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Activities for Kids, Lake Tahoe

Bird calling

Also while in Tahoe this summer, the boys were really into making bird calls. We thought they did an awesome job!! So cute and a video we definitely wanted to save from our trip. We spent a lot of time on this patio at our Airbnb and in the back yard. Pretty sure the neighbors hated us.

Jace Face Friday

A hot chocolate coffee date.

On our last morning in Tahoe, I was up early getting the kitchen in our AirbNB cleaned up and our breakfast bagel fixins ready and instead of sleeping in, Jace got up with me. I poured myself a cup of hot coffee with cream,  made him his coffee (which he calls his hot chocolate coffee) and we played some music on the back patio and had coffee talk together. And I have to say, I think it was my favorite part of the trip. Alone time with Jace just talking about bears and dreams and how much we love the lake.

Walker Wednesday

Walker’s happy place

Outside! I have a lot of Walker Wednesday catching up to do, so I thought I’d kick it off with these beauty shots of my second born living his best grunge life;) this little boy loves to be outside. If you go outside, whether it’s the front or back door, and don’t let him come out too, he screams bloody murder. It’s real fun. But man, stick him outside and he’ll be out there for hours. Until you say lunch is ready ;)

Activities for Kids, Family, Lake Tahoe

Sand harbor at Lake Tahoe

Since coming back to California we’ve been dying to go back to Tahoe with the boys.  So, the week before I was due back to work, we packed up my beachy mom van and drove up to King’s Beach for 4 days. We originally only booked 2 nights at our favorite AirBnB but it was available another night so we went for it. Tahoe is our happy place. We could probably stay at either end of the lake but in the summer we always find ourselves closer to North shore so we can go to Sand Harbor. It’s by far the most beautiful beach on the lake, and recommended by locals as well. It’s also great for kids, with its shallow and crystal clear banks. Traveling or even taking a “vacation” with kids isn’t really a vacation though, it’s a lot of work. The moments where we weren’t changing a poopy diaper, or cutting up fruit for little mouths or swaddling, breastfeeding, soothing, applying sunblock on sandy skin, carrying butt loads of stuff or having to play a zone defense so no one kid would run in the street or fall off the porch, we’re far from in between but still cherished. If anything, our hearts soared when we saw how excited Jace was to be in “Tahoe”, his adventures looking for black bears, Walker’s obsessions with bird calls and sand buckets and shovels. Even Mr. Callen with his still newborn needs was able to nap a couple times on the beach, and stay content. It was a long 4 days but gosh, was the weather beautiful. We had it all too – thunderstorms, lightning, hail, rain, sunshine, wind and cold and warm. But it gave us more reason to cuddle in our cabin and dip into the hot tub. A trip we’ll definitely remember, regardless of the unexpected fevers and late nights up soothing babies. Nothing a couple Moscow mules can’t mend we say!

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Activities for Kids, Food

Freshly picked blackberry muffins

Blackberry season is upon us here in Santa Cruz and we are loving it. There are literally vines galore in our little Rio Del Mar neighborhood. And I’m pretty much convinced that wild blackberries truly taste the best; they’re so flavorful and juicy. My mouth is watering just thinking about a freshly picked blackberry in my mouth. Lol! They also make for a fun activity for the kids; it’s just one more thing we love to do outside during this beautiful California summer.

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