Monday, June 29, 2015

Life lately - more summer goodness

Life lately via the iPhone - more summer goodness...

Happy Hollow fun - we got memberships again so I think I may have to get the boys there more often. Ollie loves the rides (although you wouldn't know with his serious face) and Austin... Well he was ready to move in to the goat pen. Much like his big bro, he's fearless when it comes to animals and just wanted to snuggle and be all over the goats!



More cycling... (it's making me miss the Netherlands a lot)


Art time. Austin wants to do whatever Ollie is doing and although he tends to draw/paint more on himself (yes I had the apron on the wrong child) than paper, I'm loving that we're at this stage where they will happily craft side by side.



Fathers Day at Venice Beach in Half Moon Bay. So pretty! But so, so chilly (the sunshine and our outfits are deceiving)....





Having fun in the kitchen - last week Ollie and I made homemade pizzas together and this past weekend I tried a couple of new recipes: grilled peach salad (baby rocket, grilled peaches, goats cheese, caramelized onion + balsamic glaze) and my first attempt at meringue cases. Yum!




Austin was keeping dessert manly.... (don't worry it's plastic)


And hello, chicken mask. Our house is a madhouse in the afternoons. We usually get out on a walk to Target, Philz, Pinkberry - or just around the neighbourhood - Ollie likes to keep our walks stylish.




Some days I feel like I'm living in a madhouse. HOW DO BOYS HAVE SO MUCH CRAZY ENERGY???!!! Particularly from 4 - 6pm?!?! The afternoons can get kinda crazy around here.


It's hard to believe it's been a month since preschool wrapped up. Although I'm not missing school drop offs and pick ups, we do miss the schedule just a teeny bit. So, I've been trying to keep us busy - regular playdates, excursions, walks every day (sometimes twice). June is practically over and I'm looking forward to seeing what July has in store!

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Out of the mouth of babes {Oliver, 3 years 10 months}

A few random quotes I don't want to forget - Mr Oliver at 3 years, 10 months...

After (ugh) picking his noise, he gleefully exclaimed... Mummy my breath smells like snot!

A bedtime prayer... Dear God. Thank you for pooing with me. Pooh-men. HAHA! I said POOMEN!

When I was sick with gastro... Maybe we can catch the vomit bug in a cup and take it outside and let it go.

Confused about fruit ('cuties' = mandarins here)...
Me: you're a cutie.
Oliver: no, I'm a big boy.

When playing with Austin in his room... Ohhhh little fella. You're so silly, little fella.

And my personal favourite - when caught licking (?!?!) the couch... I was just making footprints with my tongue.


This kid :-) How is he almost FOUR?!?

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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Life lately - hello, Summer

Snapshots of life lately, via the iPhone:

Pinkberry dates with my boys...


Backyard play...


Bike rides with friends...




Swimming playdates...


Bouncing...


Walks and (many many many) afternoon playtimes at Philz...





Waterslide fun... Even for this mama :-)



And just pure old exhaustion...


Hello, Summer.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Weekend goodness {Salt Point State Park}

This past weekend we escaped the bay area and headed north on a long weekend camping trip with friends to Salt Point State Park.


Even with the constant fog and cool weather, it was a really refreshing getaway. The previous week had thrown things at us that we didn't expect to have to go through again, and a break from reality was just what we all needed.











It was one of our goals this year to get outside & active with the boys more regularly - camping, hiking, biking - and I'm glad we've been making the effort. The great outdoors agrees with us all :-)


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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Bodie ghost town

After Yosemite and Mammoth Lakes, our final stop on our long weekend mini road trip was the historic wild west 'ghost' town of Bodie, California.


Once a mining town, Bodie was abandoned in the '40's and is now a state park. It was a beautiful day in what felt like the middle of nowhere...











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