I don’t know what hit Sebastian recently, but MAN has he developed a crazy LOVE for games.

When I first met Daniel’s family they asked if I liked to play games.  I didn’t know how to answer.  As a youngest who often found myself asking my siblings, “Will you play a game with me” and never getting a affirmative…I didn’t really know if I liked to play games.  “Don’t worry, we will teach you,”  they said.

Quickly I was hooked.  I was so enamored by the fact that he had a family that all played games together….as a whole family…this pretty much seemed like the holy grail to me.  I dreamed of having that same kind of love for games and bonding with my kids.

Today is that day.

Recently Sebastian has really taken to games….every kind.  Board games, card games, pretty much any game you can imagine.  We usually play several each day.  He is 5 and he can play games 8+ (thank God, because games get way more interesting when they are 8+) and in all honesty, he can pick them up faster then most adults we have taught.  It is a fun way to teach him math and reading as well as critical thinking!  (We are still working on good sportsmanship)

I don’t know if this will be a forever thing, but we are sure loving this new stage having game playing kids!
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Pity Party

When I say no to something he wants, he sits on the curb and refuses to make eye contact.  I am so glad he isn’t looking, because I can’t help but smile.  Cutest pity party ever.


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Cousin Time!

Hanging with the cousins on Labor Day weekend. Life is good.

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Life in August

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Back to School

This year Dayla is entering 4th grade with Mrs. Ensberg
Sebastian is entering Kindergarten with Mrs. Whitacre and Mrs. Keeton

First Day of School Photos:

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A fun Pop Art Portrait Dayla did of herself for back to school night:

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Northern California Cousins Visit

We don’t get much time with the Northern Californian cousins and it always makes me a little sad, but I know that is life.

BUT…Suzanne’s family came to visit Southern California and we got to spend and few hours with them!! Seeing all the cousins get along…that makes me so so so happy! It was a short but SWEET time.

(I didn’t get pictures of the girls because they were off booggie boarding in the waves!)

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Work Trip

Every year Daniel has to take a work trip for about 10 days in August.  Every year it makes me:

1. Glad he doesn’t have to travel all the time for work

2. Glad to be married


This year I did something I have never done before.  I decided to take Grandma and Daddy’s approach they take when I am gone which is this: “Be so busy and have so much fun we barely notice you are missing”

I am not someone who likes to be busy…but I think this was by far the best year yet. The strategy totally worked.  The kids had a blast (which means less meltdowns which means less time-outs which means a less tired mom!) and since I scheduled in 3 overnights for them…I got some adult time and even some alone time (win-win!).  It was amazing.   Here are the highlights from our time…

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August’s Point of View

Many many times August will steal my phone and walk around taking pictures. He laughs the whole time he does it, so I just let him add 805 new pictures to my phone and delete them later.

This last time I have to say I really enjoyed seeing his point of view on life. Come take a peak into August’s world….

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Dorothy is an amazing neighbor friend to have around and I love summers when she is off work and we get to hang out!!

A couple days ago she taught the boys what burpees were and how to do a cartwheel. Today she taught August to catch a baseball….I love it!

This post is for you Dorothy! Thanks for teaching my boys all the cool stuff!

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August and Clara

I just love this picture so much.

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