Our Halloween week was very full! We went to a a bunch of fun places (I call them field trips – haha), and of course, we had a grand time on Paprika’s favorite holiday – Halloween! 🙂
In the morning, we decorated our pumpkins and decorated the outside of our house! Paprika REALLY wanted it to look spooky for trick or treaters, so we did our best!
As soon as we were done decorating, we hopped in the car and went to the Aquarium of the Pacific. I was amazed at how much the girls knew about all the animals at the aquarium. Sometimes I wonder what they absorb from our adventures – and then I realize, they absorb everything!
This is a shark egg, due to hatch in January 2015 – the same time as I am due with our new addition! 🙂
Ginger wanted the birds to land on her so badly!
They all jumped on me! 🙂
My three little penguins – Big, Middle, and Little:
Tuesday, we spent the whole day at Disneyland! I blogged about it earlier this week, here – it was a very memorable, magical day!
On Wednesday, we had a rest day at home. Paprika did all her math for the week (seriously) – the girls read lots of books, and played legos, and created wonderful worlds of imaginative play around the house.
Paprika had her Spanish lesson over Skype with her teacher in Guatemala, who explained to Paprika all about their tradition of Day of the Dead. Her teacher was going to have a picnic at the cemetery near the graves of her ancestors. Paprika thought that was really interesting.
These are Mr. M’s Legos from when he was a child! Love that the girls have so many to play with – Legos never go bad! 😉
I have been working A LOT on getting the backyard and the rest of the house baby-ready – and decluttering all of the old owners’ stuff from the house (and garage, and backyard toolsheds).
I know I’ve mentioned it a gazillion times before, but the old owners were in their mid-90s and went to live in a retirement home. They had lived in this house since they built it in 1955, and they didn’t have any kids, so they left us EVERYTHING when we bought the house. It has been a huge undertaking sorting it all out.
I tackled the garage on Wednesday, and the girls helped me (a little), too! Mostly, they brought all the toys inside that have been living in the garage since we moved. 🙂
I know I still have a long way to go, but it’s progress, not perfection – right?! 🙂
On Thursday, we spent a good part of the day at the beach! It was pretty warm and we had the whole place to ourselves – it was a seriously deserted beach…
Paprika and Ginger had a blast, and wanted to stay until sunset:
Violet (2) had fun at first, but decided the beach was TOO sandy and wanted to go home right away! We compromised and stayed a few hours, and she had fun running up and down the beach a million times:
When it got cold, we buried each other in the sand to keep warm:
On Friday, Ginger (5) and Violet (2) had gymnastics! Ginger had a hard time at gymnastics because at the end of the lesson, the coach (apparently) said something harsh to her. I have NO idea what he said (they were on the other end of the gym) – but whatever it was, another coach had to carry Ginger off the floor, she was screaming and crying so hysterically. She was so upset, if you didn’t know better, you would have thought he’d thrown hot acid in her face.
This is before all that happened (happy times!):
She basically had a panic attack and was hardly breathing. It was horrible! Ginger is really sensitive and perfectionistic – and she takes criticism VERY hard. Once she calmed down, she swore she could never go back to gymnastics ever again. So, we’ll see.
We’ve been trying to coax her into going back because she loves it so much, and she is actually quite talented. It’s not very often that you find something you love to do, that you are naturally talented at doing, and that is GOOD for you! The trifecta! So, I hope she doesn’t give it up…
Then, after that extreme meltdown, I had to get everyone home and EXCITED for trick or treating, and all the other fun Halloween festivities we had planned! Haha.
I took a ton of pictures (on my big camera, yet to be downloaded) – they are CUTE! We went trick or treating with our nextdoor neighbors (6 year old twin boys, who the girls adore) – and overall, we recovered well. I will post a blog post about that soon, because it deserves its own post! 🙂
Here we are at the end of the night – Ginger (5) wanted to come home early from trick or treating and dress up as Giraffes – back from when I wore a giraffe costume 2 years ago, and she stuffed herself into a 12 month baby giraffe costume. Haha. We laid in bed together (dressed in our snuggly giraffe costumes) and watched Curious George Boofest on Netflix while Paprika and Violet stayed out with their dad and the neighbors trick or treating all over creation! 🙂
Here we are – I’m not great at taking selfies – I try! LOL
I am kind of relieved the hoopla of Halloween is OVER! I am ready for Fall – the weather has cooled significantly, and on Halloween night it even rained – our first rain in Los Angeles since March! I brought out the snuggly, warm clothes for the girls – packed up the summer stuff, and we are ready to begin Christmas prep! Bring it on!