Went on a quick trip to Rodeo Beach to ring in the New Year!
Wishing you a Happy New Year!
Today marks the first day of one of our favorite times of the year, Advent! This year we are doing pretty much what I have written about before, spending the next 24 days gearing up for Christmas, decorating, doing little projects (I may have gone overboard with the projects) and slowly emercing ourselves in the Christmas spirit.
These were really easy to make and print out and were then hidden around the house with simple clues like look in the Legos, look in the fridge…
…look under the fern.
They (mainly) took turns scanning the QR codes to reveal the next clue before rushing off to find the next one.
And at the end was a Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar (what lucky kids).
The kids are growing up. I notice it most around holidays, not only because those are the times that I can best remember back to previous years, but also because their interest in the different holidays is changing as they get older. When the boys were younger we spent a few days every year planning out homemade costumes. We would ‘design’ the costumes, buy the supplies, and then make them. My favorite was the year they were a king and a viking but the Nasa Scientist and Astronaut was a good year too (there was also that epic year that Henry was a front loader but that was before the blog…). But the truth is that as the boys get older they want costumes that they see their friends wearing and we also don’t seem to have as much time. So this year we bought costumes (gasp!) but I was touched that Henry still wanted to draw his costume in our Halloween book so this year I present you with…
And a ghost!
And this morning at school the boys drew each other’s costumes, pretty awesome!
Over the weekend we carved pumpkins with friends and this year the boys were able to do almost all the carving on their own.
This past week was the boys fall break. We weren’t able to go anywhere or even take much time off, but I did manage a few fun days with the boys. On Monday we went to the California Academy of Sciences, an amazing natural history museum in San Francisco. We have been a few times in the past, but this trip I finally felt like we saw everything; the rainforest, the aquarium, the planetarium, and the rest.
Oliver was the main photographer, here are some of his best shots.
So lucky to spend such a fun day with my boys!
And Henry and I had a special day just the two of us, full of crafting and goofing around!
We might have also been getting ready for Halloween…
And while we have been keeping busy with life, school, and after school activities, we’ve been making time for some of our favorite Fall activities. First up…picking corn at the Ardenwood Harvest Festival!
Look at all that corn… now on to the pumpkins!
Bring it on Fall! We are ready for you!
As I mentioned in my last post, we cut our Westy Trip short when I heard that my mom had been hospitalized where she lives in Europe. Upon reaching home we decided to go to Gent, Belgium to be with her. It was an unplanned trip and I didn’t take our camera but I do have some fun Instagram photos of our trip to share. Here were some of the highlights!
The Gravensteen Castle:
Taking a boat trip on the canal:
Climbing to the top of the Belfry:
Beachtime in Oostende:
A fun day in Brugge:
And checking out the 10-day long street festival, the Gentse Feesten:
We also squeezed in a whirlwind trip to Paris:
With a visit to the Louvre:
And, of course, the Eiffel Tower:
We also ate lots of yummy food (especially broodjes and ice cream), walked a ton, took the train, the tram, and the bus. We met many of my mom’s wonderful friends and were moved by their generosity. We visited my mom daily and I’m happy to report that she is doing much better now.
Time to come home:
And we made it back to California just in time to celebrate a birthday with this guy!