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Haunted Hiking

With Halloween happening mid-week this year, I felt like celebrating in a more low key manner than usual. My friends recently got some new camping equipment so it was perfect timing to get into the Halloween spirit with a camping trip! Some of you might be thinking, what does camping have to do with Halloween?! Let’s see, leaves falling on the trees, telling ghost stories by the camp fire, and eating too many sweets (nobody can resist having just one s’more!). The trip was definitely festive in spirit.

We travelled north from Los Angeles and within two hours arrived at our camping destination, Bear Campground. I was reassured that no bears lived nearby, but I was a bit skeptic. Did they just pull the name out of thin air? Nevertheless, there were no run-ins with bears and the weather turned out to be beautiful. We hiked, played card games, and simply enjoyed nature. Check out the gigantic pine cone we found on the side of the road as well as the pictures from our hike!

Entering the Campground

View from our Hike

Oversized Pine Cone

 

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Dodger Day

Even though we don’t have an NFL team, Los Angeles is a huge sports town! I mean come on! The Lakers? The Dodgers?… enough said.

Unfortunately basketball season hasn’t started yet, so really all we have at the moment is Dodger’s baseball! Up until this past weekend, I had never been to a Dodger’s game, and it’s been on my list of things to do for a while now. Summer weather is coming to an end and that means baseball is coming to an end as well, so this weekend it had to happen!

There’s something so fun about going to a baseball game. It makes me feel so “American” and nostalgic for childhood (I didn’t grow up watching baseball often, but the children always look like they are having the time of their lives!). So off to Dodger Stadium I went!

The Dodgers were playing the Colorado Rockies on Sunday afternoon. I went to the game with a few friends, and it was a great experience! The temperature was over 100 degrees….crazy!!!! Luckily our seats were in the shade and after a water purchase, the heat wasn’t that bad. Staying hydrated is key! It took me about fifteen minutes of watching the game to really get into it. Baseball seems to go at a much slower pace than basketball and football, so it usually takes me a few minutes to adjust. The Dodgers put on a great game and won  7 to 1!!! What a perfect way to end the summer!

The Stadium

Me at the Game

A Famous “Dodger Dog”

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The Traditions of Football….

The weather is starting to cool and the season is starting to change. Fall is beginning and Football is underway! I have been looking forward to this season all year long (Football that is). I actually have a countdown to football on my phone.

I know you might laugh, but when we hit four weeks until kickoff I send my boyfriend an email with a photo and “football statistic” for every week. (Normally it would be the other way around!!!) Being from the South you look forward to watching college football on Saturday’s. Traditions are big. The first game I pulled out all of my gear, made Alabama cupcakes and “football munchies” and made sure everyone was ready for the BIG game! It’s well under way and Alabama is 3-0 and has taken the lead at No.1! Do you have traditions that you absolutely love?

 

Like they say… There’s nothing like football in the South!

 

 


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Tagged alabama, cupcakes, football, sydney holladay

Fall is Football Season…

So school is finally back in session and just like magic in the northeast, it already feels like Fall. The coolness of the nights, the need for a sweatshirt on the weekend mornings, and the start of the football season is here.

This past Sunday before we headed out of the house to my son’s first football game of the year, he requested 2 waffles, fruit and bacon. He said, “I need to eat a lot so I can have energy on the field.” At almost 8 years old I can assure you he always has energy – I just wish I could borrow a bit sometimes!

After a hearty breakfast Jack got dressed in his uniform and looked so proud. I stood back and could not believe how big he had gotten (the padding adds quite a lot also). As a Mom, I was nervous for him as I  do not want him to get hurt, but this is something he really wanted to do and practiced for all summer.

So off we went in the car and on the way he asked me to play some “rock” on the radio. This gave me a chuckle and I played some Katy Perry (one of his favorites but clearly not what I would term rock; I mean, I grew up in the 80′s ACDC is rock!).  He sang the whole way to the game and was so excited to get on the field and play.

His team did well and they shut out their opponents.  When the game was over and he came off the field he ran and gave me a huge hug and said, “that was so fun!” Then my little boy asked if he could take off his padding and go play on the playground. I sighed a sense of relief the game was over and happily watched him climb and swing.

I know being a parent is the toughest job anyone can do, and I also know it is the most rewarding, amazing gift to watch your kids grow up. So week one of football is down and this Mom has survived!

Jack in his uniform, ready to play!

With the cousins, about to hit the playground.


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