Sunday, December 13, 2009


We are in trouble! This girl is a go getter!

Align Center

I wouldn't have it any other way!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Costume Change

So, because indecisiveness is one of my most charming flaws, Lyla was lucky enough to have not just one, but two Halloween costumes for her first year of festivities. My goal for next year is to attempt a homemade costume (or two), with some help from my mother of course. Those were the costumes most impressive - they were so detailed and lovely. I best start planning now. Per request, here is a picture of our fluffy little witch of the west.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Trick or Treat?

Sweet Honey Bee

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Pumpkin Patch

A few weeks ago we headed out to the country again - this time to pick a pumpkin. We didn't actually pick pumpkins but we did buy one for Lyla along with a spaghetti squash that we cooked up for dinner - YUM! The days festivities included a tractor hayride, pony rides and a petting zoo for bigger kids, a corn maze, music, and of couse a pumpkin patch. We went with a few friends and had a wonderful time. The kiddos were adorable - they certainly make life fun!

The Hayride


The Brandon's on top of the Hay Pyramid.

Kieran and Lyla sitting in a tree (well, on some hay) . . .

Kieran pushing Lyla around.

Lyla and her Dad

Country Girl

Corn Maze

The Pumpkins - which one would you choose?

The Gang - Lyla, Hamilton, and Kieran who is not happy to have Hamilton sitting on his leg.

Our Little Pumpkin

Friday, October 16, 2009

After The Rain

After two days of rain we were happy to get out and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. We were blessed with a beautiful rainbow, unfortunately Erik didn't have the proper lens with him and so could not capture its full magnificence. The light was beautiful and the ocean sparkled turquoise as the waves crashed the shore. We dipped our toes and then sat to soak in the beauty.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

This One Is For You Auntie Gini

XOXO Sweet Sweet Honey

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Soup and Sweatshirts

We don't get much of a season change here in So. Cal. but the last few days have been blissfully cool and Fall-like. We even got some rain and that always makes me feel like staying in and cooking up some cozy meals. I made a huge pot of soup yesterday - Spinach, White Bean and Italian Sausage Soup to be exact. I found the recipe on this tasty blog. We had it for dinner tonight too and it might even last through tomorrow. Love leftovers!

While the soup was simmering away we bundled up and went for a little stroll. We ended up at the park. Our sweet Honey loved the swings but the slide - not so much. By the time we got home the soup was perfect! It was off to bed for the Honey and Erik and I snuggled up to watch a movie. A delightful day! Unfortunately Fall won't last. It's supposed to be in the 80's by the weekend. Beach days ahead.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

I Love You Aunt Jamie!

Here's one to hold you over!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

One Fine Day

Last weekend we drove across the city to the mountain town of Oak Glen - beautiful!. It was so refreshing to be away from the hustle and bustle, breathing in the air and enjoying the lovely green surroundings. I am always amazed that places like this are so close to the busy city. My mom had come up for the weekend so she came along on our adventure. Our first stop was Snow Line Orchard where we picked raspberries, met a llama, a fat goat, a couple of mini horses, and one lazy dog. We also shopped at the "old timey" market, devoured the homemade doughnuts and tasted the many varieties of apples. Doesn't that sound delightful?

The fun didn't stop there. After we topped off our baskets (and eaten our fill) of raspberries, we headed down the road to Riley's at Los Rios Ranchos for a proper BBQ lunch. Unfortunately we were too full for the baked items although by the the time we got home I was regretting not buying one of the scrumptious looking apple pies - what was I thinking! While we ate we were entertained by some beautiful music and people watching. It was a lovely day for all. I love living near the ocean but maybe I am a little bit country too!


Hopscotch loved Honey

She liked my hat too!

One fat goat.

One lazy dog.


"Old Timers"


Me and Honey in the berry patch!

Look at that beauty right in the middle.

Resting in the shade with Grandma.

Sampling the goods.

Lyla was trying for a taste too.

The Girls


Relaxing in the shade.


Entertainment - this little girl was so funny dancing around without a care.
I just love her crazy hair!

Look at those colors!

Tuckered out!

It really was a wonderful day! Thank you to all who planned such a fun activity. I hope we make it a yearly tradition.