Keeping up with our busy Navy lives....wherever we live :)

Monday, October 27, 2014


We treated the girls to their FIRST (and likely last....since I'm hoping they age out of this by the time we return from Japan) 
ChuckECheese Birthday Party!
We did it in San Jose so we would be closest to the majority of the family/friends invited. Needless to say....they LOVED it!!! 
 The birthday girl got to to the "TICKETBLASTER"!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Fall Festival

Our elementary school PTA hosted its annual Fall Festival event this past Friday.
The turnout was amazing, and the kids had a blast playing games at each booth.
They had a cake walk, pumpkin decorating contest, popcorn, candy apples, and more!

7 years old!!!

Abby celebrated her 7th birthday last weekend!
The girls woke up to their American Dolls!
That night we celebrated with friends/neighbors on our porch with cake!!
And the next day we met Aunt Amy in Palo Alto for a visit to the American Girl store to buy doll outfits!
Thank you to EVERYONE who sent money--they loved shopping for their doll outfits!
(even if it gave us adults a in a candy shop of dolls)
 She woke up to her GIANT birthday donut!!
 And she requested sushi as her birthday meal
 "Frozen" cake on our porch with friends
 Shopping at the American Girl store with Aunt Amy
And the packaging aftermath.....
 She loves wearing her matching outfit with her doll!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Pumpkin Patch Visit

We made it out for an obligatory Pumpkin Patch visit today!
We were lucky to have today off from we avoided the weekend crowds!
They each picked their pumpkins, and we completed the corn maze!!

Visit down South

The girls and I just returned from a FUN 4-day trip down south to visit family!
They had the week off for Fall break....and we took full advantage (Mike had to stay behind as his school was still in session!)!!
 Early birthday celebration with family--These girls will be 5 & 7 SOON!!
Playing air hockey with Sheila
I was lucky to get an run in each day!  This was my Monday run view at Pt Fermin
 Monday we visited the Redondo Beach Pier with Great-Grandpa Bob
 Lunch at the pier---Maddy still impresses me from time to time!
She ordered (and ate!!) clam chowder, fried shrimp, and tasted my crab cake and linguini and clams pasta!!
 Tuesday: We made a quick trip to play tennis, play at the park, and then headed down to the harbor to visit the Maritime museum. They had a wonderful kids scavenger hunt which the girls both loved.
Then after lunch we headed out to Cabrillo beach for some tide pool fun.
 Maddy's face of disgust after touching the sea anemone
 So proud of herself that she was in the water
 Wednesday: We started with a morning run/ride down at the harbor, and we were there just in time for the first fountain display of the day!
 Later that afternoon we picked up Grandma Donna and we headed to the La Brea Tar Pits
 Active tar bubble!! They were all over the property
 We finished off our last night in town with an obligatory trip to the girls favorite....the Chinese Buffet!! Maddy even asked to try the green tea ice cream!
And Henry did the final bedtime reading!!

Mike, Allison, Abby and Roxy Smith

Living life in beautiful Virginia Beach, VA!