Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Good Friends and Family and Good Food

November started as it always does with Cal Poly Softball Alumni Weekend.  There were definitely a fair amount of shenanigans, laughs and reminiscing...nothing better they getting together with your closest friends and their kids.  We took some time to go to the Avila Valley Barn with the Coldanis.  And big thanks to the Frietas family for opening up their house on Friday night so we could all get together and hang out.  Hopefully we all can find a way to meet up again before next year.

The month finished up with a great week with Jeff's family.  We went to Vegas to check out Jeff's parents new house.  It was a great trip minus the car ride of Addy screaming and low fog.
The Livermore Clarins made the trip down to the Central Coast and the cousins enjoyed close to every minute spent together.
Jeff bbq'd his first turkey and it turned out great!  We added a little Filipino flavor and Halo-Halo for dessert.
Addy really enjoys playing with her babies.  A couple of weeks back she put her baby on her back with a little help, so she could take the baby for a hike.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Pumpkins, pumpkins and more pumpkins

It seemed as if every week we headed to a different pumpkin patch.  We met up with the Schafer at the Pumpkin Patch off of Los Osos Valley Ranch.  The kids had the most fun running up and down the hill.
Our trip with Michelle to the See Canyon Ranch where there was a little bit of everything.  So we got it all, apples, flowers, carrots and a pumpkin.  Addy and I enjoyed spending the afternoon with Michelle.
While up in San Jose for a softball tournament, we were able to meet up with the Livermore Clarins and go to a Haunted House and Carnival.  B was a big winner, he won a ninja sword to add to his costume and a giant lollipop.  We took the Good Fairy tour.
We finished the month off with a weekend filled with Halloween celebrations.  Friday was the neighbor carving party.

Saturday we headed to Pumpkins on the Pier where it was a warm 80 degrees.  The kids enjoyed the games along with trick or treating at local businesses.
B and Addy got dressed up to T&T at the Minton's house before dinner.  They got spoiled with a bag of loot.

Finally, Halloween arrived.  Luckily, B had a minimum day so packed in an afternoon of T&T.  The village in AG, the outlets, the New Life Festival, and lastly a pass thru the neighborhood.

In the end we donated over 5 lbs of candy to Operation Gratitude (an organization who sends the candy to the troops.)  Grandma Henri pitched in to add a little extra incentive for the kids to sell the candy.

B got his cast off in the first week of the month.  He said it felt weird to have it off.  The Dr took the wind out of his sails when he told to wait other week before doing anything extreme.  He waited the week and x-ray showed that he healed up just fine.