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Thursday, October 9, 2014

6 Year Anniversary

On September 20 Alex and I celebrated 6 years of marriage and over 9 years together. We had been planning to go to away together to Sonoma/Napa, since our 5th anniversary the year before was spent anticipating the arrival of our son less than a month later.
We are just a tad busy these days and took too long to book our trip and Sonoma (yes the entire TOWN) was fully booked the weekend we wanted to go! So we changed gears and went to Paso Robles and had an AMAZING time!

My mom was the lucky grandparent to spend 72 hours with all 3 of our crazy kids and we are incredibly grateful to her! As if that wasn't gift enough, she also lent us her convertible to make the 5ish hour drive in style! No car seats for us!

We stayed at this little B&B/winery called Wild Coyote. We chose it because it was one of the few places available and it had great reviews.

We were not disappointed! The room is only one of 6 and was comfortable and spacious (though not decorated to my taste!) They cleverly distracted us from the lack of a bathroom door with a complimentary bottle of wine and incredible views of the on-site vineyards.

We had dinner at Fish Gaucho downtown, which was a tequila bar/restaurant and reminded us of Gringos where we met, so that was quite fitting (and the mole was INSANELY good)

The next morning, after a delicious breakfast made and delivered by the owner's wife Kati, we joined in on the Wild Coyote winery tour, which was very informative and impressive. The owners of the location run a small B&B, as well as an entirely self-contained winery. They grow the grapes, time when to harvest them, press and ferment them into wine, store the barrels and bottle the wine. No other winery in Paso can claim this, as we learned most wineries buy at least some of their grapes from other growers. We were impressed and the wine was delicious!

We were there right in the middle of the harvest so we 
were able to see a lot of the equipment in action!

Next we went off to Eberle!


Eberle has solved the problem of running costly and drying air conditioning to keep
their wine barrels the proper temperature, by digging underground caves to cool them down. 
They were having a fund raiser (for something...) and had free, delicious wood fired pizzas and a band playing on their patio, and Mr Eberle himself was walking around chatting with guests.

Next we went to Tobin James (I think...)

It was just us and about 200 of our loudest closest friends and bachelorette parties, so we didn't stay here long.

The complete opposite of the endless chatter at Tobin was the quiet country vibe at Cass Winery. We were wine club members there a few years ago but I kept getting pregnant so we wisely decided to unjoin. We had a wonderfully relaxing time enjoying an incredible cheese plate, some delicious wine and sat outside in their expanded outside seating area just talking about the kids and listening to the wind in the trees. Ahhhhhhhh

After one more stop at Mitchella, a mom and pop winery that sells many of their grapes to Tobin James, we headed home to rest and change for dinner at Wild Coyote. Kati makes an amazing dinner once a month and it happened to be the night of our anniversary! We joined the rest of the guests of the hotel for chicken piccata, green beans and rice, and of course more wine! There was another couple there from Santa Barbara celebrating their 7th anniversary, and we had a great time chatting with them over dinner.
Traditionally, I bring along our toasting flutes from our wedding and we drink whatever it is we are drinking in them. We drank beer in Costa Rica for our first anniversary, sake at sushi for our second, and this year it was red wine.

We couldn't wait to get home to our babies and relieve my poor mom! The drive home was long and slow, especially for me being so hungover tired, but we made it home in about 7 hours.

Best motivation ever. Would have driven 1000 miles to smooch this face!

Don't we look relaxed!? Yay for weekends away :)

This man, to whom I owe everything in my life that I love, I am so grateful that you chose me and continue to put up with me year after incredible year. Life just keeps getting better and better and I can't WAIT for all the years to come! Love you honey!

First day of Pre K

On Wed Sept 3 2014, Avery started her second year of preschool at Redeemer in the 4's class and this year she will attend Monday and Wednesday from 9-2 (including an hour of enrichment; Spanish and Art) and on Fridays from 9-12.

She stays in the same classroom and with most of the same students, which is great for me because I know and like the moms already, and for Avery as she has made some great friends.

Room 4 does have a new teacher, Miss Taylor, who is so sweet and worked as an aide in the Spanish class Avery took last year. We love her and we are so glad she is Avery's teacher this year!

We look forward to another wonderful year of learning, playing and growing at Redeemer.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Summer 2014

We are beyond lucky to live in Paradise! Carlsbad is a place my 22 year old self would never in a million years think I would end up, but now that I am here I can't imagine raising my kids anywhere else.
We have amazing beaches walking distance from our house...

Parks, zoos, Legoland and aquariums within minutes...

SD Zoo


Carlsbad Flower Fields


Alga Norte pool

Birch Aquarium

Summer nights at home...ahhhh

Avery took and mastered swim lessons becoming officially Water Safe just shy of her 4th birthday! So proud of her

One of my favorite parts of summer is the concerts in the park that the City of Carlsbad hosts at local parks in the area. Poinsettia Park is within walking distance of our house and we meet neighbors with snacks, wine and have a great time dancing in the warm weather and playing with the kids. This is the epitome of summer to me. 

Summa summa summa TIME! Love living in So Cal!!