The other Sunday after church we stopped by our favorite local pumpkin patch. We've visited this one each year since we moved to the area. It's at a local church and they do a great job! I usually like to have the girls dressed in cute Fall clothes...but it was an unplanned stop on a perfectly beautiful Fall day...this'll do!
Emerson is playing her 5th season and is a happy member of the Orange Crush! There are about 6 of the girls that have played every season together and it's been a real blessing keeping them together. They are sweet girls and have always been welcoming to new teammates. This season the girls have moved to playing on a bigger field, having the BIG goals, and are playing for the first time without coaches being allowed on the field...it's getting to be kinda serious and much more competitive! The girls are learning more about postions and defense/offense and their ball handling skills are improving alot.
Kirby is playing her first season and is a proud member of the Purple Sparkles! The girls are really super cute in their uniforms...which are always way too big! It's been an interesting start to say the least. I guess I've forgotten what it was like that first season with Emerson. Kirby has great ball handling skills for her age, but tends to be a bit non-commital about the whole thing during games. She has periods of "getting it" and periods of "picking daisies". Overall, she seems to enjoy it and will definetly be playing again in the Spring.
(There's nothing pretty/fashionable about starting a triathlon at 7a.m.!!)
Back in August, I completed the TriGirl Sprint Triathlon (my second tri) with my dear friend Yolanda.
Heading in to the water for my wave start (I'm the one in the middle)...
I suppose I'm pretty happy with my results. I finished in the top part of the bottom half of my age group (did ya follow that?!) and didn't stop through any leg. The race consisted of a 300m swim in Lake Houston (I did really well on that leg), an 11 mile bike ride (pretty decent...though I was convinced my tire was going flat the whole time...it wasn't), and a 5K (good grief! I'm such a slow runner...but I DIDN'T WALK!).
On the bike, waving at Scott and the girls...
Yolanda, in her first tri, did awesome too! It was so fun to have a friend there with me and I'm extremely proud of all her hard work and success. I couldn 't ask for a better training partner...we work really well together and are already training for next season!
Me & Yolanda after the race - TRI BABES ROCK!
Nice booty shot of me heading to the finish...
Me and my future TRI GIRLS! I'm most proud of the fact that my girls saw their Mommy do something so rockin'!
So not only did we go to San Diego in August...but Scott and I went to Santa Barbara the other weekend to celebrate my brother's 40th birthday! I tell you...we could get really used to frequently travelling to California...wouldn't want to live there...but could definetly stand visiting on a regular basis!!
We had a great time hanging out with Michael and Teresa. Teresa's parents own a condo right across the street from the beach, so it was a PERFECT home base. We ate lots of good food, enjoyed some good weather and some amazing scenery!
Here are Scott and I our first night there eating at Brophy's on the water. EXCELLENT FOOD!
Here's the four of us later that night
Lovebirds on the pier!
Here we are before dinner at Los Arroyos in Montecito (tres chic!)...seriously, THE BEST guacamole I've ever had!! Oh...and it was at the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf in Montecito earlier that day that Teresa and I are pretty darn sure we saw the actor Jake Gyllenhaal (you know, the one dating Reese Witherspoon)!
We took a great little day trip to the Santa Barbara County wine country. The drive there was breathtaking and we even found the tasting room for a wine called Scott Cellars! It was a pretty decent wine and we brought a bottle of their "Cuvee J" home.
The birthday boy and his lovely better half! Love you both!!
As many of you know, we took a family vacation to San Diego late this summer. It was a wonderful trip and we had such a great time. Though we had a few episodes of sibling rivarly, some teasing, a little whining, occassional hearing impairment towards parental units, one almost lost child, and a few all out rental car-backseat scream-fests (*sigh*)....the girls were GEMS (insert only a small hint of sarcasm here!) and really enjoyed all we did. In fact, a common comment throughout the trip was "next time when we're here we will...." There's really alot to do in Southern California and though we managed to squeeze in a ton of fun stuff, a return trip could be completely justified!
So below are the highlights of our 5 full days there (you'll obviously need to scroll down a ways). I hope you'll enjoy seeing San Diego through our eyes!