Sunday, October 23, 2011

Oh Hi, from Ojai

We didn't get to the pumpkin patch as early as we usually do this year. It has something to do with the fact we are still "homeless" and living with family, and we didn't have our usual pumpkin patch we go to every year. We did a bit of searching and decided to venture up to Ojai. They had a great 4th July parade and had a pumpkin patch advertised. It made for a nice afternoon out.
Lily said her favorite thing was the "maze, where you find yourself." I like her interpretation of it. I sure wish I could walk through the hay bales and find myself. It was a pretty pathetic maze at that. Not really much of a challenge for even a three year old.
The sisties waiting to ride the tractor pulled hay ride. It was super hot out there, in the 80's in the shade.
They climbed the hay pyramid.
Posed for a photo in the cut out. Is it just a coincidence that Lily was the cat, Alex the witch, and Gemma the devil?
Lily wanted one pumpkin that is the biggest in the whole wide world, and one that was smallest in the whole wide world.
The hay ride was pretty good. They have haunted hay rides at night and tell ghost stories.
We found the best one!!
We settled on one small pumpkin for a small girl and one really small pumpkin for a really small girl. We were feeling hot, tired, and cheap this year!
Not bad for a buck each! Now we have to decide if we are going to carve them.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Autumn delights

Nothing like the changing of the leaves to get you in the mood for Fall. The air is crisp, the breeze blows. Apples are in season, we pull out the sweaters and wellies. Oh wait. Scratch that. That was Seattle Autumn. This is what we have been doing this Fall at Grandma's house.
The water table has been out and in good use since summer. It has been in the mid 80's here and hardly Fall weather at all. I have to admit, we do miss the seasons already. It just doesn't feel like Fall at all. We keep washing the table out and meaning to put it away. Every afternoon or evening (and sometimes in the morning too) a little girl will find her way out to the backyard and before you know it the water table is being filled and in use. They never tire of it and we get a few minutes to sit in the sunshine, drink coffee, and supervise.
This water baby would play out here all day into the darkness if we let her.
You see, water is ever so funny!
I think I need to invent a water table for the car to make our drives a little more pleasant!

We are headed to the pumpkin patch tomorrow to get some Fall flavor. I am not sure we will feel the Autumn spirit in our shorts and Tshirts. Maybe if we just wear orange and drink apple cider it will help?

Wedding PARTY!

On to the big day! We all waited so long for this happy day to arrive, it didn't disappoint! It may have been a bit windy to start with but I think it gave a real professional photo shoot look to the pics.
Grandma gets the littlest flower girls ready to pose!
I think it is safe to say the happy couple were ready to get the party started!!!

The beautiful McCluskey family. They sure know how to throw a good party! No they are not for hire, it is a labor of love!
Some good looking guys!
This little flower girl started to wilt before the pre-ceremony photos were even over. She was pooped, cold, and hungry and started asking if we could go home now. Luckily we came prepared with a sweater and some vanilla gold fish. Nothing a little bribery can't cure.
My sweetest little girls, and beautiful flower girl Charlie in the background.
Our best shot out of many tries for a family photo!

I wish I had more photos of the event to share but being in the wedding and having two little ones the camera got put away and never made it out again that night. I can tell you it was a beautiful wedding and fabulous party. So good, that both girls who never sleep anywhere but in bed, were out cold in the stroller and in our arms!! We can't wait to see more of the photographers shots of the beautiful day.

Dress Rehearsal

We headed up to Paso Robles last weekend to celebrate the much anticipated wedding of the decade. I say decade because the happy couple dated for nearly a decade before marrying!!! We had a wonderful time and kicked off the weekend with a rehearsal and dinner.
Gemma was "junior  flower girl." I say this because, while she is taking steps, there was no way this kid was going to make it down the aisle as a flower girl. She settled for a matching dress and inclusion in the photos. By the way, she has decided not to commit to an eye color. She has cameleon eyes. They changed from blue, to hazel, to green depending on the day. In this green dress they were most certainly green that day.
Those McCluskey's left no detail to chance and made so many special home made touches. They made "fascinators" for all the ladies to wear in their hair for the rehearsal.
You can see I took my role as "co-matron of honor" very seriously. No doubt I was checking the skies for troublesome birds. Stephanie (my co-matron of honor in crime) got pooped on by a bird during the actual wedding ceremony. No one noticed though.
The cutest wedding party members (don't tell the bride and groom). Owen was the junior groomsman and led the flower girls down the aisle like a champ. They all did so great!
Trying to steal the show! She even got a baby fascinator!
Let's get the show on the road.
The rehearsal dinner was at Big Bubba's Bad BBQ. It was just our speed, casual, good food, and plenty of entertainment.
Lily chugged down a boot of milk!
Now for the entertainment!! A mechanical bull! Joel did a pretty good job, going first and getting it warmed up.
A good ride, but the bull won in the end.
Trevor the "Pope" gave it a go. He had God on his side but did not tame the beast.
The groom was confident, but he too had to fall.
Melissa showed that the ladies were not afraid to try. Not successful though.
Keith was nearly victorious, staying on the longest before succumbing to the bull.

The only one to tame the bull was the littlest member of the group. That bull didn't budge an inch with her on it's back. Must have been the pink balloon scared him into submission. Good job Lily!!! She was so serious and really wanted to have a go at it!
We had a big day ahead so off to bed for the wedding party.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Spirit of Aloha!

As Lily likes to say, we took an airplane to "Hawaii on Kauai" with G&G England for a week of fun and sun! Let's just say we had a ton of fun and plenty of sun.

The flight over was pretty smooth and easy (thanks to a Benadryl nap for Gemma). We landed and made our way to our time share in Poipu. Of course everyone was exhausted and jet lagged but that didn't stop us from testing out the pool right away. We thought since we were all so worn out that the jet lag would be over. To our dismay, the little ones decided to stay on LA time and wake at 4AM asking to go in the pool again!

We waited until the sun was rising and then ventured out for a walk. Lily collected mama's favorite flower, plumeria.
We watched the Honu's swim in the sea right by the shore. That never gets old.
We posed for lots of pictures. Of course we wandered over to the Hyatt to see how the luckiest people get to vacation. It didn't take long to declare our forever love for Hawaiian vacations.
Back to the Point at Poipu we took some pictures on the sculptures. I have a buried somewhere photo of Owen and I on one of these sculptures when he was around Lily's age.
By 8AM it was hot and we had been up for 4 hours so why not hit the pool?
Ahhh this is the good life!
We did a lot of relaxing, playing, made time to do some coloring.
We hiked out to the point and watched the sunset one evening.
Lily thinks she knows all about sunsets now.
We did manage to drag ourselves away from our pool, beach, pool, beach routine one day to head to town for lunch.
I want one of these for our new house!
Grampy sported a cool new hat. It says "old guys rule" on the band!
It was perfect weather the whole week and we loved wearing all our beach clothes.
We also celebrated a very special day on Kauai. Gemma turned one!! We had M&M pancakes for breakfast. I think this is why Lily was especially thankful for her sister.
Grandma and Grandpa surprised us that morning by dressing the girls like locals.
Mom, does this hula gear make my butt look big?
Then we spent the day at Poipu beach, one of the best beaches in the whole wide world folks!
No complaints from the birthday girl. She LOVES the water and beach. She has finally learned that sand is not entirely palatable.
She loves to make it a "point" to show off her new age!
I think she held onto that little trowel for the whole week.
Sister Roxy girl had a fantastic time as well.
On our last evening we went out to a nice meal at plantation gardens. It was wonderful and we are so sad our vacation is over but it wont be our last visit. Thanks G&G for playing so much with the girls and falling asleep on the couch in the evenings so we could go out and enjoy nice dinners out!