Tuesday, January 13, 2015

January Scoop

We're all the way into January and super busy.

First, Lainey is a math genius. Common Core is feeling like a breeze for her.

I love that she's so smart.

We got snow here recently! Actual snow flakes fell in our back yard. First time in 48 years. Nothing stuck, of course, but it was a tiny miracle and tons of fun.

Lainey continues to be obsessed with fashion and all things beauty related.

And, I continue to be obsessed with Disneyland. It's my job now!

Blake and I took kids to school recently and then went on a Disneyland date. It was awesome.

We checked out the new Frozen Fun section of California Adventure. Totally adorable. Can't wait to take our kids.

Selfie with Olaf! I was dying laughing. He was so cute.

And, I made my 100th visit! I've actually been more times than that, but this is since Disney started tracking it a few years ago. 

Off to the parks again later this week with the whole fam. We'll stay overnight and get lots done.

Back soon!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Christmas and New Year Wrap up 2014

It's been a great year here at the Starnes house!

We entered our 5th year in Southern California and continue to love life near the sea.

Some Christmas details:

Blake and I took the little ones to Disneyland for a final holiday visit. Carter had basketball practice because he made the Varsity Team! So proud of him.

Blake and I joined friends in Orange County for a lovely Christmas party. Sans kids! It was a ton of fun.

Christmas Eve Mass was beautiful, as always. 

My favorite photo each year:

Back home for our usual routine.

Reindeer food.

The Night Before Christmas read by Blake, as always.

Christmas morning brought presents for everyone.

We've had a low key break. And, then Blake turned 40! 

We're officially old now.

Happy New Year, friends! Lots in store for 2015, including our 15th wedding anniversary. 

More to come!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014


We are fully into the holidays.

250 cards are en route!

We enjoyed the Oceanside Harbor Boat Parade this past weekend.

I love our cute little town. 

Jack and I went to Disneyland solo last week. Love going with just one kid at a time. Whomever goes with me picks what we ride, what we eat and what we do. Besides a bit of work I always have to get done, I let the kid choose everything.

Loving this one-on-one time. 

The fam goes to Disneyland tomorrow! Our last holiday visit.

Also, Carter made the Varsity Basketball team! 

Good things ahead.

Monday, December 08, 2014


Hello, there!

A few things this week:

Caroline bought us matching pjs for Christmas.

Aren't we cute?

Lainey is officially my assistant for my Disneyland job. She has started going with me solo on lots of visits. It's so fun with just one kid.

Isn't she pretty?

Jack is, too, but not so happy in this photo. I joined his class for a field trip to La Jolla. We visited the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. It was awesome.

Out to Disneyland again this week and we're in full holiday mode.

So much to do!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Disneyland Visit and Christmas with Caroline

We had another awesome visit with Caroline for Thanksgiving and Christmas last week. Each year, we celebrate the two holidays together so she can be home for Christmas with her husband.

We spent a couple of days at home and then headed to Disneyland.

Santa was awesome!

I wore the Snow White hoodie Shannon gave me for my 40th birthday.

Highlight of the trip: Meeting Sally and Jack Skellington. 

And, Blake outdid himself, as always with my gifts. He built this map into an old window with several other items that are intended to detail our travels, both prior and future. It was so touching.

Our tree is up and it's officially Christmas here.