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Sunny Race Day and Rainy Easter

April 16, 2017

Saturday was a beautiful, sunny day and we headed up to Mt Diablo so that Oliver and Sam could run in the Diablo Trails Challenge race. Oliver ran his third 5K, here he is before the race:

And after, he placed second in his age group:

And here is Sam finishing up his 50K, he placed 1st in his age group:

Here are the cheerleaders:

On Sunday, family came over for a rainy Easter Egg hunt and brunch.

What a full weekend of fun and Spring weather.

We have an 8 year old!

April 13, 2017
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How did that happen?

And, what a funny, spirited eight year old he is!

love…love…love

February 14, 2017

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

New Year’s Day Hike

January 1, 2017

Went on a quick trip to Rodeo Beach to ring in the New Year!

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The boys and the dogs had a blast scampering around the bluffs above the beach. p1180175p1180176

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Wishing you a Happy New Year!

December 1st! Advent!

December 1, 2016

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.

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We have done treasure hunts as part of Advent before, but this year we are taking it up a notch with QR Codes!

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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…

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…look under the fern.

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The boys were excited for the first day of Advent and for following the clues around the house. p1180112p1180116

They (mainly) took turns scanning the QR codes to reveal the next clue before rushing off to find the next one.

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And at the end was a Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar (what lucky kids).

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Happy Advent!

Boo!

October 31, 2016
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Boo!

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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…

A ninja!

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And a ghost!

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And this morning at school the boys drew each other’s costumes, pretty awesome!

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Over the weekend we carved pumpkins with friends and this year the boys were able to do almost all the carving on their own.

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Happy Halloween!

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Fall Break!

October 30, 2016
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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.

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Oliver was the main photographer, here are some of his best shots.

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So lucky to spend such a fun day with my boys!

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And Henry and I had a special day just the two of us, full of crafting and goofing around!

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We might have also been getting ready for Halloween…