The return of one of my favorites! I am so happy to have this customizable family branch necklace back in the shop. This necklace features a sterling silver branch with up to 5 letters stamped on the leaves. It hangs with this cute sparrow charm and a gemstone.
I'm wearing mine with the 4 kids birthstones. Edwin even got a leaf on my branch :)
On the way home from Disney last weekend we met some of our cousins for lunch in LA, followed by a quick walk down the Santa Monica Pier.
You may notice all my pictures from the weekend are Instagram. Can you believe on such a special weekend I forgot my camera? Well, I only had 5 people to pack for an hour before we left. Lucky I didn't forget a kid! Thank goodness for iphone cameras....
We pulled it off. A surprise trip to Disneyland along with Ronnie's BFF and family.
We almost made it 4 years in California without having to go. I was totally intimidated about the cost, the planning involved, the crowds, the lines.
But it wasn't so bad! We spent two days in Disneyland park and did most of the attractions (some twice!), with no advance planning at all.
Mickey Mouse beignets!
Not only was it Ronnie, Ben, Lila and Noe's first trip to Disneyland, but it was also a first for me. MY favorites - the Peter Pan ride, Haunted Mansion and the fireworks. The kids' favorites - every last minute!
Everyone had a ball and it just about went off without a hitch!
Fuddrucker's has been one of our favorite family dinner places, whether it is here in California, back in Baltimore, or WAYYY back in Houston. Last night after some burgers and onion rings, we played a few rounds of air hockey.
We never go to Fuddrucker's without reminding Ronnie of that fateful night 9 years ago. We were having dinner at Fuddrucker's when she decided to join us in this world. My OB-gyn said "pack it up and get to the hospital." I never did get to eat that meal.
Edwin ate my "frings" in the labor and delivery room and Grandpa Terry got my burger. All I got was ice chips. And Ronnie :)
Something told me this was the weekend to try making the kids' sock monkeys. Everyone had already picked out their socks, and Sunday was all clear for sewing.
This project was a little more time consuming than expected! I used this tutorial from Craft Passion. Lila helped me stuff some ears and Ben kept all his pieces in order. Here was the end result.
Hard to resist a girl and her monkey!
There are only three because Ronnie wants to make her own another time (sucker!). She had a project of her own. She was nursing this little guy back to health because it had a wounded wing, apparently.
It must have worked, because right after this picture, it spread its wings and flew off (ie escaped) back into the wild.