Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Pumpkin Patch

Amid all of the October rain and my travels, our annual trip to the Pumpkin Patch was delayed until nearly the end of the month. But the patience paid off and we got a nearly perfect weather day for our visit (and photos!)

They have all grown since last year...

...but Benny has his brothers beat in the growth category by a mile! Wow what a difference a year makes! Someone stole my baby and replaced him with this big kid!

There is certainly never a dull moment with these three!

Monday, October 29, 2018

San Diego

The annual conference I attend for work took me to the beautiful San Diego for five days in October. With conference sessions starting bright and early on Sunday, we had to get there on Saturday, so we decided we might as well get an early flight out and do some sightseeing! 

SAAHE sister, Sarah, and I might live in the same town, but we don't get to see each other as frequently as we like. For this conference we were hotel roomies and sightseeing buddies headed to the San Diego Zoo! 

At the top of my San Diego bucket list was seeing the pandas! It may have been a 30 minute wait time, but we checked that one off the list right away.

I mean, how cute is he?!? Totally worth the wait!

We also saw a polar bear, koalas, and lots of other animals we don't usually see at zoos.

A ride on the Skyfari gondola tram gave us awesome views of San Diego!

After traipsing all over the huge zoo by foot, we were glad to end the day with the bus tour that drove us around to see all the animals we had somehow missed.

West Coast time had my sleeping so messed up! With conference sessions starting at 8:30ish each day, I could actually "sleep in" until 7:30ish. The two hour time difference though had my body thinking it was ready to go for the day at 5:30 AM. Ugh, so what do you do when you're lying in bed, tossing and turning at 6:00 AM, absolutely unable to go back to sleep? You get up and do the conference 5K Fun Run. Who am I???

Once the conference started we were inside for much of the day, but we got to escape for a sunshine filled walk during our lunch breaks! It had rained for about a month straight at home, so just seeing the sun was amazing, but the San Diego perfect temperature was icing on the cake.

One evening, we decided to go to Coronado Beach for dinner and to stick our toes in the Pacific (another bucket list item of mine). We thought it would be fun to take the water taxi to the beach, which had a pick-up point on the other side of the Convention Center. No big deal, we would just walk through the Convention Center to the other side. BUT the Convention Center was all locked up tight for the night, and it appeared the only way to get to the other side was via these stairs. Seriously. 
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We nearly died, and by the time we finally made it up and over, we had missed the water taxi and would have had to wait another half hour for the next one. So we took an Uber anyway over to Coronado...which we could have taken from the other side of all those stairs. BUT if we hadn't gone up all those stairs, we would have completely missed this beautiful sunset waiting for us at the top. Totally worth it.

We went to a great little restaurant in Coronado, conveniently just steps from the beach!

The next night our resident California girl, Kim, helped us find our way to the nearest In-N-Out to make our trip to Cali complete!

We squeezed in one last tourist stop before heading to the airport for our flight home...La Jolla to see the seals and seal lions!

How cute are these guys??

Thank you, San Diego for being exactly what I needed!

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Signs of Fall

Fall is officially here!

We kicked off October with Ben's school's Fall Festival. I think this must be our 5th WDS Fall Festival, but this might be the cutest photo backdrop they have done! 

The big boys had a Monday off from school so they went with dad to pick out their Halloween costumes. They were so excited to model them for me!

Now that we've settled into our routines, monthly lunch dates with my favorite elementary school kids are on the calendar. Thankfully their lunch times are pretty close together but not overlapping so I get nice one-on-one time with each.

And October brings finally cooler temperatures which means more trips to the park and time outside in general. We all rejoice!

Our fall bucket list perennially includes an outing to the high school football game to cheer on the Cougars! 

Fall is clearly the best season, am I right?!