Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Memorial Day Vacation

With the end of the semester over and summer classes just a few days away, we took the opportunity to get away for a few days. We usually like to try and go down to San Diego during Memorial Day weekend since it's our anniversary. This year, we celebrated our 6th anniversary! Wow how time flies!

Keegan has been very interested in life events lately, especially weddings and dying - why these two, i don't know! So he will see pictures of our wedding and comment that he wasn't there, so we need to get married again so he can be there. So off to the Prado we went! It was crazy on Sunday! I always forget that they have this huge food festival during the Memorial Day weekend. But we eventually made it to the Prado!
Just a little family selfie!

We first headed down to our "I Do" spot....which is where my heart stopped for a minute.

Here's Mr standing behind the wishing well, which is where Jeff and I said our vows. You know how they say things like your life flashing before your eyes and how things can happen in an instant....

So in one moment, he's standing here. And the next moment, he was gone. Did i mention this overlooks a green space? In some places it falls straight down. So i make a mad dash to see where Keegan had fallen too. Luckily, this particular spot was only a 6-7 foot drop. So he was just a bit rattled, but it could have been so much worse - thank you God! Of course, i'm crying my eyes out and Jeff looks like  he's about to have a heart attack and K says "That was Awesome!!!!"


So after that little adventure, we headed over to the Paradise Point Resort in Mission Bay. We didn't even scratch the surface of all the fun things that there was to do here, but here's some of our fun times!
Checking out the beach

Digging on the beach with Daddy

Racing trucks into the water

We also rented a FunCat - which was a little battery powered catamaran that we drove around the bay. I think that was actually one of the best new memories that we made on this trip.

Just chillin

Checking out the fish!

Time to relax!

On our way home from SD, we decided to grab a few hours at Disneyland. We rarely go during the day, what with work schedules and all. And i actually thought we would stay longer since we finally had the opportunity, but evidently 4 hours is our max. But being the daytime, we did actually do a few new things. We went on the Winnie the Pooh ride (which was new) and played around on Tom Sawyer Island (i don't care what they call it now, it will always be Tom Sawyer's Island to me - this wasn't new, but we rarely get to go since its generally closed at night) and of course, Autotopia (K's favorite ride)
We got the ride at the front of the Monorail. 

Traveling through the jungle!
We also got to do the canoes around the island. I didn't even think they still had this attraction. I hope this one never goes away - some things should never be moved to Yesteryear!



And we finished off the day saying hi to the birds at the Rainforest Cafe!



And now, back to reality. Boo!!!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Bad Mommy Blogger

So i am literally the worst blogger ever. I always say that i am going to update this, but truth be told, im much better about posting stuff on Facebook. But i still keep this around and every once in a while i'll think about it and then i fall in love with the idea of it because it's so easy to look back at how my little guy is simply growing up too damn fast.

So gee, given that my last update was, what TWO YEARS AGO!!!!! Well needless to say, alot has gone on since then:

1) He learned to ride a bike - literally in 5 minutes when Grammy and Pops were in town for his 4th birthday.
2) He got his first Disneyland pass (4 1/2)
3) He knows how to write his name (P-K school year)
4) He finally sleeps in his own bed....oh wait, who am i kidding. At least he will start at night in his bed and i can walk away while he is still awake, but he always ends up heading to our bed at some point in the middle of the night
5) We've had lots of adventures - trips to Grammy's house, Johnathan's house, cousin sleepovers with Alex, camping, a cruise to Florida, Mexico and Grand Cayman...and many more adventures planned this next year!
6) He graduated from preschool and starts kindergarten in August (pause while i wipe my eyes)
7) And he's simply the funniest, silliest, crazy boy i know!

Here's some of my favorite pics over the last few years.....
 The Neighborhood Crew: Keegan, Mollie and Lauren 
First time riding a bike - no training wheels! (June 2013)


 Silly Ice Cream Face on our Cruise (January 2012)

Mommy and K (June 2013)

Rockin the Freestyle (April 2014)

Cousin Trip to Disneyland (Spring 2014)

Trip to Grammy and Pops (April 2014)

First NASCAR Race (Spring 2014)

First Camping Trip (August 2013)

Xmas Family Pictures (December 2012)


Meeting his hero, Captain America (Disneyland, Spring 2014)



So here's my pledge to update this more often, which we all know that i will break. But at least i'll set an alarm in my calendar to remind myself that i am forgetting to document all these amazing things. Because my brain is getting old and full!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

When Mommy is away...

The boys will play....

So i've had the opportunity to leave K for a few days here and there over the past year. It's weird to think that for the first 2 1/2 years of his life, he was with me every day. The first time i left him was so hard. But i'm getting better. Plus it allows for K and Jeff to have quality daddy time, which is equally important as mommy-time!

So back in April, i left for a girls weekend. I came back home feeling totally rested and rejuvenated. It...was...awsome! And so necessary. I'm thinking a yearly girls trip is required for all mommas.

So while I was away, Jeff took K out on big brother's old scooter.
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Of course, i had to be a "mom" and give the hubby crap for K's lack of helmet here.

This past month, i've been in Washington DC as part of our summer scholars program. So it's 2 1/2 weeks without my bubba (and 4 weeks without the hubby - thanks to Grammy (my mom) she's coming to DC next week with K for the last week and a half that i am here). It's been good - i've gotten lots of work done and had some me time without feeling too guilty about it, plus K has been able to have some  quality daddy bonding time without too many meltdowns about missing mommy.

And what do Daddy's do when mommy's not home....i can't help but think about that Brady Bunch episode here...."Mom always said don't play ball in the house"!

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Mommy Day photos with JeniRae

Today, K and I spent the afternoon at Fairview park with a mommy friend, JeniRae. She took some really amazing pictures of the two of us... Just in time for mothers day! Jeff always thinks I'm strange for always having K's pictures taken...ok so maybe I did have his pictures taken every month when he was just a baby, but now it's just a few times a year. He is just growing up and changing so much all the time that I want to make sure I remember things... Or at least be able to document how he grows and changes. You see, I see him every day, so he doesn't really look all that different to me. It isn't until I see pictures of him over time that I realize that my baby is growing up!

www.jenirae.com

Thursday, April 19, 2012

The Beauty of Iphone

Ok, so I get that I'm a bit slow on these things, but it just dawned in me today (as we were searching for apps for Jeff's new IPhone - yup that's right folks, he's come to the apple team!) that maybe... Just maybe..... There might be an app for blogger where I could post blogs right from my phone or iPad, and maybe, just maybe, post in my blog more than once a season. Voila! Of course there's an app for that. And here's the proof- I'm typing this entire blog on my iPhone....,as if I needed something else to do on my phone.

So over the past few months, there's lots of things going on in the Mallicoat-Randolph household. Perhaps the big thing is that I'll be headed back to Washington for the month of June. I'll be on my own for the first two weeks and then "Grammy" will be flying out with K - just in time to celebrate our birthdays.

Last month we went to NYC and Rhode Island. Jeff and Tay joined us for a few days and we did all the tourist things. Then K and I headed up to visit the McGrady's. We had so much fun that K still asks to "go on airplane and see me friend" - he can't quite wrap his tongue around "Ethan"
Here's some fun pics from our trip...

Monday, January 30, 2012

New Year....New Intentions

I started off last summer with the best of intentions of updating my blog for all our adventures from Italy. I did pretty good for a while. And then...life took over. Then i thought, well i'll do a monthly update. Highlight the fun times like Halloween and Christmas. And then.....life took over again.

So while i'm at it, here's some of the fun times that rounded out the second half of 2011...

Somedays, it's stil a dream to me that we spent the summer in Italy. I look at the pictures and life there seems like a world away. Yet it was just a few short months ago.

Towards the end of our trip, we spent a weekend at the Amalfi Coast. The word "paradise" doesn't even begin to be able to describe the magic of that place. Sorrento was this great family oriented town where lovers would stroll the streets hand in hand, children would run and play (at night, the main drag was closed to traffic) and tourists would wander in and out of the local shops until midnight (yes, things were open that late and everyone was out to enjoy the night!)













So here we are again. New year, new intentions.

I'm going to try and post once a month - if nothing else, i'm noticing that my memory is fading. Must be mommy brain or something. But i look at Mr. K and i think he's always looked this way, that he isn't growing up as fast as i think. And then i look at a picture that's 3, 4, 6 months old and i go, wow! Or i see younger babies, and i can't ever remember him being that tiny, which i have to admit is a thought that makes me a little sad.

So being that it is still the month of January (for at least another day or so...) here's my post for the month....of course i'm posting about an event in December, but hey, that's the last time i synched my computer with my camera, and i can't seem to find the camera cord at the moment to upload the latest pictures so that's as good as it gets right now....

Back in the beginning of December, we went with the family up to a cabin in Lake Arrowhead. Let me revise that statement....we stayed at a mansion! Jeff's cousin Elise works for a property management company and this was the owners house. Gorgeous!!!! And right on the lake too. It was wonderful. We had lots of fun sitting around the big table for dinner, making smores and painting pottery. But the best part was going tubing in the snow. Keegan LOVED it. Every time he went down the hill, he was like "again". Needless to say, we'll have to go up to the snow "again" soon!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Ah Venice….


We spent the last two days in Venice. This was not my first trip down the Canal, as mom and I had spent a few days there in 2007. It’s an interesting thing….after I went the first time, I felt like, yes it was nice, but that I had been there done that. Now having gone back with Jeff (hubby) and Heidi (sister-in-law) and Linda (family friend), I feel that there are many more things to be seen in this watery city. For example, Mom and I did the whole Murano island thing and went to the Accademia when we were there. This time, we did lots of shopping (um, hello, three girls plus Jeff? Yes, there was lots of shopping) and spent some time at St. Mark’s Square. But as I look at some of the museums that are in town, I feel like I could go back and spend a few days there experiencing some of the modern art collections, which is perhaps my favorite period when it comes to art. It probably won’t happen anytime soon given all the other places in the world to be seen, but something to put on the “if I ever happen to be in Venice again, I’m going to see X, Y and Z……”

We arrived and everyone was pleasantly surprised. You see, they have been having some thunderstorms at night, so it was nice and cool, a bit overcast at times with like zero humidity. Happy campers here! Such a contrast from the last time when it was hot, sticky and sweaty (and not in a fun way, mind you). Our hotel was basic by Venice standards, but super close to the Rialto Bridge, which meant we were right in the middle of the city, a perfect place to do our exploring from. Here’s some pictures from the sights of the city.


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Alas, after just a short day and a half, we were on our way back to Florence and ready for our next adventure! Auntie Heidi and Linda will head out for Rome tomorrow and Jeff, Keegan and I are planning a trip to the park for a picnic for Daddy's last day in Firenze!