San Diego Surprise

Kid surprises are the best.  It all began last Sunday night while the kids were at AWANA.  I rushed home to pack their bags and the car for a quick overnight in San Diego.  Even so, we had to pack for both beach and zoo.  Mondays are our homeschool co-op, and we finish at 3pm.  While we enjoyed the first half of our co-op day, my husband was driving around town, filling the car with gas, dropping off the dog, and packing all the cuddly bedtime stuff.  We ate lunch with our co-op, then broke the news to the kids… we wouldn’t be staying for the afternoon.

Once the disappointment passed, we shared the reason.  The excitement was priceless!

We checked into the hotel around 2:45pm, then headed 5 minutes out to the beach.  The kids had so much fun playing in the waves, time just flew by.  When we told them it was time to wash up and get some dinner, they couldn’t believe a few hours had passed so quickly.

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Allison and Natalie really jumped in the waves for the first time.  They were begging to go back the next day after the zoo, (and we did.)  Malachi and Sierra just found joy digging, splashing, and playing.  I snapped a few pictures, put my camera away, and enjoyed the next few hours with them.  The sun would disappear, then reappear every few minutes.  The water was amazingly warm.  There was a jr. international surf competition, and 36 different countries represented; that was fun to watch, too.

Back at the hotel, we enjoyed chicken soft tacos.  We always stay at the Residence Inn so we have multiple rooms, and a free dinner. 🙂  Once we washed up, we went out for gelati.  When we got back, the kids went right to sleep, and Daniel and I got to see Unbroken.  It was the perfect day.

Fall Craft Night

Last weekend, a few moms from our homeschool group came over to make some fall coffee cozies.  Just looking at felt, wood shapes, feathers, pom-poms, fall ribbons, and hot glue guns gets me super excited.  But, let’s be honest… coffee cozies aren’t super practical.  (They were really fun to make, though!)  Craft nights are never really about the crafts, but the fellowship.  I feel blessed to have gotten to know these ladies better, and thoroughly enjoyed the night!  (Oh… and they’re also about dessert.   You can’t have a fall get-together without pumpkin chocolate chip cake!)

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I ended up making four cozies, and then left the supplies out for my girls to have fun with the next day.  Yesterday, they spent hours making everything from headbands to pouches with their friend, while Malachi filled a plate with hot glue.  🙂

Short Hair!

It was tougher than I thought… but why?  I know hair grows back quickly.  And, it was so fun to hear that he actually wanted it cut.

Yet…

He’s so much older, now!  Still adorable… just twice his age!  (or so it feels…)

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See what I mean?

Still Here!

Every year I say it won’t happen… I’ll be on top of things with school, cleaning, meals, health, birthdays, holidays… then real life happens.  And, it’s ok.  Relationships are more important than a clean house, and right now a good night’s sleep is more important than blogging.  I’m trying to keep my priorities straight, but I do miss blogging on a more regular basis.  I will get back into my groove.  Until then, happy super hot Southern California fall!

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Firefighter Picnic

Remember our run-in with lice?  I’ve tried to forget, too… eeew!  Anyway, we cancelled our Mexico trip due to the lice, but were able to go to the firefighter picnic because of it.  The kids were grateful for that!

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It was HOT — well over 100 degrees.  You could not pay me to go down that slide in the heat!

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This new ride was a huge hit with the big girls.  I am far too old to ride a spinny ride these days, but I am glad they enjoyed it!

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The petting zoo was also a new attraction.  My kids are just like their dad; never tired of animals.

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Pumpkin decorating was also new.  The kids used paint pens, which I thought was brilliant.  We may be doing that at home this year!

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Check out this turkey vulture Natalie discovered.  We assumed it was hurt since it wouldn’t fly away.

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Malachi was finally tall enough for the kiddy rides.  Hooray!

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We can never leave before they serve the popsicles.  I just love traditions!

Oak Glen 2015

How is it October, already?  I had a little technical difficulties this week with blogging, but hopefully all is well now… I have some catching-up to do!

Our annual trip to Oak Glen was as fun as ever, despite the fact that we didn’t pick apples this year.  We called ahead to see if the crop was plentiful this year, and were told it was not. Darn drought!  That means only apple-picking on the weekends.  We decided to go anyway, and enjoyed a beautiful day with much cooler temps than we would have had at home!  A picnic, a hike, fresh apple cider, time on the playground, and a peak into the old schoolhouse all made it a great day.

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Twins without even planning it.  Sweet!

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Still best buddies…

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The kids are asking to go back again to pick apples.  This might just have to be the year we do Oak Glen twice!