Thursday, December 10, 2015

Another Year Another Ode...

Marshall Family Christmas Ode 2015, Volume 11
Hello friends, here’s a note from us to you
Filled with love and sharing what’s new…

Aricin (7) surfed his first contest, started 2nd grade and loves to read
Soccer, Scouts, Baseball and Skateboarding are habits he likes to feed.

Talia started 1st grade and turned 6 this fall
She’s artistic, smart, and girly but kicks a mean soccer ball.

Oliver is now 4 and has started pre-school
He’s quite the dare devil, jokester, and thinks his siblings rule.

Making Pinewood Derby Cars & selling Girl Scout Cookies
Our kiddos keep us busy running around like little wookies

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

The Phd will be done this spring  - do you know a copy reader?
And this year Aaron was selected as a tri-county 40 under 40 business leader

My days are full of homeschooling and Real Estate
Laughing often with the kids and enjoying our Wed night date

For 2 weeks we caught up with sweet friends in Colorado
And later took a week long family trip to San Diego

We saw several Dodger games this year
And conquered Mile High Alpine Slides with minimal fear

We went Wine Tasting on bikes on Colorado’s Western Slope
And ran an ‘Amazing Race’ in SB for 50 relatives - it was pretty dope

We got to feed Giraffes , a Hippo, and a Beaver
We carved family time for game nights & dance party fever

We love SB – can’t get enough of the beach and sand
Combing for shells, building sandcastles, paddling, & surf keeps us tanned

Grateful for where we’re at, what we have, and who we do life with
We remember God is good and his Providence is no myth

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

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

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

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

Saturday, December 05, 2015

November 2015

 Sometimes I can't believe we actually live here

My cousin, Vincent got married and we had fun celebrating 

 We like to have family dance parties in our house :)
 And family game nights with pop corn
 Family hike through the Butterfly Preserve to the Santa Barbara Bluffs
 Game Face
 We had a Buttefly/ Bumblee Birthday party for Tally
 Soccer Season is officially over
 Rock Climbing with the Thomsons

 We found a couple old surf boards next our neighbors were throwing away and Aricin was super excited about our find
 Tally and her sweet friend, Maleah
 Cheers! Happy Thanksgiving!
 It's that time of year again.... our silly elf

 This boy owns my heart

 Christmas Parade time
We have been having fun as you can see. Life's been busy but good. I'm working on a Real Estate deal that has been feeling a little all consuming- hoping everything slows down soon.

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Ohhhh October

This was at a Westmont female athlete alumni cocktail party (Fun date night)
This was at the SB Rescue Mission Fundraiser dinner
This was at the SB Zoo's (Zoo's line is it anyway?) Comedy Show
 Getting Crafty at Home Depot
 The Carp Avo Festival... So fun!

 Skate day
This little guy made the cover of Zoo News

 San Diego trip fun above was at Lucha Libre Burritos
 Crazy family fun

 We got to hang out in San Diego for a week while Aaron was at a conference we played

 We got to see this Cheetah sprint and chase a rabbit- it was awesome! At the Safari Park
 Aricin was freaked out by this guy behind the fence

 Tuckered out kids
 Fun time with the San Diego cousins above
 Fun time with good friends at the SD Zoo above

 Harvest Carnival Fun...

 Dress up time for Boo at the Zoo
 Fun Beach day with Uncle Jon and Aunt Courtney

 Another Harvest Carnival
 Oli's school pic... when he saw it he said "Mom why is my smile so silly?"

 Tally and her girl friends at school
 The kiddos dressed up for another carnival
Trick or Treating in Montecito for Halloween- we were Shark Super Heroes

October has come and gone too quickly. We were able to go to lots of fun fundraisers for Westmont Alumni, Semester at Sea, SB Rescue Mission, and even a comedy show at the Zoo. We also got to spend a week in San Diego while Aaron went to conference. While we were down south we got to check out the San Diego Zoo, Safari wild animal park, and eats lots of yummy food like Lucha Libre Burritos and our favorite the Pizza Port. We also got to hang out with some of Aaron's cousins (The Kennedys) in San Diego- the kids love these cousins they just click. We've also been busy with Girl scouts, boy scouts, awanas, soccer, home group, bible studies, and Life. Aaron's busy creating new programs for the zoo while still trying to finish up his PHD in the next few months while I'm trying to maintain my sanity while home school, managing 12 au pairs and their families and working with a couple real estate clients. Life is full to say the least but it is good.