Monday, December 30, 2013

The Last of 2013

Well, I guess not quite the last since it is only December 30th. But close enough. The weather has been crazy warm for this time of year. I shouldn't complain, for I know there are a fair amount of people who trade spots for this 75 degree weather.

What do you do in SB over "winter" break? Head to the beach with friends!

Princess Charlotte and her Royal Court
 Sophia the Explorer
 Kalista the Muncher
Then there's the dads...
Reliving their youth. ; )
Girls will be girls...
...and boys will be boys.
We are lucky.
And very thankful!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Tis the Season Wrap-Up

Like always, December was busy. The makings of Christmas came and went with the blink of an eye.
Here is a very short recap in pics:

Teddy Bear Tea at the Biltmore

Kalista's Christmas Recital
 Her she is with her crush, Reevie.

Backstage at Sophia's Nutcracker Performance

 Office Party at Cielito
(renting the upstairs was FAB)

Jammie Night
(Thai, champagne, and a future trip to MIRAVAL)

The Eve before the BIG DAY!
 These faces make everything magical.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Last Christmas

Dear Daddy,

It's an odd time of year, in the sense that even though you are not here it should still be magical, festive, full of joys, laughter, and love - because life does go on even when there is sadness in my heart.

When I think of last Christmas and when I look at pictures like this one, it is so hard. Although I wanted a miracle to happen, I knew there was a good chance this was going to be my last Christmas with you. The curse of being in the medical profession, as you knew, is knowing too much.

I remember leaving you to head back to SB. I made David turn the car around and go back because I didn't want any regrets. I had to tell you how much I loved you and how sorry I was that you were sick and that it just wasn't fair. You held me tight and said, "I know. It's okay." I didn't want to let go. But of course you pushed me along and said, "Now go before you make me sad." So typical. hahaha
No regrets.

As you know, this is a favorite time of year and the girls are excited about Santa's visit and all of the festivities that go along with the Holidays. I wish you could be here to make more memories with them. Their time with you was just too short.

Christmas time is supposed to be a happy time and I have managed to do what I know you would have wanted me to, but now I am exhausted. I need a break from trying not to be so sad; which is why I am writing. It helps and I like to think you are somehow listening to me.

I love you. I can't promise I won't be sad again during this Holiday Season, but I will try my hardest to make it a special one for the girls.

All my love,


PS Even though I lost today, thank you for being there and keeping me calm. I played the best I had ever played.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Snowman Craft Ornament

My fellow room mom and friend, Dani, and I are hoping to make some kindergarteners excited at their Winter Holiday party.

Isn't he cute?!

Dani found this project online and it is so easy to assemble for the kids. Well it would have been easier if I didn't have to spray paint the popsicle sticks white. Well, okay, it is a little time consuming with having to cut out the felt hats (thank you Darling Hubby for cutting these out!). Thank goodness the scarves were a breeze to cut and fringe. That was my job. ; ) Hey, but I also made the sample guy pictured above! And assembled 20 plus baggies with the necessities! Oh wait! Poking the little hole in the felt hats and threading the gold string was very tedious too! That was my job too. Alright, let's face it the felt hats were definitely the hardest. lol

The picture is pretty self-explanatory with the items you will need:
White popsicle sticks
Googly eyes
Assorted black buttons (we used different sizes but you don't have to and you can easily use colored ones too)
Orange, black, and red felt
Black Sharpie (for the mouth)
String or ribbon

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Happy 4th Birthday Sweet Kalista

Happy Birthday to our sweet little Kalista!
Our family was completely blessed 4 years ago.
You are the sunshine in our lives and we love you very much!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Pumpkins and Dad's Got Skills

We took a trip to the pumpkin patch last week:
 The girls picked out "the best" pumpkins:

And Dad, well he showed off his carving skills!
Must be those surgical hands :)

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

LA ♥ and SF ♥

Hooray for Hollywood!
The absolute BEST way to watch a movie:

Welcome to SF!
Waking up in a new city and venturing on a long run is always the best.
Love this picture - no filter too.
I adore this selfie:
Photo compliments of Sophia:
Nostalgic SF:
Gotta lunch at Mel's
I know of a girl who hit a parked car when she was a teenager.
In her defense, she was driving a stick shift and was on a steep hill.
No damage done :)
And what's a trip to SF without seeing the sea lions.