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New Year’s Day Hike

January 1, 2016
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After Jeff made us a hearty and healthy breakfast, we let the kids watch some of the Rose Parade on television before getting outdoors for some fresh air and sunshine. We made our way up the Pacific Coast Highway for a family-friendly hike in Solstice Canyon. Originally setting out to check out the architectural ruins, “Darth Vader” House and waterfall, we realized we left our backpack and baby carrier at the house so we didn’t make it that far. No…

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Judah’s 5th Birthday

December 21, 2015
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With all of the gifts that Judah already receives this time of year, we wanted to celebrate his 5th birthday by doing something together as a family. My Dad is a retired mechanical engineer and used to design airplane parts. He has different models in his workshop that Judah loves to tinker and play around with. Judah loves listening to Papa’s stories and asking lots of questions, so we thought it would be fun to surprise the kids with a…

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Birthday Recap

December 4, 2015
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  There are three things I like to do on my birthday: spend time with my family, give back and enjoy a good meal. This year, Jeff took the day off and we took the kids to the non-profit Wildlife Learning Center. Their mission is to rescue and provide lifetime sanctuary to wild animals in need and to offer public education in the life sciences and conservation. I could go on and on about what a special place this is!…

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Family Food + Recipes Holiday

Thanksgiving

November 26, 2015
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For each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night, For health and food, for love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson We usually have Thanksgiving at my parents house, but this year sisters went out of town with their families so we invited my parents over to our house for a relaxed evening. Instead of cooking, I took the day off and ordered Thanksgiving meal boxes from SunCafe. Each box is organic,…

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Apple Picking Season

September 24, 2015
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We started a tradition of doing something new together as a family before Rosh Hashanah to emphasize the newness of the year. What better way to make the holiday come alive than to pick our own apples to dip in honey? These foods are symbolically eaten on Rosh Hashanah to evoke a “sweet” new year. After packing up the boys up in the car, we head out to Oak Glen for a day of fresh air, apples and Americana. When…

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Family Journal Travel

Hawaii

July 30, 2015
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You probably wouldn’t guess our boys have Hawaiian blood, especially our youngest with his porcelain skin and blue eyes. Good thing we packed hats, rash guards and ample amounts of sunscreen for a week in the Hawaiian sun. We explored the island in a Stow ‘n Go minivan while Benny napped and Judah played “I Spy with My Little Eye.” Pali Highway led us through tunnels to the lush country landscape and gorgeous white sand beaches of windward Oahu. The…

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