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Kaleidoscope ~ The Color Run

Well, hello readers!

Are any of you still out there? I sure do kinda miss blogging and hope to post more now that the holidays are upon us….my absolute favorite time of the year.

But, what I’m sharing today is the fun time we had this past Saturday morning in Ventura participating in The Color Run. We’d been wanting to cross this off our bucket list for awhile now and coupled with the fact that my vision for this year’s Christmas card involved lots of color, we needed to get this done sooner than later so mama could make sure her vision would be carried out. 😉

So, we rose super early, threw back some coffee, tied up our tennies and headed out the 126 before the sun came up. Needless to say, the kids couldn’t understand why we woke them up “in the middle of the night”, but once we got there and got our bibs, shirts, temporary tattoos, and headbands, their excitement built.




{It was a freezing 51* so we sat in the warm car until it was time to line up in the chute}




{about a mile in we ran through the pink station}


{…then came yellow…}


The route took us down Main Street and by the Mission San Buenaventura. It turned out to be a gorgeous morning for “The Happiest 5K on the Planet”.



Before we knew it, we ran through the final color station and the kids had fun gathering samples of KIND Bars, McDonald’s smoothies & Oberto Beef Jerky!


Once you cross the finish line, you are handed your own powder dye pack and encouraged to partake in the group color bomb that happens every 20 minutes or so. The kids were a little skeptical at first, but quickly warmed up to the idea!




{Holden had Hulk Hands when all was said and done}


So glad we finally did this….the whole family had a blast and the kids are asking when we can do another one.

May I suggest adding this event to your 2015 Bucket List?

So fun!



This morning we visited The Gentle Barn.

It amazes me that these animals ALL have come from abuse, neglect, animal hoarding or slaughter and have been rehabilitated and regained their trust in humans.

{feeding carrots}

{petting Portia & Ellen DeGeneres’ cow, Holy}

{Yoda the emu}

The kids were a wee bit overdressed for such a place.

I had visions of a possible Christmas card photo shoot, but I think Jay’s mind was on getting home to watch the Chargers rather than snapping a bajillion photos in a petting zoo of sorts.

{on an old red tractor}

On Elliott:

Big Red Bow ~ Cheapy accessory store from a mall in Charlotte for $1

Ruched sleeve shrug ~ Belk via Lola

White tank ~ Target Disney line {D-signed}

Red rosette ~ made by Mama

Skinny jeans ~ Vigoss via Ross

Gray {fake suede} boots ~ Ross

On Holden:

Plaid dress shirt ~ Nordstrom

Graphic Tee ~ The Children’s Place

Jeans ~ Levi’s {slim straight} via Ross

Plaid tennies ~ Target for $3

Spikey hairs ~ Got2B “Glued” {yellow tube}

{Lloved this llama!}

I really enjoyed this place and would like to go back and spend more time.

Maybe a Sunday during football off season! 😉

Only open on Sundays between 10am and 2pm….


It’s so wonderful to think what this couple and all the volunteers do. To know that these beautiful creatures have come from unthinkable situations and are now literally eating out of our hands makes my heart so happy.

An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language ~ Martin Buber

{this trip served as our [visit local animal shelter] task on our summer to-do list}

Blessed In The West

You remember this episode of Friends, right?

The one where Ross’ turkey sandwich gets stolen from the ‘fridge at work?

Not just ANY turkey sandwich, but a Thanksgiving leftovers turkey sandwich with Monica’s “moist maker” gravy soaked bread slice in the middle.

About 12 or 13 years ago I had a sandwich that rivaled what I think Ross’ sandwich may have tasted like…at least, his reaction is probably what I would display if this sandwich was taken from me.

It was called “The Bobbie” and it came all the way from a tiny sandwich shop called Capriotti’s in Delaware. One of the Regional Sales Managers, Alain, sent sandwiches to all his peeps at the ACC credit center. Dry ice rocks!

I thought about this sandwich from time to time and in 2001 (4 years later) I was in DE for work and we went to Capriotti’s and picked up a Bobbie. Oh man, you’ve got to try this sandwich.

Check out this baby here!

Tender pulled turkey, stuffing (yes, bread on bread!), cranberry sauce and mayo on a soft roll!

The good news…there are 2 Capriotti’s here in LA. I don’t know what prompted me to Google this yesterday, but I’m glad I did. I’m thinking a trip down to Wilshire (9683 Wilshire Blvd. Beverly Hills) on Mother’s Day would be the perfect gift!

There are also several stores in Vegas…

According to this article from The Huffington Post, nothing was lost when this little sandwich shop in Delaware decided to branch out and move West. The Bobbie tastes just as good in glitzy Beverly Hills as it does in the little riverside city of Wilmington.

Generally, I don’t like when a small, local icon of a business franchises out, but I. AM. NOT. COMPLAINING. HERE.

Bobbie, I’ll see you real soon!