Thursday, September 25, 2014

bye BOB

I know this post might sound ridiculous to many, but the moms out there might be able to relate. 

It was time, for so many reasons, it was time.  For starters, I have to 5 1/2 year-old girls who are in kindergarten, my garage is overloaded with kids' stuff, and we only used it one time this whole summer. What is you ask? My very last memento - if you will- of babyhood. The bob stroller. 

This stroller took my babies everywhere and anywhere around San Diego. It lulled my baby girls to sleep, it allowed me to walk the zoo over and over again with such ease. It allowed our family to take summer evening walks almost daily in our neighborhood.  Some of my fondest memories of being a new mother to my baby-girl twins, was my serene morning walks- just the three of us. In the beginning, this stroller was my life saver, it got me out of the house, if nothing more than just to walk. As the girls grew, it became our caddie, taking us to Sea World and to the beach. To the Botanical gardens and hiking mission trails. It made camping and shopping possible. It helped keep me fit. 

I know, it's silly, but this simple stroller represents so many joyful memories. This is why it was so very hard to part with. When it was time to hold a garage sale - reluctantly I decided it must go... So I priced it really, really high and hoped no one would bite! Well my strategy worked- it didn't sell at the garage sale. So yes, back to the garage it went awaiting a Craig's list sale and my heart didn't have to give in just yet. 

About a week after the garage sale and before I had time to put it on Craig's list, Mark and Missi, asked in passing if I was still using the Bob stroller. At that moment, my heart smiled, and I knew how I - my heart- would be at peace with saying bye to the Bob.  The new owners of my precious possession would be my sweet nephew and beautiful niece. Liam and Sydney are now cursing side by side, in the Bob, making new memories of their own. 

Though, passing down the stroller was, for me, an official farewell to all things "baby," "toddler, " and "preschool." I'm okay, knowing that my girls no longer in need of a caddie and they are on to bigger and better modes of transpiration. They are strong girls who are very capable - and hey if they need a lift now and then, they always have their daddy's lap! 

Bye BOB, it was a good run!
You will be missed!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Ballet Beauties

 And so it begins... we have dabbled in a dance class here and there, but now it's the real deal! The girls begged to join a "real" ballet class. So, San Diego Civic Youth Ballet here we come. This ballet company is pretty formal even for the "Tiny-Tots" level. The girls have to wear these pink on pink leotard and tights, have their hair in a bun, and the parents are not encouraged to watch the class other than on "observation day." I love the structure though and I actually like that I am forced to take an hour for myself because if I was allowed to watch the lesson I would (that's the mom I am). So far the girls love ballet and Ellie actually wants to participate in the annual Nutcracker performance. 

Lola and Ellie on their first day of class.

What a bonus... The Civic Youth Ballet is in the heart of Balboa Park. I love any excuse to spend time in Balboa park and what a treat to get to spend a solo hour in this park. I imagine I will take advantage of this time with a run here and there, but these past few week have been too hot for a mid-day run- so onto the next best thing... reading (not a kid's book) under a shade tree LOVELY!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

bucket list complete

Summer bucket list complete {all but one} ... I think we did a pretty good job! And most important, we had A LOT of FUN checking off this list! Until we meet again... sweet, sweet summer!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

reluctantly wrapping up summer...

Even though it feels like the middle of summer with our San Diego super-duper hot weather these days, to my dismay the summer is officially coming to end. School and work are in full swing, the football season has started, and the days are getting shorter. Though, we have taken full advantage of what feels like an "endless summer."
First, since school has started the girls have loved our weekend mornings. The first weekend morning I was surprised by breakfast in bed from my Ellie, and the next morning the girls were up way before me and Tony and woke us up with their excitement in being identical twins for a day. 

Mini-Golf was on our bucket list... Tony was so excited to take the girls. {though we won't be back to Boomers, because only 2 out of 18 of their holes were accessible} The girls had a blast! Each one of us got a whole in one at some point. 

Summer at the Farmer's Market... in Style

Our friends from Germany were in town for a day on their way to the South Pacific. So we met them for dinner on a perfect summer night in Ocean Beach
Lutz, Suzanne, Inge, Tony, Ellie, Lola, and Stacie

My neighbor moms and I decided to throw an end of summer block party for all the friends in our complex. We spent many days this summer just playing out front with all of them. We decided to do a pot-luck and a water balloon fight to commemorate a fun summer. SOOOO FUN!
{Nathan, Ellie, Lola, Seve, Von, not pictured... Ian, Carter, Mason}

This makes me fast forward 11 years....
The gang hang in out!

Time for a Water Balloon Fight

Lola got nailed in the face...

Nathan loves Tony 's Chair...

We took advantage of these spectacular summer nights with an evening bike ride in Mission Beach. Our destination... one of my new favorite spots, bay side south Mission!

Again these summer nights must be taken advantage of... 
off for a sunset paddle with my Lola. 

Oh Why, Oh Why can't summer last for ever?
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