Sunday, October 21, 2007

Trevor & Dad

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Surf & rocks

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Waves~ Haskell's Beach

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George & Chauntel

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Here we are, Haskell's Beach

Throwing rocks

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Kids at Haskell's

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We were at Haskell's Beach this afternoon for a walk and I thought I would snap some photos of the kids & us. Here they are!

Monday, October 15, 2007

The boys needed hair cuts and after 2 weeks of dragging my feet I finally gave in. The stated style was, ' Just like Daddy's!'
Thus, short hair. Shorter than Trevor has had since he was under the age of 2. Shorter than I prefer. I don't feel it suits their personality until you see this requested styling (the real reason Trevor wanted it as short as Daddy's hair was for this style).

Here are all 3 kids on the couch in the playroom relaxing after a hard day of school.

That face you see on Sadie makes a regular appearance these days. I will give her this; she fell off her scooter so she does have a reason to be a bit grumpy, roadrash on her hip. I plan on doing a full on photo session with them soon. Especially since the haircuts and I am not shelling out $27 per kid for the crap school photos. That's the cheapest set you can purchase, $27 for a total of 8 photos including the class picture. I will spend $10 on the yearbook instead.

Blogger is about to do a scheduled outage so this is all for now, more pics to come I promise!

Saturday, June 30, 2007

Beach days, what 75% of my days will consist of this summer.
First things first, Tyler & Sadie go straight to the water. Trev stays onshore most days.

Then they come onshore after boogie-boarding for a long time. Most days they stay in the water the whole time. This day, it was pretty cool out with a bit of a breeze, about 68degrees out. Summer here is not so hot until about August.
The kids call our beach the "Chauntel" beach because it's the beach that I always opt for. It's about a 2 minute drive from the house. If we all had bikes, we would ride. But since walking would be on a road with no shoulder or sidewalks, we drive. Plus, we take a lot of crap to the beach, who wants to carry it all further than we absolutely have to??
The beach is actually named Haskell's or Bacara, since the high falutin' Bacara Resort went in.
That's it right up there on the hill overlooking my beach. It's where the likes of George Clooney & Gwyneth Paltrow frequent. JLo & Ben were supposed to get married here at one point. It's a hot spot, really, can't you tell?
If I swing my camera the other way you will see how the resort has bribed the city to make the beach their own. An actual snack bar/bathroom/shower building. You can see the roof in the picture. We have to park in the Bacara parking and walk quite a ways instead of pulling up right on the other side of that building & parking within a stone's throw of the water. Whatever, it's still the closest & least occupied beach around here.
It's too rocky, tarry and seaweedy for most folks, but that is what makes it just right for us!

Kindergarten was quite the year for Trevor. He found out that there are really kids his age out there that don't know anything about Godzilla or Thomas the Tank Engine! Imagine that! So by the time the end of the year rolled around there were many thank you's bestowed upon Trevor for introducing Godzilla to the play repetoir.

Kindergarten ends with a flourish; gifts, memory books & dvd's compiled by class moms and of course a commencement ceremony.

Trevor is on the far right in yellow.

Trevor gettin' down to an Alphabet song, not one I had ever heard before!

Trevor waiting for his final dismissal from his Teacher Amy. (or you could call her Miss Welbourn, I was just informed)

One last hurrah on the playground!

Good bye K, here we come 1!

I have been told that I suck at keeping this blog up. Yup, you are right, I do. But since I have hopeful thinking that some people might drop by & actually read and/or comment I think I will start posting more family stuff. Starting with some camping pictures from our Sequoia trip.

You can see Sadie & Trevor playing in the small swimming hole right down the hill from our campsite. Luckily there was only one other family with kids swimming that we had to contend with.
There were a couple floating logs that the kids played chicken on. That water is snow melt runoff & it was freakin' freezing! Do kids care if it's cold? Not until they get out & complain.

George watching the kids (and secretly hoping for another sighting of the 2 year old bear that meanders around camp by day)

We did make a few hikes during our stay. The first hike we just followed the creek.

Sadie & Tyler patiently awaited the rest of us before we all took off.

Photos of the hike courtesy of Tracy, by the way.

We had a fantastic time, it was a well needed camping trip, real pine trees and the mountains!

Friday, March 23, 2007

Oh, the annual jogathon. The kids had a great time, with all 3 running this year I was there from 8am-1:30pm. It was quite the day! They all did their personal best with 27 laps for Sadie, 35 laps for Tyler & 19 laps for Trevor.
The Santa Barbara Bagpipe Band started out the morning since they were running the day before St. Patty's day. It was a fun touch with the men in their plaids and sporan. I love the Scottish.

As you can see by the weather it was totally socked in with marine layer fog & 53 degrees. Kinda cold for us in SB.
First the Kindergartener's ran. And oh, did they run! Most of them didn't stop to walk, they just ran around & around for their 30 minutes. Unfortunately for you, all those pictures are on 35mm and I haven't had them developed yet. But I do have pics of Tyler & Sadie.
Here is Tyler coming in to be marked by Tammy, his full time aide.

In case you don't know, that is Tyler's ridiculously proud face. He has a strut to match it. Every round after getting marked he would strut off for the first few feet then run.

The classes made shields from different Irish areas (counties maybe?) for the event. Tyler's class was from Dublin (yes, I know it's a city I just know that other shields were not city names).

Sadie & Maya got out of class just for the purpose of cheering the 2nd & 3rd graders on. They did a good job & danced a bit in the process.

Sadie's class was too cool to show off their shield so their teacher walked the entire jogathon carrying it.

Notice how she has her fingers up signing 2, yeah she is pregnant so her laps get counted twice!

So here is the start of the race for the 4th grade, notice how they are all running? Yeah, that lasted about 2 laps then we had to chase them to get them to run!

Overall it was a great day, the school raised a bunch of money to support the aide's and the kids burned some calories!