Sunday, November 30, 2014

Sweet Teammates

The matching shirts are from Vera's coach. Very cute idea to honor the season. Yay Teal Toucans!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Chumash Native American Play

Vera LOVED her costume! 

I mean really, really LOVED it!

She was one of the narrators in the play, "The Fire Race."

Proud mama! Thanks sis for letting me steal your hat. ;)

End of Soccer Season

Vera with her coaches and 3rd place trophy. Jody and Paul were amazing this season. Vera learned a ton playing for them, enjoyed the season, and loved being a part of her team. She got to play a variety of different positions including defense, goalie, and half-back. It was a great experience. 

As a parent, the only difficulty was seeing her struggle with goalie. One second she would love the position and the next ask to change because of the stress. It is a stressful spot to be in. No action, no action, boom, you either make a great save or a goal is scored against you. With her height though, every coach is going to try to put her in the net. 

Keller had a great season too! His team started to mesh at about the halfway point of the season and started to enjoy the game. Coach Rob declared that Keller created a new position, "The All Arounder." Aka, he likes to be near the ball...all the time. 

Basketball is up next!!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Lizard's Mouth + Keller's First Boy Scout Activity

As usual, I am all out of order when it comes to my blog posts. This little adventure took place before Pearl's fall. See, you would have thought that The Dude would have been the first one with stitches. Nope, he is pretty steady on his feet. 

J and Keller headed out on a Sunday morning to hike Lizard's Mouth, which is located right up the hill from us. Seriously, pretty awesome, I can't believe that we are still finding new things to do in Santa Barbara. It was a Boy Scout activity, so there was a crew of dads and boys all scurrying around the mountainside.

See the lizard's mouth getting ready to eat a bug. Keller declared that it looked more frog than lizard. 

Boy Scouts is suiting our Dude. 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

First Mazzetta Stitches

You know, I really thought that I would be writing this post about one of my boys. Nope, Pearly Girl is our first baby who has needed stitches. We were at The Natural History Museum and she was climbing up and over tree stumps. Just an fyi, it is impossible to keep this girl on the ground. She is a monkey. Anyway, she went up on a stump, fell off, and hit something. I think it was a part of a log, but it might have been a rock on the ground. The fall was only about a foot and a half. Yikes though, I learned several important things:

1. Faces bleed a lot. 
2. If you are going to lacerate your face, the eyebrow is a good place to do it.  
3. Pearl Girl is one tough baby.

Thankfully, a friend of  my sisters was passing by and is a nurse. She staunched the flow with a diaper (multiple uses) and put a call into the ER that we were on our way. Also, a HUGE thank you to my sis who took Gus for an entire afternoon. It would have been impossible to have him in the ER with us.

She had already been stitched at this point and was coming off the medication that made her sleep. 

And, pretty darn happy by late that afternoon. Children are very resilient. This mama, not so much. I was shaky and a bit drained the rest of the day. 

  Did you know, big band-aids are a new fashion look.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Nonni and Nonno

A cute shot of the Nonni and Nonno with absolute kid chaos happening behind them. ;)

Story Time of these kiddos isn't quite as enthralled with story time.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Pearl Girl Turns 1!

A little breakfast buffet to celebrate our little peanut. 

This was her face as we sang to her...what are these crazy people doing???

Nom, nom, nom, nom!

2nd round of dessert. Pearl was a cranky baby and headed to bed before we could sing a second time. So, we ate her cake for her. 

One More...

...I need to document that I did, in fact, dress up this Halloween!!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The Rest of our Halloween-y Activies

We attended a fall festival at one of the nearby churches. A hay ride, corn shooter, bouncy house, and trick-or-treating...can't ask for much more fun.


The big kids were amazing this year and carved their own pumpkins. Keller Dude carved this evil looking pumpkin man. 

 Vera's creation:

Gus decided to go with the cookie cutter technique. His choice, a snowman. Nothing says Halloween like a snowman on your front porch.  

First trick-or-treating, she totally got the hang of it. Only problem, she realized what everyone was giving her and wanted all pieces of candy opened. Or, if we chose not to open them, she would gnaw her way through the paper if we let her hold it. 

I can take no credit for these, they were at a Halloween party. But, I totally think I could make them next year.  

School parade, love my Alice!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014