Tuesday, June 23, 2015

summer.








ahh, summer. here are some bits and pieces. besides being hot and sunny, we've been enjoying the slowdown. a much needed slow pace after the crazy school year. less car and more time together is what i call good stuff. 
so we have a bit of a summer schedule. its rather loose, but enough to keep us on track. we have swim team in the mornings; work on math and reading; we venture somewhere fun on wednesdays (ie. art museum, library, splash pad); we have summer movie passes thursday mornings; and so far we have made it to one glorious swim meet. not my favorite in 115 degree weather with a baby and no way to cool off. 
soon we leave to the beach for the fourth and i can.not.wait.!!!
hopefully the tiny crabs decide to pack up and ship out of balboa by then, bc you know frances will be pulling out her tiny grill and cooking some up with a side of sand sauce. 










keeping it cool.
yeah summer!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

memorial day.


a nice long three day weekend was just right for some time together, making yummy food, slip n sliding out back (mom and dad included), bike riding, eating out side and a late night tent by twinkle lights. forever indebted to all the brave men and women who fight for us to keep us safe in the beautiful country we live in!





almost one.






our sweet little frances is nearly one!! how is our chubby little lady already up for her first birthday? unbelievable. she continues to bring constant joy and giggles to us everyday. not walking yet, but very stable. waving hello, making funny faces to show off her teeth, and exploring are top on her list, besides just being with mom and giving out slobbery kisses. franny froo we love you so! let summertime begin!

Friday, May 22, 2015

wild life zoo and aquarium.



so last weekend we enjoyed a lovely sunday funday and spent the day at the wildlife zoo and aquarium. i've been wanting to go for a while, so we planned it out and it was well worth the fun day for all the awesome animals you can see, both land and sea! 
luckily we had beautiful weather, so we were able to spend most of the day there, but im not sure i would go there in the heat. 
proximity to the animals and such a wild variety of creatures made it extra special. go sometime if you want a fun local adventure!










Wednesday, April 15, 2015

a break.

spring break that is. we decided a bit last minute to head to the beach for the second half of the kids spring break. it was glorious to be together as a family and just spend time together in such a peaceful and gorgeous environment. something about seeing the ocean, smelling the air, hearing the waves, and looking out at the vast open water gives me such peace. 
hard to come back, but so appreciative to get away and just be together. until next time cali....i shall dream of you.






Tuesday, March 31, 2015

7 year old tea.



so little miss ruby turned seven on us. with such a sweet little group of friends from school, i thought we just might have a fancy tea party, and while were at it make the cutest mini pies you ever did see.
it was just right, and i seriously can not believe how our little babe is growing up on us. where did chubby little rubes go? 





i found the sweet little pie dishes at crate and barrel. i made a triple batch of two crust pie dough, and divided each batch into four discs, so each girl could roll out a bottom and do a lattice top. 
i made an apple pie filling so they could just scoop it in. and i found pink pie boxes at the bake shop; topped it with a chalk board label and let them draw their names on the boxes.
and with what fabric i had in my stashes i came up with some sweet little aprons.  






mid morning tea 
*menu*

passion fruit tea

scones with butter and jam

nutella flower sandwiches

cream cheese and cucumber sandwiches

chicken salad croissants


dessert
pink pavlova with berries and cream



Monday, March 16, 2015

3/52/2015

ruby: checking out something exciting after school in her favorite spot

dec: going through the wednesday packet, letting me know whats new

 mikey: searching for treasure in the key box
(where he shouldnt be)

franny: smiling at the farm