Harvest Party!

  Our church has a harvest party were everyone is invited. They have jumpers, games, live music, plays, food, and so on. All the kiddos get to dress up and enjoy all the fun things they have. Last year I actually helped out at one of the booths, so my girls did not get to go, but this year was their first year coming and they had a blast!! All night long they just played in the jumpers -haha! They love those jumpers, alright! Before we left {we left early because we had to pick the hubs up from the airport} the girls played two games to win some candy.

Elizabeth and Hugo stopped by for a little bit as well!



On Halloween we got together with Rich & Dawn and their kiddos Riley & Devon, and their neighbors. After a delicious dinner we all headed out to go trick or treating! It was so sweet watching Raychel go to the doors and say, “trick or treat!” and then “thank you!” after receiving her candy. She had tons of fun and we enjoyed watching her have fun! Oceana kinda just stickied with daddy the whole time, and watched the kiddos.

 We made sure to get them a little bucket that way they/we wont have so much candy around the house!

{Mommy & Me Trick or Treat Party}

On Saturday the girls and I got dressed up in our costumes and headed over to Megan’s house for her mommy & me trick or treat party! She had little crafts out for the mommies and the kiddos to do together, and great food! It was so much fun getting to see all the mommies dress up with their little ones and just getting together with these mommies and letting the kids hang out and play!

 Megan & Gavin

The little spider we made by tracing Raychel’s hands 😉

{Harvest Party!}

Friday evening our church had a harvest party where all the kiddos can go and get candy, play games, listen to a live christian band, blow up jumpers for the kids to jump on, watch dancers dance, eat it some yummy food, and just have fun seeing all the other kiddos in their costumes!

Here is a little history on how Ray and I found our church, before I post the pics…

Ray and I lived in Manteca for almost a year while I was prego with Raychel, and we were attending Freedom Christian Center… which we loved! Then we moved to Dublin right before Raychel was almost due, so we can be closer to family and besides that, Ray and I we’re not fans of living in Manteca anyway.  While living in Dublin we were commuting back and forth from Dublin to Manteca ( 35min drive) to attend church, but with a newborn it was getting to be too much and we needed to find something closer. It was so hard finding a church that we felt like we were at home. We attended this church in Pleasanton (still didn’t feel at home) for a few months, but then we moved again, and since we still didnt feel at home we decided to look in San Ramon were we moved. We started looking for a church right away, we went to this one in Danville for a few weeks, but we decided it was not for us. I know we looked like Church hoppers…well I guess we were- haha, but that is so not us, we just haven’t found that right one. Then we found one in San Ramon right next to our place and we liked it, but again I did not feel at home, I couldn’t see me and my family attending this church forever. Ray and I just gave up and thought all the Churches out this way were the same, so we settled to stay at this one. Sundays would come around I didn’t feel like going to church, Ray would say, “Olga do you not want to go to church anymore? Whats going on with you? Come on lets get up and go.” I would drag myself to go. After a few months of going, maybe almost a year… we were not into it, we were not happy, so we stopped going and decided to keep on looking. We prayed about it, and a few days later a friend of Ray’s (Mike) called and said he looked up this church in Pleasanton called, Harvest Valley Christian Church and was going to check it out and wanted us to come join him (The funny thing is that Ray and I would always pass by this church and joke around saying, “look there is our home church!”), So on this one Sunday we meet up with mike there and in we went. As soon as we stepped inside everyone was so friendly, so loving, they welcomed us as if we have known each other and have been coming for a while. Once the music started playing and everyone started worshiping, lifting their hands and praising God not as a routine, but truly praising him with all their hearts. You can see/feel the love everyone had/has for God. Then I started worshiping God and in my spirit I felt God saying, you are HOME! Tears were streaming down my eyes, and I was so thankful that me and my family finally found our place to come and worship, and fellowship, and to hear the word of God! After service that day Ray said something like, “I think our search is over” or “We are done searching.” We both knew in our hearts that this is were we belonged!
Our Pastor (Derek) is amazing, he has his beautiful wife Kyra and two young boys, and they are just a blessing! The whole church is just so loving. We are just one big family, trying to get to the lost souls to teach them about Jesus Christ and to show/teach them what a loving God we have! So thats our story on finding our church! What is your story??

Here are the pictures of the harvest party…

 The one in the black shirt, is the pastors wife
 Cheena & Kathy
 Sara & Ralf and their little one!
 Michelle made these yummy carmel apples!
 Michelle & Chris with their little man

 Pastor & Kathy

 Debbie & Steve and family

 Kathy & her mom
Over a thousand people made it to our harvest party!!! A lot of people that showed up said how friendly and loving we all were, and that’s just awesome, because God is LOVE and we should be just like him!
PS sorry for 4265975465411 grammar errors, I think I always confuse English with Spanish. But thanks so much for reading my posts and trying to understand what it is that I am trying to say lol. THANKS!
PSS If you live near by and want to come check us out, come!!

{Garrett and Meagan’s Annual Halloween Party!}

Friday night Ray got home from work at about 5:30pm, we had no Halloween costumes, so we rushed over to the Halloween store and picked out a costume, tried it on as fast as we could, then headed to my parents to drop the girls off, and finally off we were to Meagan & Garrett’s annual Halloween party! It was so much fun seeing what everyone else was dressed as and just having a good ‘ol time with friends!

Popeye & Olive Oil! At the my parents house.