santa barbara

i'm playing catch-up here. i took lily to santa barbara in august and i'm finally getting around to posting about it. i have a feeling once the baby comes blogging will be even farther from my mind than it has been the last few months.

my aunt and uncle live in santa barbara (actually carpenteria). it was sorta a mini cousin reunion. i actually have over 20 first cousins, but four of us and our children were able to hang out in santa barbara for a few days. my cousin casey lives in ventura (his parents own the house in santa barbara), my cousin frank lives in texas, and my cousin holly lives in seal beach. our mother's are all sisters. lily got to run on the beach and play at the ranch in ojai with her second cousins. it was so much fun to watch them all play together.

^ second cousins!! casey's daughter charlotte (his son jack was at soccer practice that day), holly's son ben, frank's son chase, holly's daughter bridget, lily, and frank's other son preston. (ben /bridget are twins and chase/preston are twins.)



we went to the nature center again one last time before our pass expires (and i give birth). lily loves it there and this time she was smitten with a fox...or what was left of a fox. it was sorta creepy, but she loved it!


my big little girl

all of a sudden lily seems so grown up to me. she's so brave and independent. she loves to share, and she loves helping out. if she hears another child crying she gets very concerned and wants to make sure they are okay. she sets the table, brushes (and flosses) her teeth, washes her hair. she's been potty trained for 4 months now. she no longer sleeps in a crib. all day long she tells us, "i can do it myself!" every time we leave the house i hear from multiple "strangers" that her vocabulary and pronunciation are amazing. it seems like she was just born, but at the same time it seems like she's so grown up. i know when she becomes a big sister in october she's going to seem even bigger. it's so crazy! i wish i could freeze time and keep her this age for a bit longer. (sorry to sound like i'm bragging, but hey, it's my blog.)


second annual palm springs trip

last weekend we went to palm springs with a few of our friends and their children. There were 8 adults and 5 children (not counting the one in my belly). lily had so much fun playing and swimming all day long. she surprised us by wanting to swim all by her self (with her floaties of course). she was so proud of herself...she would float along and excitedly ask us, "what am i doing?" it was adorable! we all had a fun weekend and i wish we could do it more often.



quote from The Salad Days

i already posted this picture, but i just discovered this quote and it went so well with the picture...i couldn't resist.