Halloween 2016

Every year we go to the Barnyard in Carmel to take the kids trick-or-treating at the shops.

Fun weekend filled with Halloween adventures! Trick-or-treating in Oldtown Salinas yesterday then Carmel Barnyard today. Pumpkin patch and carving pumpkins tonight.

This year, we actually got a picture taken, and the kids got their faces painted! Super fun event.

Halloween 2016

Halloween 2016

Halloween 2016

Halloween 2016

After that we picked up our pumpkin from the pumpking patch, then carved it later that day.

Halloween 2016

Halloween 2016

We also took the kids to downtown Salinas trick-or-treating… man they scored lots of candy and its not even halloween yet!

Halloween 2016

Halloween 2016

On Halloween we went around our neighborhood.

Halloween 2016

Halloween 2016

Halloween 2016

Oh, forgot to mention — if you couldn’t tell — Vincent was Jack Skellington from Nightmare Before Christmas, and Melanie was Princess Jasmine from Aladdin.

Vincent’s School Work

He comes home with this dirty face everyday! Dude, wash your hands, and … don’t touch your face!

Vincent First Day of School Kindergarten

Picture 1 – top left – what he thinks about RESPECT
Picture 2 – Why did he spell his name backwards?
Picture 3 – Self portrait.

This might be a long school year….

Vinny’s First Day of Kindergarten

Vincent’s first day of school! We got him a blue backpack from L.L. Bean and a matching blue lunch box! I attempted the cool chalkboard art thingie, but it just turned out horrible. Oh well! Melanie wanted to be in on the first day of school picture, which made me remember back to when i was the youngest sibling of the pack and wanted to be in my older sister’s first day of school pictures!

Vincent First Day of School Kindergarten

Melanie wanted to be in on the first day of school picture, which made me remember back to when i was the youngest sibling of the pack and wanted to be in my older sister’s first day of school pictures!

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Up until now, Vincent has been getting our help in getting dressed, and ready for the day. But since Dad has to now drop him off at school while Mom drops off Melanie at her daycare on the way to her work,… that means we all have to be heading out the door by 7:55am. Vincent also has to eat breakfast now! Waffles (no syrup on school days!) cereal, banana, yogurt/granola are the staples. Sometimes he eats all of those things in one breakfast!
Vincent First Day of School Kindergarten

We gave money to Vincent to buy lunch. Told him “put it in his pocket and don’t give it to anyone except to pay for your lunch, okay?” Haha! He came back from the first day, and still had the money! Um, did you eat lunch Vinny? I think he did… but who knows…

 

Vincent First Day of School Kindergarten

Vincent First Day of School Kindergarten

His Kinder only goes until 11:15, so afterwards he eats lunch and goes to extended daycare onsite.

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Hawaii Vacation 2016

We took our annual vacation to visit my parents in Hawaii. We also stayed at the Disney Aulani Hotel for a few days, and had Vinny’s 5th birthday party (with a Robots Movie theme).

Hawaii iPhone Pics

Hawaii iPhone Pics

On the Airplane ready to go.

Hawaii iPhone Pics

First stop Matsumoto’s Shave Ice.

Hawaii iPhone Pics

Hawaii iPhone Pics

Had fun walking around Haleiwa.

Hawaii iPhone Pics

Next day we went to Sea Life Park to see the dolphins swim backwards.

Hawaii iPhone Pics

Disney Aulani PhotoPass

Disney Aulani PhotoPass

Disney Aulani PhotoPass

Disney Aulani Hotel Hawaii

Had lots of fun swimming in the pool with the lifejackets

Disney Aulani Hotel Hawaii

Disney Aulani Hotel Hawaii

Disney Aulani Hotel Hawaii

Disney Aulani Hotel Hawaii

Disney Aulani Hotel Hawaii

Vinny’s 5th birthday party

Hawaii 2016 Trip

Hawaii 2016 Trip

Hawaii 2016 Trip

Hawaii 2016 Trip

Hawaii 2016 Trip
A Cool sign from my uncle!

Hawaii 2016 Trip

Hawaii 2016 Trip

Happy Easter 2016

Easter 2016

Vincent woke up bright and early and discovered the Easter Bunny had come to visit him and his sister! We were still in bed and he came running to tell us! He also asked to open his Monster Truck that he called “Scooby Doo” because he had a tongue on his grill. He also opened up a Cadburry egg but i convinced him (threatened him) not to eat it yet!

Melanie had to wait till Mommy got up out of bed to join the fun.

Easter 2016

Vincent was could not wait to open the wrapped gift that they had to share. It was a play-doh cupcake maker.

Easter 2016

Easter 2016

We played with it right away of course.

Easter 2016

Melanie’s gift was a Minnie Mouse figurine. She has a bathing suit, shoes, and a bow that are removable.

They also got a lot of candies of course.

Easter 2016

Melanie squared in on the chocolate bunny right way. Somehow she knew it was chocolate? I let them have a bit before making breakfast.

Easter 2016

Melanie was making me laugh because she liked the stuffed bunny and was hugging it and kissing it, but two moments later i found her with the play electric screwdriver digging its eyes and ears out! LOL. Of course i laughed and so she started to come after ME with the screwdriver. Wacky kid.

After hanging for a bit and Dad waking up, we ate breakfast, played a bit, and then did our egg hunt in the backyard.

Easter 2016

Vinny was being a little mean and saying “Hahaha, nana-nana, i got the egg!” not directly at Melanie but just boasting at his success. But you know Melanie got just as many as Vincent.

For lunch we headed over to Oma’s house (Pop-pop was out of town) where they had more Easter baskets. Oma hid them. Vinny found his first in the front living room.

Easter 2016 at In-Laws

Vinny had a minion coloring book, a wind-up car and some treats.

Easter 2016 at In-Laws

In Melanie’s basket, she had 2 Frozen coloring books.

Easter 2016 at In-Laws

She had so much fun coloring. She still gets confused by her color names, but she is really good at coloring. She was so engrossed she had a hard time making a decision to stop coloring when we had to decorate the eggs. She wanted to go but got mad at me for putting the pen away!

Easter 2016 at In-Laws

Easter 2016 at In-Laws

We also dyed some eggs. Vincent had a Paw Patrol kid and Melanie had a Frozen kit.

Easter 2016 at In-Laws

Oma had decorated some eggs with flowers and stickers.

Easter 2016 at In-Laws

The kids had fun playing with a ballon Vinny had bought last week for Pop-pop’s birthday.

Easter 2016 at In-Laws

Easter 2016

I bought the kids Aquabots – a pretend fish toy that floats around in water. It was a really cool find and the kids loved it.

I took some portraits of the kids separately because it is pretty much impossible to get a good picture of the two of them, especially on an exciting day.

Easter 2016 at In-Laws

Easter 2016 at In-Laws

She got up on the chair all by herself, so she is looking proud!

Easter Portraits Melanie 2016

“Don’t run in the street Melanie!” — see so mischievous

Easter Portraits Melanie 2016

With her latest friend Pikachu.

Easter Portraits Melanie 2016

Wearing mommy’s necklace after she insisted i take it off to give to her.

Easter Portraits Melanie 2016

She loves flowers and thinks all of them are dandelions which you can blow. (Luckily, this one was a dandelion)

Easter Portraits Melanie 2016

She’s trying really hard!

Easter Portraits Vincent 2016

I convinced Vinny to take some pictures in lieu of nap time. NO BRAINER right? Haha!

Easter Portraits Vincent 2016

Easter Portraits Vincent 2016

He insisted on not wearing shoes outside so he didnt like his feet on the bare grass, which lead to the idea of a blanket (on the grass….) but somehow, it only made it to the concrete.

Easter Portraits Vincent 2016

“Mommy, pretend you are the Easter bunny and i am sleeping!”

Easter Portraits Vincent 2016

This kid moves so fast i can never get a crisp/clear photo!

Easter Portraits Vincent 2016

Marina Easter Egg Hunt 2016

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We go every year now to the Marina Easter Egg hunt. Kids love it. They got lots of eggs this year!

Spring 2016

Spring 2016

Easter Egg Hunt 2016

Easter Egg Hunt 2016

Happy Birthday Pop-pop! Hike to Toro, Soup and Birthday Cake

We took Pop-pop on a hike to Toro Park (or more like, he took us!) for his birthday on Saturday.

HappyBirthdayPopPop-2016

Spring 2016

Toro Park Ridge Hike

Toro Park Ridge Hike

Spring 2016

The grass was green and purple flowers were starting to bloom! Spring has sprung!

Toro Park Ridge Hike

Melanie did great walking on the trail all by herself.

Toro Park Ridge Hike

Vinny complained and wanted to be picked up! But he did great “jumping” the little stream we had to cross (forgot a pic!).

On Tuesday night i cooked some Italian Sausage Soup for dinner and brought it over. We also picked up a BR Ice Cream Cake!

Pop Pop Birthday Cake 2016

I think this was the kids’ first ice cream cake. Needless to say it was a hit. They helped Pop-pop blow out the candles and each wanted seconds.

St. Patrick’s Day 2016

St Patricks Day Portraits 2016

St Patricks Day Portraits 2016

St Patricks Day Portraits 2016

St Patricks Day Portraits 2016

St Patricks Day Portraits 2016

St Patricks Day Portraits 2016

St Patricks Day Portraits 2016

St Patricks Day Portraits 2016

St Patricks Day Portraits 2016

Spring 2016

Melanie is 2 years old!

Yosemite Snow Trip

I cannot believe how much my baby girl has grown in the past several months! She talks a lot, understands almost everything, and has the most mischievous smile! She is definitely a “momma’s” girl no doubt about it. She cries whenever i leave the house. She is really SMART! It is amazing to me how much she talks and understands at 2 years old. Comparing her to Vinny, Vinny was a mute! He did not say anything or really communicate with us at all till around 3!

March 2016

Currently obsessed with:

Winter Holiday 2015
Carring around her entourange of stuff!

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Her hat and jacket!

Dry Erase Board / Easel - Melanie
She loves to make art!

Winter 2015-2016
She is great and kicking balls!

March 2016

Breakfast Time

Currently likes to eat (or shall is say, WILL eat… its a pretty short list!):

Melanie's 2nd Birthday Celebration

Current Routine:

Feb-March 2016

VIDEOS
Hadn’t posted in a while, so some of these are a little old. This first one is from when she was 19 months old. She went through a phase of really being obsessed with her stuffed animal she calls “kitty”. Today she still loves kitty but it doesnt get dragged around quite as much… But she does get attached to certain things for a few days.

Here she is at 20 months, playing hide and seek. This is the first time i realized she knew the game, and said BOO! LOL!

She also is obsessed with combing my hair, but she hates it when you try to comb hers! (22 months old):

 

Dr. Checkup – she is underweight but besides that healthy!

Feb-March 2016

Feb-March 2016

Sibling Love

March 2016

Melanie and Vinny have lots of fun together. Of course they always get jealous of each other but in general the get a long really well! It is funny to me when Vinny asks Melanie if he wants to play with her, and a lot of times Melanie will say “uhhh, no?” or not give him the right answer and he gets really upset. LOL. They love each other so much. They rough house a lot! Their favorite thing to do is jump and wrestle on the bed. They also love chasing each other. Vincent thinks Melanie is just a crack up.

March Portraits

Feb-March 2016

Winter 2015-2016

Winter 2015-2016

Running in circle at the mall:

Melanie and Vinny acting silly:


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