Call it a Comeback

I apologize for my absence, it really hits you how boring life is when you have two kids in school. OR how AWESOME it is. I kid, I kid, sort of….

Averi finally picked up the whole potty situation, with a few here and there oopsies. She is in school four days a week and loves it. We had her first field trip to the Children’s museum and she had a blast.


The amazing thing about Averi is she is very independent. She made her way through the museum doing her thing and didn’t worry about anyone but herself.


I want to be like her when i grow up. Free and not giving a shit!


Kaili has been doing great in first grade and she loves going to school each and every day.


Her interest in cooking is emerging and I love it.


These two keep me on my toes every single day. They are smart, funny and just plain awful sometimes….It’s not funny if it’s not real, right.






Potty Training

Its been about two weeks with Averi in panties during the day. We have had minimal accidents with each day getting better and this morning is the fourth day she has woken up dry. Potty training Kaili was a whole other ball game, after a few days it just clicked and diapers were history. Averi hasn’t had that “moment” yet, it just gets better day by day. She needs to be reminded and I am not convinced we are out of accident territory but Monday is the day, she will be starting preschool! “Hi, I would like you to meet Averi, or as I like to call her, your problem now.” – Me, Monday morning.


Kaili is enjoying school but has mixed feeling about running club. This pre-class activity has not yet found it’s rhythm. Basically school assistants gather the 1-5th graders and have them run/walk around the school yard until the bell rings, aka 10 minutes. I thought for sure it would help me with bed time but that has not proven to be the case.

Knock on wood, it seems the girls are getting more friendly play time together opposed to just screaming at each other, it’s the little things.  It will be a fun transition to watch Averi grow into a preschooler and see how it changes her behavior at home. Hopefully that means better listening and falling asleep as the light goes out, a mom can hope, right?




Moving to First

We spent the the last weekend before school with our neighbors at our annual block party. Snow cones, games, food and even a movie under the stars.  I made too much food considering it was a pot luck but I couldn’t decide on just one dish, hashtag first world problems.

Chrissy Teigen’s roasted jalapeño and chorizo queso is good enough to put in the extra work, try it if you haven’t. I also made this Tomato tart but instead of puff pastry I made a basic pastry crust. This dish was a hit! I also, ahem, made these…The only reason I have a picture is because I made these early in the day, before I was swimming in ingredients minutes before the party started.


Eating, drinking and talking until the sun went down, it was fun to catch up with neighbors we haven’t seen in awhile aside from the casual wave from the car, and having longer convos with the ones we are closer with.


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When the sun went down we played beer pong under the lights while the kids watched Moana projected on to the side of our house.


As the night went on the crowd got smaller and just a few of us capped the night off in front of the fire pit. It was another great day, we are really lucky for all of our great neighbors.

A hot minute later it was time to walk Kaili to school for her first day of first grade.


She got the teacher she hoped for and found out her best friend will be along side her.


She had a successful first day or I should say first week. She is still eager to go on Tuesday. I’d say that is a great start.


This is Three

Averi has been three for a month now, i guess we can agree this post is a taaaad over due.

I really intended on posting about the party JoAnne had for her in Walla Walla. But since I am so behind, let’s do the Cliff notes version.She had a Trolls cake, got a Trolls back pack that she can not wait to take to preschool, and she is obsessive over her “new” blue Hydroflask.


I attempted potty training a few weeks back and that was a big fail. Long story short, she is stubborn. Can she pee in the toilet, yes. But she will do it when she wants to. I am really hoping that she decides she wants to do it all the time, very soon.


Since then we have just been enjoying the amazing weather. We spent a few days playing in Orange county and are currently ending the week in Oxnard. We have been roughing it at the beach and pool everyday. The girls are getting to the age where everything is a little easier. I can watch from the lounge chair instead of hovering over them, it’s a nice change.


The girls and I hit up the Ventura harbor one morning and had ice cream for brunch. For dessert I took them to the arcade/carousel where we played games and Kaili hit some sort of ticket Jackpot and won 1,000 tickets. We brought cheap toys back to the hotel with us, pretty sure the dolls arms are missing and the pegasus wings are gone. But days at the pool and beach are nice, everything we need is within reach, well with a hefty price but….


School starts up here in another week or so, got to soak up every last drop of summer.



Heading Home

It was time to take a break from wine tasting and switch gears. We packed up, what seemed like enough stuff for a weeks stay and headed up to the Blue Mountains for some R and R. No phone service, no internet and no cable. We basically did nothing and it was very relaxing.


We rode the quad, which Kaili LOVED, sat around the fire, roasted hot dogs, marshmallows and worked on puzzles.


Our last evening was spent packing up all our stuff and barbecuing at the neighbors place. We were ready and out the door the next morning before 9. Our plan was to hit Bend, Or. and have lunch at Deschutes Brewery.


Mission accomplished.


Once we were checked in we hit the pool. Things were looking promising but then Averi happened. Im not sure what she did but she got poked in the eye and with being tired, things went downhill. We tried our darnedest to enjoy ourselves. Walking downtown we stopped for a couple beers. I may have ordered a Corona, SHAME, I know but it was hot out and sometimes you just need a cold Corona.


Bend brewery looked like a good place to take a crying child because they had a big lawn by the river. You can bring your beers out there to sit and chat and let the kids run. It took her a while but she finally stopped crying long enough to play for a bit.


I had a place all set for dinner, a Latin kitchen with the likes of Paella. I wish I could say we enjoyed ourselves but Averi was such a hot mess that we ate and got out of there as fast as we could. The food was good but it was hard to enjoy. Once we were done, we threw in the towel and went back to the room for the night.

Our friends from Portland were weekending just outside Bend. We picked a place to meet for breakfast. It was nice to catch up, we hadn’t seen each other in years. Once we said our goodbyes we headed south, we had hotel reservations in Dixon, Ca. The sights were beautiful for a stretch of the drive.


The rest of the drive was as you would expect. Interstate 5 with not much to see all the way to San Diego. We left really early in the morning, before the sun and we were home by lunch.

Now I wonder, where can I get some good wine?




Wine and more Wine

A few weeks ago we had a winemakers dinner in San Diego with the owner and co-winemaker of Sleight of Hands Cellars.


We had a four course dinner each dish paired pretty darn well with one of their wines. Between each course, the winemaker Jerry would give a brief story on how he came from  the life of a lawyer to wine enthusiast.


At the end of the meal we were chatting with Jerry about how we are wine club members and had a trip to Walla Walla approaching in the next few weeks. He invited us to come in to the winery for a barrel tasting with the other winemaker Trey.

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It was a pretty amazing experience and interesting to hear both of the winemakers stories on how their wines are made.

My aunt and uncle from SoCal were able to fly up and join us for a wine weekend, we hit our fair share of wineries. From Lowden to downtown to the airport to Dayton and the Washington/Oregon border.




We had a very good meal at Saffron, a restaurant downtown that we should have gone to long ago.

Grilled octopus, patatas bravas and a grilled NY strip steak, cooked perfectly.



It was a very full and enjoyable weekend. We tried a few new wineries, visited some of our old favorites, had a couple wine varieties for the first time and had a few we didn’t love. We are not going home empty handed.

Fourth of July

We spent Independence day in the heart of Walla Walla at Pioneer park. There was food, games and live music, almost seemed like a scene from a movie. Sitting in the shade with popcorn and ice cream we listened to the band and people watched and let me just say, that is one of my favorite things to do.




I had sangria waiting for us in the fridge so when we got back to the house we poured a glass and patio pounded, taking dips in the pool to stay cool. Today has been the hottest one yet.



An unexpected guest showed up. She was overheated, tired and frightened by the random fireworks going off.


Once she had enough water and relaxed a bit I called the humane society, animal control and even the non emergency sheriffs station. They were NO help. She had no tags so I suggested we try to get her in the truck and take her to the humane society ourselves. She happily jumped in the back of the truck but once they were on the road she said “nope”, jumped out and took off running. Averi and I tried to find her but she was long gone. I hope someone found her before the big booms started.



We had smore’s and wine for dessert.




And once the sun started to set, we gave the girls their first sparklers and for the first time in years, let off our own fireworks. It was an enjoyable holiday, a nice change from all the rules in San Diego.