Sunday, October 23, 2016

October Randoms

I'll be honest, I love the things about fall, but I'm so busy working every spare second that I don't get to enjoy it as much as I'd like.  I am trying really hard to just take things one day at a time, and enjoy the small moments that are a part of every day.  Here are some of them from the past month :)

I got to go on a fieldtrip with Alayna's class to Snowline Orchard in Oak Glen. 

Our neighbors had a little block party, which was so nice because not a lot of people know each other in our neighborhood.  It was really nice to meet some people.  The people hosting it, the husband makes bows and he let Ethan shoot one.  He did really well.

Piggy grazing time.

I took just Everett to the pumpkin patch with T-Moms.  He was so cute getting to go on his "own fieldtrip".  His favorite part was the tractor ride. 

Everett LOVES going through the drive through car wash.  This is always a highlight for him when we go there :)

We had family photos taken in Forrest Falls.  I can't wait to see them.

Everyone getting clean... hehe

This was all the way back from Alayna's birthday, and also the last pool day we had of the year.  Me and Teresa jumping into the pool :)

Alayna got to go to breakfast at Coco's with Matt one morning before school.  He was meeting Jeff Mercer, who brought his girls as well.  Matt sent me this cute photo... Alayna was so excited. 

We shot a wedding in Oak Glen at the HOmestead.  It was a gorgeous October day.  That venue is so very cute, I love working there. 

Alayna reading to Everett. 

We stopped at the Greenspot Farms pumpkin patch after school one day so that the big kids could enjoy.  I love it there, such a cute little place. 

I was enjoying the lovely weather one day and reading.  Everett joined me and I thought it was cute :)  SPeaking of reading I'm almost to my goal of reading 50 books this year... I'm up to 44 right now!  I think I just might make it. 

A minimum day for school allowed me to take the kids out to lunch, which was fun.  They chose Jersey Mike's :)


This year was a non party year for the big kids, so we let them choose something fun to do instead.  We decided that we'd take them to Legoland in October as a joint birthday gift.  Kids are free in October with the purchase of adult park hopper passes (which are still expensive), but it's cheaper than normal.   My mom joined us and we had a really great day.  The kids all had a blast.

Ethan loved this roller coaster.  His first time riding one. 

A Getway to the Beach

It's that time of year again, where I can't keep up on life stuff let along blog :)   Everett got sick this morning right before we were going to go to church, so I'm hanging out at home with him... not really minding this slow morning at all :)

The first weekend in October, we were so blessed to be able to get away for three nights to the beach... our happy place  We are very thankful to Marlene for letting us use some of her time share points.  

We put in a nice full day at the beach before even checking into our timeshare, which made the trip feel even longer in a good way :)  September and October at the beach are the best!!!

Sunset from our balcony at the timeshare in Capistrano Beach

The next day we woke up early and headed out for a fun adventure.  We drove to Oceanside where we caught the train and took it to San Diego.  During the month of October kids are free for most everything in San Diego, so we took advantage!  The kids loved the experience of taking the train.

We visited the Midway Museum Air Craft Carrier, which was a first for all of us.  It was so neat and we all loved it.   It was really fascinating.  We managed to get to stay for 3 1/2 hour sand saw most everything. 

Our family on the deck of the air craft carrier. 

The following day we enjoyed lounging around, walking on the beach, swimming in the pool, renting bikes and we ended it with sushi on the beach watching the sunset.... just perfect!!!

Vacation to me means lounging around in the morning in my jammies with my coffee and a book!

Everett decided he liked our sushi.  Good boy, hehe.  He's our little gourmet.

Watching the sunset on the beach... well those are two of my most favorite things combined, so let's just say I'm in heaven when I get the opportunity to do this!

An awesome cell phone shot taken by Matt of our free spirited daughter loving life :)

Before we went home we enjoyed the beach some more and walked around a while.  I always say if I had a superpower, it would be to teleport, and most often I would teleport myself to the beach just to relax and enjoy the ocean for a bit before going back home.  Wouldn't that be perfect? 

She loves gathering seaweed and playing on it... funny girl. 

It was really wonderful to get away together and have this trip before the absolute insanity of fall hit.  Now that I'm in the middle of it I keep trying to remember how relaxed I felt this weekend, haha.   I took a couple of videos of the ocean crashing so I could watch them and try to chill out when I'm stressed.