Thursday, February 4, 2016

Sequoia 2016


While J put the snow chains on (and froze his fingers), the kids enjoyed the snow and freedom from the car. It took considerable longer to get to the Montecito Lodge as they were on escort service only due to a crazy snowstorm. That means that everyone staying the night at the lodge had to meet at the gift shop at the entrance to Kings Canyon National Park. Then, we had to caravan following a snow plow. Sounds easy enough, but escort was running a hour late due to problems with cars that were leaving the lodge. Our caravan was 20+ cars long and it was dark and snowing hard. It took an hour and a half to travel the normal 20 minute drive. Crazy time! That said, thankful we weren't behind the car that lost its snow chain, which proceeded to wrap around its axle, which then stranded the cars behind it. That is right, half of our caravan didn't arrive at the lodge until 11pm. Yikes!


Pearl loved the snow, but not her mittens. She learned fast enough that no mittens = hands that burn from the cold. Poor thing!



Snowboarding lessons! So impressed at how easily kids pick up new skills. Both were boarding down the mountain in no time. Vera loved it.








In-law love!



Pearl-Girl love!


Gus thought eating the snow was basically the best thing ever.


These kids are amazing. Ha, I will admit though, at the end of the lesson Keller walked up to us and his instructor carried his skies. I guess he was worn out.



Snow angel time!




Group shot!


Ha! Zia made a great observation. When adults are asked to act silly we tilt our heads and open our mouths. Silly.


We still like each other.


Sunday, January 31, 2016

TaTa Rocks


I have found a new love. The Kindle Paperwhite is amazing. I love the fact that I can read in the dark, but that it isn't a computer screen. TaTa made a nifty cover for her new Paperwhite and when I expressed interest, knitted this one up for me. Love, love, love! Thanks, Sis!!  

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

10! 10! 10!

Vera turned 10! We celebrated with balloons and streamers, she wasn't the only happy with the decorations. They provided hours of entertainment for Mars. He eventually figured out how to stand on a kitchen chair, hop to the sill, and swat at all those colorful delights. 


Another birthday must, Birthday Guacamole!


A ten-year-old must celebrate in style and so off to the Lompoc Aquatic Water Center we went with 100 of our closest classmates and friends.


We didn't take any cake home!




A slight drizzle of rain forced the cake on the patio portion of the birthday to be moved indoors. It got quite cozy in our little room...lots of energy.



Then, the fun began!





New Year's Eve Sunset


A great tradition that we joined for the first time this year (or last year;). New Year's Eve Sunset on the beach with good friends, yummy food, and bubbly to say good-bye to the year. Only one of my children was crazy enough to enter the water...I'll give you one guess. He then froze for the rest of out time there.



Even with the big 'ole shadow hand, I still like this photo. 


Friday, January 8, 2016

The Cutest


...I love having cats!