The one with all the Pictures

Homeschooling is really sucking the life out of me and then the teachers went and added musical instruments, shame. Sorry, but those flutes are hidden for the rest of the week.

The girls have made friends with a group of the neighborhood kids and it has been AHmazing. They are eager to get off their zooms and go outside to play. They have been playing outside until the sun goes down and have been introduced to the game Ghosts in the Graveyard We have been at the tail end of our summer weather and we have definitely taken advantage of it.

Now that the weather is cooling down we thought it’s time to decorate for Halloween.

Fall cooking has been sparse, it’s been a lot of easy throw togethers, salads, Amy’s enchiladas and anything that could go on the grill.

I did make this recipe for roasted rack of lamb and with glass of cab and a dollop of mint jelly, it was delish.

I also made a divine chocolate mousse that hales from Waters Catering here in San Diego. So rich and soooo good.

Mummies were also on the menu one night.

The pumpkin patch was a slight let down, we tried a new one and although the girls were happy with it, there wont be a repeat visit. I think they would go back and just sit in the petting zoo the entire time.

But first, the hair.

They all decided they would rather paint theirs instead of carving. SO much easier.

To round out the Halloween fun, the girls had crazy hat day for their after school zoom.

There is no shortage of things to do, it’s just wanting to do them. I really hope 2021 brings more normalcy, ya know what I’m saying?

2020….How it started

How it’s going

Pumpkin Patching

We managed to visit three different pumpkin patches this year. I don’t think this is something anyone needs to do, but the kids had fun.


We took a day to check out the Ramona pumpkin patch. We also tried the famous cinnamon roll at the Ramona cafe…way overrated and then on to a few new wineries.


Averi had her first ever pony ride, you can tell from her face that it was exhilarating.

We painted pumpkins before school and then met Kaili for her Halloween parade.



After a mediocre dinner and a total meltdown from Averi, the girls were ready for some Trick or Treating.


Momma lasted about an hour and a half and then I was ready to get the girls to bed.

I think we successfully nailed October this year!



Trick, Treat and Tennis

Averi had a hard time waiting around for the sun to go down, she was one un happy camper.


Kaili was just eager. We were going to Trick or Treat with her little neighbor friend, I think that was the most exciting part.

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IMG_6429Averi went up to a few houses and then happily sat in the stroller taking it all in. Kaili went for about 2 hours, we finally had to drag her home to get the baby to bed.

The next morning they were both up early, as always, and thanks to DLS time ending, sleep has been shit ever since.


We spent the following weekend in Orange county watching the two final matches of the Tennis Doubles Masters. Even though the kids were in the beginning stages of colds, they did pretty good. I was thankful to have family support at the final  to help wrangle the kids so I could enjoy the match, because it was a good one.

Nick and Wags, Champions once again.

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I was dreading the drive home, traffic looked bad and both kids were on their last leg but they were fine. Both slept part of the way and I think they were so done, they didn’t even have the energy to cry about it.


Don’t Call me Pumpkin, Pumpkin.

Halloween anticipation was immense for a certain 3 year old. Every year we have gone to Bates Nut Farm pumpkin patch where she pets the animals, rides a pony and as a bonus gets a pumpkin, because let’s be honest…pumpkins are boring after a pony ride.




We got a little crafty with the pumpkins this year and sadly, I can’t blame it on Pinterest.



She knew what she wanted to be for quite a long time and she stuck to her guns, good thing because I bought the costume in early October. But her dinosaur costume wasn’t the easiest to maneuver around in, so she had a two costume Halloween.

Fairy Princess at school.



Scary dinosar at night.


I was a very proud mom watching her trick or treat. She was amazingly good, polite and so darn cute. This costume beats Elsa every day of the year!



Halloween in Photos

Along with Kaili’s early rising she has also lost her taste for breakfast. Before heading to school I asked her if she wanted to eat something, “yes chocolate!” Damn kid, it’s 8 in the morning.

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Our school had a Halloween party and I went to watch help. I walked in and caught K “playing” a game.

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Her and her bestie had fun together playing the piano, dancing, playing and I led the kids in The Spooky Walk….It’s like I never left.

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Kaili was highly intrigued with the story time/ puppet show set up. So much so, that she inserted herself into the show.

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After a gourmet lunch of pizza, I dragged her home for a much needed nap.

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We took Kaili out trick or treating with some friends and she outlasted us. She wasn’t quite sure what was happening in the beginning but she quickly caught on. All said and done I think she liked the free candy thing but every dog she came across was way more intriguing.


I vow to retire this outfit now.

October Dinner Theme {Halloween} In Pictures

This months dinner theme was to make a dish that has to do with Halloween, I am actually surprised in all these years we haven’t done this yet.  I made Jason Vorhees’ ribs, pumpkin patch hummus and ginger pumpkin cheesecake bars.
Somehow I screwed up the cheesecake bar crust, I must have measured wrong and I over cooked it. The outcome, flavor wise was good but  hard and chewy. The cheesecake part was delish.


Pumpkin + black bean chili

Shrunken head roast surprise

Mummy bacon

Cheesy fingers

Severed fingers

Jason’s ribs

Creepy egg eyeballs

Guacamole pumpkin surprise

Spider cupcakes

Ginger pumpkin cheesecake bars

Kitty liter cake

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The girls had fun playing together aka destroying the house.

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Kaili wasn’t too fond of Chris’ costume.


Cutest couple goes to these two.

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Friends don’t let friends give their baby toy guns.


Another successful dinner party. Culinary wise, this wasn’t our best but we sure had fun.

Halloween [Pin]spiration

1 week until Halloween. Did you make all the crafty decorations you wanted? How about those cute pumpkin cupcakes? No? Well you have time so here are some fun ideas.

For the Children’s Halloween Party

Spider Eggs


Mummy Juice Boxes

Source: landee See, Landee Do

{Very Simple }Jack O Lantern Mandarin Oranges

Source: Pimp My Dinner

Pumpkin Rice Krispy Treat

Source: Grin and Bake it

Witch Broomsticks

Source: Cocinandocon CatMan

For the Adult Halloween Party

Ginger Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

Source: The Outlaw Mom

Pumpkin Seed Brittle

Source: Joy of Baking

Black Widow Martini

Source: Hostess with the Mostess

Black Widow Goat Cheese Log

Source: Food and Wine

Dexter Blood Slide Suckers

Source: Forkable

DIY Decorations

Mummy Pumpkin

Source: BHG

BOO Balloons

Source: Martha Stewart

Ghosts In The Yard

Source: Inspiring Pretty

Glitter Pumpkin

Source: HGTV

Do It, For The WOW Factor!

Black Cat Cookies

Source: Gescmack

Incognito Pumpkins

Source: Etsy

Black Cat Paw Cookies

Source: Martha Stewart

Skull Cupcakes

Source: Instructables

Halloween Hoot Owl Cupcakes

Source: Land O Lakes

Getting Crafty

Halfway through October and it’s 90 degrees outside. I would have no clue that Halloween is around the corner if it weren’t for the tacky  decorations strewed along my neighbors houses. Ok Fall (disguising yourself as Summer) with your freakish weather, I give in, you win.

I am not a huge fan of Halloween but I do get excited about all the fun crafts there are to do with the kids. I  dug  into my teaching supply boxes for a couple of activities to do with Kaili. Well if I am being honest, the hand and footprint ghosts is really an activity for the adults to do but we just say it’s a kids crafts because it’s cute, a keepsake if you will.

I gave K bear a piece of paper, some Halloween stickers, showed her how to peel of the backing and let her do her thing.

Stickers =Concentration and fine motor skills. After she stuck them on she pulled them off and that is fine, but we were left with an empty canvas. So sorry, no picture for you!

The hand and footprint ghosts turned out super cute. I took her outside, mixed a little dish soap with white paint ( comes right off with water ) and once I got one footprint done, I put her foot into a bucket of water and rinsed it off. Rinse , paint, repeat. Simple!


While she was doing her craft I sang ? told?  Kaili the Five Little Pumpkins poem and she laughed at me. WTF?

I also made a failed recipe of edible Pumpkin play dough, it is in the trash now. Boo! But I have some yummy recipes to share with you soon to make up for the botched play dough.