Saturday, November 3, 2007


Well, Chris and I decided to create our own family tradition for Halloween night. We've gone back and forth on the dressing up part for a while now, and we don't really want the kids to have all that candy we came up with Family Night. We had a few moments of disapointment, but with a few distraction techniques, they soon forgot all about trick-or-treating. We all met at the pumpkin patch and picked out a good sized pumpkin (which they gave us for FREE!) to carve that evening. After a few pictures, we went and got something to eat and headed for home. We carved our pumpkin, roasted up the seeds and then got settled in with a nice bowl of popcorn and watched The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. All 3 girls stayed up for the entire movie. It was a late night, but well worth it. The girls had a great time and we look forward to next year.

Pismo Trip

Well, we finally were able to get away as a family to the coast, thanks to a football game that Fresno Christian was playing in Cambria. What a great excuse to get away for a couple of days. Ericlee and Dorina Gilmore invited us to stay with them at his Grandparents house in Pismo so we took them up on it. Dorina and I took the kids on Thursday afternoon and got settled at the house, while Ericlee and Chris came in the evening after a cross-country meet (Ericlee is the FCS Track Coach). It was a wonderful drive down and the kids loved exploring the new "cabin". Dorina made excellent fish tacos and other goodies (with Addi's help) for us all and we got the kids in the bath and we can breathe, right? I guess my body decided to completely let down and I started getting the body aches. Well from the moment that Chris and Ericlee walked through the door I was sick with the flu and bedridden for the entire weekend. We left on Saturday afternoon to get back for another football game Chris had to coach, and I found myself with a full case of strep throat. Thank goodness for family all around us. My dad took me to the walk-in emergency clinic and then I was quaranteened to my room. It wasn't until the following Tuesday that I finally came out and felt well enough to join the living. I'll tell you what, Mommies just aren't allowed to get sick!

Bread Making Day

Dorina and I decided that we should have a bread-making day and try out some of our bread machine recipes. I needed to break in my bread machine anyway and Dorina had some recipes she wanted to share with me. It was a great day, though busy and with many distractions, especially with 2 curious toddlers and a helpful 4 year old at our feet. Addi was a huge help adding ingredients and then helping Aunti Dorina stir the homemade soup she made for lunch. Yum, Yum! We didn't get all the bread made that we had expected, but all in all, it was a very pleasant morning spent with great friends!

Pumpkin Patch

On one of our recent Wednesday outings with Dorina and Meilani Gilmore, we went to the Pumpkin King pumpkin patch. We had a great time making our way through the maze of pumpkins and then through the actual hay maze. Addi aand Tessa each picked out their own mini pumpkin and we left with a few good pictures to remember the day.

Flower Girl Fun!

In the beginning of October, Kamryn, Addi and Tessa were honored to be apart of CJ & Amber Haydock's wedding. They floated down the chilly isle barefoot in these beautiful white gowns. Tessa didn't cooperate and was too shy when it came to...well anything that had to do with the wedding. Kamryn and Addi had a terrific time playing with the 4th flower girl, Victoria, Amber's cousin. All in all, it was a beautiful wedding!