Friday, July 29, 2011

FIVE years!

5 years ago today was one of the happiest days of my life, I married my best friend, my hero, my favorite person on the planet!
Thank you Tony, for my best five years thus far, cheers to many, many more!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Too much fun in the Sun!

I think my love of the water is rubbing off  a bit on my girls,
past few days we have busy playing in all types of water spots...
first of which was Moonlight Beach.
I met my friend Lindsay and her little ones for a morning at the beach.
It was a wonderfully relaxing morning to say the least!
Declan, Lola, and Ellie are pros at the beach these days! (of course baby Lexi was doing exactly what Lindsay and I wished we were doing...napping in the shade to the sound of the waves.)

Lola was having so much playing in the waves, just look at that smile!
next was La Costa Resort and Spa what a great place for kids!
My friend Anida came into to town and was staying up there, we met her for the afternoon and had a blast taking advantage of the super cool pool and the toddler save water slide!
last was just some Fun at our own pool!
Kathleen, Bailey, and Amy came over for the afternoon to enjoy the sun and get a little wet. I actually made the pictures this time... Ellie and I were having fun horsing around a bit!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Family Vacation Review!

SANTA BARBARA


This place ROCKS, for families like ours! We pull up, the tent is already set up- all we have to do is unload the car and start having fun!

The girls loved it... but when Lola first got in the tent all she could think of to say was "Mom, there is no TV is here." Not my proudest parent moment, I'll have to say.





I became a pro pretty quick at making a camp fire, so it seems (no one new except us that I used a Duraflame to help start the fire) I know it's cheating but hey a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do!

The girls got pretty good at making smores ... and eating them too!







Camping offers a lot of down time for strolling, playing, and of course swinging!





The girls LOVED this tire swing! The tire swing made Tony and I reflect on playground from our youth. You never see tire swings anymore and what ever happened to merry-go-rounds?

This camp ground even had a swimming pool, the girls were in heaven.

Lola is amazing in the pool these days! She is completely independent with the floaties on and swims all around the pool, she is even able to get out on her own without using the steps... very proud of our little water baby!

EL CAPITAN STATE BEACH

The campsite was located a short bike ride or a very short car ride in our case from our campsite (just a mile or so). It was a beautiful beach and a great way to spend one of our afternoons!





I believe Lola is on a Mission this summer...to return all shells and rocks back to the ocean where they came from.

Ellie loved the little tide pools!



SANTA MONICA

On the way back from camping in Santa Barbara we stopped for a night in Santa Monica. Tony was always interested in seeing some LA beach towns so we stooped by. The first night we headed out to the famous 3rd avenue Promenade. It turned out to be a super fun evening. It was nice to do the opposite from "roughing it" We shopped, ate a nice dinner, and enjoyed eating ice cream and sipping hot coco.

So I think we watch too much TMZ... BOA restaurant is always featured on the show so we had to snap a shot.



My little shoppers!





The next day we headed to the Santa Monica Pier for some fun!

Family Fun!

rides!






candy!





beach fun at the pier too!

This was our first attempt at a family vacation with just the four of us, and I can say we all had a blast! The girls were flexible and just went with the flow. Tony and I have taken away a lot of great memories from this trip, we are so glad we attempted the task!


Potty-training trip update. We only had two accidents the whole time, once Lola peed while napping in the car (can't blame her for that one) and one time I won't mention which one peed their pants during a tired induced tantrum. So overall I think we can say the girls are potty trained during the day and are wearing pull-ups during naps and night time.


There is always a famous quote or two from a trip like this and I would have to say it came from Ellie. When asked what she liked better Santa Barbara or Santa Monica? Ellie replied "Santa Clause" ...hey it makes perfect sense to me, good answer Ellie!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Playdates and Painting

Earlier this week we met our friend Amy and her daughter Ella at Santee lakes Splash Grounds. This place made me wish I was a kid again. It was too bad that the girls wouldn't go in full force, they would stick their foot in and then just stand by and watch all the other kids have fun!

...but they did love feeding the ducks at the lake


and of course they loved the Swings!

In-between our play dates we managed to do some much needed touch-up painting in our master bath. Lola was great at painting on the primer... she was having a ball!



On a different day we last week we met Tony's friend and his son Bryce, for an afternoon of shell hunting, sandcastle building, splashing in the bay, and chasing seagull at Fanuel Park.

(yes they are not in their suits, mom came a bit un-prepared...the morning was much too cold to get in the water but it warmed up a bit and there was nothing stopping the girls)



We are in store for even more fun next week...

Tony and I are attempting our first camping trip together with the girls...just the four of us. We are excited about the trip. It is actually the first vacation that just our family of four have taken together. I am sure we are up for some adventures but it will be fun, we will keep all posted!

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