Saturday, November 30, 2013

Digital Playdate: October

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Sharing my friends' kids in one spot, once a month. View all past playdate posts here.

Month #10.

My high school friend, Kim's daughter. Maddie, 2 years old. 


Kim, October 2013


My childhood friend Lynn's daughters Ella, 9 years old and Abby, 6 years old.

Lynn, October 2013n

Lynn, October 2013



My post-college / pre-California friend, Crystal's sons. Jack, 5 years old and Ryan, 3 years old. 


Crystal, October 2013


Crystal, October 2013

Crystal, October 2013

Crystal, October 2013



My sister-in-law Misty's daughter, Kayle, 13 years old. 



Misty, October 2013

Misty, October 2013
 



My college friend, Lesley's son Harper, 6 years old and daughter Isla, 4 years old.  


Lesley, October 2013


 

My sister-in-law Robin's sons. Aidan, 5 years old. Will, 2 years old. 


Robin, October 2013

Robin, October 2013

Robin, October 2013



My high school friend, Jen's (Kitchka) son Owen, 7 years old and daughter Lily, 5 years old. 


Jen K October 2013


 



My high school friend, Jen's (Lundgren) son Jameson, 3 years old and her daughter Autumn, 1 year old. 


Jen L October 2013


Jen L October 2013


My son Charlie, 4.5 years old and daughter, Alice 23 months old.


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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

October life in photos

October felt long. Not a bad month, necessarily, just long.

I've been photo bombing Rich and Alice's selfies. (Adorable flower clip made by Aunt Robin.) 
October life

We decorated the front window with googley eyes. 
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We have these straw hats. And we wear them. All at once. (You should feel sorry for our neighbors.)  
October life

October life



October life

October life


Rich has been taking Charlie on all sorts of adventures. Long Beach Aquarium, busting out of school early to see movies, pumpkin patches. I hope Charlie remembers these days, weeks and months with his dad. 
October life

October life

October life


Alice has a thing for hats. (She has a thing for stuffed animals, too, but mostly hats.) 
October life

October life

October life


Alice is also my mischievous one. If she's quiet for more than 30 seconds, I can count on catching her doing something she shouldn't be. Like playing with her lamp. 
October life

Charlie is my serious one. Even his Batman face painting is serious business. 
October life

Giulietta's 5th birthday party at Build-a-Bear. He and G are exactly 8 weeks apart in age. 
October life


October was also pretty cold, windy and we even had some rain. 
October life


AYSO soccer season ended this month. He loved it and will definitely play again next year. No activities planned between now and the New Year but maybe some swim lessons in the spring. 
October life


More than a few late nights in the office means this is my view on the way home. I come home to a happy home of two kids and Rich. So you know, these lights lead me where I belong. 
October life


Snuck in a pedicure. Same color for the last 11 years. I'm a real daredevil. 
October life


Exploring local eats. This place is awesome. Charlie wants to go every time we drive by. 
October life



October ended with Halloween and November kicked off with Alice taking a trip to the ER for croup. The holiday season is go, go go.

Happy holidays!




Monday, November 11, 2013

Halloween 2013

Charlie is finally of the age where he appreciates Halloween. Costumes, candy, decorations, spooky music - all of it. It's a reminder to celebrate the holidays. Stop and smell the candy corn once in a while.

My company hosts a huge Halloween event for the employees and our families. The kids were pretending to write some documents and take some calls in my office.

Halloween 2013

After a costume change for Charlie (he wore last year's dirty old Batman costume to my office event), Optimus Prime made an appearance for neighborhood trick or treating.

Halloween 2013

Halloween 2013

My sister-in-law Robin did two things for me this Halloween: (1) she sent me a link to CostumeExpress.com's major sale last summer so I could score these costumes on the cheap and (2) made the kids really nice-we'll-use-these-every-year treat bags.

Alice was a little devil. Appropriate as she's entering her terrible twos.

Halloween 2013

She understood enough to follow the big kids up to the door for candy. Other than that, she came along just for the wagon ride.

Halloween 2013

We trick-or-treat with our neighbors (not all pictured here). We have for years. Love it. Although this year, there weren't as many houses in the Halloween spirit.

Halloween 2013


Halloween 2013


At the end of the night, we take most of the kids candy when they aren't looking and give it to the obnoxious teenagers who come to our door. Saves us a week long sugar hangover with the kids. (Yeah, we're mean parents.)

First major holiday down of the season. Two more to go. Plus two kids' birthday parties and Rich's 36th birthday. We stay busy November through December.