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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Fall Fun at the Julian Mining Co.

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[These stylish kids are dressed head to toe in Joy+Love's Fall/Winter collection.]

When you think of San Diego, the first thing that comes to mind are our beautiful beaches but if you venture just one hour east, you will find a little town called Julian nestled in the Cuyamaca Mountains. After gold was discovered nearby in the 1870s, the town of Julian became a boom town of aspiring gold rush miners. Julian is now best known for its apple orchards, delicious pies, historic buildings, cozy B&Bs and lush landscape of oaks and pines. For SoCal moms craving a more authentic fall experience, Julian is the perfect place to see the leaves change color, take in the cool mountain air and wear your favorite fall boots and sweaters while taking in some old-fashioned entertainment. Parker and his cousins loved sluicing for gems, exploring the antique farm equipment, snacking on crispy Julian apples and working on their carpentry skills at the Julian Mining Company located a mile from Main Street.

Julian Mining Company
4444 CA-78
Julian, CA 92036
951-313-0166

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[This Appaman cardigan is my favorites from the boys collection.]

julian mining company, julian california, san diego, fall fashion

julian mining company, julian california, san diego, fall fashion

julian mining company, julian california, san diego, fall fashion

julian mining company, julian california, san diego, fall fashion
[We collected some really great stones including quartz and amethyst. They're lined up on Parker's window sill now.]

julian mining company, julian california, san diego, fall fashion

julian mining company, julian california, san diego, fall fashion
[The woodworking station has a bunch of build options including different size gem boxes and bird houses. After you finish building your project, there is an option to paint them.]

julian mining company, julian california, san diego, fall fashion

julian mining company, julian california, san diego, fall fashion

julian mining company, julian california, san diego, fall fashion

julian mining company, julian california, san diego, fall fashion

julian mining company, julian california, san diego, fall fashion
[Hannah banana.]

julian mining company, julian california, san diego, fall fashion
[Nora and Audrey are growing up so fast. They are in that awkward teeth phase right now.]

julian mining company, julian california, san diego, fall fashion

julian mining company, julian california, san diego, fall fashion



Tuesday, November 7, 2017

10th Annual Chu Family Pumpkin Carving Contest

It's hard to believe that we have been hosting our annual Chu Family Pumpkin Carving Contest (now known as CFPCC) for 10 years now. Every year we switch it up with a new theme/rules to make carving a little more challenging. This year we cut the carving down to 1 hour to really challenge all the participants (we usually carve for 2-4 hours). Almost everyone carved this year including my dad. The kids are really getting into it now that they are older and we can trust them with sharp objects. Pumpkin carving is one of my absolute favorite family traditions and I can't wait to to dethrone Tania in 2018! Scroll down to see the winners of this year's contest. Happy Halloween from our family to yours!






[What's that, Tim Gunn?]













2017 Winners

Adult Category
[1st place - Tania's Oogie Boogie]

[2nd place - Noah's Scary Clown]

[3rd place - My Pennywise]

Kids Category

[2nd place - Parker's crab]

[3rd place - Andrew's Dracula]

Pumpkins that didn't make the cut (pun intended).











Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Winter is Here for Tuan's 34th Birthday

For Tuan's 34th birthday, I planned a low-key Game of Thrones inspired bowling birthday party. We are big GoT fans and it was fun to publicly declare our fandom at Fountain Bowl. We bowled boys vs girls and, since the guys are waaaaay better than us, we gave them two toddlers and a 200 point handicap. Like the Lannisters in the Battle of Goldroad, we didn't have a chance and were slaughtered.

Introducing the Lords of Pinterfell!

Versus the Mothers of Dragons! We're not regular moms, we're cool moms.

We bowled for team bragging rights but I also made individual awards to encourage ridiculous behavior. 

Here's Giao shaking her booty as she gets ready to bowl. She tried the hardest to win the "best warm up award".








I'm so happy with how the shirts turned out! Thanks to my little sister Tania for designing them and a huge thanks to InkPress for printing them. The other bowlers at the alley were definitely talking about how good they are! 

After bowling, we cut into this delicious cake. Everyone had a slice and then Giao and I sat there and ate the rest straight off the sheet while watching the leaked season 7 episode 6. There's no shame in our game. 



[Happy birthday, @deejaytuan! We love you to the moon and back.]

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Related but unrelated. Before we bowled, we had an amazingly decadent lunch at Trade Food Hall in Irvine. Here are some of the highlights. 

[Bacon chedder fries Pig Pen Delicacy]

[Bird in Hand from Two Birds]


[Lobster fries from Dos Chinos]

[Our favorite people to pig out with!]


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