Jurassic Quest

I’ve been hearing about a Jurassic Park type of experience with real life dinosaurs for quiet some time. So when I saw that it was coming to tour town, I looked up tickets and saved the date on our calendar. Then we were hit by the really scary and crazy Woolsey fire in Ventura. However, after being glued to the tv and sitting at home for a few days, we needed an outing. Thankfully this was the perfect adventure to get us out of our city.

We walked in and saw the life size dinosaurs right away! They were moving, making noise and they even felt like (well, what I imagine) a dinosaur would feel like. My kids were in awe!

Next we walked into one of the pavilions that felt like you were inside the movie, Jurassic Park. 

It was so cool!!!

Do you remember these little guys from the movie? Well it turns out they weren’t supposed to be small. In fact they are really big!

Next up was a little “petting area”. Kids got to sit, touch and play around with the dinosaurs.

In the next pavilion we checked out the “Live” show. One of the dinosaurs came over to Jacob!


Next up we checked out some rides. The kids got to ride in jeeps just like they did in the movie. Sarah liked this ride so much, she went twice.

After a few rides we checked out the craft pavilion. There was fossils, puppet making, fossil impressions, excavation and more.

What a fun day with the family!

If you are looking for a fun family event, I highly suggest the Jurassic Quest experience. To find one in your town, click here.

Halloween Playdate {2018}

Every year Sarah invites a handful of friends over for a Halloween Costume Playdate. This year she invited a few classmates from school.

We made an invite and created a menu.

Unfortunately I was in party mode and only remembered to take a few pictures of the party food.

We decided to split Sarah’s friend and their siblings into two tables. That way Sarah can host her friends and Jacob can host the siblings. I love place cards, but with such a casual setting it was necessary so Sarah wrote everyone’s name on their goody bag and we used that to mark their spot.   

We also made mummy juice boxes with silly faces.

Since it was lunch time the kids got to make individual mummy pizzas. I set out English muffins, sauce, olives and string cheese. 

After lunch we made edible spiders (pretzels and giant marshmallows).

Next we decorated pumpkin shaped cookies.

We took a little food break and went outside to play. The moms even got in on the action!

The kids also played pin the nose on the witch.

We ended the afternoon with a little nail salon station so Sarah could paint her friends nails.

Thank you to our sweet friends for the fun afternoon! 

To see previous playdates click below.

Halloween Playdate {2017}

Halloween Playdate {2016}

Halloween Playdate {2015}

Halloween Playdate {2014}

Halloween Playdate {2013}

Pumpkin Patch {2018}

It’s fall ya’ll! The weather is still warm during the day here in So Cal, but the mornings and evening are cooling down and to me, that’s fall. I don’t love all the wind (hello nose bleeds!) but I love all the beautiful fall colors, the gorgeous array of pumpkins in all the stores and all the fall activates we do in October. Our favorite fall activity is checking out a Pumpkin Patch! This year we checked out FIVE different patches.

ONE

While my sister was in town, we checked out the Fall Harvest Festival at the farm. We rode some rides, went through the corn maze, checked out all different sized pumpkins and even picked the last of their blackberry crop.

TWO

Next up was a smaller pumpkin patch with our friends, Stacee, Brayden, Cheryl, Alex and Ariana.

We checked out the petting zoo, rode rides, and played a few games.

THREE

A few weeks later I won a family 4 pass to the Fall Harvest Festival at the farm. So we took hubby and checked it out again.

This time we rode some rides we missed, hopped on the tractor pulled wagon, found our favorite pumpkins and stood by the “How tall this fall?” sign.

We finished off our day by picking a few fall veggies from the farm.

FOUR

Our favorite this year was the Calabasas Pumpkin Festival. In this festival we seek out all the pumpkin flavored food. I got this amazing pizza with roasted pumpkin, sage, cheese and spices. It was so simple yet so flavorful! 

Love my crew!

They also had a classic car section. Sarah got to hang inside the Back to The Future car, The DeLorean.

FIVE

Our last visit for the month was a play date with friends, Sarah and Lydia. Unfortunately us moms were super chatty and I forgot to take a picture of our friends.

So thankful my family puts up with me and my love for fall!

To see previous visits to the Pumpkin Patch click below.

2015

2014

2013

Stagecoach {2016}

With the 2019 Stagecoach line up just announced, it had me reminiscing when the girls and I went in 2016. The idea started with a friend’s mom saying she was going to this country festival in the dessert and has a couple extra spots in her trailer. Well one thing led to another and 4 of us girls took a moms trip to Indio, California for a trip of a lifetime.

My wristband came in the mail and the countdown was on!

We arrived to Indio the night before, got a good night rest and were ready for day 1.

So excited to be at Stagecoach!

We dropped off our stuff off, walked around, did some activities and visited a few booths.

Unfortunately we never got to ride the Ferris wheel.

Our chair crew!

The roomies!

I love a good sunset, but the sunset in the dessert is just majestic.

It was getting dark and time for the headliners to begin. Here’s the line up.

It was getting cold and windy. So Nic and I grabbed our bandanas to keep the dust away.

Snoop dog came out as a surprise guest.

Day 2

Here’s to another day of country music and cowboy boots!

While taking a picture under the Stagecoach frame, a group of guys snuck in our picture.

We walked around a  bit and checked out a couple of stages.

It was getting dark so we headed back to our chairs for the headliners to begin. Here’s the line up.

I finally found the churro cart. It was worth every bite!!

Day 3

We started everyday with dropping off our backpack chairs. These chairs were super helpful during the weekend.

Adding more wristbands to our arm party!

Remember when I said the dessert sunsets were beautiful, well the random rainbow was just magical. It came out of nowhere!

There were lot’s of random pieces of oversized art throughout the festival. I loved checking out all the pieces.

Ready for the headliners to begin! Here’s the line up.

I had such a fun experience! Can’t wait to go back!

First Day of School {2018}

This year (and for the FIRST time ever), both kids go to school. Sarah is in 2nd grade and Jacob is in his first year of preschool. Sarah goes everyday while Jacob only goes 3 times a week for 4 hours a day. With our new schedule I’ve been concentrating on all things home (like catching up on laundry, food shopping while the kids are in school, home projects, etc). I’ve also decided that with ALL this time I should volunteer in Sarah’s class. Then volunteering turned into being the 2nd grade room mom. I also decided with all the this time, I’d join the PTA. And because I have SO MUCH extra time this year I am now the fundraiser chair for Bingo Night. Ummm ya, I’m crazy. In the mean time I’ve taken a break from blogging. But now that we are 2 months into the school year I can focus on my little blog again.

Before school starts we have a few traditions we do every year.

  1. After we get their school supplies list we get them a backpack.

Sarah is into all things rainbow and flippy so while out one day I saw this backpack and just had to grab it for her. Luckily she liked it! Sarah gets a new lunch box every other year, but this year the backpack came with an attached lunchbox.

Jacob is still using his mommy and me set (he got from aunt Pam) since they requested small backpacks and he really didn’t need a new one. Additionally Jacob has a snack bag he decorated during open house last week.

2. The eve before their first day of school I make a bid deal about going to school. We talk about how to have courage and be kind. I remind Sarah that we go to school to learn and time for friends is at lunch or for after school. After our little pep talk we eat dinner together. I ask each kid what they want to eat prior so they feel extra special. I also decorate the dining room a little bit. Sarah loves breakfast (a girl after my own heart) so she got brinner.

Jacob wanted mac & cheese (figures). He also wanted to help me set “his” table.

3. We took our traditional first day of school photos with the sign I printed from here.

Sarah, age 7
Jacob, age 3

Hoping both kiddos do well in school and be kind to others.

See past First Day of School posts here:

First Day of School 2017

First Day of School 2016

First Day of School 2015

First Day of School 2014

First Day of School 2013

First Day of School 2012


What’s Up Wednesday {August 2018}

I’m linking up with Mel, Shay and Sheaffer for some random monthly fun.

What we’re eating this week…

This week is Sukkot, the Jewish holiday where we eat outside. So this year we made a little sukkah for the kiddos.

What I’m reminiscing about…

Watching my best friend get married to her awesome guy! Can’t wait to see the professional pics.

What I’m loving…

It’s been cooling down! The other day it was 58 degrees when I took the kids to school.

What we’ve been up to…

Last weekend was super busy! We went to the Hollywood Bowl for the Sound Of Music sing a long, Jacob had his first t ball game, and we celebrated sukkot by dressing up like superheroes.

What I’m dreading…

Flu season! Eek between Sarah’s bad ears and no family help, it gets hard.

What I’m working on…

With both kids in school now, I have all this free time. I joined the Bingo committee at Sarah’s school and then the next thing I know I’m the committee chair. I’m also the class room mom and I volunteer in the kids classes. Next year I’ll learn to scale down.

What I’m excited about…

My sister, Oshrat is coming this weekend! Yes it’s only been 3 weeks since I last saw her, but she missed me so much that she’s coming for some fall fun this weekend! See her last fall visit here.

What I’m watching/reading…

Hi, my name is Sharon and I am a Reality TV junkie. Here’s what I’m currently watching.

As for books I’m currently reading Reese Witherspoon’s Whiskey in a Teacup. I’m loving it so far!

What I’m listening to…

A few friends and I are going to see Dierks Bentley’s concert next month so I’ve been listening to his music recently. My favorite song is Black.

What I’m wearing…

My home tee. I miss my family in Florida.

What I’m doing this weekend…

We have plans to go to the banana festival, taking Osh to goat yoga, dinner with Oshrat’s friends, Jacob’s baseball game, a birthday party and some sight seeing. 

What I’m looking forward to next month…

Celebrating 10 years with guy!

What else is new…

I’m loving these microwaveable pancakes by Kodiak Cakes. I like the cinnamon and maple flavor.

Question of the month is: what is your favorite way to eat or drink pumpkin?

Seriously though! I love and eat as much pumpkin as possible in October and November!

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday Talk: Routines

Today is Tuesday Talk where once a month, I link up with Ashley and Erika who host this fun little blog link up.  Every month, we chit chat about anything and everything. Today’s topic is School Routines, but after talking to my friend Whitney I realized that I should share my routine for the whole day.

7:15 am Sarah’s OK to Wake! clock turns on. She gets dressed and does her hair (she’s currently into brushing her hair and spraying a detangler and putting on some accessory in the mornings).

7:30 am My alarm goes off, hubby wakes up Jacob and we all head downstairs.

Hubby get breakfast started while I complete their lunches (I make most of it the night before). I unload dishwasher and then meet kids in car.

8:00 am Out of the house (still in my pj’s) and off to school.

8:20 am Back home and ready for a cup of coffee.

8:30 am Jacob and I watch a show. I check email and social media.

9:30 am We go upstairs, get dressed and get ready for the day. 

10:00 am I make breakfast or meet a friend for breakfast.

10:30 am Adventure with Jacob (library, play date, play place, etc)

12:30 pm Lunch

1ish Back home for nap

1:30 I plan dinner, clean up toys, do a load of wash, email/blog, and/or watch show.

2:45 pm Pick up Sarah

3:00 pm Homework, snack, go through backpack.

4:00 pm Outside play with neighbors

5:00 pm Start dinner prep. Kids watch show or play independently.

6:00 pm Dinner with the family

6:45 pm If we have time and the weather is nice we take a walk around the neighborhood. In the fall we feed the neighborhood bunnies our leftover veggies.

7:00 pm Bath and books

7:30 pm Books, prayer, Jacob goes to bed

8:00 pm Sarah reads (part of homework), prayers and Sarah goes to bed

8:30 pm and on Clean up kitchen, make lunch, hubby time, blog, etc.

A few notes: If you have been reading my blog for a while, you will realize we are not morning people. So we rather sleep an extra 30 minutes then hang out in the am.

I don’t have a bunch of alarms that go off all day. This routine is simply a timeline for when we do things. Kids get sick, we have a school event, sports, family is in town or a kid doesn’t nap. Life happens and we just roll with it, but this way we know what to expect.

What does your routine look like? What do you do differently? I’d love to know. Please comment below.

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