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Monday, August 26, 2013

Preschool "Summer Camp" Artwork

For anyone who knows me, knows that I hate clutter.  I throw away anything and everything that I feel is not needed.  Even when it comes to work, I probably throw away documents I shouldn't, but I just can't stand having paper everywhere.  Once Skylar started preschool this summer and was coming home with artwork every day I could feel my anxiety level rising.  As I'm very proud of her and I love seeing everything she brings home, I really don't grow to emotionally attached to things and my instincts is to toss it.  Of course, I didn't do that, and I came up with the idea to decorate our playroom with all the projects she brought home.

Knowing that I can't fill the entire room with her artwork someone told me to just take pictures of everything and you can toss the older projects as she brings home newer ones, which I thought was a brilliant idea.  So here we go, here is all of Skylar's projects from her time at Preschool Summer Camp 2013.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

First Day of Dance Class

I wanted to make sure and document this day just in case Skylar becomes a famous dancer!  Yesterday was her first day of dance class at Stage Door.  She is in the Twinkle Tots class where she is learning ballet and tap.  She said that ballet was her favorite because the tap was a bit too loud for her.  I told her she would get use to the noise.  Jake said she did very well, listened to exactly what her teachers told her, and had a big smile on her face the whole time.  

Monday, August 19, 2013

America's Finest City - Half Marathon

Half Marathon season for the year sadly came to an end this weekend with us all running in the AFC half.  Everyone did a kick butt job with half of the girls running personal bests (which was certainly my main goal).  The morning started off very early with my alarm clock going off at 3:45 am.  With the race being all the way downtown we had to make sure we got up extra early to catch the buses down at the Zoo which shuttled us to the start line in Point Loma. The traffic getting to the race was something we all didn't expect and were very annoyed by.  After finally parking, getting on the bus and arriving to the start line we all missed the start of the race as we were in line for the potties.   

We finally crossed the start line about 10 minutes after the start of the race, which a lot of people seemed to be in our same boat as that first 2 miles down through Point Loma was extremely crowded and took a lot of energy to pass people.  Our last race we all ran together most of the race, but I think because of the rush from the potties to the start line we all separated pretty quickly.  The weather was just perfect for running and with Jake having ran this half a couple times before he totally prepared me mentally for what the course entailed.  I felt pretty strong much of the race, but at about mile 9 I had to stop and use the potty and knew my hopes of running under 2 hours wasn't going to happen.  It was ok because I finished really strong and kept it still at a close 2:02 finish.  In the end I know it's not about running the fastest time, its more about getting to spend quality time with my amazing friends and cheering each other on.  I'm now looking forward to a little break from training and just enjoying the last few weeks of summer before we start back up next month.


Monday, August 5, 2013

Summer Fun with Grandma and Grandpa

It's been great having Suzie retired from teaching and her and Paul being able to make more trips down during the year to visit us.  We are lucky enough that they usually come down every 2 to 2 1/2 months and this past weekend was they annual summer trip down.  Skylar was so excited for their visit that she refused to nap after school because she knew they were arriving real soon.  Madden held back a bit when he woke up from his nap to find them at our house, but it didn't take long before he and Grandpa were playing with trucks and cars.  I think Grandma was in the house for 15 minutes before she and Skylar were in her fort, having a tea party.  

We wanted to try and fit in as many activities as we could during their visit down.  On our first full day together we headed over to the Mediation Gardens in Encinitas.  Jake and I had taken Skylar there a few years ago and we knew how much she enjoyed it so we figured Madden would as well.  The kids loved all the ponds with the Koi fish.  Madden wanted to stand right on the edge of the pond without anyone holding him.  He kept pushing all of our hands away from his waist as we were all fearful he was going to be pointing a little too close to the fish and would fall into the pond.

The views from the gardens pretty much sum up how lucky we are to live where we do.  Madden loved being held on the fence by Grandpa so he could stare out at the ocean.  I was joking that I think he just like the wind blowing through his hair.  Skylar was a little jumping bean this visit. Exploring everything she could and leading us through the gardens at her own quick pace.  It was nice that Grandma and Grandpa were there to help us keep an eye on her.

 After the gardens we headed to a nice lunch and back home for nap time.  That night it was Concert in the Park, and having gone the week before, we knew it would be something that Grandma and Grandpa would really enjoy.  Everyone danced for most of the two hours and had a blast.  Sadly, I have no pictures from it as I was so busy running around with the kids and friends that I didn't take any.

The next day we decided it was going to be our beach day.  Jake's parents love the beach and it doesn't matter what time of year they are visiting we always make it to the beach.  It didn't take Skylar much convincing because she had been begging to go the beach for the last two weeks.  We packed up and piled into the car.  Jake parents brought a small beach tent which the kids loved.  I think Skylar was more excited about the tent than the actual beach.  She would run to the water, jump in the waves for a bit and ran right back to the tent.  Jake and his mom got in their traditional paddle board game while Madden and Grandpa played in the sand.  Madden was very timid about the ocean this trip and only went about half way to the water and decided to head back and eat crackers on Grandpa's lap.  We all enjoyed a nice dinner that night at one of our fav's, Tommy V's.  

On the last day of the grandparents visit, we thought it would be best to do something close to home.  Ever since we moved to Carlsbad, Jake's Mom has been talking about wanting to visit the Leo Carrillo Ranch.  Last year we attempted to go but of course we showed up too early and it wasn't open, so this time we doubled check the time and it worked out perfect after Madden's first nap.  The Leo Carrillo Ranch is right around the corner from our house and we got there right when it opened.  A bit of history behind it is that Leo Carrillo was a famous Hollywood actor and this was the ranch he built.   I wasn't too sure what to expect, but it turned out pretty cool.

The biggest surprise at the ranch were the amount of peacocks they have roaming the grounds.  They were perched on the fences, basking in the grass, even hanging out on the rooftops.  Madden loved them and just kept pointing them out whenever he saw one pass by.  We walked through the whole ranch and into all the different buildings.  There was a barn, tack house (whatever that is) main house, kitchen, guestrooms, even a pool and a bar.  The kids enjoyed wandering the whole ranch, while Grandma loved learning all about the history.


The kids found a room that had a horse saddle in it and they just kept taking turns sitting on it. 

We saw everything the ranch had to offer and I was glad that Suzie's dream of finally visiting the Carrillo Ranch came true.  It truly was a quick, fun outing for everyone and I'm sure we will go back after seeing how much fun the kids seemed to have.

Of course, like all vacations, they fly by to fast.  I really wish the Grandparents could of spent one more day with the kiddos.  Skylar asked for them first thing in the morning and I had to explain to her that they had to drive back to their house, but that we would see them again real soon.  I feel so blessed to have such a great set of grandparents for my kids.  Paul and Suzie not being able to see Skylar and Madden on a regular basis really make up for it when they are with them.  They spend almost ever waking minute with the kids.  They are either having tea parties, doing puzzles, playing Lego's, walking up to the park, playing princess, playing with trucks, reading books, helping with bath, just about anything the kids ask them to do, and they both do it with a smile on their face.  I can't thank them enough for everything they do during their visits with us.  We send big hugs and kiss to Grandma and Grandpa and we are looking forward to their next visit in the early Fall.