Saturday, July 13, 2013

Wharf Fun!

PICTURE HEAVY have been warned!

We ventured off to Stearns Wharf in Santa Barbara.  What started out as something that sounded fun, from our google search, the previous night in the hotel room, turned out to be a fantastic find!  One of the selling points for us during our search was the Ty Warner Sea Center that offers interactive exhibits, hands on tanks to touch sea creatures, and a "research center".

Driving onto the pier.  The girls LOVED this.  It was fun to hear their squeals and giggles as the boards moved and creaked as we drove across! 

My squinting family!!  

We are crab fisherman!!  
While eating lunch we had a view of the end of the pier.  I saw this boy casting a net and a few minutes later pulling it up, a few times there were crab in it.  He didn't seem to be "fishing" as he kept throwing them back in.  I asked Erik if they rented fishing supplies on the pier.  He doubted it and was just over come with joy when I said we needed to find out!  As soon as we finished lunch I made a bee line towards the little shops and sure enough I found the Bait and Tackle shop.  I marched in, leaving Erik and the girls perplexed outside, and asked the man behind the counter if I could rent a crab net.  He didn't think I was crazy, just asked for a 20 buck deposit and told me I had to buy bait!!  Easy enough, hook me up!  After asking where the best place to catch some crab would be, after all I didn't want "the girls" to be disappointed, we headed down the pier.  By now the girls are excited, Erik is still wondering why he married me, and I am tying my rope to the ladder!  Melody tosses our net into the water and all three girls immediately plop down on their bellies on the pier to watch.  We waited about ten minutes, pulled up our net and SUCCESS!!!  We caught three soft shelled crab and two decorator crabs.  Now Erik is having fun!  The girls are having a ball chasing the crabs, other tourists come over to check out the catch and I am just loving it all!  We spent a good hour crabbing and it never got old!  

The decorator crab.  They pull seaweed, dirt and whatever else strikes their fancy from the ocean floor and rub it onto their shells.  Their shells are rough like velcro so everything sticks.  They were fascinating!  Some where more extravagant than others.

This fun little pier is definitely getting a return visit from us! 

"The Cross"

When Erik was growing up he and his friends would cruise main street and then head up, up, up the hill to what they called the cross.  It is beautiful up there, I wish we would have gotten up there earlier for better pictures!

 I heart them!!  

I would love my patio to over look this!!  

Friday, July 12, 2013

Did Anyone Notice The Beach?

That sentence has brought many a laugh to our family and now has Priscilla rolling her eyes when she hears it.  As we were out and about cruising up and down the beach access road a 20 something yr old girl suddenly darted out into the street.  Erik hollers whoa as he slams on the brakes, and the same time I am hollering Erik!  Not two seconds later Priscilla chimes in from the back "Did anyone notice the beach?"!!  Erik and I started laughing so hard!  Her timing could not have been better!!  Luckily for her we found the beach that day!!

It Was An Honor Mom

Erik's family gathered in California, last week, to celebrate the life of his mom.  What a remarkable woman she was.  I fell in love with her on our first meeting while Erik and I were just dating.  She treated me as a daughter from the moment Erik and I married and there was never any in-law awkwardness between us.  I will never forget the excitement in her voice when we told her that we would finally be giving her 3 granddaughters!  She couldn't wait to meet them and the shower of spoils started immediately.  Of course the girls fell in love with her as soon as they climbed onto her lap and she sealed the deal with apple pie and ice cream for breakfast! 

That smile!

 The gang is gathered! 
Gary, Bernie, Egon, Erik, Chuck, Lesly, Cason, Jim, Steven, Toni, Becky, Dorothy, Tex
Serenity, Priscilla, Melody, Larry

Chuck, Toni, Steven, Erik, Jim 

 Uncle Larry, Gary and Bernie

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The Mad Scientist!

Many of you already know that I love to concoct so I took a stab at lip balm.  It needs a little adjusting but I am on to something!
I cheated and melted the ingredients in the microwave but have since learned a new trick and will be using a pint sized mason jar in a pan of water.  (Thanks Abby!!)

 Filling the tubes was so much fun!  

Now they need to harden overnight.  

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Sunday Snack

We have all had the wonderfully delicious frozen banana at Disneyland, and I am sure most of you have seen the knock off post on Pinterest.  Soooo today after church, in need of something sweet, I tried it and fell in love! 

I only had two bananas so I sliced them unto chunks.

Dipped them in chocolate chips that I lazily melted in the microwave

Rolled them in crushed walnuts, it is what I had on hand.

Plopped them on a was paper lined plate, popped them in the freezer and about 45 min later we dove in! 

They were super easy, delicious and something I would like to have a ziploc full of in the freezer for that little something sweet craving that hits.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

'Til We Meet Again

Marion Ell Owens Heckenlively
Marion Heckenlively slipped quietly away on February 2, 2013, in Newport, Wash., following a bout with pneumonia. She was ready to rejoin her beloved husband, Clarence, who preceded her in death last June.
She was born Marion Ell Owens on December 8, 1928, in the tiny East Texas Panhandle town of Mobeetie. The second-youngest of eight children born to Thomas and Gertrude Owens, she grew up on the family farm and attended Mobeetie High School, where she excelled athletically in basketball and softball. She graduated with the Class of 1946.
Shortly after graduation she moved to Lemoore, Calif., where she worked for Dr. Floyd Lees and married Alfred Ramos. The couple divorced soon after the birth of their daughter, Toni, in 1954. Marion moved to Oak View and went to work at Rains Department Store in Ojai.
She married Clarence "Heck" Heckenlively in 1957 and they moved to Ventura, where the family grew over the next decade with the births of sons, Steven, Chuck, Jim and Erik. She also helped raise her stepson, Danny. The family returned to Oak View after the birth of their youngest son.
Taking care of her children was Marion's full-time job for several years, but once they were in school she entered the field of nursing, working first at St. Joseph's Convalescent Hospital in Ojai and later as a private home-care nurse for a family in Santa Barbara.
Marion loved the outdoors and shared Heck's hobbies of rock- and bottle-collecting. Weekends often found the family searching local beaches and bluffs for petrified whale bone or Indian beads, or exploring the deserts and ghost towns of Southern California and Nevada in search of agate or old glassware.
She was a member of the Ventura Gem & Mineral Society for many years, and created several award-winning pieces of lapidary work. She was a "tomboy" her entire life, and proud of it. She loved to camp and fish, and was a wiz at organizing food and clothing for a week in the Sierras for eight people. But she was also well-versed in the domestic arts: she was a talented seamstress; a great traditional Southern cook (no one could beat her fried chicken, biscuits and gravy or peach cobbler); she crafted small, delicate crocheted ornaments and large, ornate macrame pieces; and she loved her flower garden, especially her prized "pee-OH-nies."
Marion suffered a brain aneurysm in 1966 that nearly took her life. She astounded the doctors, who said she wouldn't make it: she not only survived, but eventually regained limited use of her right arm and leg, then learned to compensate sufficiently with her left to pass her driver's test and return to work.
Marion and Heck retired in 1988 and moved from Southern California to 10 rustic acres near the small community of Oldtown, in northern Idaho. She loved the beauty, the isolation, and the snowy winters. She endured further serious health challenges in the last decade of her life, yet she never lost her optimism, her resilience or her sense of humor. She never indulged in self-pity. It took very little to fill her heart with joy: visits from her children and grandchildren, and such simple pleasures as sitting outside in the sunshine or going for long drives through the countryside.
In addition to her children and their spouses, Marion is survived by her stepdaughters, Jill and Judith; 20 grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. A private service will be held in California at a later date.

Headed to Catalina on her Honeymoon with Heck

Love the red lipstick!

With her sister Mick.  Those two were TROUBLE!!

 The girls loved Grandma Marion!  

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

"One Little Word"

My friend Holly posted a blog titled "One Little Word" last night.  It peeked my interest as Holly likes to get a little creative with her titles too.  As I began to read her post I kept getting the feeling that this little project fits in with exactly what Erik and I had been talking about with the coming of the new year.  

Here is One Little Word in a the beginning of each new year you choose one simple word that you want to have as your theme or inspiration for the coming months. You write it down. You hang it in your house. You keep it in the back of your head and let it guide you through the year. I think it’s a great idea because it’s simple and stress-free… yet one little word can have a lot of meaning and power. (Thanks Holly!) Pretty simple!!
I have been trying to think of a word all morning.  My first one was change but that seemed to cliche.  Then healthy came to mind as it fits in many aspects of what we want out of the coming year but I still didn't feel like that was it.  Then it happened...the girls started arguing!  This is nothing new, but we are trying a different approach, to lessen the arguments, and trying to help the girls understand how their actions do not bring peace, and harmony, to our homes.  I asked the girls if they felt like they were bringing happiness and harmony to our home with their argument and then it hit me,  HARMONY!  

Harmony is my One Little Word.  Not just for the girls but for myself and our home.  I have felt out of tune lately and have been blaming it on worldly troubles, some of which are valid concerns, but not an excuse to be a "Debbie Downer", which is exactly how I have been!  So now the fun begins!  

If anyone else decides to do this leave your word in the comments and we can encourage and remind one another!  

Thursday, December 8, 2011

What Thanksgiving?

November seems like a blur!  We celebrated my moms 60th birthday the week prior to Thanksgiving.  It was a great time.  Dad flew my two nephews in, one from New York and one from Florida, so we would all be together.  We took family pictures and had a great time. I remember Thanksgiving only because it just happened!!  The girls and Erik spent Thanksgiving at our usual spot, my moms!  I on the other hand spent it, and the next 4 days in bed with strep throat and a horrible inner ear infection.  Erik was a true saint, peeling, cooking and mashing 20 lbs of potatoes, which was our thing to bring this year.  He and the girls had a great time with the family playing games and eating!!

 My three beauties!

 Dad and Mom

 My cute little family!

 My handsome nephew David!

 My oldest sister Shelley (aka Weezer!!)

 Hoop, Weezer and I!  


These six girls have all my heart! 

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Happy Halloween...a little late!

Greetings from a now chilly desert!!  We have been spoiled with such beautiful weather until two days ago.  Now it is windy, raining, and cold.  It is suppose to freeze tonight.  I am not complaining as this is much more tolerable than the dang heat!!!
Melody cutting into her pumpkin!  
Meet Mimi!!

My Chipmunks!!!

We had a great Halloween full of parties, trick or treating and our favorite carving pumpkins!!  The girls did their own pumpkins this year, from designing the face to cutting.  I love that they are able to enjoy more of the fun but at the same time it makes me miss my little girls.  It seems with each little milestone I ask someone "didn't we just get them?".  Time certainly doesn't stand still!!  The girls were Alvin and the Chipmunks and loved it!!  I dressed up this year as Mimi Bobeck from the Drew Carey show.  It was fun!!