California Dreamin'

What a beautiful week!

Dave had an interview at UNLV on Nov. 1st. We spent the night at our good friend's casa (thanks Tyler and Sarah!) and we had so much fun. I loved hangin out with ma girl and her sweet little guy Trey. We have missed them!

Initially we were just going to go to Vegas and come back, but the fact that home sweet home CA is only a short 4 hours from there kept coaxing us with thoughts of sunshine, waves, and family. It didn't take much convincing. Dave was only able to be there until Sunday - darn school. But I was able to stick around for the whole week (my excuse was dr. appts and helping my sis plan her wedding, she flew in from HI).

Sally and I missed Dave SO SO much. Nonetheless, a great time was had. The surf report said "flat" pretty much all week - which is my cuppa tea! There were micro perfect little peelers all week, without the crowd. We went to the beach four different days, and I got to surf three times! So refreshing and rejuvenating. Can't wait until I can take little Sally out there. She's gonna be a shredda. Well, if Dave teaches her.

To our families - thank you for the awesome time we had! We already miss you. But we will be back soon, as the ocean keeps a callin'.

Minnie Mouse

Here is our little Minnie Mouse. We were driving to Las Vegas on Halloween day (Dave had an interview there the next day), so we thought we'd just have her dressed up for the ride. The costume lasted all of an hour before you-know-what happened. Luckily the only part of the costume we bought were the ears. And of course she doesn't have enough hair to clip them onto (even though she has a lot of hair for a baby)...so the only thing i could find to clip them on was that white beanie hahaha. Oh man. We do Halloween right, don't we? ;)

The Big Red Barn - Pumpkin Patching

Dave and I have a thing about Halloween - we don't really like it. The whole month of October is lost on us as far as festivities go. To me it is just a segue into Fall and Thanksgiving and Christmas music - the real fun :) However, I did want to start one tradition as a new little family - the pumpkin patch. We found the perfect one in Santaquin, the Big Red Barn. The Red Barn has all sorts of yummy things - we enjoyed our fresh apple cider donuts and homemade ice cream. Delicious. From the barn you take a tractor-pulled hayride through their orchards, all the way out to a pumpkin patch. There were potatoe-sack slides, a maze, and other fun things to do. Of course Sally didn't quite grasp the excitement of it all, but Dave and I sure had a great time.

Alpine Loop

We like to drive the Alpine Loop every fall. Usually the road is lined with bright yellow-leaved aspens. This year we must have done the drive a little to late (Oct. 16) - everything was brown and dead. But, it was still nice to get out and smell the fresh mountain air.