Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The Last Thirteen Weeks

We have a running joke that in order to fire up our Internet we have to put the hamster on his wheel. It's so bad that JP and my dad head out one night a week to use the free wi-fi at Starbucks. I know, I know. It's definitely a "first world problem," but it certainly puts a crimp in our blogging plans. We have several stories coming, but here's a little recap of the last 13 weeks. JP is back at work now and I head back on Monday. We really did have a ton of fun being together as a family. What a great gift!

Here's a pictoral run down of the last 3 months:

 Baby A is born! August 29th

Hot Air Balloon Festival in Ripon.

Santa Cruz County Fair to watch cousin Natalie show her pig.

Quick trip to Monterey for dinner at El Torito (the best picture we could get of two tired boys.) Sad.
Feeding the ducks in Reno. LJ is sharing his crackers with this little girl

Engagement photo shoot and wedding planning fun for one of my best girls and oldest friends.

Having favorite friends move close enough to visit and feed horses together.

Doing a little grape stomp. (Not as fun as you'd think. The grapes were really cold and kind of icky.)

Harvest 2012 - not quite what we expected.

Friends visiting from San Diego for a long weekend = built in playmates for LJ. He still talks about them!

Lots of pumpkin fun from Apple Hill to Michael David Winery and everywhere in between.

Fun runs and 5Ks. (LJ was NOT a fan of the gorilla.)

Brother bonding

Many trips to Nonni and Papa's house in Lafayette and swimming practice.

Not nearly enough naps...for any of us.

Lots of work in the yard.

A semi-spontaneous trip to Disneyland for LJ's birthday. I think it blew both of their minds.

Celebrating the wedding of my girl Randi

Hosting Thanksgiving at our house

Celebrating the big 3!

Welcoming new friends to the vineyard

Growing WAY too fast


Family photo shoots and visits from the Colorado contigent of our crew.

Finishing the fanciest chicken coop in San Joaquin county and JP's turkey "processing" adventures.

Not to mention countless outings, a couple birthday parties and lots of organizing, closet purging, books read, hugs and kisses given and lots of laughter. I know these things don't end just because we're back to our Monday-Friday, 8 to 5 routines, but I constantly felt like we were racing the clock to squeeze in as much fun as possible. Mission accomplished!

Thanks for reading! Hopefully we'll be back again soon!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

A Rocket Ship Robot

Posted by Beck


For weeks LJ insisted on being a "rocket ship" for Halloween. He was quite adamant about this choice. Not an astronaut. A "rocket ship." I had it all planned out. We'd make cute coordinating theme costumes for all of us. It'd be great!

Fast forward a few weeks. I had all of the accessories to help make the rocket ship costume official, but I didn't actually undertake the project until the day we needed it. Pretty standard Becky move. I ran into a bit of an issue when I cut too large of holes in the diaper box we were using and had to call in JP as my handy helper. What resulted was something that looked a bit more like a robot than a rocket ship. Oops. Luckily LJ is a flexible kid and was totally on board with being a robot instead of a rocket ship. Phew! Costume crisis averted.


So, he became a robot. Most people got it, but a couple of other guesses were the Empire State Building and the Tin Man, so it wasn't completely obvious to the world. We were pretty proud of ourselves though. Some recycled diaper and wipes boxes, an oil funnel and a little Martha Stewart texture paint and Bam! Robot.

The businesses in our downtown area do a great trick or treat event the Saturday before Halloween. Since I'm not one for knocking on stranger's doors, we decided to make that our primary trick or treat destination for 2012. The first stop was JP's banking center.


Even though we practiced several times, LJ was pretty much a deer in the headlights when it came to the actual trick or treating.


 I wasn't really about him getting a ton of candy, so we only hit a few stores and then grabbed lunch where LJ surveyed his loot.


Little A was less than thrilled with the whole experience. Can you blame him? He doesn't have any teeth!


And, because it wouldn't be an event without a photo shoot, here are some pictures of the boys in their costumes.


And, blast from the past. Check out these classic Halloween gems from "back in the day." I think JP wins for cutest lion ever, don't you?