Thursday, December 20, 2007

The good old days!

I remember as a kid having so much fun exploring new and old places. It makes me so happy to see my kids do the same. They have discovered a place in the back, behind our house and have claimed it their own. They love it!

Hidden inside that little jungle is a world of pure imagination...



The beginnings of a great fort



Best Friends......



Their fort is decorated with some rusty nails strategically places onto various tree trunks, a broken "keep out" sign and a rope tied on to multiple trees for all sorts of adventure. Life as a kid is great!



The rain gave them a great opportunity to collect all sorts of organisms.


I know I can't be a kid again, but it's great to relive it through my children's eyes.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Per Request

I have had a lot of requests to show the new house with our own stuff in it, so here it is. We love it and hope friends and family can come visit.

The entry way as you walk in



Living room turned into a billiard room






Family room


Dining room


Kitchen






Master bath


View from master bath


Girls room




Max's room




Master bedroom


There's a cool little round room off the master bedroom

I still have a bunch of projects in mind but we are excited about how it's coming.
We would love to have visitors!


The kids wanted me to blog the gingerbread house they made. Charlie was all dressed up to get married to Frosty the snowman.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

More Football?

Ryan loves watching football; however, every once in a while, he gets together with friends to play a little two hand touch football. The game usually turns into full tackle football. As a result, Ryan is usually too sore to move for about three days. As much as I don't get the whole football thing (he already has surfing right?) Today he was playing with Max. It was such a cute thing. They both woke up early and headed off to play some boys football. The girls and I met up with them a little later to cheer them on.



At one point in the game the ball hit Max in the face. A little blood was shed and he will be loosing his front tooth a little sooner than later. He was pretty proud of himself for "taking it like a man".



The Cheerleaders


Saturday, November 24, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

We've had a fun holiday vacation! I took the kids to a petting zoo, the kids played with their cousins (Gavin and Miles), we went for walks and checked out some parks at nearby schools, and Saturday we decorated for Christmas. The kids can't wait!
Our Thanksgiving was great. Last year we were by ourselves and decided to keep it simple and buy everything from Boston Marketplace. It was good and really easy, minus the waiting in line for an hour to get it. This year it was just us again, but this time we decided to step it up a notch and I made everything. I think I was inspired after I saw Kelli's Thanksgiving blog. It turned out really good, minus the cleaning up after, which was a lot easier last year.

What were we thankful for?

Ryan: Good job and Family
Leanne: House and Family
Max: Family and friends
Abby: House, toys, friends, Mommy, Daddy, Nana, Papa, Grammy, Papa, and cousins
Charlie: Santa

Thanksgiving Dinner



A while a go I decided to let my kids be creative with their food, hoping it would expand their food selection. Charlie is the most creative by far. This little creation consists of whole wheat bun, turkey hot dog and whipping cream.


Getting in the Christmas spirit. If you can't tell already ... Abby is the reindeer pulling Santa's sleigh, Max is Santa, and Charlie is the princess elf.


Their celebration after delivering gifts to all the boys and girls in the world.


Charlie in deep thought.


Rock a bye baby


My little buddy



My Little Pony



Max and Spirit



Abby and Snowflake



Push up pops in the backyard



Abby being silly at nearby park



The bunnies were drawn to Max for some reason .. .maybe it had something to do with the fresh carrots in his hand.



This little ginny pig just laid back and waited to be fed. Abby loved it.



"Mommy, can we keep them?"

Friday, November 2, 2007

Finally

Well, I am finally finished with boxes and life is starting to feel a little back to normal. I had a bunch of help from my mom who flew over to help me get settled in, and keep me company while Ryan was in El Salvador. We worked nonstop for 4 days hanging pictures, hanging light fixtures, changing faucets and a whole lot more. My mom was a huge help. Thanks mom! Later that week we went to San Francisco with Ryan's law office. We had a great time! The wives took in the sights and shopping and the husbands took in continued legal education classes and football. We all took in some really great restaurants and food. With all the unpacking and traveling, this is really our first weekend to spend time at home and enjoy it.
Here are some pictures from the last couple of weeks.



Max has not had a difficult time making new friends. Check this one out, Ryan informed us it was a baby rattler. Good thing it's dead. We still kept it though. Max wants to watch it decompose so he can see the snakes skeletal system. Lucky me:)




This is looking out our master bathroom at 10:00 am during the bad fires in San Diego area. The picture doesn't even come close to what it really looked like. The sun and sky were totally red. It looked like Mars.



This is the El Salvador crew: Ryan, Rob, Dustin, and Derek.



They stayed at a really cool modern place in the middle of an earthy paradise, not to mention right in front of a great surf break.



Max and Abby have enjoyed going to school together. Max holds Abby's hand every morning and walks her to her class, I think it is the cutest thing ever. I know it won't last, but sometimes I just wish I could keep them small like this forever.



Abby and Max were each awarded student of the month. They were really excited and Charlie thought it was her big day too!



The other day Abby asked why she was the smallest kid in her class. I told her that people grow at different times. She didn't buy it. This picture is her and other kindergartners, the funny part is that the kids standing next to her aren't even the tallest ones.



Max, Charlie, and Abby







Fun Friday!