Sunday, December 18, 2011

Christmas Craps

and cookies. Homemade gingerbread cookies!

Friday, December 16, 2011

have a cup of cheer

Santa! While Nolan whaled, Adella told Santa that she want's a "white Mary Poppins dress" for Christmas, and "Mary Poppins makeup". After many nights of researching, I found one! It's going to be a Jolly Holiday!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Turkey Trot

Adella's school hosted a Turkey Trot/food drive a week before Thanksgiving this year. All of the kids made turkey hats for the occasion and ran around a small track in the parking lot. The kids had a blast and the biggest grins on their faces while running around, the photo's are awesome. We were supposed to spend Thanksgiving at the firehouse this year, but the kids and I were sick, so we ended up just staying home :( Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


Lately it's been "Mimi I want to be a Cheeleadah", "Do my hair like a Cheeleadah", "Do Cheeleadah's wear that?".

Uniform C/O the Ruocco's! Thank you!!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Halloween 2011

On Halloween Adella went to school in her costume and the parents were invited back for a party and parade. I think it's worth mentioning that she wore her Annie wig the WHOLE day!! It was so fun to see all the little kids dressed up and proudly parading for their parents. Our neighbors ended up getting a taco stand that night, so that we didn't have to worry about cooking before trick or treating, and I was able to get into character ;o). Luckily, with the help of a sugar high, the kids were able to make it to most of the houses on our street for trick or treating. And Nolan, being that it was his first year of real trick or treating, wanted to eat every piece he was given at that very moment. So it slowed things down a bit.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Tim's 35ish Birthday

Tim is getting old! Aye. For his 35th birthday this year, I surprised him with an adventure on horseback. He had no idea what was coming to him. Everyone knows my love for horses, and riding them. So I thought it would be a GREAT idea to try and get Tim to fall in love with them, that way when the kids are all in school, and I start bugging him about leasing/purchasing a horse, he would understand that love and agree to it! All part of a master plan. I did a lot of research to find a place that rents out trail horses, has good views, and let's you do pretty much whatever you want on the horse (within reason, of course). I wanted Tim to feel the thrill of cantering, and most rental places are strict about walking only. So I found "Circle K Stables" in Burbank. We took a 2 hour trail ride up Mt. Hollywood to see the Hollywood sign. The views were amazing. We got a beautiful day and could see for miles and miles. It was just the two of us and a guide, she was great and willing to let us trot and canter as much as we wanted. Our horses were happy and well cared for, and very understanding of my English commands and Tim's newness to it all ;o). After dismounting we cowboy walked back to the car and headed to Philippes for lunch. We were both sore for at least a week. I can't wait to go back.... Tim on the other hand.... or should I say "Cowboy Jim".

Monday, November 14, 2011

Neighborhood Halloween Party

I was going to include these photo's on our Halloween post, but there were just too many. October is a big month for us, lot's of birthdays and Halloween! This year Adella wanted to be Annie, Nolan was Sandy and I was Miss Hannigan, naturally. Tim was scheduled to work on Halloween this year, so we didn't plan a costume for him (ahem, Rooster or Daddy Warbucks) but he ended up getting it off at the last minute, woohoo!

Our neighbors down the street throw a huge Halloween party every year. This year they had 2 bounce houses, a face painter, cotton candy machine :) hot dogs, snacks, AND a haunted house. They went all out between the decorations, dessert table and cupcake decorating. A lot of time went into designing and planning this party, and no detail went unnoticed!

The best part was the debut of this years Halloween costumes...

our neighbors are awesome.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Nolan's Accident

As most of you know by now, Nolan had an accident this past week and had to be hospitalized for a couple of days after grabbing some hot tea that was left on the kitchen counter. We are so grateful for all of the kind messages and phone calls, and apologize for not being able to get back to everyone. I thought it would be best to write a blog post with some pictures so that everyone can hear, from us, how it all happened.

After a fun afternoon at the pool we headed home to make dinner and tea, as we have all been fighting a nasty chest cold that seems to have infected 90% of the kids at Adella's school. Anyway, I am upstairs and hear "Oh no, no, no, no.." (typical when the kids are running around and anxious to be fed) so I thought nothing of it, but then Tim yelled for me, in a concerned tone that I knew wasn't good. So I flew down the stairs, literally never have run so fast in my life. Tim was holding Nolan, who was still in shock from it all and not quite crying yet, and then I saw the burns, and his delicate skin peeling back. We immediately put the kids in the car, and thankfully Chrissy was home at my parents house (THANK YOU CHRISSY!!!) and able to take Adella while we headed for the ER. The waiting room was empty and we were brought in with Nolan immediately. They put some gauze with saline solution on his burns, which he wasn't happy about, and then brought us into a room at CHOC. They had an Elmo movie on for him and the Child Life Specialist came by to help entertain him and keep him calm while doctors and nurses examined him. After a quick exam they decided that he needed to be transfered to the Burn Unit at UCI, where they could better determine the type of burn and watch him closely over 48 hours. I guess it can take 24-48 hours for burns to blister and really show how deep they are. Then it was time for an IV... a few nurses came in the check his veins, and one didn't even want to attempt to get a line on him because of his little veins. So a brave nurse came in and failed at 2 attempts and on the 3rd managed to get a line in his foot. This was probably the hardest thing I have ever been through, far worse than child birth or any other injury. Holding my baby screaming in pain and fighting to get away from the needles as they were fishing around was the WORST. After they finally got a line on his foot, they gave him some morphine, I could feel his whole body relax and he pleasantly fell asleep to Elmo on TV. (Thank god for Elmo, those people against allowing their kids to watch TV are weird) Within minutes of him falling asleep, some other nurse came in to start examining him, and then lights were being turned back on, decisions were being made, and all I wanted was for my baby to get a little bit of sleep (it was close to 9 at this point). We did a lot of waiting until finally they got us a transfer to UCI, I was strapped into a gurney and held Nolan during the ride in the ambulance. He fell asleep again, only to be woken up in another 20 minutes. We were brought right into his room at the Burn Unit, and the night nurse did a quick evaluation and explained what was to happen the next day. Finally I was able to put Nolan to sleep in the crib they brought in, at this point it was close to 12:00. Tim drove home to get some things knowing we would be there for a couple of days. Nolan woke up a few times throughout the night, so it took a lot of comforting to get him to sleep.

The next morning he was able to sleep till about 7:00, and seemed to be in good spirits. He wanted to get down and play, so the nurses told us about the play room just a few steps away. It was a miracle. Tons of books and toys for Nolan to get into and toss around, he was having a blast and didn't even notice the burns or struggle with the IV in his foot. Around 9:00 the doctors came in to do a procedure to clean the burns and apply dressings to help with healing. Nolan was heavily sedated and pretty much out during the whole thing, which only lasted about 15 minutes. He was pretty fussy the rest of the morning, and just needed to sleep. He managed a couple of naps throughout the day, and we took advantage to catch up on sleep ourselves. In the afternoon a nurse in his unit brought a big red wagon over, so we cruised the halls and waved to all the people, it provided some great entertainment. As bed time approached we thought it would be a good idea to give Nolan some good pain medication to help him sleep, so he got tylenol with codeine. Big mistake! He was WIRED!! I have never seen him so crazy, and happy and giggly. It ended up having the reverse effect on him, rather then getting sleepy, he got crazy. 2 hours later he finally fell asleep, 9:00 pm!!! Thankfully the night nurse let him and us sleep. She didn't bug him in the middle of the night to check vitals. He needed the rest, and woke around 8:00 am the next day.

After breakfast and more playtime in the playroom, the nurses came in to show us how to change his dressings, something we will need to do for the next 2 weeks. He has a special patch that acts as a scab, to allow for healing underneath, and we need to change the dressings that are over it everyday. He can't take a bath for 2 weeks and needs to stay inside. He's at a risk for infection, so we really have to be careful. We were discharged around 9:45am, and happy to head home. Nolan took a nice long nap in his bed when we got home and was thrilled to be allowed to run around on the floor again.

Right now he is needing a lot of love, and Mimi. He wants to play, but needs me to be with him all the time. He doesn't seem to be in any pain, just a little more fussy than usual, which is expected. We'll have follow up appointments at the burn clinic for 6 months, and the burns should fully heal in about a year. Nolan was such a great, and cute, patient. Everyone was wonderful at the hospital and we are so grateful for that. We plan to donate a bunch of new toys to the Burn Unit and if anyone is interested in contributing, let us know. Their toys need a little updating, and some batteries ;o).

*Nolan had to wear a mask when out in the halls or playroom because of his cold.

**Happier posts of Halloween will come soon...

Thursday, October 27, 2011


While out on Pops boat a couple weeks back, we became surrounded by hundreds of Dolphins headed towards a big kelp bed to feed. It was like an episode of National Geographic, we had never seen anything like it. Here is a link to one of many videos I took:

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Tanaka Farms 2011

Last weekend we went to Tanaka Farms for our annual pumpkin picking. It was our second year going with the Bosick family, and we hope to continue the tradition for years to come. Lunch and beer at BJ's after was an added bonus, and a good way to kill a Saturday. The kids have all grown a lot since last year.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Family Photo Album 2011

It's ready to view!!! Having these photo's taken of our family every year (sometimes twice) is really the best gift ever. We just love Ginette's candid style of photography, and how she really has a creative eye which can't be taught. The texture's that she places on the photo's gives them a lot of depth and interest, more of artsy feel. She knows me well! Plus I think it really makes the subjects stand out, in this case our babes! Check out the link below.
Password: Family (The password is case sensitive, so you must use a capital "F")

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Our Little Ballerina

Look who started dance again! Adella is enrolled in a 3/4 year old combo class, which is 20 minutes of tap, 20 minutes of ballet, and 20 of tumbling. She was so excited to start dancing again and has been leaping and sashaying around the house since.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Getting Festive

October 1st means it's a go for us to start decorating the house for Halloween! Here is a little peak into our seasonal decor.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Family Photo's

We had another round of family photo's taken by Ginette last week, if you haven't noticed we try to do them at least once a year. As you all know, I am a planner and I planned everything out far in advance, wardrobe, setting, food, etc. But nothing ever goes as planned, Adella was in the midst of a cold, Nolan was teething terribly, and we had a thick marine layer the morning of. Somehow, with Ginette's patience and creativity, she was able to capture some beautiful photo's and filter out all the cranky faced ones. To see a sneak peak click HERE.

I will post a link to the album once it's available to view and purchase if you are interested.

Sunday, September 25, 2011


If you haven't heard yet, Pops got an awesome new boat. Adella joined us (while tutu watched Nolan) to Christen the boat (yet to be named). It also happened to be the Tall Ships weekend, so she had a blast checking out all the big "pirate boats".


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