Sweet November

It’s a Small World (after all)

Since Halloween we’ve done lots of fun things.  Life is getting more manageable and more predictable, which makes outings easier.  At the beginning of November we went to the Chabot Space and Science Center with our friends Rowan, Reid and Angie.  It was fun to check out all the neat space stuff!  Maren slept the entire time, she’s not really into science yet.

Angie, Reid, Rowan and Maisy checking out the phases of the moon

We did fun baking with all of the in season apples.  I love that Maisy is wearing Ma’s (my mom’s grandmother from Sicily) apron.  I think Maren is feeling Italian in this photo as she blesses us pope style.

Maren, Mommy and Maisy bake Apple Galette

Then we had the house repaired. What we thought was a small project turned into thousands of dollars and weeks worth of noise.  Nap time was not happening, life was chaotic, but I’m happy we are done now!  Our house will last through many winters to come, hopefully with no further dry rot.

We were having some crazy warm weather which made for some great park days.

Mommy and Maisy on the see-saw

Maisy loved it!

It turned chilly just in time for our Thanksgiving trip to LA.  The drive wasn’t too bad and the girls did rather well.  We were super thankful to Mom and Charlie for hosting Thanksgiving and for being way hospitable to all the guests!

Todd and Maisy at Carl’s Jr.

It was very exciting to get to meet my sister’s new baby born exactly a month after Maren.  Evan is adorable.  He and Maren got along wonderfully.

Maren meets Evan

Auntie meets Maren

Elijah and Maisy had their sweet moments and their annoying each other and us moments- but all in all they are both wonderful kids and seeing them grow up together has been priceless!

Elijah and Maisy

Uncle Steven was able to come to Thanksgiving in LA!  It was really nice to have so much family together.

Uncle Steven and Maren

This year we deep fried the turkey.  The boys were outside and the girls were inside (surprise, surprise!)

Papa and Todd with the fryer

And of course lots of Nana cuddles

We had quite a week.  After Thanksgiving we met up with some of my high school friends for brunch at Mom’s.

Barbara, Becky, Sarah, Perla

Girls with the kiddos

The next day we met up with two of Todd’s cousins in Irvine.  Unfortunately, no one thought to take pictures!

But on Monday, it was the piece de resistance!  We took Maisy and Maren to Disneyland for the first time with friends and family in tow.  Thanks again, Uncle Bob!  We had the most fantastic time.

12 of us filled our own Small World boat

Maisy and Uncle Steven taking a spin in Toon Town

Maisy not too sure about the Queen of Hearts

Playing with Marly in line for Peter Pan

Elijah and Maisy on the Winnie the Pooh ride

We headed home the next day and I spent the day unpacking and doing laundry. We are preparing for Todd’s parents to arrive for an early Christmas celebration!

Maren is growing well and maturing in her sleep patterns.  She’s pretty easy to put down for naps and bed now.  She wakes only twice per night, if that.  I cannot believe how fast time is flying.  She’s already over 3 months old!

Maren in the bath

More next time!

Much love, Todd, Becky, Maisy and Maren