Friday, June 23, 2017

Friday 5: Swimming, Hot and A weekend

Happy Friday everyone!  I hope you are all staying cool and having a great summer.  It's Friday 5 time where I recap the week with 5 thoughts and 5 pictures.

5 Thoughts

1. This week was a hot one!  Triple digits!  We get triple digits here, but usually not until August.  In June we are supposed to have our June gloom.  Usually I hate the June gloom as it makes swimming lessons freezing, this year I am wishing it was back.

2.  Ryder finished swimming lessons, he did a great job.  Swimming lessons always make me wish we had a pool so he could keep practicing what he has learned and it sure would be nice to just have one.

3. We did go swimming at a friends house a couple of times this week, though just ask my kids, I don't even get in the pool- much to their dismay, but I don't go for the swimming, I go to visit with the other moms.

4. This weekend was a wonderful one with an anniversary, birthday and father's day.  It was fun having my parents here to celebrate it all.

5. We are going on vacation soon, looking forward to it- just not the packing part of it.

5 Pictures
Grandparents at train park

riding the train

eating breakfast
New York Grill

train tracks

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

An Anniversary, a Birthday and Father's Day

Sometimes weekends are very busy, like when an anniversary, a birthday and Father's Day all fall in the same weekend.

This last Friday, Eric and I celebrated 16 years or marriage.  In just four more years I will have been married for the same number of years that I was single in my life.  That is a crazy thought.
New York Grill

We celebrated with dinner and a movie.  We were on the letter N for our eating the alphabet, so we found a fancy place for dinner this time.

We then went and saw Wonder Women, (super good movie) where Eric bought out the theater just for us, or so he likes to tell people.
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Saturday was my Dad's birthday.  He was in town visiting, so of course we had to celebrate.  A lot of the day was spent celebrating at Alex's soccer tournament, but they had fun watching her play despite the 97 degree heat.
treats after soccer

Grandpa birthday

Then of course Sunday was Father's Day.
Father and kids

Fathers Day

Some of Eric's presents came early for him, on our anniversary, as I bought him the second Traeger he has been really wanting.  The Traeger is definitely the gift that keeps giving, as on Father's Day he smoked a brisket and ribs.  They were so so good!
Fathers Day pictures

Grandparents and kids

It was a wonderful and full weekend, remembering what matters most, family and love.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Friday Five: A Special Anniversary Edition

Happy Friday everyone, today is a very special Friday-- I will tell you why in the first comment.

5 Thoughts

1. Today marks 16 years since Eric and I got married.  If I had been on top of it, I would have written a really mush anniversary post for the man I truly love and who really is my best friend.  Instead I will be leave you with a bunch of links about how we met, our first kiss, how Eric proposed, and other anniversary posts (2016, 2015, 2014, 20132012, 2011, 2010, 2009) I wrote in the past-- and Wow!  Reading those posts was a trip down blogging memory lane. 

2. Ryder had his last flag football game this weekend, it was the championship game and they finished the season undefeated, first place!  He was so excited. 

3. This week has been a very crazy soccer week.  Goalie training on Monday, scrimmage on Wednesday, indoor game on Thursday, and a tournament this weekend!  My parents are in town and are definitely getting their fill of Alex playing soccer. 

4. On Sunday we went to my niece's piano recital.  The whole recital was just her, her Senior exhibition, and she is amazing!  It is so crazy that she is graduating from high school next week.  

5. My parents have been here visiting with us all week, it is so fun having family in town.  We have mostly done swim lessons and soccer, but the game playing at night with the four of us is priceless.  
Yesterday we went out to a train park so I could take pictures of one of my favorite clients and to have some family fun.  The kids definitely liked the ice-cream stop we made on the way home.  

5 Pictures
flag football coaches
family and niece
playing checkers with grandma
riding train at Griffith park
Grandparents and kids at train park

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Read into Summer and A Giveaway

Who loves books?   I know books are definitely a weakness for me.  I love getting lost in a good book, I love holding a book, I just love books.   I often read e-books, but there is something magical and alluring about a real book in a real book store.

With summer now upon us, I know finding books for myself and my children is definitely at the top of my list, as I don't want them on the screen all day long.

We recently went to Barnes & Noble and we were in heaven.  Lucas immediately found the book he wanted since it was on the end-cap, and the nice worker we asked quickly helped Alex find the book she was looking for, even though she could only remember the Author's last name.
Kids books at Barnes & Noble

I ventured out of my usual realm of books and got a biography, with Kevin Hart's I Can't Make This Up: Life Lessons.   This week Kevin Hart was at one of the LA Barnes & Noble for a book signing.
Kevin Hart

Barnes & Noble actually has over 100,000 events every year.  Fun events for kids, chances to meet authors-- even celebrity authors.  In June alone, some of the authors appearing across the country includes Sherman Alexie, Chelsea Clinton, Roxane Gay, John Grisham, Kevin Hart, Bethany Mota, Mike Tyson, and many more big name celebrities.  So get a good book and meet a celebrity at the same time!

The really scary part of the store for me is the kids section.  It just draws me in with the bright colors and decor and I just love kids books.  I kind of want to buy one of everything when I am back there.
Barnes & Noble

We did end up with a bag of books, and today I get to give one of you a $20 gift card to Barnes & Noble



To enter the giveaway- click here--- put in your city and then come back and leave a comment telling me the event near you that you would like to attend. 

Disclaimer: Giveaway will end June 30th, with winner being announced July 3rd.  Giveaway open to US Residents Only.  Gift card will be mailed to winner, so a valid mailing address must be provided by winner when contacted. 

What books are on your summer reading list?  

Friday, June 9, 2017

Friday Five: BYU Fan fest, Scout Camp, Summer Brain

Happy Friday everyone!  Another good week, though I am experiencing the summer brain....

5 Thoughts

1. I definitely have summer brain, each day blending together, forgetting which day it is... which is probably why we missed the first pool day.  All week I kept thinking pool day was on Wednesday, even though it was right there on my calendar.  Tuesday afternoon finally realized we missed it.

2. Ryder and Alex had games that overlapped this weekend, so we had to divide and conquer.  And of course the week I wasn't there, Alex had one of the best games ever.  Though Ryder, who I was watching actually had his best game too, even making a catch.

3. Lucas has been gone at scout camp all week.  He was nervous about going for an entire week but seems to be having a great time.  I must admit, I am really grateful for technology and that he has been able to text us an occasional update as to how he is doing.

4. This week my kids started making dinner.  We sat down at the beginning of the week and they each picked out a dinner they wanted to make.  It has been great and it definitely makes me feel like a good mama.

5. Last night at a baby shower, someone brought up that I was writing a book.  I was asked about it and then told that I have to finish it by Christmas.  I half-heartily agreed... but yes I want to do it! I really want to finally finish it.  So time to get serious about it.

5 Pictures

BYU fan Fest

backwards shirt

making cookies

making dinner

At the park