Thursday, October 16, 2014


Ever since Sunday afternoon when the methodist church set up their pumpkin patch, Anne has been dying to go!  We finally got an opportunity to go after school yesterday.  Anne's goal was to pick out the biggest in the patch while Liam walked around saying, "Ball! Ball!"  He finally found this little green and yellow one and it literally stayed in his hand until bedtime!  
Sister also thought he needed one of the little spookies.  He obviously didn't mind that one either because he held on to it as well until bed time!
After, we walked down to Pinehurst Park and I thought I might try to get a few pictures of them together.  
Well, you see how that went.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


I mentioned earlier that we pretty much stayed downtown during our stay in Los Angeles.  Well, we weren't short of things to do while there.  Our hotel sat in the middle of LA Live...which was basically an area where work meets play.  On our last night, we ate dinner at the Yard House (a restaurant with really yummy pub food), which was a fun atmosphere since the LA Kings were playing next door at the Staples Center.  The place was filled with Kings fans and we enjoyed burgers and this banana creme brulee.
Afterward, we made our way around the corner to Lucky Strikes Lounge and Lanes.  We bowled a few games with Paul and Raven, where I even won a game!!  ...and that never happens!
And then before heading out the next morning we had brunch at The Farmhouse of Beverly Hills.  Michael and I joked that this was LA's version of a Cracker Barrel.  The food was delicious, but definitely not CB.  I had the Farm House breakfast that consisted of two poached eggs over a baked potato and spinach drenched in a hollandaise sauce.  Yep, it was good.


Monday, October 13, 2014


Most of our trip to LA was spent relaxing for me...just what you want for a birthday week :)
After seeing Elton John the other night, I didn't think this trip could get any better.  I'm afraid I was wrong.  
I had big plans of going different places, but once I got to downtown and our hotel I was quite happy just hanging out and going to hear some of the Adobe speakers.  Mostly it looked like this. 
And we also went to the big Max Bash--only the coolest party I've ever attended.  It was so interesting and felt like a movie.  There were food sculptors, ice sculptors, light shows, AND Kings of Leon!
I'll let the pictures do most of the talking since it's something I can hardly describe.

I'd say Adobe know's how to throw a good party.  I am hoping we get to go again someday!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014


My birthday came and went on Monday...33!  We're celebrating in Los Angeles so of course it's been great!  Michael came for the Adobe Max conference and I just tagged along to make a vacation out of it. When we arrived and got checked into our hotel we started seeing signs all around our hotel, which is in downtown L.A. Live, that Elton John would be playing that night.  I immediately got excited since I have been a fan since riding in a big truck with my dad as a little kid. Then, I noticed it was sold  Michael tried stubhub just the check if there were and tickets available and to our surprise there were!  We ended up going to the show two hours later with Paul and Raven (Michael's coworker and his wife) and enjoying the sweet music of Elton John for the next 2 1/2 hours!
 I'm still on cloud nine!!

This is a video that I didn't take, but of the last song at the show.  We couldn't get over that a 67 year old could still put on such a show and seem to be having so much fun.  It was pretty inspiring!


Thursday, October 2, 2014


Last Sunday (on the last official day of summer) I decided to take the kids for one last swimming trip.  It was still hot and it seemed like the perfect way to end the summer for us.  
Anne loved jumping off the diving board and searching for toys on the bottom of the pool while Liam enjoyed watching her.  She's gotten to be a really good little swimmer this summer.  I keep thinking she would enjoy swimming for a sport, but I'm just not ready to commit to another thing that requires after school practice.  Between piano and dance we're already running like crazy!  
Some of my friends let their kids do everything while others limit to one extra activity at a time.  I think I land somewhere in the middle.  I was the kid that wanted to do everything--Anne is like this too.  I also want her to excel at something and I feel like if she's doing too many things we'll just be doing everything "okay" and not doing anything really well.  Does that make sense?
What are your thoughts on extra activities/sports?