Wednesday, December 13, 2017


Currently, Santa Barbara is covered in a layer of smoke and ash from the Thomas Fire that started early December. Thankfully, Santa Barbara is being protected by the firefighters...families in parts of Carpeteria have not been as lucky and have lost homes. To catch up a little on this blog, I am going to dream of the time when my kids got a private sailing lesson from our friends and were able to enjoy what Santa Barbara is about...being with friends, enjoying the outdoor life, and learning something new. 

Pearly and Julie enjoying time on the beach.

Vera getting a lesson from Anne, she later was able to sail her lil sister along the coast! I love that Anne is all about safety and kids are always in life vests.

The boys taking a turn! Sam, Keller's friend, is a seasoned pro.

I am hooked. I feel like if you live on the water you should experience activities on it...i.e. my kids will all participate in Junior Lifeguards at least one. Sailing seems like a natural thing to add to our agenda.

Monday, November 6, 2017


Looking forward to sitting in the gym again watching this kid play basketball. He is measuring in at 5 ft 2 in. 

Saturday, November 4, 2017

6th Grade Halloween Snack

Pearl is 4!

Pearl turned 4 and wanted a mermaid party to celebrate her day. She was so, so excited about her birthday and kept telling random people all day long that it was her birthday. She is still talking about her birthday 3 days later. 

All the girls got mermaid tails. 

Vera decorated the cake!

The boys got tridents.



So thankful that I managed to get a picture of my 4 kiddos together. 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Halloween at Hope

Vera and her friend as butterflies.

The unicorn. :)

People loved Keller's costume, which took me all of 1 hour to make after he finally decided what he wanted to be. There is something about a good old fashioned fireman's costume that is adorable.

Room mom duty! I ran a mummy game.

You would think it was a fairly simple costume...hours and hours of painting.

Keller and his buddy, Indiana Jones.

On the left is our fearless leader, the principal. On the right, Vera's grouping of 5/6th grade teachers as the 3 Amigos. 

Keller's 4th grade teachers went as seamen.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Condor Comparison

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Giraffe Behind the Scenes Tour

Thursday, October 5, 2017


This one is happy to be back in ballet after the summer break that we took.