Tuesday, July 23, 2013

california vacation
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since we're headed out of town again this week
i figured i should slap up some pictures from our last trip
i kind of considered doing this in a coherent, organized fashion
but i quickly vetoed that silly idea and opted for a
good old fashion iphone photo dump instead
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laguna beach
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we were in orange county just for a day before heading up to stay with the LA mccoys
for the rest of the week. i love showing my kids where i grew up, even though it always makes me a little homesick to be there
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building sand castles

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having sand fights

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and doing head stands in the sand
i don't know where kennedy got this from
i was just laying on my towel hanging out
and turned around to see this little action going on
the best part is that she totally knew she was being funny
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naturally beck had to try

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k lounging in our hotel
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browsing stores at the mall

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being little monsters at the movies

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and i'm feeling real glad we didn't bother spending any money on disneyland
since the kids thought these rides at the mall were all the rage

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k getting her choo on

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Santa Clarita
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our first night at jason and brooke's i tagged along with brooke and her friends
on a girls night out for tapas in los angeles

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we all had so so much fun hanging out together all week
although we are lucky to only live four hours apart, i still wish it were closer
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Zuma Beach
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these two little misses played all week

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even if it did get kind of heated once or twice

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of course it's no surprise that this is the face i got when i asked atticus to smile

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nor is it a surprise that this is what i got from beck

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and speaking of non-surprises
also not surprised that as soon as kennedy saw uncle jason burying people
she just moseyed on over and laid down on her belly awaiting burial

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sweet girl sporting her big-brother-hand-me-down swimshirt
poor deprived third child
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wave watching

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headed out to catch some waves

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and making sand angels
this girl just cracked me up over and over
she really and truly loves the sand and water
a natural born beach baby through and through

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proud mama

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fourth of july
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we joined the rest of california
at a really beautiful park in stephenson ranch to watch fireworks
it was so pretty and green and lush that i surely was california-homesick indeed

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climbing fences to spy around

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watching fireworks from mommy's lap
no fear from this brave little miss

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the shaving cream party
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so brooke came up with the best bad idea she's ever had
and bought a hundred cans of shaving cream
 it started out mellow enough

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beck diving in

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then it got a little crazier

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and crazier

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and buffer

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and spazier

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until kennedy really took it to a whole new level

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she just could not get enough

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and then we had six little mummies on our hands
(because soon after the first squirt of shaving cream beckett insisted it was making him itch
and he hoped in the pool to wash it all off - then only watched the shenanigans from afar)

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asking for "more please"

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trampoline time

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i couldn't believe it never ran into anyone's eyes - no tears at all

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well at least no tears until it was time to go in and wash it all off

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Zuma Beach again
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kennedy was once again in rare form on our last day at the beach

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and there was much digging of huge holes

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and hole sitting

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big enough for everyone

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and this little girl's favorite spot

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puddle jumping

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and sand crab finding
darby got the biggest one of the day

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and a little "bye bye" from this little girl as we started to pack it up

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back home
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on our last day at the beach atticus and i took a run down the beach
then collected (much to darek's dismay) a load of rocks to bring home with us
despite darek's efforts to dump them out and leave them behind without atticus noticing
i secretly collected them all back up - because my mommy heart just loves that we had this
little boy adventure together

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as always - california was like living in dream
we had such a great time and are so happy we got to go
and THANK YOU to the LA mccoys for making the magic happen!
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we love you LA mccoys
and we love you CA
until next time
.ta.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

.year.eleven.
.day.one.

so we ended up eating the best food of our entire lives at max brenner last night
it was so yummy and so fantastic that we decided that it simply must be the kick off to the best year yet
i mean for reals - we decided to make year eleven the best year yet
this marriage and family business take work
and we're gonna to work it

so as we walked into the forum shops last night we suddenly had a flashback to our FIRST anniversary - which we celebrated right here in sin city!
if someone had told me then that we would live here now, i would have laughed at them and walked away. but they would have been right.
it's so crazy where this life takes you - but it is a good life so we'll take it

we decided to recreate a picture that we took in front of the fountain from our first anniversary
but when i dug out the picture today i realized that it was actually taken when we were engaged
and just passing through vegas on our way to CA so darek could ask my dad for permission to marry me

we were such babies!
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and we are so not babies anymore...
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we should have accosted someone to take a happy smiling picture of us at max brenner's
but instead we just took pictures of each other consuming unnatural amounts of chocolate

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darek drinking the yummiest, creamiest, most chocolatiest salted caramel hot chocolate
in the cutest warm-your-hands mug

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and me literally drinking that last of the melted chocolate from our fondue dessert
do not waste a drop, i say

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it was a really fun and yummy night out and a perfect kick off to the best year yet
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in the spirit of the best year yet we also decided to take the kids swimming today
however, that just mostly turned out to be a grumpy, pouty fest with grumpy, pouty kids
but we roll with it because that's our only hope some days

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ok best year yet - let's do this