Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Halloween, 2007

This year for halloween, Gabby went as a Lion and Claire went as a Flapper. Gabby actually was a princess the day before with her 'preschool' group, but decided that she wanted to be a Lion on Halloween night. They both did quite well and brought in a good haul, which Poppy was able to loot later that night after they had gone to bed.

Here's the ferocious Lion ready for the (candy) hunt.

This little Flapper wasn't quite sure what to think of Halloween. However, it only took one house for her to realize that all she had to do was say "twick o tweet" and people would give her candy. It was all fun after that.

Gabby's B-Day

Gabby celebrated her 4th birthday in October. As you can see, she was very excited about a new pink purse.
What child wouldn't smile after breaking open a pinata full of goodies, although most of them would probably not be able to stop and pose for a picture with so much candy still on the ground. You can't tell from the picture, but Poppy is in the background "strongly encouraging" Gabby to get back to the battle line and get her share of goods before they're gone.

Claire gets her turn taking a whack at the pinata with the perfect whacking stick (Dodgers Bat). She didn't do much damage, but still had fun trying.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Sea World

We took a much needed vacation with Grandma Moo to San Diego to visit Sea World, the San Diego Zoo, Tijuana, the beach and other fun things. Sea World was definitely the highlight of the trip, and the dolphin show was voted the best (even after the third time).

Gabby and Moo feeding the dolphins.

Claire holding a starfish, she wasn't quite sure what to think.

Gabby holding a starfish (always with a pose).

Lisa and Claire watching the dolphins

Somehow, Moo manages to get toilet paper stuck on her sunglasses. We won't ask how that happened.

Friday, October 19, 2007

San Diego Zoo

The San Diego Zoo was a lot of fun, here we are playing in the Bamboo by the Panda exhibit.

While looking at the monkeys, Claire decides that she wants to be a monkey too

Here we are looking at the panda bear.

Moo and the grandkids playing in the bamboo.

Tijuana, Mexico

We also slipped across the border to Tijuana for an afternoon of shopping. Lisa bravely ventured off by herself to get a pinata for Gabby's birthday, only to return with a HUGE princess pinata that we then had to lug around everywhere, including the trip back through border control which consisted of a 2 hour wait on a hot bus with no a/c, Claire's very poopy diaper, and no one that spoke English. We also had to leave half of our clothes behind in order to fit the pinata in the car (but it only cost $8.00 she says, and besides, Grandma Moo did all of the lugging anyway).

The Beach

Here we are playing at the beach, it was a little chilly, but not enough to keep us away.

Moo and Gabby looking for sea shells.

Tim and Claire playing in the water.

Gabby on the carousel on the boardwalk, surprisingly she picked the pink horse.

Tim and Claire making faces at the camera-lady.

San Diego Fires

Our fun was cut short due to the fires in Southern California. We were going to go to the Wild Animal Park on our way home, but since the animals were all evacuated, we couldn't go. Our trip was extended a day, since we couldn't get home and after close to 7 hours in the car, we ended up staying the night in Ontario, CA (only about 1 1/2 hours away from San Diego). We were able to get back home the next day after two long days of traveling. There were plenty of adventures, including reaching the highway only to find it had been closed, and not being able to turn around because the road we had just traveled on was also closed. With all stores being closed due to evacuations, potty breaks were very difficult, especially with the dozen or so truckers who had pulled over and were standing around, but desperate times call for desperate measures...

We were surrounded by fires on all sides.

This was taken out of our car window while stopped at a toll booth. The ground was actually still smoking.

Even after we were past the larger fires, the Santa Ana winds continued to supply us with a dose of danger, with wind gusts over 70 mph, and dozens of semis blown over on the side of the road.