It had been about a year since our last trip out to Yosemite, so being back in the park was much needed. This time it was for our annual summer get together with the family. We brought the dogs; they are, indeed, a part of our family.
The next morning the dogs jumped into the The Burley, and we took a bike ride around the valley floor. The dogs love the ride!
We biked to the trail head of Lower Yosemite Falls and took the dogs on a short morning walk to the bottom of the falls.
We continued to loop around the valley and even stopped to enjoy the views of the meadows.
Later that afternoon, we drove up to Glacier Point to enjoy the view. I have to admit, the view from up here never gets old.
On the way back to our campsite, Maui and Hilo were taking total advantage of Grandma and Granpda, haha! Free love and scratches.
Last but not least, my parents were totally utilizing the Christmas present we got them, an Eno hammock. Silly parents!
Although our trip was short, it was still a fun little getaway for the weekend. Hopefully, we’ll be able to visit before the season ends because I really want to get back on the trails [without the dogs, of course]. I still want to conquer some of the more strenuous ones. Maybe one day.
Just a little bit over a week ago, Thanksgiving plans changed and I was nominated to host a Thanksgiving dinner. Thank goodness my parents offered up their home for dinner because I didn’t plan on cleaning and prepping our house with a week’s notice, hah! …so I hustled and bustled to get everything done in time for Turkey Day.
After making the floral arrangements, setting the table, and cooking up a storm, I’d say it was another successful Thanksgiving dinner hosted by yours truly.
…and it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without a feast! Some of the dishes that I cooked/served are pictured below:
Green beans with shallots and almonds
Chicken Wild Rice
Sausage and Cranberry Cornbread Stuffing
Garlic Roasted Mashed Potatoes
Roasted Garlic Pork
…and of course, the juicy and delicious turkey!
Before we all stuffed ourselves, we remembered to snap some photos. I especially love the ones of G and the dogs; they crack me up.
Candles were lit, grace was said, and a party of eight went food happy.
The best part about Thanksgiving, in my opinion, is the leftovers! Yum! Oh, the gravy… *salivating*
…but now that Thanksgiving is officially over, I can now start decorating for Christmas. Wahoo! I’ve held off up until now.
Fall is in full swing in the Bay Area, and it’s apparent with the abundant leaves everywhere and the cool, crisp air. It also started raining yesterday, and it’s continued to pour today. Over where we are, we’ve busted out our galoshes, and we’re ready to jump around in the puddles!
The dogs, moreso, love all of the fallen leaves on the side of our house. I think they find joy in crunching up the leaves. As for me, I find joy in watching how happy they look just running around in them.
On another note, Maui and Hilo got their second Barkbox this month. Boy, were they excited. They must’ve known what it was because there were tails waggin’ for days, I tell ya!
Anyway, November’s Barkbox was loaded with lots of treats. Perfect because it’s a harvest month! Other than turkey, I know what those two will be getting during Thanksgiving dinner, hehe.
Anyway, here’s what was included in this month’s box:
1. Bocce’s Bakery Truffle Mac and Cheese
2. PetSafe Pogo Plush Slap Happy Dog Toy
3. Twistix Vanilla Mint Flavor Dental Chews
4. Nootie Yumzies Duck Jerky Chews
We haven’t opened any of the treats yet because we’re still working on treats from last month. However, come Thanksgiving, the pups are gonna be spoiled!
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Just wanted to drop in and do a quick post with some of my recent layouts. All of these layouts were created using the November kit from The Sampler Kit Club.
I still have the kit sitting on my table, so hopefully, I’ll get to creating another layout (or two) in the near future.
It’s Halloween-time! Yeah, we’ve been prepped since the end of September, but this past weekend just felt so festive. Speaking of festive, I never shared pictures of the decor around the house.
This past weekend, we went to one of the many members’ parties thrown by the Monterey Bay Aquarium. We specifically went to this event because it was a Halloween Dance Party! It’s pretty awesome, especially when their staff is dressed up in their costumes, and they’ve decorated some of the exhibits. Plus, they hand out Halloween candy. Here’s some of the photos that we snapped that evening:
It wouldn’t be a trip to the aquarium without some random shots of the sea life, right?!
We also had the pups put on their costumes for a quick little photo shoot. Every year, we dress them up in new costumes. This year, I die of how cute they are, especially since their paw-rents are Aggie alumni. Moo!
…and to top it off, we gutted our pumpkins and carved our pumpkin haul. This year we carved Disney pumpkins. It was super exhausting but lots of fun. The dogs love it for all of the gutted pumpkin on the floor, haha!
After this past weekend, I’m feeling beat from all of the Halloween festivities. If I don’t post before Thursday, wishing everyone a happy (and safe) Halloween!
PS: Two more days! 🙂