After our week in Zurich we headed to Barcelona. It was our first time back since living there. It was so much fun being back, wandering familiar streets, seeing old friends, and eating and eating.
We got to spend one night with our friends Josh and Becky. They were also visiting Barcelona and our trips overlapped one evening. So glad we got to briefly see them!
Wake up snuggles.
These two little buddies were so cute back together. LLuc kept insisting they hold hands.
First off, a delicious brunch at Petit Pot.
Then chocolate con churros at La Nena with friends.
More morning snuggles.
We found this wonderful little kids art gallery with a little play room with crafts that Adelaide loved.
Cupcakes and coffee.
A stop at our favorite market in old town.
She couldn’t believe they had heart popsicles.
We stumbled upon these really cool parade giant statues.
We loved chok and the sweet workers who were so kind to the girls and let them taste chocolate in the making.
The pistacio cronuts was amazing.
We had an incredible dinner at Toto. Our favorite of the trip.
Love wandering these streets.
Stumbled upon a great little cafe with this awesome play area in Gracia.
Even more snuggles.
Loved spending time with these sweet friends.
Checking out Quimet & Quimet. A very Catalan experience.
Wandering the streets of our old neighborhood.
Our old apartment.
More pastry eating and coffee drinking at Crusto.
We rented another great airbnb apartment right off this adorable square in Gracia. It was the perfect location.
Our last day was beautiful and sunny so we headed to the sea and rode the Funicular de Montjuïc for the first time.
A quick break for ice cream and crepes.
And our long tripped ended with two sleeping girls. It was a wonderful adventure full of ups and downs. We are so thankful to be able to explore and share the wonders of this beautiful world with our sweet girls.
After several days in the alps we headed to Zurich for a week. Josh spent the week there working. We rented this amazing apartment and felt right at home. We cooked most all our meals there and I loved the quiet mornings with the girls playing, drinking coffee, and enjoying the views out the giant windows. It was a pretty low key week for us, wandering a bit, grocery shopping, playing in the snow, and finding new parks.
We arrived to an apartment stocked with so much cheese, chocolate and pasta. It was wonderful.
The girls were so happy playing with all the new toys.
Grocery shopping and stopping for donuts.
My exploring buddies.
Headed to KinderCity, a fun kids museum.
Playing at the museum.
And playing at the apartment.
The apartment we stayed in was right next to these cool shops built into old aqueducts.
So much park swinging.
Catching snow flakes on our tongues.
Exploring old town.
We loved the fountains all around that made it so easy to stay hydrated.
Loved this sustainable shop, Circle. The owner was wonderful and it was great learning about some new sustainable brands.
We stumbled upon this cute statue.
“How did they get the fur off the bear without getting eaten?”
One day we headed up the mountain to Uetliberg in search of snow and found lots!
The kids played and played at this park even covered in snow.
More snow licking.
gathering snow to build a snowman.
We brought all the supplies needed to finish him right.
Laia accidentally stuck her gloveless hand in the snow. After that it was rather difficult convincing her back down the mountain.
Taking a break for croissants and tea.
More park playing before heading home.
A bit more exploring and shopping before heading to Barcelona!
After our time in Orlando for Pamela’s wedding we headed to Europe. Josh was working for a week in Zurich so we decided to tag along. Before Zurich we spent 4 days in the alps and it was wonderful. The train rides were fantastic, it was insanely gorgeous, and the girls LOVED the snow.
On our way!
We totally lucked out with an empty flight and the girls slept the whole time!
Straight from plane to train.
We spent our first two nights in Interlaken.
The first morning at breakfast the waiter came over and aloud asked Josh and I if we would like coffee or tea with our breakfast. Before we could answer both the girls piped up and said “Ill have tea, please”. And so they drank tea each morning.
Wandering the streets.
Taking the train up the mountain to Grindelwald.
Ready to sled 8k down the mountain.
We took a break sledding to build a snowman.
Such good snow for building snowmen.
The girls were dropping snow angels all over the place.
Sledding down through the clouds.
Into the cute Grindelwald.
View from our hotel room in Interlaken.
The girls loved looking at the maps and seeing where we were heading.
After Interlaken we headed to Zermatt for a couple days.
After arriving we took the kids ice skating for the first time.
They had these great walker things to help the kids.
They were also perfect for taking breaks.
This girl loved it and worked so hard to be able to eventually skate a bit on her own. It was fun to watch her be determined and keep trying until she figured it out.
The next day we watched curlers playing on the ice rink.
While playing at a fantastic park.
In Zermatt, no cars are allowed so some of the hotels used horse and carriage. The girls loved watching them pass by.
We took a train up the mountain for a better view of the Matterhorn.
The girls were eating and licking the snow every where we went.
What a beautiful view!
Taking a break.
Rolling, jumping, laying, eating, playing in the snow.
Picking out delicious treats.
Wandering the streets at night.
She found some more snow to eat.
Leaving the beautiful Alps for Zurich.
We loved the trains. The longer ones had these awesome play areas with a slide, climbing wall, and little boat to play on. They were wonderful.
At the end of January we were in Florida for Pamela, Josh’s sisters wedding. The girls were flower girls and loved being a part of the wedding. They also thought Pamela was the most beautiful wedding princess ever. She was. It was a wonderful week with family and we are so happy for Pamela and her new husband Nathan.
Laia eating loads of salad at the rehearsal dinner.
Loving on the bride.
Hanging with Aunt Dawn and Uncle David.
Waiting for their turn down the aisle.
Getting ready to walk down the aisle.
They got easily distracted while standing up front.
The married couple!
These cousins had so much fun together.
Adelaide apparently couldn’t help herself. Glad I caught her when I did.
We love you Aunt Pamela!
Such a happy day!!
I read a lot in 2013 and worked to try and keep it up in 2014. I again listened to a number of audio books and tried to make more of a habit of picking up whatever I was reading anytime I had a few minutes of downtime rather than looking on Facebook, reading blogs, or watching tv. For 2015 I hope to ingrain that habit more. It’s so easy to grab my phone and browse for a few minutes but I would like to avoid doing that and instead default to picking up a book and reading a few pages.
Here is my list. I’m not linking anything cause I’m guessing everyone knows how to use Amazon. Plus I’m writing this post in a bathroom in Switzerland failing miserably with the battle against jet lag.
Allegiant by Veronica Roth
Serena by Ron Rash
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Curtsies and Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
Crossing to Safety by Wallace Earle Stegner
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Farenheight 415 by Ray Bradbury
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
This is How You Loose Her by Junot Diaz
Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan
Washed and Waiting by Wesley Hill
Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler
The Answer to the Riddle is Me: A Memoir of Amnesia by David Stuart MacLean
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
Global Mom: Eight Countries, Sixteen Addresses, Five Languages, One Family by Melissa Dalton-Bradford
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Fairyland: A Memoir of my Father by Alysia Abbott
Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumoa Lahiri
An Education by Lynn Barber
Palo Alto by James Franco
Kisses From Katie by Katie J. Davis
Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok
Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion by Elizabeth L. Cline
Restoring Your Digestive Health by Jordan S. Rubin
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham
From Fear to Freedom by Rose Marie Miller
Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith by Jon Krakauer
The Birth House by Ami McKay
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
My overall favorites were Wild, Crossing to Safety, Americanah, Brain on Fire, Gilead, Girl in Translation and The Book Thief
I thought that Brain on Fire, Overdressed, and Under the Banner of Heaven were so interesting, informative and thought provoking.
Allegiant, and Curtsies and Conspiracies and both easy, fun series that are quick to get through.
Farenheight 415, Z, Fairyland, and The Birth House were slow and not my favorite. Global Mom made me mad cause the end turned the book into something I was not expecting. And Palo Alto was just bad.
This year for the first time ever, we stayed home for the Holidays. It was so nice to not travel and to have all month long to do fun activities to celebrate the season. Its always sad to not be with family but now that our family has grown, it was nice to have a quiet Christmas morning on our own opening presents as slowly as we liked. Its so much for to anticipate Christmas day with little kids and to have an excuse to do so many fun things during the Holiday season.
A visit to Santa. He is the best. He spends so much time with them chatting about life and the Holidays.
Here is their picture from this year. And just because they are too cute, their pics from the last two years.
Some of my family came in town at the beginning of December and we spent a day in San Francisco riding trollies, eating yummy food, and enjoying all the Christmas decorations at Union Square.
Gigi needed a little help making it up some of the big hills. Luckily she had a strong grandson nearby and is a good sport.
I took Adelaide to her first ballet. We went with her friend Josephine (and her mom). The girls loved it. They were practicing all their ballet moves during intermission.
Baking Christmas cookies for Santa. We spent Christmas Eve at our pastors house with a number of other people. Good food and good company. We have been blessed with wonderful community here. This was all Adelaide’s idea. Well leaving the note from Santa was mine. And totally worth the look of intrigue and excitement on her face in the morning. Christmas morning! We went to our friends the Russell’s for Christmas dinner. And ended the night with Tinkerbell and card games. We went to the zoo with some friends the day after Christmas. We saw the animals, then had a fun sunset picnic on the beach then headed back into the zoo for the Christmas lights. California snow. The girls were so excited! Enjoying Christmas gifts! Happy New Year!!
I just realized I never posted pictures from Halloween and I want to so Im going to. This year I told the girls they had to pick costumes from the stash we already had. Laia choose to be little red riding hood and Adelaide choose to be Elsa. Adelaide’s two little buddies happen to choose to be Anna and Olaf so they made quite the cute little threesome. The girls were so excited for Halloween. They love dressing up regardless so a day when everyone dresses up plus people give you candy cant be beat. Adelaide kept explaining it to Laia for weeks beforehand so they were both ready. We meet up with friends and trick or treated all together. Little kids dressed up are just too cute. Sisters Ready for trick or treating Josh was little red riding hood’s big bad wolf and I was the Mona Lisa.
These three! Perfection.
The forever sisters.
Ready to go.
Trick or treat
A couple of weeks ago we took a long weekend trip to Yosemite. It was our first time to visit and it was absolutely stunning. We were completely wooed and in awe and cannot wait to go back. We went with some friends and rented a cabin in Yosemite West. It was an easy 10 minute drive from our cabin into Yosemite valley and overall it was all very kid friendly. There were quite a few easy trails and the kids just loved being free to climb on rocks and run through meadows. It was such a magical place!
We saw a bobcat. Can you spot it?
We also saw lots of deer, a fox, and a bear!
Of course a few weeks have already passed, but we recently celebrated Laia’s 3rd birthday. She was so excited and really only kept requesting an Anna (from Frozen) doll and a birthday cake. We kept it pretty low key but got to celebrate with friends at our house and at the park. And of course there was cake. Laia has been a special addition to our family and it has been pretty amazing to watch her grow and bond over the last year. We wanted her to feel so special and loved and had so much fun celebrating her 3 years of life!
I made little party hats for all the stuffed animals and toys so that when she woke up in the morning it would already feel like a party.
Birthday fireplace. This might be turning into a tradition.
Birthday morning present opening.
Birthday visit to the pumpkin patch.
Happy Birthday sweet Laia Love. We are so happy you are ours!