Saturday, February 28, 2009

Bodega Bay

Today we finally were able to make our second trip to Bodega Bay with the kids. It was an awesome day, it didn't rain and we actually got some sunshine for a bit. I have to admit though, waves (sometimes huge waves) were very intimidating to me when you have three kids to look after. After telling and telling the boys to stay back ~ one of them tripped while running back from a wave and ended up doing a frantic crawl (yes, crawl) to safety. After that, he stepped away for a while and realized what he was up against. It is nice that we are so close to the ocean. We'll be going back in April, but without the kids...so a little less stressful for mom and dad. Here a few photos from our day out. For those of you that aren't familiar with the Goonies -which come on, who isn't? This rock in the above picture is "Goonie rock". It was where they filmed the pirate ship coming out at the end of the movie. I have to admit, when Bruce told me about this the first time I went to Bodega I was super excited. The Goonies is a fave of mine.
Hunting for crabs
Mad sitting on the rock watching the boys look for crabs. She kept telling me she was "feeezing mama."
I have two 3-year olds on my hands.
Crab castle - notice the crab leg at the top
Someone was excited to be at the ocean.
Time to feel the water.
Notice Madison throwing sand and Bruce with his finger up saying "Mad, we are not throwing sand." Guess she listens well.
Right before they ran all the way down the hill...
Someone was a bit tired. We should've taken the signs when we saw them...a note of things to come....
Someone apparently didn't learn from last time we were all here. You don't feed the birds!!
Lunchtime.
An almost perfect ending... until.... Madison didn't like the way mommy put her shoes back on. It end up with a screaming Mad, Bruce carrying her to the car, putting her in the car seat and she is crying so hard she starts the gag reflex. I am sorry to end things this way, but lets just say I had a substance not so lovely on my hands and a bunch of dirty towels to end the day. 15 minutes later...the girl was out. And out the entire way back to Napa.

The little cleaner

It was a typical Friday night filled with Wii, kids arguing with each other, us trying to get dinner on the table in a reasonable fashion until this.....
These towels the night before were sitting on our couch completely unfolded as we threw them there to get another load of laundry in before we went to bed. They were kind of forgotten about for the moment. That was, until Madison came along. We never even knew that she was folding while watching the boys play Wii. So imagine our surprise when she came up to us with a whole stack of towels and says, "Here you go!" We were pretty impressed to say the least. So she was rewarded... And, she picked the chocolate chip cookie. Gold star for this girl tonight!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

A special thanks...

Goes out to Melody Ann ~ who asked who my proof reader is. Guess that would be you now....

Saturday, February 21, 2009

So who are you voting for?

Danny Gokey...this guy has our vote for the next American Idol. Who is your pick? Bruce got me started on American Idol again. Thank goodness that crazy girl Tatiana is gone for now. Please America do not bring her back

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Livestrong 09

Enter Sunday - February 15th at oh say, 2:30ish. At Rick and Laurie's house in Deer Park. We run outside because supposedly they are coming down the hill! They being the AMGEN bike tour ~ Lance Armstrong is among the riders. The guys all run outside and set up this amazing blue tent. Thank goodness for Laurie who found it on sale at Big 5 and decided to buy it thinking maybe they would need it. It is FREEZING not to mention pouring down rain. But we are all dry and just awaiting...nothing though. Just a CHP. No biggie...
So as we are waiting we decide to set up shop. Wine, cheese, bread - completed on a very blue recycling bin. Come on now, it wouldn't be a race in the Napa Valley without the wine!! It must have been at least 30 minutes before we actually see any other action - or maybe it just seems like that because my hands are turning blue and my jeans are soaked at the bottom.
And again, I hear - "ok, I think they are really coming now!" Yea, Yea, we'll see....
video And sure enough - here they come. Unfortunately, my stupid camera video decided it need new batteries right before the REALLY big group of them. But I got this video of the first few riders. It is really pretty amazing how fast they are going down this hill and how many chase cars weave in and out with the bikers right next to them. I have to say I have a totally new respect for cyclists. Wow. And although I am not sure where Lance was...he was there somewhere...and I am sure he heard the cowbells! More cowbell!! We need more cowbell....

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Aidan's 7th Birthday and Happy Valentine's Day!

One year ago...man, how they grow.
The birthday boy! Happy Birthday Mr. Aidan!
The boys apparently didn't have time for a picture. PB&J's for some jump time!
What a poser!
Aunt Candice and Madi
Quite a jumper!
Isaac, Mad, Luke and Aidan
PB&J's - note the man in the corner with his hat backward - dad in photography mode.
And the hunger sets in.
Super Mario Baseball for Wii
testing out the new game
Me and my B. I love him. A lot. Happy Valentine's Day!!
Me and the Mad
What a cute girl. Mad in her pose mode.
Okay, so the boys rocked this picture! Madi - not her best.
Mad took this picture.
Mama and the birthday boy. I love love love this boy! What a great day. Happy Birthday Aidan!!
video The best dance video of them of all!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Our Sea Ranch Getaway

The beginning to our long weekend. Maybe we didn't bring enough?
The view from our windows
Love, love, love this picture...sunset walk.
Our little house.
The best shrimp ever!
B on the Grill.
Sea Ranch Golf Links - this was an awesome day. 65 degrees, no wind. Perfect.
Um, hell yeah he made that putt
This guy pretty much rocks in my book - not to mention shot a 79!! Congrats sweetie for breaking into the 70's. Proud of you.
do we look mad at each other? I thought we did so I made him do a re-do! Gotta give my boy props for giving my home town props. Word up Olive Pit!
This is the view from our couch. No zoom. Pretty awesome huh?
Okay, so maybe one of us was done with pictures for the night....
Right outside our back window.
One of my favorite shots...
One last walk along the ocean for us.
Northwood Golf Course, Guerneville - last day of vacation.
The redwoods are amazing.
Okay, come on now - those are some rad shoes...
Honestly, I love the course. It is beautiful.
The last hole, on our last day of vacation...