DIY Tutorial: Framed Pet Silhouette on Fabric

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Welcome back for a super simple DIY Tutorial today: Framed Pet Silhouette on Fabric. BEWARE: This project is SO easy, ANYONE can do it and its a perfect Christmas gift for a special pet lover. Let’s start.

Items Needed/Cost of Project:

Frame (any size): FREE (I already had this lying around my house)

White Gloss Spray Paint: FREE (Again, I had this leftover from other projects) Though I recently bought one from Michaels, it was 40% off sale and I searched there website and snagged a 25% off total bill coupon. So I paid just under $4. You could also leave the frame as is, if it goes with your look

Fabric: FREE (Yup, I had this on hand) You only need a small piece of fabric, depending on your frame size and could probably buy it for less than .50 cents or you could go with a pretty piece of scrapbook paper instead

Black Paint: FREE (Had it) I used a .50 cent bottle of black acrylic paint from Walmart or a craft store (don’t forget to use a coupon if shopping a craft store)

Pen and small Paint Brush: FREE (Already had)

Printer: Black and White ink is fine for this project

Side profile Photo of your subject. You can use other animals, people or favorite objects as well

Total Cost of Project: FREE or about $5+ if you needed to buy everything

Aside from paint drying time, this project literally takes less than ten minutes (if you aren’t painting your frame) Awesome, right?

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Step 1: Print out a picture of your subject. Make sure its a good fit for your frame. Resize larger or smaller as necessary. For mine I used a picture of doggie niece Jax, this gift will be for her parents this Christmas

Step 2: Spray paint your frame, if you decide to do this step

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Step 3: Wrap a piece of cardboard with your fabric or paper, pull tight and tape down. I used the cardboard that came in the back of the frame and some thick masking tape. Iron fabric before taping if necessary

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Step 4: Check to make sure the fabric is tight and you have no wrinkles, adjust if necessary

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Step 5: Do a quick mock up and decide final placement of photo. Originally, I was thinking I’d go with putting the photo way down in the lower right corner, but afterwards I changed my mind and centered it instead. Notice how the photo cuts off on the bottom and right side? I just faked the rest of the outline. Also the ear on top got cut off in the printing and again, I just added an extra piece of paper and faked it

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Step 6: Trace your photo with a pen

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Step 7: Start painting the outline and keep your paint from dripping or flicking all over by doing this step carefully. I filled the paint cap with paint and set it on the area I intended to paint, in case of drips. Paint this outline as neatly as you can, keeping the lines crisp will make the effect nicer

Step 8: Fill in the entire space you wish to paint. I did two full coats and left it to dry in between coats, and then a little spot touch ups wherever I could still see the pattern peaking through

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Go get creative with a piece of meaningful art for a gift this Christmas!

Memory Keeper: This Week in November

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Our Memory Keeper for November begins with these two happy faces at the park on the beach

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I must admit I’ve been a bit of a slacker when it comes to the pumpkin carving scene in recent years. This year I decided to set that right, take the plunge and give into the mess. The trouble with carving pumpkins with little kids is that I end up doing all the work! I cut off the tops and made them scoop out the insides. Who knew they would hate it! Azure pretty much made a gross face the whole time he was getting the seeds out and Brecks refused to scoop his out. So, yup, more of Mom’s help. And then I had to cut the faces, at least Azure got to design his own face and tell me how he wanted it. Maybe, this isn’t as high on the Autumn fun list as I thought and we should skip a few years

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And we finally made it to a pumpkin patch as well. I haven’t really found any awesome ones around here for free, so we haven’t been since we’ve lived here. This year I really wanted to try one. Which we did and it was so-so in the fun/interesting department with very expensive pumpkins. But, the  kids had a few minutes of fun wandering around and fighting over pulling the wagon

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Such pretty colors!

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Haha, he saw the cow cut out and ran straight to ‘milk’ it and thought it was hilarious. Thankfully Daddy snapped a picture

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For Halloween Azure went as a fireman and Brecks refused to dress up and wear his little dragon outfit, though he did put it on for Daddy a couple days later

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And my latest homemade project…kombucha. Which is a fermented tea that is filled with probiotics that is good for gut health L: A picture of when I first started it R: A week into the brewing process and it looks great! and weird! But, its awesome good for your health. I decided to let my batch continue brewing for a month as I wanted it to have a really good thick layer of jelly, called a scoby, its currently on week 2 so I will have an update at a later date. This is my first time making this, so not sure how it will turn out, I’ll keep ya’ll posted

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L: My little helper when all the big kids are at school, making pumpkin muffins for breakfast R: This year we made a ‘Thankfulness tree’. Super simply its a bunch of branches in a container with little tags of things you are thankful for written down and hung on the tree.

In the last few years I’ve tried adding more and more to our family traditions. Some of them stick and some don’t, but I’ve tried to be more intentional with them. I want my kids to think back years from now and say, ‘Remember when we use to do that’ A couple we’ve done in case you’re interested are: a Celebration of our family, we chose mid way through the year between Dad and Mom’s birthdays, so far we’ve just celebrated with a cookout for this, Valentine’s Day special breakfast, yearly trips to spend with family out of state, Christmas Dinner on Christmas Eve, I never liked having the gift giving on the same day as all the cooking. We end the day with opening stockings, which are pretty much just snacky treats in our family. This year I added/will add a ‘Thankfulness tree’ and unwrapping a Christmas book every evening instead of an advent calendar. I started collecting this right after Christmas last year and within 3 trips to thrift stores and using paperbackswap (online book trading site) easily came up with the 24 books needed. I love the idea of Elf on a Shelf too, but don’t know if I have the commitment to get it done every evening. Though I bet my big boys would love to help out with it. I can imagine the silly things they will come up with

Here are some inspiration links for thankfulness trees: http://jonesdesigncompany.com/holiday/start-today-thankful-tree-printable-tags/ (we did this one)

http://www.thehandmadehome.net/2014/11/thankful-tree/ (and a fancier one)

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After visiting the Ostrich farm (see here: https://juggling5monkeys.wordpress.com/2014/11/19/family-fun-adventure-ostrich-farm-solvang-ca/) Azure and I wandered around downtown Solvang, California for a few hours. Solvang is a little town that’s set up like a European village where they sell European treats, merchandise and baked goods among all the regular shops. It’s a super expensive touristy area, but since we were in the area we enjoyed a nice stroll around town.

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Of course he sweet talked a treat out of me… a chocolate chip croissant

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He was kinda of a funny bunny about the rare light rain we had that day. He kept complaining about it and wanted to take cover. Being a Vancouverite myself, uhuh didn’t hardly notice the drizzle. Ok, at some point it was a coming down a bit hard and we didn’t have proper jackets on. Anyway, we spent some time at a little park with a bandstand and a statue of Hans Christian Andersen waiting for Daddy to come get us

Hope you all are enjoying a wonderful season of Thanksgiving

 

Memory Keeper: This Week in October

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Sorry my Memory Keeper posts are few and far between…but in order to maintain the ‘fun factor’ in posting to the blog I don’t stress or get too down on myself when I get behind…and so here we have some pictures of our family happenings for the month of October

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So this happened! We had the awesome experience of doing our first mud run at the end of October at the MuckFest, a 5K fundraiser for MS

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It was such fun and we got to team up and run with a bunch of Hubbs work colleagues. His company sponsored the employees and then friends and family signed up to run with them. I’m so glad they choose a charity fundraiser event and we had the best time doing this together. It was so weird to not have the kids with us and we kept commenting to each other ‘The kids would love this’ or ‘Azure could totally walk/jog this course (slowly, and walk around the difficult obstacles)’  Definitely want to sign the kids up for something like this next year

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And Hubbs got to go overnight fishing with some buddies

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He got to enjoy a little time away from home and we got to taste the catch. Delicious rock fish!

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L: Azure got to participle in his own fun run school fundraiser too. They switched it up this year, instead of just running, they had different exercise activities that the kids rotated through. Some of the fun was: relay races, zumba dancing, tae kwan do, hula loops, etc.R: And a picture of the funnies Daddy took while I was away in Florida

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This guy continuing to love drawing and making pictures for friends

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L: This little monkey starting his K5 school books in the mornings R: These sillys enjoying free kids Jamba Juices on Halloween

Hope you are enjoying a beautiful and blessing filled Fall!

Family Fun Adventure: Ostrich Farm, Solvang, CA

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Hey there Everyone, today’s Family Fun Adventure is our outing to OstrichLand USA in Solvang, CA. On this occasion we just took the littles, since it wouldn’t have been too exciting for our older kids. But, it really depends on the interests of the child. Ok, on with the details…cost of visiting with the emus and ostriches is $4.oo for ages 13+ and $1.oo ages 12 on down. Each bowl of feed is $1.oo. There is a picnic table and some other seating, quite small and cute. Think someone’s backyard patio. Not sure if they allow you to bring your own snacks. There is a gift store and they sell cold drinks but I didn’t notice if there were snacks for sale though. Pretty simple, pay at the gift shop and go through it to see the animals out the back door.

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We had an awesome day for our visit, it had been raining in the morning, so it was nice and cool with beautiful skies to enjoy. I’d imagine it would be quite hot and dusty normally, as per usual for California. We started by walking around the farm and checking out the different animal pens with them divided by age groups. It was actually very nice that they had them in the different sizes, because there was different heights for the feeding spots. Therefore it was easier for the little kids to feed the shorter birds and they could handle it on their own

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I was so impressed he actually was posing for Daddy taking the pictures. LOVE the Hubbs new camera on his phone! He always gets the good ones :)

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See, perfect height for a small turkey to feed the big birds

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He only needed the tiniest bit of help. These birds at the end (Left picture) were actually adults and even though the feeding spot was low, the heads sticking though were at times inches away from the little guys faces. They do warn that the birds will bite, so I just helped him back up a bit. None of the birds bit or even tried biting the kids, but you can feel how powerful they are pecking in the food bowls

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Azure is such an adventurous boy and loved this nice surprise of visiting the farm, plus he’s always talking about when he gets his own chickens, rabbits, cats…’What shall I name them?’ And this place believe it or not, I had absolutely no idea it was there! Which is saying something, since I’ve spent a lot of time researching and making running lists of fun or interesting places to visit. It was a treat to that the Hubbs suggested this place and it was a great little place to visit

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I was concerned the kids wouldn’t be able to hang on to the feeding trays on their own with those strong pecks, but they did very well leaning them on the fences. In the end I was more worried about them tripping and dumping it on the floor while running from one enclosure to the next

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We ended up being persuaded to run back for an extra bowl of feed and hung around to feed the birds and visit for about half an hour. This little farm was very cute for little kids and I certainly recommend stopping by if you are driving through or in the area. I would not recommend this place for a long visit, as there is not much else to do other than feed the birds

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I hope you enjoyed this family fun adventure and be sure to like and pin it to pinterest so other people can hear about this great little farm

Pinterest link: http://www.pinterest.com/hellokate81/jugglingfivemonkeys-blog-adventure/

Here is the farm website: http://www.ostrichlandusa.com/

Legoland California Photo Round Up

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Since our membership to LEGOLAND California is coming to a close, I thought I ‘d post a bunch of pictures of a few of the many awesome creations at the park for your viewing pleasure. Sit back and imagine planning your future trip. (*Disclaimer: I am not all affiliated with LEGOLAND and have not received any compensation for writing this post. All opinions and pictures are my own)

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L: My handsome family in front of Miniland R: Uhuh, raise your hand if that has ever been you?

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The smallest boy getting his lego play on

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Kids racing their lego creations

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Star Wars display at Miniland

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Lots of life sized creations for posing with

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Each time we visit we try to go on a new ride. The lines can be SO long, its difficult for a five year old to wait for 45-60 minutes at a time.

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They have fun seasonal activities like Trick or Treating at Halloween, Fireworks and a Christmas display and Snow Days

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Super fun play areas for Little people.

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My almost 3 and 5 year old LOVE this place. It is included in the annual pass and is a cute smallish aquarium. I don’t know that I’d pay full price to visit it, but its been a great add on and you can get through the place without the kids getting bored.

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Tide pool and large tanks

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Viewing fish up close

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We have certainly enjoyed all the great visits to this park and would totally suggest it to visitors with children ages 5-10 years that would get the most out of the park in my opinion. There is also a small water park that is included in the annual membership that we only visited once as its not open during the whole year. Keep in mind like most touristy attractions this place can be, ok well, its always crowded! Except the one day where it rained buckets, you have to wait in long lines to ride. Hope you enjoyed seeing a few more pictures of this fun park.

Here is a link to pinterest for saving the pictures http://www.pinterest.com/hellokate81/jugglingfivemonkeys-blog-adventure/

Family Fun Adventure: LA Natural History Museum

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Hello there Lovely People our latest Family Fun Adventure is a special one indeed. It was a rare one-on-one occasion I got to spend with my budding scientist son, Azure. At age 6 (nearly 7, gosh I am having such fun with this age) he absolutely devours all things science! Everyday he comes home with a book from his classroom library about volcanoes, rocks, the solar system, weather and animals. These are the types of books we read for bedtime stories. When the opportunity came up during fall break, just the two of us headed off for our very own Family Fun Adventure to the LA Natural History Museum! Hang with us awhile and check out some of the fun this museum holds.

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The first area we checked out was of course the dinosaur exhibit, filled with fossils, information and friendly staff to answer our questions.

Since we have visited the LA Science Center (Awesome, FREE museum!) several times and had walked by the LA Natural History Museum, Azure has been asking to come here. I really wanted to bring Azure alone so he could enjoy looking and discovering to his hearts content instead of being hurried along by the big kids or missing a lot due to small brother not being interested. Its a next to ever treat that we both enjoyed thoroughly. The cost of admission is $12 for adults and $5 for under 13 yrs. So while $17.00 plus snacks and a long drive isn’t the cheapest of excursions, it was definitely worth it as we spent a good 5 hours exploring and  it was something he really appreciated seeing. Parking is $10 for all day as well

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Some fossils on display. Those horned dinosaur heads were amazing

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 North American animal display

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Learning about extinct and endangered animals. He was interested in touching all the computer screens to do the activity or hear the information as we went along

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Checking out a few of the live snakes and bugs in their homes

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Getting up close to some ‘wildlife’

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One thing that took me by surprise was how fast he was moving along and checking everything out. Normally he likes to look at all the pages when we read and ask questions, but he was zipping through this place pretty quick and I had to remind him to ‘check this out’ or ‘look here at this’. My guess is that there was SO much to see, it was a bit overwhelming
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The Gem exhibit

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Outside for a little snack and a stroll around the garden section. This was a big woven willow branch shelter and we found a few sticks to add to the creation

At this point he was getting a little tired of walking and asked to head over to see the Science Center building and get a treat, so we made our way back inside and ended up in the best part (tons to do)…

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This is on the bottom floor of the Natural History Museum an exhibit called the Nature Lab. Ooooo, very fun and we almost missed it!

Everything is hands on stuff to do and we ended up spending another hour in this area

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Basically, this area leads you on a nature walk of different areas of LA. Trace an animal you might see on your walk and do some bird watching

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Look at creatures through a magnifying glass or microscope  and learn about animals habitats disappearing over the years

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He found this little guy right away and said ‘Hey, that’s my name!’

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See yourself as a rattlesnake does and a view a native bird close up

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Finally did make it over to the Science Center for an 1 1/2 visiting our favorite areas

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A happy smile and a special treat ends our super day at the LA Natural History Museum. What fun we you up to this fall break?

Wanna pin any of these pictures? Head here: http://www.pinterest.com/hellokate81/jugglingfivemonkeys-blog-adventure/

Memory Keeper: This Week In September

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Hi there Lovelies!

I hope you are comfortably back in the swing of school and enjoying the summery weather. We have all been sick with weirdly timed coughs this year and are just starting to get over them now. I blame back to school! Azure got it first and spread it right along. As a result the kids have greatly missed out on the unseasonably hot weather to use for swimming. Hopefully we’ll get a few more weeks of this weather in before it cools down for the year. We have been taking it easy on the activities and have been focusing on getting everyone better, so not much to share this month in way of photos and adventures. Here are some of the few I did take.

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This little turkey has been getting consistent learning time nearly every morning due to me having to take him with me to drop off Azure, therefore he is awake, fed and ready for a bit of preschool learning first thing in the morning. And he also takes selfies :)

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Smiley here, has been doing well at his scholastics in first grade and is adjusting to his new class. He still adores his kindergarten teacher and hugs and says hi to her when leaving school. His reading has greatly improved as well over the summer. Hooray! And thank God, he LOVES books (like the rest of his big brothers) and is MAD about science! Every week he brings home science books from his classroom and the library. Yesterday he tells me, ‘Anything with the word science in it makes me happy’! Any hands on science activities or resource ideas parents, please pass them along

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Glad these two are friends…most of the time anyways

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L: Taking advantage of Daddy being away to get extra snuggles by sleeping with Mom R: Spending a lot more time with Mom since all the brothers started school

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L: First house he built all on his own R: First time he wrote his name on his own, I told him the letters though

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This guy is at such a fun age. We can do activities together, enjoy story time and he can entertain himself! That is HUGE! He also is starting to be a big brother by tidying up, reading to and playing nicely (ok, sometimes) with littlest brother

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L: Waiting to spar R: He won first place in his school tournament

Last week Cole participated in a multi school tournament and entered sparring. He didn’t end up winning a trophy, but we were proud of him for trying something new and he has more experience for next time

Alvin has taken up cross country running at school and has been training everyday with his team. Sorry, no pictures as he does this at school

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L: I adapted these lentil cookies, using half the sugar, adding a few butterscotch chips, dried fruit, coconut and nuts. These cookies are really tasty with the added protein punch coming from the lentil puree, they make a perfect addition to kids lunch boxes. Original recipe: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/lentil-cookies-recipe.html

R: There was a killer deal on pears and apples this week so I made Spiced Pear Jam and Apple Peach Jam

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I’ve missed my green smoothies and whipped up this new combo of Cucumber Lettuce juice with frozen Bananas and Peaches. Delightful! Enjoy the last of summer weather everyone and Happy Fall!

 

Family Fun Adventure: Gardens of the World, Thousand Oaks, CA

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We have reasonably happy, not-so-happy and definitely NOT thrilled faces on display above and that is just what comes with trying to please everyone and getting everyone to pose! You will have a wide spectrum of attitudes. We as parents do our best and everyone takes a turn being in various states of happiness or lack there of. My post today comes from a short trip to the Gardens of the World park, located in Thousand Oaks, CA. This small garden park is a perfect tranquil place for a stroll, a good book, a picnic or some quiet reflection. Which we did none of! Ha. That is very ‘us’. Usually we don’t know what to expect on a first trip somewhere, so therefore we aren’t as prepared as we should be

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The park was modeled after the original owners favorite gardens of the world. There is an Italian, French, English, Japanese and California mission style gardens. You can easily make your way around and see everything fairly quickly, however that’s not really the point of this park. It’s all about slow, relaxing enjoyment. Again, I laugh inwardly, because we hurried from one area to the next, while trying to keep our preschooler out of the fountains.  We had to be a bit concerned about keeping the kids quiet and orderly for those trying to enjoy the peace and the lovely volunteer ladies had to tell our kids to not run…a few times. SO, not the best fit for our active family, but I had been wanting to visit this place for going on four years now!

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There are restrooms and a large area with picnic tables. The walkways are paved and a stroller is a great way to keep toddlers contained. Too bad we forgot ours

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We were told there are free concerts at the bandstand on the weekends in August. Call ahead for details

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The volunteers gave the kids food to feed the fish. Small guy there was more interested in trying to swim with the fishes! That boy will take water however he can get it

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Great place for taking lovely pictures. They ask that you check in with Guest services if you want to take pictures. However no one had a problem with me snapping a few quick shots

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The English Rose Garden

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My favorite area was the California mission garden. Olive, fig and citrus trees surrounding a beautiful Spanish  courtyard. I would definitely love to return to this garden by myself one day or with some similarly quiet grown up, until then I have these pictures to remind me of a lovely little spot in Thousand Oaks, CA.















Memory Keeper: Odds N Ends and This Week In August

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Above: This guy turned 13!

This Memory Keeper post is a bit of a round up of cute photos that Hubbs had on his phone or on our real camera that I finally got around to gathering up

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Kenyon and Cole at their 8th grade graduation! So proud of all their hard work and initiative in taking a 9th grade class for summer school. You two monkeys are AWESOME! Love, Mom (in case you happen to read this blog one day)

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And a little ice cream to celebrate Azure’s promotion from kindergarten

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L: Paintball party! R: Azure modeling a mask I made in lieu of cupcakes for his classmates

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L: Tiny boy’s 3rd birthday R: Someone fell asleep while watching stuff on his dearly beloved ipad

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Azure attending a friends roller skating birthday party. The floors were a bit too slick for this one

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And these two nutters, well, they have discovered the Selfie!

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And a few from this month

L: Azure made a ‘double bunk bed’ out of dining chairs and proceeded to read bedtime stories to his lil bro. He was ACTUALLY reading correctly and for FUN! Such happiness. R: Can’t get over how fast this boy is growing up. He can swim short distances on his own now and is always begging to ‘take off the floatie’ (life vest) And he’s back to crying in the morning to go to school with Azure and wants a ‘pack-pack’. I’m thinking that gathering up his homeschool stuff into a back pack might make him feel a bit better about being left behind

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  The yearly start of school photos

L: Three High schoolers! Where did the time go? R: Azure starts 1st grade

Happy Back-To-School All!

Family Fun Adventure: Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Park

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We have visited Sequoia National Park several times in the last couple of years and love this amazing place. On this trip up north we thought we’d explore Kings Canyon National Park. And boy were we rewarded with gorgeous views, shady hikes and refreshing dips into cool mountain streams. Once again, for some reason I have a hard time wrapping my head around the idea that a place that gets real snowy in the mountains to be so blazin’ hot in the summer, but yeah, it was! Thank goodness there was opportunity for the kids to cool off, get clean, break up the drive and in general recover from grouchy moods that seem to settle when you are hot, bored and stuck in a van with your annoying brothers :). Just keeping it real. We definitely have those struggles too! Here are some of the pics we snapped along the way

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  There are plenty of different trails varying in difficulty. Certainly some thing for everyone of any size. We started out walking the General Grant Trail, which is wide and easy to follow (see above left picture) with the littlest turkey determined to carry the water pack the entire hike. Such a funny fellow. It barely fit on his shoulders and was almost touching the ground, but he HAD to carry it

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Check out this massive hollowed out tree trunk called the Fallen Monarch. This naturally fire burned trunk was used as a camping shelter by a couple of logging brothers by the name of Gamlin while they built themselves a cabin back in 1872! It’s still intact and doesn’t look like its decomposed at all since then. The kids are running the length of it in the above photo

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Next we hit up the Big Stump Trail and here are some photos we took along the way. The trail is again, quite easy for kids. It is a real dirt trail, not like the paved General Grant Loop. There are restrooms and water fountains at the trail head

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Some giant trees! One of the kids favorite things to pose in…a hollow trunk, we could barely pass a single one without taking a pic. Above: A stump that reminded me of a fairy castle or fortress

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Left: Azure beside a downed tree trunk, he was about 1/2 as tall as the width. Trees always make a hike more enjoyable to me. It was very hot in spite of the shade and after making it to the Shattered Giant (see below) we turned around and headed back to the van in search of a way to cool off

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Left: Hubbs and Azure in the meadow of the Mark Twain Stump Right: All 5 monkeys on a giant stump

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Hmmm, and some reason I failed to get a picture of the kids on THE BIG stump named The Mark Twain Stump…anyhow its massive! It was cut down and a cross section sent to put be on display at the Natural History Museum New York where it is still on display today. The Shattered Giant looks like the tree fell and well, shattered. The kids got to climb over it and by now were getting a bit hangry

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The little munchkin needed some carrying from Dad and biggest brother even stepped in. He took all the hair pulling in relative good spirits

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Picnic spot at Grizzly Falls. Boy, are you spoiled for choice of gorgeous views up here. It seems this is kind of a dry year (July 2014) by the looks of the falls. The parking area is super close to the waterfall. There are also picnic tables and outhouse facilities

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After lunch we were off to explore before dinner. We found out about Hume Lake. There is a big private camp at the lake and we weren’t sure if visitors were allowed on the beach itself. I didn’t think to ask…I guess I was tired at that point :) That’s the story I’m going with anyways. After parking at the day use area (there are a couple picnic tables, bbq grills and outhouses) and walking a short distance along Hume Lake Trail until we found a little clearing in the trees for the kids to take a dip

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The water was on the cold side in the evening so they only splashed for about half an hour

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Day 2 after breaking up camp, we headed to along the Kings Canyon Scenic Byway for the views! Wowza

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After a few hours it was time to turn around and start heading towards Sequoia National Park and homeward. But first, time to cool off in the South Fork of the Kings River. There were plenty of families enjoying the water in various places, so we drove around a bit until we found a spot without crowds

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It was cold. But after a few numbing minutes it wasn’t too bad the kids told me. Not a chance I was getting in, so I was the picture taker

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Daddy was a dear and got a little wet to keep track of the baby monkey. The river was a bit swift in spots

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Sitting on a log at the waters edge watching the kids play made me dream of one day having a property near water. What a wonderful paradise for a kid

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At this point we started to make our way towards Sequoia National Park…only to get wet again!

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One last short splash stop at Lodge Pole Campground where they let us park for free day use (We just asked the ranger, otherwise park at the visitor center and walk a bit). There was plenty of little areas of the river to wade in, since it was SO hot, there were a lot of other people with the same idea in mind. The bigger kids went further upstream to some natural slides and a deeper pools that were quite crowded while littlest monkey stayed to throw ‘rockies’ in the water and try to catch some small fish

And this long post wraps up our latest Family Fun Adventure!