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With the cold weather finally hitting us, it's time to post our apple-picking adventure this year.  But as you'll notice from the pictures, we went apple picking very early this year, in October to be exact!  Previous years, we've gone apple picking in November and were usually left with little to pick from.  So this year, we decided to go early and got to see all of the trees full of beautiful apples.  The only down side is that the weather was still very warm!  But I got some lovely pictures which I turned into our Christmas card this year.  We made a couple of pies with our selection this year.  Happy wedding day to many who have chosen to tie the knot on this 12-13-14!  

Selected our tool for apple picking.


Ahgoo became a little obssessed with putting an apple on her head.

Apples and firewood.

Leaf-picking

Buzz HAD to ride the tracter.

Wearing her leaf in her hair.

This little girl, I love her so.

My favorite little boy in the world.

Daddy and his little girl.

These two.
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Posted December 13, 2014


Just because it's been waaaay too long since Toby's made his appearance on this blog!  Toby enjoyed an after-school/work stroll down to the beach at Terranea Resort.  Toby enjoyed the beach as he usually do, just hanging out on the dry sand.

Chilling on the sand.

A girl and her dog.

Enjoying each other's company.

Buzz have really grown to love Toby.

I loved the smiles on these two.

My little Toby.
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Posted December 5, 2014


We had so much to be thankful for this year.  We took a quick trip to Arizona to spend our very first Thanksgiving with my In-Laws in their brand new retirement home!  I, of course, stupidly forgot to make boarding arrangements for Toby until a week before!  From past experience I knew that we were in trouble.  Sure enough, every single place within ten miles of us were completely full!  Thankfully, I found VCA Elliot in Tempe, AZ that had availability.  Turns out they were fantastic!  The staff were the most friendly I've ever encountered.  This will be our go-to place for Toby whenever we take trip to Arizona.  The only small inconvenience is that we had to make sure to get there before they close for the day.  With an hour difference, we got to VCA with only minutes to spare!  

For Thanksgiving, we had glorious 80-degrees weather so the kids got some much-anticipated pool time.  We also visited the Phoenix zoo.  The rest of Thanksgiving is filled with lovely walks with beautiful views of the Superstition Mountains, yummy food (including TWO pies!), and even a date night sans kids.  It was a very relaxing trip.  Enjoy the pics.

Late afternoon stroll through the neighborhood.


Buzz looked forward to cooking Thanksgiving meal with Grandma all week.  Yes, I made him his very own chef's hat.

Ahgoo and Grandpa at the Phoenix zoo.

Turkey and all the fixings!

Ahgoo LOVED pool time!

The aligator wrestlers!

Ahgoo was determined to brush every single sheep in the petting zoo.  She succeeded.

Buzz, the future astronomer.

I loved this little house, so colorful.

Million-Dollar Tacos at Deseo, so yummy!
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Posted December 4, 2014












































































































































































































































































































































































































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