Wednesday, December 26, 2012

There's No Place LIke Torrey Pines

 When it was decided that we'd be moving to Modesto, CA in only 3 short weeks, I had to get myself here as much as possible.  I just knew how much I'd miss it!  It was the best escape, it felt like paradise every time I went there.  Everywhere I turned the view was just breathtaking!  It was a wonderful workout too because it was a scenic hike that ended at the beach.
 I loved sharing these last precious hikes with my two little boys.  I don't know if they'll remember them, but I'll never forget them.  This day we had to run back to the car because it started raining on us.  It was like what you see in the movies; it came instantly and poured down hard!  Gotta love it!
 No wonder the beaches were so empty!  I guess people actually have reason to check the weather forecast, even in San Diego.
 That's a view of the highway from a little way up the hillside at the beginning of our hike.

 Cielito Lindo

Last Days in San Diego

We didn't know it at the time, but these were our last photo shots of our lives in San Diego.
Above Ian sorted his crayons.  I love how the dog figurine made its way into the scene.
Here is one of Ian's last little sport classes.  We loved Coach Curry!  She was great at teaching our little tykes the basics of a variety of classic sports.  Unfortunately, Ian will forever remember this day as the time that A.J., the instructors very athletic son, "hit me in the privates." A.J. hit a line drive and Ian was right in the path of the ball (not pictured here).  I still can't convince Ian that it was really a mistake!
Here is our big boy looking so grown up in his rugby shirt!
Here Jack is holding steady to his big brother to get a better view of the computer.  I love how his left hand is placed on Ian's shoulder. So cute these two little guys!
This was the last visit to us in San Diego that these two lovely ladies made.  I think they were down to see Brooklyn and Ian's Primary program at church.
Here are some freshly cooked summer peaches or apricots before they became baby food.  I was loving the sweet smell that lingered in the kitchen after boiling these.
My tough guy

Memories from Warmer Days

 These photos were skipped over in my excitement to post about the Aspen Grove trip this summer.  Pictured above is my first batch of home-made baby food, sweet potatoes and apricots.  I felt very domestic using our new blender to puree stuff like this while Stephen became the smoothie king by creating all frosty smoothies for the adult pallet.  Below is a snack of which even Cindy might approve.
 This brought a smile to my face: my two older kids cooperatively creating this, which they named a "Hooper Dumper Dinker House."  I thought even the name was clever.

 Our good friends the Kochs came for a visit.  Ian and Charlie coincidentally had matching swim trunks!
 Brooklyn once had a swimsuit just like June's!
 The happy bunch splashin' up some fun in the summer sun!
 The two babies shared a pac 'n' play and played with a brush.

 A creative way to use old Mardi Gras beads!
 A yummy and colorful stir-fry dinner.
 quick photo op, blurry much?

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Finally the Pictures!

 There's no place like our new (rented) home for the holidays.  Here is Stephen and the kids ready for a walk while I finish the Butternut Squash soup that everyone LOVED (wink, wink).
 Stephen is thrilled to see that Brooklyn's bike is leaning up against his car right here.  oops!
 Ian on his new bike.  He's been rockin' the 2-wheeler for almost a year now.  No training wheels needed thanks to the balance bike.

 The dining room and kitchen area
 kitchen again
 living room, to the right of the kitchen, very open
we like it
 the front room
usually bare without the deco's, still working on filling the white spaces
this is what you see on your left when you first enter the house
 this is what you see straight ahead and to the right when you first walk in the doorway
 Brooklyn's room
 Ian's room/craft storage
This started off as the craft room, but ended up as Ian's bedroom, with a craft wall still in place.
Of course, now that we've moved Ian out of B's room, he prefers to sleep on the floor in her room anyway, not much different than when his bed used to be in there.  Can you see how Ian uses little links from our learning time materials to suspend his superhero action figures from the wire shelves?  Gotta love it.
We feel so blessed to have nearly doubled our living space.  Modesto isn't the picturesque paradise of San Diego, but we love having a place of our own.  Stephen's new job isn't a bad gig either.  Thanks for being assertive Honey Badger!  ;)