Sunday, February 27, 2011

camping!! or not.

we reluctantly cancelled our camping trip this weekend with the rasmussen fam. we were tempted to brave it out, but with the rain and 34 degree nights in our thin flannel socal sleeping bags... we thought it might not be the most comfortable. we took a drive to doheny, to check out our killer spot. we were happy to see it (and all the beachfront spots) flooded out and knew we made a good decision to postpone our trip.

BUT we still camped. only we had no view and soundtrack of ocean waves and sand to keep the kids busy all day and night. we had a warm cozy home to play in the tent and enjoy dinner with our friends.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

other february things

on sunday nights i fill in the blanks of our fridge-posted planner for the new week ahead of us. sometimes i fill our days with plans and friends and big exciting outings each day. other times, it feels like we should keep a quiet week. maybe an appointment or a meeting with a friend scheduled weeks ago. but that's it. that's how this week has been and today was empty. too empty. wallace got crabby. skyler was fussy. so i gave up on my hopes to stay in pj's and do some design work. i busted out an emergency plan of fingerpainting, hopscotch out front, and a packed lunch trip to a new little park. the kids were thrilled. all crabbiness and fussiness disappeared and the morning ended up quite nice. the kids napped almost 3 hours once we were home thanks to the races i had them do all over the park while i sat and basked in the sun. plus i accomplished everything on my list (including putting pj's back on) during their long nap.

skyler fulfilling her plant watering chore.

supperswap is still going strong. i would be lost without it. or at least in the kitchen an extra hour each day from 4-5pm figuring out what to eat while the kids run aimlessly around me begging for attention. i made this chicken salad w/ avocado and blood orange a couple weeks ago that we all loved. so easy for such a fancy little thing.

the kids watching a movie in the weekend fort.

down the street is hutton centre, a business park with a lake full of ducks, jumping catfish, turtles and a couple geese. we like to go and serve lunch sometimes.

rian took wallace out for a boys night. so skyler and i stayed home, painted our nails, and snuggled.

the kids have been saving this milk carton for weeks because i promised we would make a birdhouse. it finally happened. and we haven't seen a bird in sight ever since.

my friend teri threw a sweet little valentines party for a bunch of us. the kids did crafts, ate beautiful treats, and she sent us moms home with a long-stemmed rose.

wally & skyler passing out their valentine granola bars.

Thursday, February 03, 2011


Where have we been the month of January, you ask? See below.

Taking care of sick kids. All. Month. Long. Our little family passed around a cold. All four of us got it bad. Fever and cough mostly. Then we were on the mend for a good week and then a new cold arrived. So nice. But we were still able to enjoy January a little bit:

Rian and I had a free weekend. His parents took the kids fri-sun and we enjoyed a dinner/movie night, breakfast on the beach, and accomplished some big projects around the house. It was just what we needed.

Sometimes when you're sick with a sore throat, nothing else makes you happy except an ice cream cone. I shared it with the kids. I don't know how we keep passing colds around...

We felt it was a good time to move Skye into Wally's room before the baby comes and takes over her room. It went so much smoother than we could have imagined. They are having a great time and love waking up in the same room.

I had the best date night with Wallace while Rian took Skyler out on the town. They went to get frozen yogurt and Wally and I hit up Starbucks and the bookstore. It's so nice to have alone time with him. We sat and talked about all sorts of things. I could have stayed there all night with him.

I've been getting the whole "are they twins" thing while out lately. Mostly when they're sitting and you can't see the height difference. But, I still think it's funny. And true. They do look alike.

And finally, for the month of January, some pics of our beach days. Nothing better than 80 degree weather in January. I love where we live. Here is Wally, Skye & Liv chasing the helicopters. The water was full of dolphins on this day. So beautiful.

Also, I'm a little obsessed with this girl.

And her raspy belly laugh. I love this laugh.