Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Birthday Month - Day 15

Monday, July 30, 2012

Finally - the great outdoors!!!

When Mitch, Ollie and I moved to California we had visions of ourselves getting back into hiking and camping every weekend - all the outdoorsy stuff we love but didn't have many opportunities to do in Holland. My sister had a great hiking backpack for Ollie sent over with our stuff, we had all our camping gear shipped and of course our hiking boots go everywhere with us, but....

... it was a long four and a half months after arriving before we got around to doing anything in the great outdoors!!! Yesterday we made the trek up to Muir Woods in an attempt to get back into the hiking groove and trial the backpack.

Muir Woods is an easy day trip from the city and by the end of our hike, the boardwalk was teeming with tour groups. There are a couple of round trip trails off the main track which we were planning on doing but with both being partially closed due to slides, our hike was cut a little short. This wasn't a bad thing though - since I'm designated Ollie transporter, a short hike was a good introduction to how to manage the little boy. He loves trees (seriously - he talks to the tree outside our living room window all day) so he was a pretty happy little guy. Plus, he had a never ending supply of crackers, a book to read and Mumma's hair to play with - what more does a mini hiker need?

But it wasn't just the little man that was enjoying the scenery - these mighty redwoods are a beautiful sight indeed...

Makes you feel kinda insignificant, doesn't it?

The Birthday Month - Day 14

Saturday, July 28, 2012

The Birthday Month - Day 12


With his first birthday coming up in just a few weeks, Oliver got his very first (and last for some time) taste of sugar last weekend... Yep, we did a cake smash!

The scene was set...

And the little man was ready for some cake smashing! He was a bit delicate at first (yes, I had have to shove my hand in the cake a couple of times to give him the general idea)...

But it didn't take long for the fun to begin!!!

I think he had fun - what do you reckon? 

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

A much needed weekend getaway - Lake Tahoe

A couple of weeks ago we decided to go away for the weekend. Although we've done a little sightseeing here and there since we've arrived, we've mostly been homebodies and just taking it easy while settling into life in a new country. After a few months of limited travel, my feet were itching pretty badly to get out somewhere new and with Mitch not being as convinced as I am of Oliver's need to visit Disneyland at the tender age of 11mths ;-), we decided on nearby Lake Tahoe!

Wow. With the snow capped Sierra Nevadas, crystal clear waters and a really family friendly atmosphere, I instantly fell in love with this rather large lake that spans two states. 

We went swimming at 8,200 feet...

Enjoyed some absolutely glorious scenery while driving around the lake...

And we even managed to get in a family shot or two! (although, a certain little someone would not look at the camera!)

We all had a great time but Mr Oliver just seemed to be having the most fun - from chattering away to the kids at the next table at dinner (it felt like we were on a date! Yay for other kids keeping our boy entertained!) to crawling around in the sand at the beach, I don't think he stopped smiling and babbling the entire weekend.

With the craziness of the current weeks (ie husband working like a mad man, thank you busy time at work), I'm so glad we took the chance to get away while we could. It was a much needed getaway - but I have to say, a weekend certainly wasn't enough at Tahoe and I can't wait to get back to the picturesque lake for some snow play this winter!


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