Monday, June 23, 2014

Super summer fun!

We are having a super great kick off to summer! Paddle boarding, boogie boarding, surfing, hiking, movies, boating and spending time with friends. Yay for summer! 

 Perfect morning date... paddle boarding at Goleta beach.

 Hanging with buddies at Mesa Lane.

 Drive in movies . . .

Exploring Cachuma Lake by boat . . .

sweet sweet Santa Barbara

A great way to end the weekend.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Chris you are the best Dad ever and our kids are beyond lucky to have you!

Chris had very specific requests for Father's Day weekend. A day at the beach surfing and an afternoon in the Valley lunching at Firestone Brewery and having some fun in the valley.

We started the morning with me taking the kids to the gym while Chris got a little solo surf session at Mesa Lane. I got my yoga on and he got his surf on. Then we met at Goleta beach with a picnic. Goleta beach is much easier with the kids. . . and Connor got his surf on. (Well boogie board on).

Chris bought him a new board and suit a few weeks ago and he is in heaven.

Connor looking adorable in his new wetsuit!

Oh no! Jessy where are your legs!?!?!?!?

Ha! After the beach we headed to Poloma for a JalapeƱo margarita and yummy dinner.

Then Sunday we made Dad a nice breakfast and gave him his gifts.

Daddy got lots of hugs and kisses over the weekend. 

The family shot.

Lunch at the Firestone Brewery was delicious and thanks to head phones the iPad and the iPhone it was very relaxing as well.

In between stops we took the kids to Sunny Fields Park to let them burn some energy. They had an absolute blast! Chris chased them both around the whole place and they loved it! 

After the park we enjoyed some family time at Los Olivos Cafe. 

Refreshing chilled wine and super delicious deserts. 

Yes Connor on Father's Day dad took you to get a mohawk. And you look like such a super cutie.

And I don't care what anyone says . . .  SHE LOOKS LIKE HER MAMA!  

Happy Father's Day my darling. You know you are the glue that holds us together, the person who keeps mom sane, makes awesome memories for Connor by taking the time to coach baseball and play catch. You are shaping them by reading to them, singing to them, encouraging them, disciplining them (well at least C . . .  Jessy just doesn't listen to you at ALL) HA. Thank you for making us your priority always and showing each of us everyday how much we mean to you. We are grateful and humbled by your kindness, compassion and love everyday. And just in case I was not clear you are doing a KICK ASS job at being a Dad! 
We love you! xoxox 

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Random pix that make me smile.

I took Jess to visit Good Shepard again. We just love visiting and getting her comfortable for when school starts in August. 

Climbing climbing climbing  . . .


And a few minutes of solitude thanks to dad cleaning up dinner and putting the kids in the bath.

A bitter sweet goodbye to Connor's awesome 1st grade teacher Mrs. Zink. 

Another great family walk out to the bluffs. This time we tried out the tire swing. It was fun but hard to take pictures.

And a stunningly beautiful walk home.

Jess' chasing some random ducks on our way home. Ha! SO cute!!!

Hiking Rattle Snake Canyon.

Hiking always makes us happy.

Pretend fishing with the kids....

Life is good . . . we are counting our blessings.

Friday, June 6, 2014

The last weeks before summer vacation were full of fun fun fun and then some regular stuff too.

More family walks out to the bluffs.

Zoo dates with our buddy Chaise. Jess is looking quite the tom boy here. Which she may or may not turn out to be. But I did notice her pretending to shoot people with a stick the other day.... I'm guessing from copying big brother.

Sporting big C's YMCA baseball cap.

Connor's school held a family festival where each class preformed a song. Connor said he loves to sing but during the performance he mostly just smiled. I have to say I am very happy with the music teacher at his school. Miller James did an awesome job with each groups performance. 

Chris and I enjoyed an absolutely wonderful Friday night date in Monitcito.
First we watched a private viewing of a film about Marina's grandmother's life. My Shanghai
Definitely worth checking out!
Then we headed over to the Four Seasons for a lovely dinner by the sea. I will venture to say, one of our best dates ever! Thanks for the suggestion Marina!

Connor and his classmate Raul working on their chalk drawing at school . . .  with a cameo from Raul's little sister Mia in the white hat.

Jessy and I had a date at rock n kids.... lots of fun!

Learning to sleep without the Binkie. Phew about time.

Connor copied Adam's cool mustache at Beck and Asher's birthday party. Lookin' good boys.

And Jessy the beautiful butterfly! 

More proof (for myself mostly) that she no longer sleeps with a binkie.

Sulking in the front seat because I will not let her play with the shifter. We clock in many hours sitting in the parking lot at Kumon waiting for Connor. I would bring books to look at or give her the iPad or my phone but then I was worried she was getting to much screen time and started to let her climbed into the front seat and we would make it reading time . . . I don't know if it's worth the hassle of fighting with her about the damn knobs and shifter MOST of the time. Maybe more screen time is just what she needs. HA! HA!

Celebrating Ronda's and Mike's Birthday with a fun afternoon of wine tasting in the funk zone.

I tried to take a quick selfie of me and my bestie but both hubbies photo bombed. HA! 
And Ronda you look amazing! #nofilter best friend is a true beauty outside and in. 

Happy times!