Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Not so normal November... and Oh yeah October and our Annual Christmas Ode

 Aaron was asked to speak at a conference in La Caruna, Spain. We had enough frequent flyer miles for me to tag along- my parents had the kids for a week while we explored Espana and a day in New York. These pics are from one of my favorite spots- La Playa de la Catedrales in Galicia. It really was an amazing beach!

 Lobster Paella
 Saying good bye before we left on our trip

 Pulpo or Octopus is one of the most common dishes
 La Caruna is a great surf spot
 Graffiti- this one reminded me of Picasso, who actually lived here for a while as a kid while his dad taught art classes at the University

 The town had all sorts of cool art instalments

 view from our room

 I loved these door knockers- they were pretty common but soo cool!

 Silly video we made for the kids of us exploring the caves as the tide crept in at La Playa De Las Catedrales

 We rented a Fiat for a day to explore North East of La Caruna

 The Gala on our last night

 New York City for 22 hours...
 Cupcake from Cake Boss... yes please

 I LOVE Macroons- and apparently Laduree is the best- I had a salted carmel Dulche De Leche and a Rose Macroon and they were both AMAZING!

 Central Park
 Grand Central Station
 Super Cool shop that sold antiquities from Shell Fossils to Dinosaurs- only in NY
 We bought this big umbrella from a guy on the street and it tuned out to be the best purchase of our trip- It poured our whole time in NY

 After dinner walk on the beach and shell combing turned into this- they love the beach
 weekend at Great Grandma Ruth's house in Lake Arrowhead with Grandpa Rick
 Just an Elephant getting a drink
 Luke Skywalker
 Captain America
 Disguised Turkeys... Ninja Turtle, Princess, and Darth Moll from Star Wars
Our Festive Front Door :) 
Tally got out of the shower and stuck a balloon in her towel- the kids thought it was hillarious and couldn't stop laughing
 Soccer studs
 Tally's team. The Magical Unicorn Frogs
Aricin's team. The Silver Jedi's

 Oli's 3rd birthday party

one tuckered out turtle 
 first trip to the Dentist
 Aricin's friend Ray
 Just another Fall day in SB
 Air One Jump House

 Cub Scouts build a boat project
 Checking out a Tall Ship at the Harbor Festival SB

 Oli and the Urchin
 We did the Color Run for my mom's birthday. Huge props to Aaron who was stuck at home with our sick kiddos. Such a fun run

 I stuck with my little bro- it was fun to run together. We couldn't keep up with my sis-n-law, Courtney or my Dad!
 The after party was crazy! Chalk everywhere
 I found some chalk and got him in the face like a true big sister would

 mom and dad. 
 my mom picked up crazy neon socks for all of us

 with a unicorn of course

 Pure Order Brewery- where we rehydrated
 Disney Days- Aaron had a conference in Orange County- so I brought the kiddos to Disney- solo and survived!

 Traumatic Ferris Wheel ride- my bad. Just call me mom of the year- poor Tally thought she was going to die :(
 The Boys
 Stroller with skateboard on back- this is literally how we roll at Disney
 pumpkin plug ins

Church Fall Festival Fun 

 Cub Scout Kayaking Trip in the Harbor- so fun!

 Talia's 5th Bday Party
 Trick or Treat

2014 School Pics (K and 1st)

Marshall Family Christmas Ode 2014, Volume 10

Hello friends, here’s a note from us to you
Filled with love and sharing what’s new…

Aricin lost his first tooth, turned 6, started first grade, and loves to surf
T-ball, soccer, and skate boarding parks are his favorite turf

Talia loves daddy dates, turned 5, started Kindergarten and loves soccer
Gymnastics, Ballet, and all things Frozen have turned her into quite the talker

Oliver is potty trained, turned 3 and loves going to Zoo Camp
He’s quite the jokester and loves to take his trainer bike on our ramp

In the spring we got annual passes to Disneyland
Making fun memories while these little guys still want to hold our hand

Aaron really loves his job as Director of Ed. at the SB Zoo
His PhD is still in progress always leaving him with something to do

My days are full of homeschooling, bible studies, MOPS, and running around town
I’m also a Local Childcare Coordinator with an Au Pair Agency ensuring no one gets down

And this year I started in Real Estate with Keller Williams  SB
If you know anyone buying or selling their home send them to me J

We celebrated 10 years since our wedding at the SB Zoo
With a stay-cation sans kiddos filled with fun times, great food, and good Brew

In September we made our 9th move since our marriage, into a cozy place
While we don’t like moving we think Santa Barbara is our new home base

In November Aaron spoke at a conference in La Caruña, Spain
I tagged along as we explored and laughed in the sun and rain

We love SB and can’t get enough of the beach and sand
From combing for shells, building sandcastles, paddling, and surf it keeps us tanned

We are grateful for where we’re at, what we have, and who we get to do life with
God is good and his Providence is no myth

We are trying to learn how to slow down and rest more,
And be more intentional with those around us with an open door

We are trying to live simpler
Have less things without so many whimpers

For ourselves and others we want to let go of unreasonable expectations
Instead choosing to offer grace filled relations

We are trying to grasp a posture of Gratitude
To help us with a more joyful attitude

Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think,
According to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory- that is the Link.

So that’s our year so much to tell
We hope you are happy healthy and well

We wish you PEACE, LOVE, JOY and blessings this holiday season
And invite you to visit us anytime for any reason

With Love and Extending Big Hugs,
Aaron, Janay, Aricin, Talia, and Oliver

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