THE pepper EXPRESS: October 2014

Friday, October 31, 2014

Pumpkin Pinterest FAIL

 I set up the carving station and used every precaution necessary. I even had my husband chaperon the shenanigans. I cleaned out the ooey gooey parts and saved the pumpkin seeds for roasting. I used a mason jar cap as a reference to cut the leg holes. And once the pumpkin was ready I undressed my baby girl and made sure to keep her diaper on. Put a cute bow on her head and then tried to fit her wide thighs into the Jack O'lantern's opening. HA nope that didn't happen. Solin inherited her mamas thighs. In which the doctor diagnosed as "child bearing hips" and my mother always called them "saddle thighs." 
I'm Sorry Solin. 
I proceeded to cut the hole even bigger and then realized the proportion of the leg holes were not correct with her height... It was all wrong. After many attempts and corrections we finally put her in. And thankfully she was in a good mood. We used her older siblings as the attention grabbers and what you don't see in these photos are Carlie and Dean jumping up and down behind the camera. Solin is such a happy baby that sometimes I need to take a step back and cherish every single little smile.
I hope you all have a wondeful and happy HALLOWEEN!
 She preferred to play with the leaves and probably thought she was hanging out in her high chair.
So there was a time when she was getting whiny and I tried to pull her out; but then she got stuck. I was in total panic mode at that point. I tried once and then a second time... and she was not coming out of that pumpkin. So while I tried and called for her daddy's help. I popped her on and gave her a little snack. I honestly feel like this was a Pinterest FAIL. Because what is not pictured... is the point were we had to cut her out!?! I'm not joking... there were tears and they were mainly coming from me because I just thought I was the worst mom possible... This was all for a photo shoot and my poor baby got stuck in a pumpkin. Ladies I truly wouldn't recommend doing this. My only recommendation would be to cut the back of the pumpkin out so that you can slide the baby in and out... why didn't I think of that in the first place?!?

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Clements Rodeo Grounds

I was always afraid to be that “Soccer Mom.” I thought once I had the van and started preparing snacks for every game I wouldn’t be “Cool” anymore. Well we tried the whole soccer thing and it turns out that our kids prefer other unique activities. Dean has mastered playing the guitar and it makes me smile every time he starts playing “La Bamba.” And our little Carlie loves being in the youth division for Dog Training. But her new found hobby is barrel racing and we can not stop smiling…. because she really knows what she is doing:
Solin is in that stage where she is trying to identify and recognize peoples faces. 
She loves her siblings but is afraid of Grandpa :(
(Big Sister & Little Sister)
(Can I enlarge and frame these photos and keep them FoReVeR?!?)
(Solin knows how to cheer along with the crowd)
(You can see how proud her dad is by his shadow... he will record anything for her)
(Bad idea to wear brand new boots to a Rodeo)
(Sassy was her name and she did well)
The Clements Rodeo Grounds is where you can find us on the weekends these days. We are thrilled that the weather has cooled down. Because those first few Saturdays were scorching 

Monday, October 20, 2014

The City Was Our Stage

We always plan for a cool day in the bay area. I will always over pack and bring extra clothes especially when we are taking family photos. I was hoping for some nice foggy family photos with the bridge in the background. But the weather decided to be cheerful and maybe a little to warm for us. I had the baby dressed in a sweater dress with tights, Carlie and Dean had several layers on and my husband was required to wear his blazer. As much as I wanted to keep my hair down for the pictures, I would absentmindedly throw it up in a ponytail. We met my cousin Lupe D Brooke at the Ferry Building and started the family photos. We pretended to smile because everyone was hangry. We pretended to be cheerful because everyone was being mean. And poor Solin did not have her nap, she was the crankiest of all of us. I assumed we would have a great shoot, but like I said we were very hungry and angry at the same time. We decided to buy some treats around the shops located inside the Ferry Building and once we were satiated and baby had slept a good 40 minutes… We were ready.
(Sister Love)
(We love these fungi a little too much as you can see from this past post HERE)
(Breastfeeding is difficult when you are out in public. We actually had a panhandler come up to us and ask for money and then apologized because he knew I was indisposed)
(She loves being naked... what can I say)
(Mr. Dean uses the city blocks like a jungle gym)
(Stairs to the Coit Tower)
(Enjoyed a beautiful stroll in Washington Square Park)
(If you ever get a chance to visit Little Italy in San Francisco you must go HERE)
(Only the best!)
(I love seeing her fall asleep on daddy's shoulder)
(We wanted to try something new and the Honey Pie was beyond AMAZING. There was north beach honey, scallions, mozzarella, and fried caramelized onions. The assortment together was a delicious treat!)
(She is only 6 months old and I think she is tired of me taking photos of her... but she loves to chew on everything!)
(And of course we had to get Gelato for dessert)
After the grueling time spent taking family photos. My husband wanted to make this trip memorable so we went out and explored parts of the city we had never seen before. Once we all had some pizza and gelato we were ready to conquer the world.

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