Friday, March 31, 2017


I used to be so good about uploading my photos weekly, then monthly. Now I am two months behind. Oh well, I am catching up now, that is what's important!

Who knew all I needed was a big dog house to entertain these boys.
 Always fun at Ginger Bugs especially when Morgan is there.

 This boy builds lots and lots and lots of towers these days.... and then kicks them over.

Giada was so excited it was her turn to bring up the gifts at the student mass. 
"It's a big honor to be chosen" she claimed.

 Matt and Steph took a trip to Mexico to attend a wedding. 
My mom and I held down the fort with the girls, and took plenty of pics to prove we were surviving.

 Proof that Reese slept in her crib...although it may have only lasted 12 minutes in 5 days. LOL.
 "Reesey" he loves to cuddle with her.
Giada got an extra sleepover on Nana's night. I think it was helpful to entertain Stella.

Who doesn't love a House of Coffees "Party in a Cup"??
 Sometimes they do show you these little glimpses that they do love and look out for each other.

Just like that we have an 8 year old.  She is creative, kind, sassy, artistic, athletic, sensitive and beautiful!  She has got a mind of her own, opinions that are strong and an attitude that frightens me for the older years.  :-) She is lucky that most of the time she is a sweetheart and big helper with her brothers.  On her actual birthday we were at the Fancy Food Show and celebrated later in the evening with our girl. Thank you to my village for making the day special for her.  New cowboy boots and lettuce wraps, two of her favorite things!

 Upward Basketball season has been so much fun to watch. Giada is really mastering some skills and Gino's team went from bunch ball to actual game play, getting better every week. The best part is they LOVE it, and are so excited for practice and games.
 We didn't make it to a Crab Feed this year, which was VERY weird for us, but we did enjoy some crab at a the famous Scoma's.

G was very proud of her Ancestors poster. I learned a valuable lesson to read the directions the first day the assignment comes home so you are not scrambling at the last min. Actually, I'm sure we will still be working at the last minute, but hopefully I will have what we need!
 January Birthday girls had an evening of celebrating.  Happy Birthday Stella!
 Seve and G look way too grown up in this photo!
These two have been cuddled up lately, requesting photos!

 Giada, Adelaide and Peyton attempt to ice skate!

Old Sacramento Candy stop, and coloring pillowcases to make the sleepover complete!

A little morning make-up sesh.  Nemo, Panda Bear and Fox come down for breakfast.
These boys did not want to be left out!

Saturday, January 28, 2017


Catching up! December is a busy month.

Happy Birthday Carmine.  Gino was thrilled to finally have birthday party for just him.  Giada has been going to friends birthday parties for years and this guy was excited to join in the action. 
He has such sweet friends at school.

 From one party to the next. What a great day for the kiddos.  Stella and Giada were having tons of fun at Seve's party. How can the big kids be turning 8??
 Adventures with Pops.  Gino was such a good listener and very careful on his adventure on the roof to help get all the leaves off and ready for winter storms. When he was complimented for his good listening he said, "well I didn't want to fall off!" It is nice to know his normal fearless and non-listening behavior has some limits!

 As I mentioned last month we were excited to have our tasting room and retail shop open up.  We had the Chamber come out and do a ribbon cutting. This was a big step and a long time coming for our family and wonderful employees. It takes all of us to get it done. It was such a nice event to share with family, friends, customers, and locals.  We made many dishes to share that featured our products.  It is always nice to show our fans how to be creative in their cooking especially with the flavored oils.

 Annual Mother Daughter Party.  Thank you Sum for hosting this year; such a wonderful tradition. The night flies by with all the chit-chatting from all of us. 
I think we are on our 20th year!

 Love my mom, she's the best and always doing so much to help my brother and I with the kids. Not sure what we would do without her! I had my Nana here when I was little, but my grandma lived in San Diego, so I would only see her a few times a year. I would have loved technology to be able to see her more often. The kids don't realize how fortunate they are to have both grandparents in town.

 Country Girls!
And then we look over and the moms are taking a selfie. Best pic of the night. 
 Val, thank you for showing them how it's done.
Cookie painting party at Ginger Bugs. 
Shhh don't tell Giada the fun things we do when she is still in school!

 This guy really enjoys reading these days, he brings you book after book. He says, "sit sit" and pats the spot he wants you to join him.
 Trouble.  Gino is teaching him how to be up to no good. Right after this cute picture of them playing, they dumped out the 1 million little pieces of stuffing inside this box.
 "But mom I am NOT tired" he just yelled at me before falling asleep on the stairs 2 seconds later.
 Kanter Family visits from Canada.  The kids loved catching up over pizza and ice cream.
 Stella and Reese are getting in on the Ginger Bugs fun.  What I love most about this place is that every time we are there, the kids do something different. 

Gingerbread Party success!

 Christmas Pageant at St. Anne's 
Always a beautiful tradition.  Gino was singing with his class this year and Giada had a solo. She practiced for weeks and sang beautifully. I wasn't sure if she would get nervous once the church was filled with people, but that didn't seem to be an issue.  After the event she was just bummed to learn she can't be the soloist again for a few years.  This girl loves to sing.  Gino on the other hand turned down the option to have a costume part in the pageant, fell asleep waiting for his class to go on stage, and yawned and nose picked through his class song. :-)  It's good to have room for improvement - right?


 Oakdale Christmas Train
The kids enjoyed hot chocolate, coloring, stories being read to them and Santa! Before the train, we headed to Dust Bowl Brewery. If you haven't been there yet, make the time to go. Delicious food and beer, and not to mention a great outdoor with games and tons of room for the kids to play. Makes this experience enjoyable for the kids and adults! 

1st Annual Christmas Caroling was so much fun. People were definitely surprised to see us when they opened the door, and our 3 song mix needs some refreshing next year, but it was a great start!

Bonus when your buddy gets to come over on a school night!

Finally it is the week of Christmas, let the matching pajamas begin!

 Peek a Boo!
 Cookie day with my favorite bakers.

 Christmas Eve with the Fuhrman Family.

Anyone who knows these guys can understand the challenge of getting all 3 of them to stand still and stop talking to smile for the picture. After many attempts, this was the best! And by challenging, I am not referring to Cliff!

 This year we tried for a group shot.
  Next year Mike and Brian cannot sneak out to be the photographers!
 Brian was teaching Lorenzo the best angle is from the top of the coffee table!

Christmas Morning is so magical with littles! Of course it was the one morning they all slept in, which seems like a gift to us, except we were awake and excited for them to get up! Earlier this month the tree took a big tumble and woke us up in the night to the sound of shattered ornaments.  We were so lucky it didn't fall with people or animals by it and only a few ornaments lost.  We love collecting ornaments and have so many sentimental ones, we were fortunate to only loose a few.

Sweet morning snuggles to finish off this holiday post!