

End of the year soccer party for Scott

 And then it was Thanksgiving break, kicked off by words with pretzels by Owen.

Owen: "Mom, can i have pretzels?"
Me: "No its 8:00 you can have more breakfast."
Owen: "Not for eating, for spelling."

for the record I only helped with a couple letters.  But it turns out it was for spelling AND for eating.

More end of soccer:

His hair, i just can't!

And a celebratory trip to Karma baker:

Sunday before Thanksgiving we headed to Mimi and Papa's for our first of many Thanksgivings, and since we were all gussied up I did my best to get some photos

The Campbells clean up alright I guess ; )

Up next: Thanksgiving camping adventures