The Farrells

The Farrells
Matt, Nicki, Owen and Nora live in the San Francisco Bay area. Matt is a research analyst at CBRE and is loving his job. Nicki spends her time playing with Owen and Nora, reading, crafting, and taking lots of pictures. Owen loves to read, sing, throw toys, and quote movies. Nora is growing quickly and loves to be the center of attention. We have a wonderful life!

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Summer activities

We love lazy summer days. :)

Jack doesn't love tummy time, but he sure is cute:

This is one of the kids' favorite activities - "cooking" in the backyard. The end result is pretty gross to clean up, but they love it!


We went to Matt's house on the final day to help clean it before they left forever. Matt was pretty sad. These are the last pictures before this house belongs to someone else.

We are loving getting to know this sweet baby boy.

 And, like all my kids, he excels at crazy faces.

Love love love first baby sounds. Jack is just finding his voice.

He doesn't love the bumbo...

 Danville street fair.

 Pirate themed, obviously. :)

These are their scary pirate faces. They got to do a treasure hunt through lots of stores and had tons of fun!

Friday, July 4, 2014

4th of July, 2014 - Monterey/Pacific Grove, CA

We LOVE Monterey and the ocean house, and it's even better at the 4th of July. We were able to go down with my whole family this time, and had so much fun!

4th of July parade in downtown Monterey.

Madeline and cute cousins.

Nora can't help moving any time music comes on... this time she was dancing to the belly dancer music from the parade. She was much cuter to watch than the actual belly dancers.

The whole crew. I'll blow it up for you....

....because my mom, obviously. :)

There we go, that's better.

This is how Jack spent the parade.

We went to a fair in Carmel after the parade in Monterey. There was a sack race, and Owen decided to do it. Normally he is very timid, and doesn't do great in things like this and then gets really sad/embarrassed. I was just like him as a kid, so it kills me to watch him be so timid. He did great in this race, though - the other kid fell down three times and totally cheated (he didn't go all the way to the end before turning around). Owen didn't fall down once, went all the way to the turn around, and nearly beat the other kid. He was about 5 years younger, though, and so the other kid was a lot faster. I was so proud of Owen for trying. He was super happy to get a prize. :)

The whole family in 4th of July gear.

Cute Lexie, Ryan, Katelyn, and Aubrey.

This little dolly is a professional drama queen.

But she can usually be persuaded. :)

Cute mom and dad.

I love this picture, obviously.

Wacky Mad and Kev.

The three "little kids", Becca, Kevin, and Madeline.

All the grandkids.

Becca did some awesome nail art on everyone!

Pretty sure my kids are the cutest. :)

LOVE them. So much.

S'mores over the barbeque.

Nora and Owen's first time doing fireworks (they're pretty much illegal everywhere in CA, except in certain towns, so we've never done them). Nora and Owen loved the sparklers and poppers, but got freaked out by everything else.

Exploring the tide pools the next day.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Alameda County Fair

We love the Alameda County Fair - we've gone every year since we moved to Pleasanton. The fair is a 5-minute drive from our house. We get free tickets for being Facebook fans, and this year we decided to go on a dollar ride day, so each kid got to ride several rides, which we haven't done before (usually the rides are 3-5 dollars a piece). We also lucked out and went the day where it was actually cool outside - so cool, in fact, that we got cold and had to take breaks inside! Usually we are roasting and have to take breaks inside for the air conditioning - this time we were inside for the heat. :) We enjoyed every part of the fair, and the kids were sad to see the rides being taken down after the fair had been there for several weeks (we drive past the fairgrounds every day, so we watch all the building and tearing down of all the events). Even Jack did pretty well at the fair, though we had to use all our extra clothing to wrap him up, since he was wearing his cute little summer outfit.

We love seeing all the animals!

Corn pit!

Milking a "cow".

This thing had rubber udders attached to the underside of a bucket filled with water. Kind of weird, but the kids loved it.

Piggy puzzle.

We love the pig races!

Happy Jack hanging out in the stroller.

Loving the rides!

Nora was too short to go on anything by herself, so Matt and I traded going on rides (meaning, he went on the ones that would have made me sick).

Nearing the end of Nora's happy time... watching the high dive show. The divers did a 25 minute water show, which I imagine feels nice in 90-degree weather, but when it gets down to 60, they probably weren't too happy. The show was still fun, though.

And this was the end of the happy. :)