This little guy knows just how to push my buttons and simultaneously melt my heart! He makes me laugh so much and brings such joy to our family. We love having Korbin in our lives! Lately he's been so busy climbing in and on and over EVERYTHING! I have to keep a close eye on him. It's funny to watch where he likes to hide and play. He likes tiny corners and little spaces. I think a new one this month will be hiding underneath the Christmas tree. We love you Korbin!
Kevin was hiding mandarin oranges on and around Korbin and he thought it was so funny!
My family has all gone home. The apartment is vacuumed and clean once more. Leftovers are stocking the fridge. The Christmas tree and decorations are up. The kids are sleeping soundly in the other room. I feel so content and blessed tonight! We just spent a wonderful few days with my side of the family who came out to visit for Thanksgiving. We had a jam packed few days full of adventure, good food, and even better company. Best part was when my mom said this was her favorite Thanksgiving EVER! We had a good time to say the least. Here are the highlights:
First stop, The Jelly Belly Factory. We've been here way too many times, but it's a must when family comes to visit.
Me and cousin Sara with our Jelly Belly boyfriend.
We woke up Thanksgiving morning to wild turkeys outside our apartment. Kassidy asked if we shot one of those turkey's to eat.
Thanksgiving dinner was at my aunt and uncle's home. We had a big group and wonderful food! This was a first for the Hicken family to have Thanksgiving in California and mostly be together. These are my beautiful ginger cousins :)
Aunt Jennette can cook up a storm!
Cousins Sara and Justin
The Hicken clan. Everyone but Clark and Kelly's family and my brother and wife were here.
Next came a little turkey induced nap time.
The next day we broke off into groups and went wherever the wind took us. Our breeze took us to the city and sight seeing. We stopped at the Marin headlands overlook of the bridge, then went to Fort Point, had a picnic, and ended with a drive down Lombard street.
Kassidy loves to take over the camera and many of the pictures I posted were taken by her!
From Kassidy' viewpoint
On top of Fort Point. Amazing view of the bridge and bay!
Me and sweet mama!
We had a fabulous week and wish it could've lasted longer.
We had a wonderful Halloween in California! The weather was warm, almost too warm--about 76 while trick-or-treating and in the 80's during the day. It didn't feel very fallish, but at least we didn't have to wear coats while trick-or-treating. We had an eventful day full of too much candy, lots of walking and finished with even more candy. The kids had a good time, and we exhausted ourselves because we were all in bed early. I already posted these on facebook so these are pretty much for my grandparents to see. Happy Halloween!
The whole group (minus a lion) at the ward trunk-or-treat. All the costumes were homemade which made it even more fun! Although the face paints scared our sweet Korbin :)
My sweet aunt came over last week to watch the kids so Kevin and I could go on a much needed date. With school and pharmacy rotations we haven't gotten to spend much time together just the two of us. I had forgotten how much fun we have together! We spent the whole night laughing and talking (I don't think we even mentioned the kids) and acted like teenagers. My favorite part of the night was putting on costumes at Target and acting like spazzes. I think it's really good for a marriage to let free and just act silly around each other.
Although I really miss being home in Utah around this time of year, we have found there are lots of fun things to do in California in the fall. The weather is still quite hot, so getting outside and playing has been very pleasant. We've visited many pumpkin patches this month and played with our great friends. We are lucky to be in such a versatile area where we have so many neat things around us.
Suisun Valley Pumpkin Patch
Noah, Daniel, Caytlyn, Micah, Kassidy, Korbin, Sara
Larry's Produce giant pumpkin with the Tabish's.
I love how much Kassidy looks out for and loves her brother. I hope it lasts :)
Jelly Belly Factory. We did the haunted house inside too. It was a bit to scary for the kids this year. Kassidy wore her princess crown to "shine the bad ghosts away".
Dixon "Cool Pumpkin Patch" playing in the corn bath. So fun!
Jen and I definitely got our work outs riding these pedal bikes around the pumpkin patches. We've had a great time this fall and look forward to the start of the holidays.
Kevin works out at home in the evenings to keep his nice physique :) I would like to watch, but have been forbidden. So I usually try to give the kids baths or read them stories or something during this time so Kevin can exercise. For some reason this night I just couldn't keep the little munchkins distracted long enough and soon daddy's push-ups became a fun ride. Impressively, it didn't slow him down a bit! The added 24 and 35 pound children only increased his strength training. I married a hottie!
Our kids have been into airplanes lately. Their awesome daddy made an airplane for them to play in out of a diaper box. We tricked out the inside with knobs and dials (not sure why I didn't take a picture of that) and they've been playing in them for hours! But they're not very patient so Korbin sits in the plain box next to Kassidy while awaiting his turn. Since they've enjoyed the box planes so much we decided to take a visit to the Air Museum at Travis Air Force Base. One of the many perks of having a base so close is enjoying neat things like this for free! We spent a couple hours looking at all the neat airplanes and exhibits on WWI, WWI and the Vietnam wars. It's definitely making it onto the list of places to take our visitors when they come. So if you're interested, come on our for a visit!
Our little family is currently living in California, as Kevin has been attending pharmacy school here. He just graduated in June and we are on the job hunt! It's exciting and scary all at the same time. We have three children, Kassidy is 6, Korbin is 2, and McKinley is 9 months. We're missing family and friends, but making new ones and we love it! We love life and hope to catch up with friends, old and new, through our blog :)