Since last week, Cole and I have done quite a bit. Thursday, the next day after going to Universal Studios. Cole and I hung out with Adrienne during the day, but then once she went to school, it was just Cole, me, Thatcher and Truman. Look out. We took the boys to their school for trick or treating. Thatcher was a karate kid and Truman was a soccer player.
We walked them around from class to class to get their goodies. The sad part was--no one gave out any candy!!! Everyone gave them toys or little activities.
We consoled them by taking them to McDonald's for dinner and they ate and played on the big toy. Truman was starting to crash by 7, so we hurried to take them home and put them to bed. It was so much fun hanging out with them and they were so good all night, but putting them to bed was super fun. We read them stories and tucked them in.
The next morning, Cole and I got up early and went to Magic Mountain. We went two years ago and the lines were so long that over the course of the entire day we only rode 2 rides!!! So this year, we went on ten to make up for it. By far my favorite ride is the X2. Cole's also. It's not just the best ride at Magic Mountain, it's probably the best ride anywhere.
Most of the lines we waited in were under 15 minutes. We had to wait an hour for this bad boy, but it was worth it.
We celebrated the day by going to eat at our favorite Mexican restaurant nearby. It was perfect. We then went back to Adrienne's to pack up our things, we drove down to Mission Viejo to drop off some things, and then on to Oceanside to crash in the guest bedroom of Matt and Amanda.
We've been in Oceanside since that day. Saturday we woke up and went to watch Skyler play soccer. His team was on their way to winning the tournament that weekend with 3 wins and 0 losses that Saturday. After soccer we all went to eat at Famous Dave's BBQ-- mostly because of the corn bread muffins!
On Sunday, Cole and I went out to breakfast at our favorite restaurant Beach Break. We had the best meal of a Sante Fe omelette with Chirizo and home potatos. We get this because our favorite meal doesn't come with a side of coffee cake and the coffee cake is a must. Then we get banana crunch french toast. In case you can't see from the picture, there are little pieces of crunchy rolled or honey bunches or oats or something. Then topped with bananas.
After we hung out on the beach for a bit, we came back to the house--and I can't believe I didn't take pictures. Barbara and Scott came down and we had dinner, but the best part is that we made some epic carmel apples. The first layer was of course carmel, but then we could add about 5 different candy/nut variations and choose melted chocolate as well. We really should have taken pictures of that night.
By Monday, a cold that Cole had been fighting took over. We hung out around the house during the day. Amanda and I went running, which was so nice! I love that California is still warm. By evening--it was time to eat dinner and carve pumpkins. Amanda made the best barbeque chicken salad I've ever had in my life. Always put bbq sauce in your dressing! And garlic. Not to mention the crispy onion fries she put on top. Cole hasn't stopped raving about it!
After dinner we all started carving pumpkins. Skylar completely independent, got his pumpkin done pretty fast. Sierra was busy teaching us the newest and coolest vocabulary: everything was tot's hilar, and tot's awesome. Raven didn't get help for a while, but once she got her pumpkin gutted and a design drawn on hers, she took off. Summer was hilarious and completed her pumpkin complete with heart designs in the cheeks. Here are the final products (Cole and I are super proud of our pumpkins. He did Batman, and I did Bane)
Today, Cole woke up sick. So after Amanda and I went running we took him to the doctor and got a Z pak. Yay! No more sick Cole. After that we went down to San Diego to look at the seals.
The little blonde seal totally reminded us of a stuffed animal :)
So for the rest of the week, we are going to a girls soccer game in LA, then to Disneyland, then doing one more day with the whole family--and after that it will be Sunday and time to take off to Hawaii!