Sunday, September 25, 2016

To the Zoo with the Foster Twins

Papa Jamie and Trevor took the "Nipomo Twins" to the Zoo in Santa Barbara today. By train, of course! We visited the usual haunts: Eladio's for breakfast and Enterprise Fish for dinner. In between it was 100% zoo. The temperature was over 100, but that barely phased us. The "Lemon Chills" at the snack bar were pretty yummy, though. The rest of the pics are here.

Painted paw prints, in this case chicken footprints.
100 degrees!
The kids have a book about Lucky.
Riding cardboard down the "ant hill" is always fun.
At Enterprise Fish Co.
Arriving Santa Barbara!

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Christmas Movies

Here are our (OK, Jamie's) list of Christmas movies. Not exactly sure how to describe perfectly the requirements to be on this list, but in order to get on this list, one or more of these have to be true: 1. The movie is about Christmas. 2. There's a significant Christmas "part" in the movie. 3. The background in the movie is largely Christmas. 4. Clearly set at Christmas time. 5. Anything that plays on the Hallmark channel from Thanksgiving through Christmas. 6. Jamie likes to watch it during Christmas time. Christmas movie season starts in mere weeks - be prepared.

* 12 Dates of Christmas * 8 Women * About a Boy * All I Want for Christmas * All Is Bright * Angels Sing * Apartment, The * Arthur Christmas * Babes in Toyland (1934) * Babes in Toyland (1961) * Bad Santa * Badder Santa * Batman Returns * Bell, Book, and Candle * Best Man Holiday, The * Beyond Tomorrow * Bishop’s Wife, The * Black Christmas (1974) * Boyfriend for Christmas, A * Bush Christmas * Charlie Brown Christmas, A * Christmas Card, The * Christmas Carol (1938), A * Christmas Carol (1951), A * Christmas Carol (2009), A * Christmas Eve * Christmas in Connecticut * Christmas Mail * Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey, The * Christmas Shoes, The * Christmas Spirit, The * Christmas Story, A * Christmas Tale, A * Christmas That Almost Wasn’t, The * Christmas with the Kranks * Comfort and Joy * Coming to America * Crown for Christmas * Cutting Edge * Dead (1987) , The * Dead End * Deck the Halls * Die Hard * Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! * Edward Scissorhands * Eight Crazy Nights * Elf * Ernest Saves Christmas * Eyes Wide Shut * Family Man * Family Man, The * Family Stone, The * Father of the Bride * Four Christmases * Fred Claus * Friday After Next * Frosty the Snowman * Godfathers * Grandpa for Christmas, A * Gremlins (1984) * Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever * Harry Potter Sorcerers Stone * Help for the Holidays * Holiday Affair * Holiday in Handcuffs * Holiday Inn * Holiday, The * Holly and The Ivy, The * Home Alone * Home Alone 2: Lost in New York * House Without a Christmas Tree, The * How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) * I’ll Be Home for Christmas * It Happened On 5th Avenue * It’s a Wonderful Life * Jack Frost * Jingle All the Way * Joyeux Noël * Just Friends * Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang * Krampus * Kristin's Christmas Past * La Buche * Lemon Drop Kid, The * Lethal Weapon * Little Drummer Boy, The * Look Who's Talking(s) * Love Actually * Lovely, Still * Man Who Came To Dinner, The * Meet John Doe * Meet Me in St. Louis * Metropolitan * Mickey’s Christmas Carol * Miracle on 34th Street (1947) * Miracle on 34th Street (1994) * Mixed Nuts * Most Wonderful Time of the Year, The * Mr. Destiny * Muppet Christmas Carol, The * National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation * Nativity Story, The * Nativity! * Night Before, The * Nightmare Before Christmas, The * Nightshift * Noel * Nothing Like the Holidays * November Christmas * Nutcracker (1993) , The * One Magic Christmas * Perfect Holiday, The * Pete’s Christmas * Polar Express, The * Prancer * Preacher's Wife * Rare Exports * Ref, The * Reindeer Games * Remember the Night * Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer * S.C. Congress the Martians (?) * Santa Claus (1959) * Santa Claus Conquers the Martians * Santa Claus: The Movie * Santa Clause 2: The Mrs Clause, The * Santa Clause, The * Santa Suit, The * Santa Who? * Santa with Muscles * Santa’s Slay * Scrooge (1970) * Scrooged * Season of Miracles, A * Serendipity * Shop Around the Corner, The * Silent Night * Sleepless in Seattle * Snowglobe * Snowman, The * Surviving Christmas * Susan Slept Here * Toy Story * Toy, The * Toys * Trading Places * Trading Places * Trapped in Paradise * Ultimate Christmas Present, The * Unaccompanied Minors * Very Harold & Kumar Christmas, A * We’re No Angels * While You Were Sleeping * White Christmas * Window Wonderland * Year Without a Santa Claus, The * You've Got Mail *

Saturday, September 10, 2016

AJ Explores

Papa and AJ did a quick run to the Exploration Station in Grover Beach. These were his favorite stations...

Vibe Table (Earthquake simulation)



Tuesday, September 6, 2016


And the two of us thoroughly enjoyed a Foremost Wine Company evening, complete with desserts and champagne. BTW, they've got a new curry flair to the roasted cauliflower!

Monday, September 5, 2016

Fun with Trash Cans

These were used for macro-scale beer pong Saturday at an adult party over at Gibs'. The kids, of course, figured out all kinds of ways to play with them.

Driveway Time

Spontaneous play on the driveway earlier today...

Saturday, September 3, 2016

1 Place, 3 Photographers

We took a jaunt to Montana de Oro. But this time, Matteo had a camera with him and AJ got as many shots as he wanted with Jamie's. Matteo's camera was pretty old, low-res. It's amazing he did as well as he did. All the pics are here. You'll see Matteo goes for wildlife.