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Surfing Sunday 01.05

Happy New Year!! It’s 2020! Where is my flying car, where is my robot maid named Rosie? We continued our annual NYE tradition of ringing in the east coast’s new year with our friends at 9pm local time, and west coast new year on our couch at home together. This year Annie had no problem…

Surfing Sunday 12.29

We had an AMAZING Christmas this year. The kids made out like bandits, I received some really thoughtful gifts, and we all got to spend extended time with our extended family. Our days since the holiday have been low-key and lovely. We’ve seen movies, played with toys, and tried to clean up the Christmas chaos….

Surfing Sunday 12.22

The Southern California weather gods have brought us rain for the next five days. That’s the closest we’ll ever get to a white Christmas, so I’ll take it! Annie and James are doing “snow dances,” but it’s only going to get into the 40s here (that’s like six or seven degrees C) so there’s no…

Surfing Sunday 12.15.19

Last Monday, we celebrated Mike’s birthday and tomorrow we celebrate our 13th wedding anniversary. Our Decembers are always crazy with celebrations, but it’s a good problem to have! I need to finish up all of my Christmas prep this week before the kids are home on winter break. Mike is also taking two weeks off…

Surfing Sunday 12.08

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We spent it in the Bay Area with Mike’s side of the family and had a really great weekend, despite the crappy weather that kept us indoors more of the time. It’s hard to believe that it’s already December…the year AND decade are just a few weeks…

Surfing Sunday 11.24

It’s been a very long, very emotional two weeks. November 7th and 8th marked one year since the mass shooting and wildfires rocked my hometown of Thousand Oaks. The city created a “Healing Garden” as a permanent memorial to 12 lives lost in the Borderline mass shooting. I went there on November 8th, the day…

Surfing Sunday 11.03

Yet another crazy week, this one defined by local wildfires. One of the fires was close enough to us that schools were closed for a few days. We had a lot of friends who needed to evacuate, and there was a thick layer of smoke overhead that created an eerie, unsettling light. The kids were…

Surfing Sunday 10.27

Have we put up any Halloween decorations yet? Nope. It’s been that kind of month. But we did finally do that pumpkin patch thing this weekend…in the 92-degree heat. I was melting but at least the kids had fun! And we got some cute pictures of the grandkids for my mom, which we always try…

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