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First Day of School

Can’t believe this guy is starting 1st grade already! When did he get so big?

He can hardly wait to get back to learning Spanish and see his friends again.

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We Love Swimming–and Friends

We love to swim. I do. My kids do. But unfortunately we don’t do it that often in the summer.

Though one day we our good friends came up from Carmel and played with us.

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Little fishes

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And of course, snacks!

It was such a fun day. The kids loved playing with their friends, and we loved the water too.

Then, we got dinner at the food trucks. Cam stole my shake.

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Lovely Little Lady

So…I’ve been workingon this pot for 2 weeks now. Just adding to it whenever I have time…so this isn’t all new info.

We’re so happy to have little Cambry Ann Reeder join our family. She looks a lot like Britton–same coloring, dark hair, facial features. She has a tiny round face and a top lip that sticks out over the bottom one. Great hair pattern–no crazy cow licks. This girl likes to be held! She doesn’t sleep nearly as well when put down. She acts like she’s hungry all the time, roots a lot, but doesn’t like to latch on–and when she does, it’s just a minute or two, then she is done…for 1-2 seconds before rooting around again. Has a sweet little cry, but doesn’t use it too often. She Loves her binky. She’s a sucker this one, and if she didn’t have it she’d be attached to me most of the time.

She’s a good little sleeper at night. Almost all the time she only wakes up to eat, then goes right back to sleep. Yay for me! And, she loves to sleep cuddled on me too. Sometimes it’s great, other times, like when I need to do things, not as great.

She is SOOOOO loved by her big sister (and brother). Kaia is very eager to put her binky in as soon as she cries.  And rock her, and try to hold her and give her kisses galore. It’s rough sometimes because she’s just so rough on her, so I have to watch her constantly.

We just love her to pieces. She’s so sweet and a little doll girl. Mark wants me to mention how much he loves her too. He’s a very sweet and loving Daddy to her, and has been a big help with the older kids too!

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SF Flugtag

The Red Bull Flugtag came to San Fransisco last weekend and we decided to head up to check it out. Basically teams build “flying machines” and run them off a tall tower into the Bay.

We didn’t get a a great view, but the kids had fun anyway.

On the Jumbotron at AT&T Park.

Watching the fun with the thousands of other people

Because she’s a silly girl who likes to squeeze faces.

It was definitely interesting. B thought the flying machines were funny.

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Friends continued

 

The next day we went to a really fun park that had a carousel, train and cool playground.

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Jared and the kids

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Getting ready for the carousel

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Such good friends

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They loved it. Kaia so much that she cried when it was time to get off. I had to pull her away. so sad.

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Getting ready for the train ride.

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First swing. She LOVED it!

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He liked this fun chair swing too, but not too high.

It was a fun day, but really windy and cold.

That night Jared watched the kids for us so we could have a girls night out. I haven’t done that in FOREVER and it was so great! We had Thai and saw The Vow. So nice to just talk and have fun like old times.

On Sunday we went to church then to the gardens on campus. They were pretty, but since it’s still winter, I’m sure it’ll be gorgeous in the spring and summer.

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Kaia and Jared

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B looking weird by the fountain

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Standing on a...um, stone thing

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The kids and me

The girls looked so much alike–with the exact same shade of hair and being similar in size…though K the taller and slimmer of the two, we thought it was funny when we accidentally dressed them both in ballerina jammies one night.

They had so much fun playing together, running around and hanging out.

So, on our 2nd to last day–and last–I did something I’ve never done before thanks to Kristie’s awesome tutoring and encouragement–I sewed on a sewing machine. Other than a completely straight line. It’s pretty amazing.

We went to the fabric store and picked out some cute things. My first project was a pair of leggings for Kaia. They turned out so cute! She wears them all the time.

This is the 2nd: a super awesome Easter dress that looks sooooo cute!

I did the whole thing, except the sleeves. It was taking forever and I kept messing them up. But, other than that it was all me. It was good that Kristie did one at the same time so she could go first and show me what to do.

I’m thrilled with the result and new-found confidence around a sewing machine.

We had an amazing week and were all so sad to have to leave. Kaia and Alia had become little best friends, wanting to do the same things all the time. K even wanted to nap when Alia did. Silly girls.

Thanks friends! Please come visit us soon!

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First shopping cart ride

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My little girl loves to see everything that’s going on. So, today when I had to go shopping I knew I couldn’t keep her in her infant carrier without a lot of crying.
I decided we would see if she was big enough for the shopping cart…covered by her Sprout Shell of course.
It was a success!

what age did your kids start siting in the shopping cart? She’s almost 6 1/2 months.
We’d love to see any pics of tour little ones using their Sprout Shells too!

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Nana’s Birthday

My Nana passed away in 2001. Every year on her  birthday, my mom and her sisters get together to celebrate. This year I happened to be in town and we went to Duke’s in Huntington Beach because she liked to go there.

Mom, Tracy, Auntie Pat

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Mom, Kaia, Tracy

We had a fun night with some great food, and a really great waiter. That’s always nice to have!

Happy Birthday Nana. I miss you and love you!

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Britton loves his baby sister

10.10.10 Britton said “I love you baby sister” and patted her on the head

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Farewell friends!

This was the hardest part of leaving LA. We’ve had some great friends there. Most of them moved away ahead of us. Some have been there for us all along. And some were new. Sad.

Amanda and me amidst all of our chaos. Thanks for everything.

Michelle, fellow preggo, and distant relative of Mark’s–you’re great. So glad we got to be friends.

Our way too cool for words friends Adam and Erin–you guys rock! Thanks for the boxes too!

Aw, Paige and Mav. What will we do without you?!?!? Our lives will never be the same. Thank heavens for Skype.

And all of our other friends whom we didn’t get pictures with or get to say goodbye too…we love you and miss you and hope to see you soon!

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The Mile High City…

Yes, I mean Denver.

This will soon be our home. I know, kind of crazy. After 5 years for me, and 7 for Mark, we’re leaving Los Angeles and moving to the wide open spaces =) ha. Kidding. Kind of. It’s a little scary, and a little bit stressful (especially right now, hello!) And A LOT sad.

But from what we hear it’s a beautiful city, we’ll love it there and it has horrible winters. So, two out of three isn’t bad. We will be able to afford a house sometime in the near future, and there are parks/open spaces about every 5 blocks or so–at least that’s what it looks like on Google Maps and Google Earth, so there will be somewhere for the kids to play. I’ll most likely have a washer and dryer, and definitely a dishwasher too. These are all things I’m looking forward to.

Leaving will be hard too. I know this city, I have dear friends and family here–finally. Though, I expect to be back on a regular basis for Britton’s job commitments.

Mark is excited about his new job. Maybe he’ll post about it on his site. I’ll remind him. It will be positive for him, and his career, and that’s always a good thing. Especially these days.

We’ll be sure to keep you posted as things get closer. In the mean time, I’m going to get as much fun LA stuff done as I can in the next 2 weeks!

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