November 5, 2010

My Mom has beautiful curly hair, my sister has beautiful wavy hair. Seems like everyone has beautiful beachy waves but me. I have super straight hair and I always, always wanted curly hair. Then I had this cutie pie that was nearly bald until she was a year old. When her hair did start to come in, it came as corkscrews. It's bouncy and beautiful and is so completely Brynn.
So if I can't have those curls, I'm perfectly happy with my daughter having them instead.
And I know we all want what we don't have, so Brynn will probably straighten her hair when she's a teenager, but I think it's just adorable right now!
This pile of books is some of the required reading for my upcoming fall term. That's right friends, I'm going back to school. Earlier this year I transferred to the State University of New York, which has an awesome program that will allow me to finish my BA via distance learning and independent study. I'm double majoring in Literature (already finished) and Anthropology. Classes start on Monday and I'm equally excited and nervous.
It's been a long time since my college days and now I have the added demands of motherhood and running a household, but I found this print that is inspiring me.
I feel like finishing my degree will inspire myself and my children to reach their full potential. And that makes me happy!

November 2, 2010

Slumber Party

My brother and sister in law went to San Fransisco for a couple of days and we were so excited to have a sleepover with the cousins! We took the kids to the San Diego Zoo one afternoon. They've redone much of the zoo since I was last here 4 years ago. It has some great play areas for the kids now, including this elephant that kept them climbing for 30 minutes.
ahhh the life of a Daddy
We took them to a neat pumpkin patch the next day. It's up in the mountains in Escondido at Bate's Nut Farm. Jake and I got some yummy almonds and the kids picked out their pumpkins here.
Being silly with Uncle Jake/Daddy. There were some really big pumpkins!
They're best buddies! It's so fun to finally live close to some of their cousins and at least be within a days' drive of the Camp cousins in Idaho.
Lily, Eli, Lexi & Dane
Patiently waiting while I got the apples ready to dip into caramel. Well, Lily was patient, Eli couldn't wait to eat one.
yum! Nothing is better than caramel apples in the fall.
Painting the pumpkins that they picked out that afternoon. See how they're all laughing? They had the best time together!
Bremen and Andrea brought us back this yummy jack-o-lantern sourdough disc AND some honey caramel to dip it in.
It was so tasty!

This is a giant avocado
We found it in the local farmer's market at our commissary (military grocery store). I LOVE our commissary, not only is it huge and cheap, but it has a farmer's market section!!
Can't wait to crack this baby open for fajitas this week
That is, if Brynn will let me. She rather likes the giant avocado.

I don't think I ever posted a pic of our new house! We moved in back in June, but it already feels like we've been here for a long time. I'm still not a fan of the two story, but it's impossible to find a single story in San Diego. But it is an awesome neighborhood and a quiet cul-de-sac within walking distance of the elementary school so we love it!
The backyard is itty bitty, but enough room for us right now.
And thank goodness for the long stretch of sidewalk so the kids can still ride their trikes (or bikes or motorcycles or race cars or princess carriage...depending on the mood of the day).