Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Family Photo Shoot - Baker Beach, San Francisco

Last weekend I spent some time with the "B" family at Baker Beach.  We got lucky and had a beautiful 70 degree day. Little A was a ham and had a fun time playing in the sand.  Her little brother was more shy and decided to stick close to mom and dad.  All in all we had a fun time hanging out and enjoying the sunshine!

You wouldn't even know it in this one, but the kids are hugging their legs....

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Monterey Bay Aquarium

We took K to the Monterey Bay Aquarium for his first birthday.  To be honest, I was really excited to go.  I haven't been there in years and was hoping to be amazed.  Let me tell you, the day was fantastic.

Everything about the aquarium rocked.  It wasn't overly crowded, the people who work there were very friendly and helpful, the food was delicious and decently priced.  We ate in the cafeteria section, not the fine dining, but it didn't feel like cafeteria food.  They had a grill, kid menus, alcohol, and a lot of fresh salad and fruit.  Their souvenir shop wasn't overly pricy either. And lastly, the whole point of the aquarium...the fish!  They were beautiful, funny, and cute.

Everything came together nicely to celebrate K's big day.  Here are some of the photos from our day.

There was one penguin, Betty, who kept playing with K and he thought it was the best thing in the world.

I think my boys had a fun day.....

Monday, November 1, 2010

First Birthday Party

I haven't written in a month because I've been planning the mother of all birthday parties!  This past weekend we celebrated K's first birthday.  We decided to do a Halloween/first birthday party so the kiddos could wear their costumes.  Who doesn't love to see a bunch of one year olds in costumes?  Thanks to all who attended we had a blast!

I've been taking a picture a day (roughly) of K since he was born.  I decided to do something with some of the photos for the party.  I had seen this online before here and really liked it.

 This was my first time etching a pumpkin, and I think it turned out pretty good.

Additional party decorations......

It was supposed to rain, so we decided to decorate the garage to have more space.  Not the prettiest place to take pictures, but it worked out.  Lucky for us it only rained a little bit.  The lanterns I made following Martha Stewart's directions.

I got so involved in the party, I forgot to take too many pictures of the food.  For lunch we had some kid-friendly comfort foods.  Homemade (non-spicy) chili, macaroni and cheese, chicken wings, green and fruit salads, and some huge pieces of cornbread!  (The mini hot dogs were actually appetizers)

I'm a huge dessert person so I felt like we needed some varieties.  Guests could take a little of everything home with them.

And last but not least, it was time for cake!  K had a really good time with it.

 All in all I think the party was a success!