Sunday, October 23, 2011

San Diego Trip

We just got back from a trip to San Diego this past Thursday.  I had bought tickets for the Phineas and Ferb live show months ago and it just happened to fall on the day we were leaving to drive out to California, so we did the show and then hit the rode.  Lauren loved the show!

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We spent one of our days at Legoland in Carlsbad. 


This was our first time there and Lauren loved it.  The magic height seemed to be 36” for most rides, so she was able to ride pretty much everything.  Most rides also had a second height scale to determine if the child could ride alone or had to ride with an adult.  Lauren was able to ride a couple of things alone and she really enjoyed that.  Here she is sporting her new driver’s license….


When all was said and done, we had a really nice day at Legoland.  If you’ve never been, I think it’s worth a trip if you’re in the area.  It’s certainly not Disney and you need to realize that going in and adjust your expectations accordingly.  Also, I think it’s best for kids at least 36” in height up to about 8 years old.  For the price of admission I would certainly rather do a Disney park, but the fact that Lauren could ride pretty much everything made it worth it for us.  

We stayed with some friends of ours in a rental house on the beach.  This is the first time we have stayed right on the beach and it was so nice to hear the waves…it’s such a calming sound to fall asleep to.  This was the view from our sliding glass door. 


This was Lauren’s first time at the beach and she had a great time playing in the sand and putting her feet in the water.  I think next time we’ll go when it’s warm enough to actually get in the water and lay on the beach. 


The best part about staying at the house was stepping right onto the sand from our door.  We had a bonfire each night and Lauren had so much fun roasting marshmallows. 


I love how plants and flowers thrive in the San Diego weather and we this beautiful little nursery.  I would have loved to bring some things back, but they would just fry in our Arizona heat. 


Just for the boat ride, we took the ferry from the Broadway Pier downtown to Coronado Island…


and here’s my girl and her mega-watt smile…

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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Fall is here!

Since Fall is my absolute favorite time of the year, I’ve got tons of great seasonal decor ideas on Pinterest.  You can check them out here.  It may not feel like Fall outside with our temperature still around 100 degrees, but at least it’s Fall inside.

Last weekend, I got motivated to do some crafting.  Inspired by the pumpkin specimen art at My Blessed Life, I picked up a leaf paper punch with my Joann’s coupon, some burlap and an IKEA frame I had laying around and made this for the shelf above my TV…


I saw this Halloween Banner for sale at an Etsy shop and thought it was really cute, so I copied her idea and made this banner.  I cut letters out on cardstock using my Cricut, removed the letters and used the paper as a stencil.  I used a little round sponge for the orange polka dots.  I’m thinking this is another crafting success!



Here’s a few shots of other Fall decor around the house…


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