Saturday, January 21, 2012

January Fun

One of my favorite things about living in Southern Ca is that we have the sand, surf, beautiful weather AND the mountains and snow! What a blessing to be able to "have it all". Clinton and I hadn't been to the mountains in several years, so we decided to hop in the car last week and drive up for the day. Amazingly it only took us 2 hours from the time we left our house until we were actually on the slopes! Our plan was to put Aidan in ski school and for Clinton and I to ski. Aidan quickly debunked this idea so Aidan and I played in the snow play area and sledded while Clinton skied. A great time was had by all and after watching the snowboarders and skiers all day Aidan was begging to go to snowboard school! Yay!

We have done several things with the moms group we belong to this month. We have had a couple of play dates, a clothing and toy swap, taken the munchkins hiking, and taken a field trip to the zoo. So this month we have enjoyed the warm weather AND the snow!

Last weekend we drove to Orange County and visited our friends Jacob and Suzanne. They are the ones who moved to West Virginia last summer. It was great seeing them and I think they had a great visit! So much they extended their time here! HA! What can I say about California- once it gets in your blood it is really hard to leave. I think they were sad to go back to West Virginia today. I am selfishly still holding out hope that they move back here. :)

The munchkins on our hike....
Aidan holding Ms. Chiyo's (Karens mom) hand on the hike.
All the munchkins....
After we finished the hike the kiddos found a pile of sticks. They played with them for 30 to 45 minutes and would have played longer if we didn't need to go.
see. they all have sticks in their hands.
Aidan and Karen holding hands getting ready to get on the bus at the zoo.

Today we learned about the polar bears. I LOVE these tours because they are so educational and we have our own guide. I was so happy to see the polar bears awake and playing! 9 times out of 10 when you go there they are sleeping, but they had just had their breakfast and were in a playing mood. See him playing with the ball? The polar bears and gorillas are my favorite to watch!
Story time at the zoo. Gotta love it!
playing after lunch.
yay! Aidan finally got to throw some snow balls. He has been asking to throw snow balls all winter. lol.
View from the top of the hill we sledded down. There was a chair lift that took you to the top but it wasn't running that day so we got our exercise for the day. lol.

view from the bottom of the hill.

Taking a lunch break and wearing daddies goggles.

Play time with dad after lunch.
This is a little boy named Nikita that Aidan met who is from Romania. They played and played and played. I saw Aidan with a handful of snow heading towards Nikita as he was bent down building a snowman. I KNEW what Aidan had in mind and I yelled at him to stop. But it was to late and Aidan put the snow down the back of Nikitas jacket.
Silly boy should have listened to me. Pay backs are no fun.
Aidan and Jacob. You can take the boys out of West Virginia but you can't take the West Virginia out of the boys. lol. Suzanne and I were standing there talking and the next thing we knew both boys had climbed into the back of the pick up truck. Luckily it belonged to Suzanne's friend and she was borrowing it for the weekend.
Mischievous little smiles. :)

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