Nature Is Calling

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The kids and I have been sick for nearly three weeks, and for much of this time we were all stuck in the house, not getting out much except to walk the dog and run to the store. I hate being cooped up, so it wasn’t the most enjoyable time for me (plus I was taking care of three sick kids).

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It was also incredibly cold, down to the thirties at night, for much of that time (cue the eye rolling of all the people who don’t live in warm-weather areas). Even if I had the energy to get outdoors it was just too cold for this wimpy Southern Californian.

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The last few days though it has been incredibly warm and beautiful. And the kids have been healthy, no more bronchitis keeping Decca up all night, no more emergency room visits, no more runny noses and irritability. It has been wonderful.

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Yesterday the kids and I took a long walk/scooter ride around the neighborhood, and this morning I woke up early to take Kingsley for a hike up a local hill.

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After watching the inauguration today, the kids and I went down to the beach. It was so nice to take a long walk on the beach enjoying the warm sun and the cool water.

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It made me feel so energized and happy, ready to tackle the week.

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The Week in Photos

I thought I would post some pictures of our week. Spring is in the air, and the kids and I are enjoying it. We have been outside quite a bit and loving every minute of it.


Decca relaxing down at the beach.

Tru and I with Kingsley at the dog beach.

Kingsley getting ready to surf

Autry waiting with Kingsley at piano/voice lessons.

Tru leaving piano.

Two kids and one happy dog

Enjoying some time outside


Decca with his scooter. He LOVES his scooter.



With Grandma

Bird watching. This bird is living in the nature preserve by our house. It is beautiful.

Another view of the bird. I believe it is an egret.



Walking home from bird watching



A Great Start to the Week

The kids and I started our Monday with a three hour hike through the neighborhood. I love living in Southern California. The weather is great, and the scenery is amazing.

Starting off

Halfway up

Finally at the top of the stairs, now the real hike begins.

Mountain view

I am the pack mule.

You can see the ocean in the distance. The mountain is Catalina Island.

Halfway through the hike the kids were ready for it to be over, but we continued on.

Tru changed into shorts, and we continued to the top of the hill.

Finally at the top!

Heading home

Resting in the shade

Kingsley was wiped out. We had to stop and rest numerous times on the way home.

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We finally made it home. Kingsley fell fast asleep in my bed.

Enjoying the Outdoors

I love California in December. It is usually warm, but not too hot, and beautiful. The kids and I have been enjoying this perfect weather by spending a good deal of our time outside. As homeschoolers we have the opportunity to not spend all our time inside, and I try to take advantage of that opportunity as much as possible. Here are some pics from one of our days outside.