Saturday, October 22, 2011

California Love

Our trip to California (back in March) started off so fun.  We flew into Burbank like we had done so many times before.  This time was different, we were going to visit, not to return home.  This was our first trip back to our old stomping grounds since we drove away from our apartment in 2008.  Wow, I can't believe it has been that long.  

We stayed with our good friends the Moores and the Wrights.  These two families live together in a house in Pasadena.  All together we had 6 adults and 4 kids living under one roof, it was so fun!  

We strolled down Colorado blvd and did some window shopping.  We got to eat at a few of our favorite restaurants.  It was all so perfect.  Then we received some of the worst news we have ever received and immediately flew back home.  

I have had a hard time posting this post.  Mainly because it takes me back to that day, a day that I wish would have never happened.  I want to document this trip because it was a special one, but unfortunately it is clouded by the horrific death of a close friend.  

Here are some of the pictures from our trip. 

 I had to make some bumpers out of sheets.  It looked ridiculous. 

The Great State Fair of Texas

Fair days are the best.  I remember in grade school when I would count down the days until the fair was in town.  I loved the games, the rides, the greasy food, the shows, the people watching...really just everything.  This year was no exception.  We actually went twice this year.  Once for OU/TX and  today.  Today was extra special because it was James' first experience at a fair.  It was a bit hot and very crowded, but I think he had a good time.  Unfortunately I wasn't able to get many pictures.  These days James just wants to walk.  He doesn't want to be held and he gets tired of the stroller pretty fast.  So we did alot of slow walking with him holding our hands.  I love that kid of mine.  He is such a trooper and seems to have so much fun any where we go.  I feel very fortunate and blessed that he is so easy to take anywhere.  Man I love that kid!

Oh I forgot to mention that James and I started off the morning at the Montessori School fall festival.  My sweet friend Chelsea invited us and we attempted to paint a pumpkin and James got to pet some animals at the petting zoo.  Thay had a dj there and James was bust'n a move.  He is such a dancer.  I love it!  Too bad I didn't get any pics of him doing any of the activities mentioned above.  I tried to get a photo of him petting the pig, but then he started slapping the pig over and over and I was worried we would make a very big pig mad.  He was a big fan of the play ground and I did happen to catch that.  Yeah for fall festivals!

 Big Tex and his super creepy arms. 

 Hanging out with some good friends. 
 I'm sad that I didn't capture the face he was making in this reflection.  He was making silly faces at himself in the cars at the Ford exhibit. 
 Eating crackers and shopping.  What could be better?

 Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that we all got something fried to try at the fair.  I choose the fried smores.  I loved it, but I'm a huge smores fan.  Jerimiah got fried peanut butter and jelly and bananas.  He took one bite and threw it away, bummer.  The fried moonpie was a hit as was the fried pumpkin pie.  Yummy!

Pumpkin Hunting

I love this time of year.  I just love it.  This year we decided to kick off September with a trip to the pumpkin patch.  I honestly have never driven an hour to get a pumpkin, but now that we have a kid we have to make sure and find a fun place to pick pumpkins.  We went out to Grapevine to get a few pumpkins.  James had so much fun crawling on everything.  He especially liked the little tractors.  They were so cute!  He also enjoyed the corn maze.  James and I actually got lost in the corn maze.  I was kind of embarrassed about it because it was for kids.  It was really confusing!  James kept standing up in the wagon while I was sweating and trying to find a way out....that didn't help either.  So we went back out the same way we came in.  Oh well, it was still fun.  It was a very hot day so trying to get a "good" picture with nice light was not happening.  Good light or bad, it was still a really fun afternoon!

 This was a cute little house made of hay.  It was adorable. 

 Here is our pile of pumpkins and gourds.  I say we did pretty good.