Saturday, November 29, 2014

Beach Friday 2014

This is the 6th year we've done our tradition of going to the beach on the day after Thanksgiving. It was a beautiful day! We went to 17-Mile Drive and played on the beach for a few hours. It was warm enough for Lucy to take her dress off and play in her undies. The boys got completely soaked by jumping in the waves.

 We went to Carmel afterwards and ate at our favorite bistro. It was a quicker trip than usual because we were short on time, but it was still very sweet!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Chapter Book Readers

We have some new chapter book readers in our house. One day Ben decided to pick up a chapter book and read it from cover to cover. I was so proud of him! We went to the library later in the day and got a bunch more books for him to read.

Not to be outdone, Tommy picked up one of the chapter books I brought home from the library and read it in an hour. Now we had two chapter book readers! To celebrate, we went to Barnes & Noble to pick out new chapter books and then got frozen yogurt.

 Their heads have been stuck in books ever since. It's been wonderful to see!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Beach Therapy

On Sunday we woke up and decided to go to the beach. The previous week and weekend leading up to that point was very tense and stressful. Saturday in particular was a day where no one was very happy with each other. So instead of pushing through it and heading to church like we normally would, we packed up and went to the beach. 

The beach always brings us perspective and family bonding, and this day was no exception. We had a great day. We actually tried to go to Big Sur, a spot we've been wanting to hit for a while. But we were partway there when we realized that Google Maps tricked us into thinking it was much closer than it actually is. So we did an about face and headed to Monterey instead. We spent a lot of time at the beach, strolled around downtown, Monterey and ate crepes. 

It was everything we needed. 

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Tommy's 8th Birthday

Here's what you did on your 8th birthday! 

You had birthday waffles for breakfast. We've always done birthday cereal, but since you can't have milk, preservatives, or artificial colors or flavors, that pretty much nixes the whole birthday cereal thing. Instead you requested pumpkin spice waffles with sunflower seed "sprinkles". 

Your presents from Dad and I were few, but very thoughtfully selected, and you loved everything. You spent the morning putting together your Lego Technic hotrod with Dad. 

We went to your favorite restaurant for lunch, Sweet Tomatoes, then to go-kart racing with your cousins.

In the evening we had your family party with cake and presents. It was a whirlwind, really fun day! You did the things you love most with the people most. It was a great day. :)

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Happy 8th Birthday Tommy!

You are 8 years old now!

You matured so much this past year. Dad and I tried to give you as much freedom as you could handle, and you really thrived. You took on new responsibilities and [usually] proved that you were able to make good decisions. 

Who you are now: 
You like waking up early in the morning and working on projects in the quiet of the house. 
You like playing piano. 
You love reading about trivia: all about the fastest, tallest, smallest, most expensive, biggest. 
You don't like going to bed late. We've been letting you and Ben stay up late on weekends, but you usually opt to go to bed way before your brother. 
You're particular about eating healthy food. 
You are crazy curious. You love learning about everything. Everything about everything.
Cars are you biggest passion. You dream about the day that you can buy your own car. You've already planned that it'll be a junker that you will fix up and customize.  

So it was fitting that for your birthday you wanted to go to K-1 Speed, to race go-karts. You had been talking about this for several months. You went with your cousins and had a blast

Here is an excerpt from your birthday interview, which perfectly illustrates your personality right now:
Q: If you could be any animal, which one would you be and why? 
A: A cheetah or a leopard. 
[When I asked Tommy why he’d like to be these animals, he just about had a breakdown and said “I don’t know! What in the world does it matter? It’s not like I”m going to magically turn into one of them, so who cares?”]

Q: What is your favorite thing to do?
A: Wake up early in the morning 

Q: What is your favorite thing about yourself?
A: That I have long hair. 

Look how much you've grown in 8 years! 

Monday, October 27, 2014


One evening after dinner we spotted a gorgeous sunset. Instead of cleaning up the kitchen  and finishing our chores, we decided to climb on the roof and watch the sun go down. It was such a sweet moment with my boys. :)

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Pumpkin Carving

One of the boys' favorite fall activities is carving pumpkins. This year the pumpkin carving involved power tools! We didn't get any pictures of the process, but suffice it to say it was pretty messy.