We have had a great Christmas Vacation and Christmas this year! We have been on the go to Ridgecrest and back and have visited with friends and family. Rob and the girls and our nephew George ice skating in Temecula on Christmas Eve. Savannah, Sydney and George Savannah and Sydney on their new bikes! The Great Grandchildren of Grant and Gertrude Pinney. According to my count, there are 6 more great grandchild and one great great grandson that are not in the picture.
We have had some fun celebrating the Christmas season! Rob's family came up and stayed the night and, although we had rain, we had a lot of fun! Audrey (in front), Sydney, Abi, Ella, Savannah and Owen Building a gingerbread house with the cousins!
We also had a Pajama Brunch party with our great friends! Here are the kids anticipating the gift exchange!
Santa brought Holly to us 6 years ago. I don't know if she is always happy that he did that. We mess with her all of the time. This year, Rob put lights on her and I added the antlers! Merry Christmas from Holly Jolly Christmas, our miniature Schnauzer!
Buddy our Elf has made his appearance. Syd was not so happy about it, but has realized Buddy will probably not go in her room. Our clubhouse had its annual Christmas party and we waited in line to see Santa.
Wow! Where has the time gone? Soccer is sort of over (Savannah still has practice), and the holiday season has started! We just had a week off and of course stayed quite busy. I had some girlfriends from work over to scrapbook and visit. Three of them have new additions to their families and it was great to get to see them. We didn't really get a lot of crafting done, but it was a nice visit. Janeta, Santiago and Kylie The girls and I made "grandma's noodles" for Thanksgiving. I have never attempted them myself, but decided it was time to jump in. We made the dough, rolled them out, cut them up and then let them dry. I finally finished my nephews stocking for Christmas. We all have matching
stockings now! Continuing the "noodling". Rob, my dad and my brother getting the turkey ready to eat. Thanksgiving at our house!
We have had a great Halloween weekend! We spent a fun Saturday night carving pumpkins and playing games with cousins. Then, for Halloween we went to Cathy's to celebrate Colin's 4th birthday and Trick or Treating! Amy, the tacky tourist! The tacky tourist and Rob the Roman Emperor Cousins with their carved pumpkins! Carving pumpkins! The vampire and the butterfly! Buzz Lightyear (Colin), the vampire and the butterfly on
Our Girl Scout troop came over today for a little hike and a campfire. We "hiked" around our lake and had the fire in our fire pit. While on our nature hike, we actually saw a hawk, ducks, and rabbits. After our trip around the lake, we came back to our house and roasted hot dogs, and marshmallows for SMORES. The girls all seemed to have fun and some had never roasted hot dogs or marshmallows over a fire before. Taking a Break to take Notes Walking the Path...(Notice the Hawk on the top of the tree) Weenie Roast Marshmallows and SMORES
Autumn has been hiding from us. Sure, we had a couple of cool, rainy days, but the other days have been in the high 90's or higher. We usually go to the pumpkin patches around this time of year. But this year (like a lot of others) it was just too hot. We decided to try and go up the mountain a bit to Oak Glen and the apple orchards. It was a beautiful day, but still a little hot. We spent the afternoon with the Young's and McIntyre's and enjoyed our short apple picking time. We also picked up a fresh baked apple pie and enjoyed some pizza. Savannah is already looking up recipes for making her own apple pie since we picked a lot of Granny Smith apples.
Savannah bridged to the level of Cadette in Girl Scouts this weekend. She got a new vest and will start working on interest badges for her new level. Syd is still a Brownie for one more year, but earned some more badges this summer.
As I said in my last blog...soccer has started. This weekend we started traveling with Savannah's team. We drove to Moreno Valley to play their FLEX team. They were small and fast and ran all over us. It was a good experience for Savannah's team to see what they will be up against in the coming weeks, but gosh, they killed us.
Syd's team played very well. They are getting used to a bigger field, but are doing well. Rob has
been the ref and is NOT liking that at all. Oh the things we do for our kids...
It is soccer season again! It's time for orange slices, capri-suns, stinky, yucky shin guards, and being busy every Saturday for the next 3 months. But I love it!
Sydney is playing U-10 soccer and is on the Blue Crush. Can you guess her color is blue? She played her second game today. She is all over the field and aggressive to get the ball. (Although, they didn't have to stop the game to tell her to chill out this week.) She wants to play goalie, but we know she is better at forward. She is tiny out on the field compared to a lot of the other girls, but she can hold her own.
Savannah plays U12 this year. She tried out for a special branch of AYSO called FLEX or EXTRA and made the special team! Gone are the days of going to the same fields for both girls games. Now we get to travel with Savannah's team! We won't go too far, in fact our old region in Jurupa is part of this league and we will go to play them. We will also play Corona, other Riverside teams, Hemet, and French Valley. Her colors are maroon and white and they call themselves the Menifee Dynamite! They have not officially started yet. She played three scrimmages last weekend and is getting used to playing at a higher skill level. She likes to play defender and is learning about playing man on man, where she has been assigned a player and has to stick to her like glue. She has always played more of an area defense.
It should be a great year! This is the first year that neither Rob nor I are coaching. But since Savannah's team will travel around, it also means we will be split up, always missing one of the girls' games! Bittersweet! Pictures to come later!
My friend Elise and I celebrated our birthdays together at another friends house. Our friend Joanna hosted a night of fun games from the show "Minute to Win It". We all had a lot of fun and the kids even got into it! Beware: there are a lot of pictures!