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


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!