Elfin Forest

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Nestled in the hills of San Diego’s North County, Elfin Forest is 784 acres of hiking trails.

 

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We spotted some tiny little mushrooms

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Gushing creek after the rain

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The area has a lot of reported paranormal activity

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Perfect day to hike

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Olivenhain lake and dam

Two Thousand Fifteen

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Liv

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Nat

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Nat and Kimi

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Borrego Springs, CA

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Camping in Borrego Springs

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Just having fun

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Palm Desert

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One of our many clay classes

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Philip and his sister Jeanie

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Greenwood and Albrecht Family

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Performing in the 4th of July parade

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Dream come true! Nat seeing Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses

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The Four Seasons Quartet

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Made it into the orchestra!

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Sisters

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Love our Aikido Crew!

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Blissful trip up to Big Sur

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Monterey, CA

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Puppy Love

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Liv and Mia

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Peace out 2015! Hope 2016 brings lots of adventure and fun!

Winter Wonderland

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When I think of Winter, I think of cooler days and frozen nights, comfort food, warm hearts and snuggling. It’s a time to draw those you love a little closer, cuddle near a fire with a hot cup of cocoa in hand, watch movies and talk and reminisce. We’ll dig out the board games, dance to some fun Christmas music like She and Him or the Squirrel Nut Zippers and laugh and be merry. It’s a time to share in the spirit of giving and embrace the season of contentment.

Holiday Fun: Cookie Decorating Party

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We made over 100 cookies!

We made over 100 cookies!

Let the fun begin!

Let the fun begin!

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Vampire cookie

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“Sing me a song, you’re the piano man” aka Billy Joel cookie

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I’m calling this one the Billy Joe cookie (Green Day front man). Looks just like him!

This has been our yearly tradition for the last three years. The girls invite their friends over for a Christmas Cookie Decorating Party. A few years ago, Olivia and Natalie asked for my husband and I to give them money to buy all of their friends gifts. While this seems like a nice sentiment, we told them that it would be better if they had all of their friends together, to share an afternoon laughing and being happy, and really, making those lasting memories and friendships. Who remembers some silly little present? Kids remember the experiences you give them and share with them. That’s what the spirit of the holiday is all about.
Let me tell you how easy and fun this is…

I send out invites a week or two before Christmas. The night before the party, a few of the girls will get together to make the dough, roll them out, use the cookie cutters and bake the cookies. Then the next day everyone comes over and just has a good time decorating their cookies.

I prepare by getting the supplies like: everything needed to make the sugar -cookies (each makes 7-10 cookies). Next, I make sure there is plenty of frosting (white, green, red), lots of different toppings (think sprinkles, red hots, coconut flakes, you name it). It’s amazing to watch the creativity flow when they decorate!

You want to be sure to use a tablecloth. Frosting is sticky once dry. Better it be on the tablecloth, then on the table. Also, those little sprinkles can roll everywhere. You definitely will need to vacuum afterwards- or you could do what I did. This last year the girls were out in the backyard under the pergola. It was pretty easy clean-up!
I hope this inspires you to throw a fun Christmas Cookie Decorating Party yourself. The holiday time of year can be stressful. It makes the kids so happy and parents enjoy a few hours to go pick out that last minute gift, take a nap, or go get a pedicure.

It’s a time for giving! Enjoy!

Snow Goose Global Thanksgiving 2015

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We are responsible for the tenor we bring to one another and the world.” Victor Villasenor

From it’s humble beginnings in 1992, noted author Victor Villasenor began the yearly tradition of celebrating and promoting peace and harmony by holding the Snow Goose Global Thanksgiving.

Scheduled each year on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, it is a day for people to put aside their differences and join together as a global community of people, all with the same goal in mind, Peace.

This event is open to all. Participants are asked to bring a food dish to share with others. The Snow Goose Global Thanksgiving serves as a kickoff to the holiday season of sharing. For more information you may visit http://snowgoose.org

Please join us!

When: Sunday, November 22, 2015 2-5pm

Where: Greenwood Home at 27479 Lock Haven Court Temecula, CA 92591

What to bring: Appetizer, salad, main dish, or dessert