Wednesday, October 31, 2012

halloween 2012

Halloween 2012   

Oakley 16 mo.

Pyper Jane 4 yrs

G-man 7yrs

Halloween Parade & Program

Proof that we were at the school Halloween parade. Even if our Second grader thought he was too cool for a photo and ran away from us. Whatev.

Pyper's Preschool Program

Love this face.

Best preschool teacher EVER!

Our crazy sister who handled the busy day like a champ.

Friday, October 26, 2012

pumpkin carving

We used the pumpkins we got from MacDonald Ranch in Scottsdale to carve this pumpkins we ever carved. Thanks to Dad and his mad skills, we baked the pumpkin seeds (Dad tradition) and had a blast carving pumpkins. Pyper thought she would just die if she had to touch the pumpkin guts. G thought it was SO "cool". The end.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

MacDonald Ranch

This week we went to MacDonald Ranch   for the annual Pumpkin Patch. The kids had a blast! There was all sorts of activities for them to do, a hayride to pick out pumpkins, petting zoo, etc. I highly suggest going & usually at the beginning of the month GROUPON has a good deal for a family. 
Hay maze

Petting Zoo

This little girl tried to convince me that this miniature pony would fit in the back of our suburban.

This little girl wanted nothing to do with the miniature pony.

For some reason my kids wanted nothing to do with the mama piggy, and every thing to do with the baby piggies.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Snow White

Oh how my kids love Aunt Jo. She is the sweetest lady ever. She invited my kids, along with a few cousins to go to the Hale Theatre in Gilbert to see Snow White. If you haven't been, it is fabulous! Both my kids thoroughly enjoyed it! Yes, even my seven year old son. True story. Thank you, thank you Aunt Jo. We love you!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Don't be an ANGRY BIRD

A while back a friend & I decided to help each other out because we were teaching the same lesson in Young Women. The lesson was on forgiveness. These were the hand outs we used. She tied her handouts to Angry Bird fruit snacks and I found these cool pens on Amazon. Download for Angry Bird handouts below.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

San Fran.

"Mom...take me with you. I fit, see?" Tempting, very tempting.

The first night we arrived in San Fran, we ate @ Joe's Crab Shack. A must. And a fabulous way to start off our trip!

Union Square.

China Town.
After the trolly we were on broke down & we heard it was going to be a fourty five minute wait, we decided to hop off. I mean honestly, how far could our hotel be & really, how steep could the streets really be?! Let me tell you, FAR & STEEP. We may or may not have gotten lost.

It didn't matter though. This guy kept me laughing the entire journey back.

Birthday boy request. Yum!
Birthday boy's birthday dinner. Over looking the Golden Gate Bridge.

Saw this and thought of G back home.

We were brave and ventured out on a city bus to an old AMC Theatre. It was at least 12 stories tall, our movie was on the top floor. Sooo fun!

 This was the most bittersweet part of the trip. It was so wonderful and much needed to chat with my lovies, but so, so painful to be away from them. Love these sweet kids! Thank goodness for Facetime.

 We took this speed boat ride out on the bay. It was seriously a good time. Definitely would recommend it.

 Best dinner we have ever had. Hands down.
Much needed quiet time. Obviously.

 So we had the brilliant idea to rent bikes and ride them over the Golden Gate Bridge. What an AMAZING experience. Especially on electric bikes. I felt bad for a whole two seconds for those using their own muscles to push their bikes up some serious climbs.
We got to Sausalito and decided instead of getting on the ferry with our bikes and riding back to drop off the bikes, we would journey on. We pulled out our iPhones and figured Muir Woods was only, oh, a few more miles. So on we went. And on, and on, and on. At some point we were in a neighborhood, in like someone's back yard. Then asking for directions. 15 miles later after Ryan's bike battery died, and WE almost died riding our bikes through a canyon HIGHWAY to Muir Woods, we made it. It was beautiful and glorious and everything we thought it would be. We almost forgot we had to ride  our bikes back.

After we enjoyed a few hours at Muir Woods, we climbed the mountain highway back to Sausalito. It was a gorgeous ride. The weather was perfect, and the view was to die for. Which we almost did. There was so much traffic on that road back, I didn't think we were going to make it. Seriously. But it definitely made some good memories and laughs. Like the time we pulled up to a stop sign and I tried to race a road biker. Or the time I dusted out Ryan while pretending to be Nacho Libre on my electric bike.
Loved this view from my airplane window on the ride home. Goodbye Golden Gate Bridge.