Wednesday, December 24, 2014

December Festivities

Well this month seemed to fly by as the rest of 2014 did this year.  December brings a bunch of extra activities which make for fun memories with family and friends!

The kids had one last mini session with Stephanie Moe.  When she described the set to me I thought my Frozen loving kids would be excited to wear their pjs and have a more casual shoot.  Giada just couldn't believe she got to wear PJs to the photos. 
Gino has a mind of his own for photos these days, but sometimes his ideas work out great! At least we got him near the set this time around.
The kids love reading and Search & Find books.  This one is always a favorite.


 And if we get Gino to actually sit still next to his sister, and then she starts tickling him and chaos breaks loose! 

 Light Parade is always so much fun in Downtown Lodi. We corral the kids in the back of the truck, give them hot chocolate and they are set.  The weather was perfect this year. The theme was Christmas Movies, and the floats were on point. The highlight always being Santa and Mrs. Claus in the Firetruck at the end.

I've been friends with these girls since our days at Lockeford Elementary School. Great to see Neps while she was visiting from DC, and we are excited she will be back in CA in 2015!
Max is such a sweet baby, Marina scored the dream child who sleeps so much she has to wake him up....I know nothing about these types of children! lol...maybe there is hope for #3!

 Happy Birthday Sev! Nothing better than a breakfast birthday donut!
 Our annual Mother Daughter party was again one for the memory books. Thank you KR for hosting and doing an outstanding job as always. KR and Hilder had a secret plan to bring Giada to the party, have Santa stop by with gifts of mittens, and go on a horse and carriage ride. We were all surprised and had so much fun caroling all over Woodbridge. It was so sweet for them to include Giada too, she felt so special to be at the grown up party. 


Lucky the cat is only 6 months old and huge! I have grown to like this guy. He still terrorizes Belle by sitting on top of her kennel and putting her paw down to antagonize the dog, but does get along well with Sydney.  She tries every night to jump on our bed. I wouldn't care so much if he wanted to lay at the foot of the bed but no he wants to be resting on your neck, by your face, purring SUPER loud......needless to say that doesn't happen and he is constantly kicked out of the room.
Always fun when your friends are at the Holiday Office Party!
 Cousin Love
Gymnastics Holiday Show. The kids are always excited to have us come watch them.  This was the first year I didnt have to be in the show with Gino. It was fun to be in the audience.
 New tradition. Giada and I went to the Nutcracker. The girls were so excited to have a night out all dressed up.  Heather and I had fun watching our friend Natalie Wood perform in the show.

 Have I mentioned we like Frozen??  The kids, Steph, Stella and Nana headed to Tracy for the Frozen sing a long. The kids had such a good time singing along with the movie. Bonus we got to meet Anna!

 No photos yet, but Giada had her Christmas Pageant at school. The Kindergarten kids were so adorable up there singing Silent Night.  Gino looks like he didn't have any fun with Cain while we were at the show.  Thanks Bre and Scott for watching our crazy guy!

 Holiday Dress Up day at both schools, and they request photos by the tree, Ill take it!

 Gino's preschool sang a few holiday songs for all the parents, they all get a little shy at this age, but are excited to have all the parents in class.

 Last day of school for 2 weeks. Giada was proud of the wreath they made at the Christmas party and wanted some photos with her school buddies.

Santa we are ready for you! Giada is still not sure if she is on the naughty or nice list, which is really funny for her to try and work out.  

Monday, December 8, 2014

KR's 1/2 marathon, Thanksgiving Celebrations & Graeagle Chrismtas Tree Hunt

Shorts in November?? In our house yes. Both kids constantly want to be in shorts, or dresses. And until about last week when winter finally arrived it has been a warm November!
 We were finally free to go support Kristen at a race. The kids and I were so excited.  She has come to so many of mine, I was happy to do it.  We prepped the signs and headed to Berkley.  I think we surprised her!! Thanks Nancy for all the help with coordination!!  Giada thought of all the sayings herself. 

The trees by Giadas school have been dropping the most beautiful leaves.  She likes to collect some every day!

 Tuesday arts and crafts at Ran & Bud's House.  Thanksgiving Turkeys turned out so cute.

 I think my baking helpers always do more eating than helping.

 Little drummer girl! I think we can pass this loud drum set over to to Matt & Stephs!
 Thanksgiving Celebration at Giada's school was so darling. The decorations were made by each grade level.  The Kindergarten class dressed up as Indians and sang a song for the parents before the celebration.  Giada's name is Dances in Rain.

Delicious Thanksgiving meal with friends. Bummer Mike had to miss it. It's the time the boys are invited...darn harvest!
Lots of fun nights out lately. Great to visit and catch up with friends before it gets CRAZY in December!
 Free play time with cousin Stella!

 Speaking of is Cole!
 I love to attend as many Thanksgivings as possible, it is my favorite meal of the year!!!  Gino just had to do silly face when the girls are smiling! I guess we can just be happy his eyes aren't closed!

Thanksgiving morning we kept the tradition and headed to the Turkey Trot. It is never fun getting up early, but always fun once we get there!

 Thanks Jane for running with Giada! Thanks KR for all the great photos and action shots! Divide and conquer!

 I brought up the rear with Gino. At one point he asked me why I was walking...well I can keep up with you when I am walking. So he kicked it into gear and I actually had to run. I haven't ran in a long time. That 1/4 mile kicked my butt and made me look forward to April when I can go on a LONG run (hopefully alone without a stroller....wishful thinking, I know)
 Then we decided to walk the 5K this year, although that was too slow and boring for Giada, so she went off running with Marla. Fun morning!

 Kids did plenty of crafting on Thanksgiving. Uncle Scott was a good sport and wore his all day!
 Annual kids in the olives photo. 
 Since we were up so early for the run, we decided to do a fun breakfast the day after Thanksgiving. Cinnamon roll turkeys were a hit.

 Harvest has been so long this year, but with the rain, there was a break. So, we were so excited to run up to Graeagle for a couple days to relax and cut our Christmas tree. We saw a record number of deer too, 26 and at one time 11 walked across the backyard.... My favorite.

 We saw a lot of snow on our way there, but in Graeagle only found a tiny bit at the top of the hill when we were searching for a tree.

 The kids love picking out trees for their rooms, it has become a fun tradition.