Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Home sweet home

We FINALLY found a new home and closed escrow!!! Here you have it folks, our new home.
We just got the keys and are working on doing some little home improvements before moving in.
Here is the formal living room you see after you walk in the front door. 
To the right of the front door is the kitchen. 
The kitchen leads you into the dining room. 
The dining and kitchen are really one big room.
Off the dining room/kitchen is the giant family room. It is not really that giant but has some serious pine ceilings.
We have a Lily room.
A Gemma room. Yes, you heard it. The girls get their own rooms and we are pretty excited. I am not sure they share the same excitement, now that is. They will thank us when they are teens.
We have a really nice back yard. It has a grassy area, BBQ area, gas fire pit, and when you turn the other way you see this.
This.
This.
Or this.
It looks really great at sunset and night time too!! What a great place to hang out and entertain.
We can't wait to move in and live here. I think our whole family is pretty excited about that too. Now they can come to our house to hang out. I will post some before and after shots when we are all finished and moved in.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Quack or treat

Our Halloween festivities started earlier in the week with our pumpkin carving. Lily dictated the design and dad and Grampy did the work. Lily was supposed to help scrape the "guts" out but she does not like slimy things.
Gutted and ready to carve. Good thing Grampy had a sharp saw!
The finished product! Pretty cute.
On the big day we headed over to Uncle E and Auntie Rach's house to trick or treat. They have a sweet neighborhood for trick or treating. Too bad they were on their honeymoon so they missed out on the cutest little ones this year!
Lily decided she wanted to be a duck after seeing the ducks at the park one day. She also determined her sister should be a baby duck too. We had no trouble getting Gemma a costume but could not find one anywhere for Lily. We went to Michaels and picked up some sweet supplies to  make our own duck costume. Not bad huh? We glued feathers on a plain t-shirt, cinched it at the waist with elastic and stuffed it full. We found a great hat, and made duck feet out of foam.  She decided when people answered the door she should say, "quack or treat?"
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Baby duck was cute enough to eat! Good thing I don't like roast duck.
We walked the loop around the neighborhood. I am not biased at all but they were the cutest ones out there. Both sets of grandparents stayed back home to answer the door and hand out candy. We also took a poll of each costume to decide the best one.  Some kids didn't even have a costume just a plastic bag for candy. We asked what they were supposed to be and they said, nothin'. My favorite was a dad with a blonde mullet wig who was Joe Dirt. Classy.
Some houses in their neighborhood go all out!! Smoke machines, coffins, scary movies on projectors and everything!
Check out all the loot. Lily was super excited someone gave her a "tiny cupcake." It was actually a miniature reese's peanut butter cup but she has never had one so thought it was a mini cupcake. She was not disappointed though! She then had a lollipop. She doesn't know any of the candy by sight, only M&M's so she didn't always choose very well when given the choice. I guess we should start to teach her candy wrappers so she can pick better ones next year.
Gemma wasn't going to be left out. She managed to suck the wrapper off a lollipop and get to the candy too!
They both fell asleep as soon as we drove off to head back to Simi. The best part is the next morning Lily had ENTIRELY forgotten about her candy. She never asked for it once. We even left it in her bucket on the counter and she never asked for it. I am pretty sure that is not going to be the case ever again!

Happy Birthday Daddy-O

We celebrated sweet daddy-o's birthday last week and man it was a good one! Well, the weather was awesome and we went to our favorite outdoor kid friendly place so it was great!
Lily and Gemmy were excited for daddy's birthday because they just love a good party!
When dad got home from work they helped him open presents. They also helped wrap them so before he opened each one Lily would make a "guess" as to what was inside. Wow! She got them all correct! What a good psychic! Hope he didn't want to be surprised. He hardly got to see them before they were snatched out of his hands.
Gemma confiscated his sweet treats! Biscuits from England.
We went to the Padaro Grill and had some beers while the girls played in the sand pit.
Gemma has a thing for chairs these days, climbing them that is.
She was wearing her rugby shirt dress so G&G England thought it was pretty funny. I doubt she will grow up to be a professional rugby player though.
The toy bucket provides entertainment too!
Back at home for dessert. We decorated the place to surprise dad. Lily loved it and the next morning proclaimed, "I love the birthday kitchen."
Dad wanted chocolate mousse but at the last minute I could not track down pasteurized eggs and didn't feel comfortable feeding the kiddies raw egg so we switched to home made chocolate pudding in edible chocolate cups. Lily had fun making the chocolate cups because you melt chocolate and dip inflated (with air) water balloons in it and let them harden. We only had one messy explosion!
It was plate licking good!