Friday, July 1, 2016

Friday 5: Beach, Family and Road Trip

In summer kids have more time than they know what to do with; in summer parents don't have nearly enough.  Between family in town and now a road trip, blogging has definitely taken a back seat, but I had to come share my Friday 5

5 Thoughts

1. We had a lot of fun visiting with my parents who came to town.  We always play cards when my kids go to bed, and even though, as my mom pointed out, they were the out of town guests, we killed them in every game.

2. We made it to the beach for the first time this summer.  It was a beautiful day and we had fun boogie boarding, and jumping the waves; my Dad even went out and enjoyed the water a bit.

3. Eric and I had a great time at Universal last week, we rode almost everything twice, even rode the new Harry Potter ride 3 times.  By the end of the day we were both wiped out, we tried to watch a show back at our hotel and both fell asleep.

4. I have figured out the success for road trips, I make a basket for each kid with their snacks for the road.  They know if they eat it all at once that is all they get; they are actually really good at regulating themselves and even seem to eat less than if they were constantly asking me for snacks.

5. I love when where we live, but when I visit other places I forget how brown California is right now, I do miss the green; if only we could get some real rain and end our drought.

5 Pictures
Harry Potter land at Universal Studios

Room service

playing ping-pong

Mom and I at the ocean

Boggie boarding at the ocean

How do you find time to get things done in the summer?

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Ten Things to Smile About This Month

Every month I like to pause and look back and find the things that made me smile. I have found this is especially important to do in those months that seem extra hard, as there is always something to smile about.  Linky will be open for two weeks, so join me!

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Ten Things to Smile about in June

1. Family time including a hike to a waterfall
family at the waterfall

2. Eric being able to see color like never before in his life!
Colorblind Dad seeing color for first time

3. Awesome successful swim lessons for my kids, especially the fact that Ryder is now a swimmer!

4. Alex loving soccer still and doing good at goalie.
Best Soccer Goalie Gloves

5. Father's Day and the amazing Father of my kids
Fathers Day 2016

6. Walking with a friend every morning, except on the days that I have run with Alex!

7. Crazy sunsets, even if they were because of smoke from a fire.
Blood red sun

8. Celebrating 15 years of marriage!
Out to dinner for Anniversary

9. And then celebrating it again the next week with a weekend getaway!

10. Having my parents in town visiting, we have shopped, saw sites, played games and had lots of laughs.
Family at Oak Glen
What made you smile this month?

Monday, June 27, 2016

Best of the Blogosphere Linkup: Week 77

Hi there and welcome back to the Best of the Blogosphere Linky Party!  Pick your favorite posts from the week and link up!

 My favorite post from last week was a post from "From Kayla" titled, No Wonder You Think You're a Bad Mom-- I just love her post and there is a quote in this post that is one of my favorite quotes, definitely go read it!

Here are your favorites from last week's Best of the Blogosphere Linky Party!
My Favorite Budget Beauty Products - Health And Beauty Girl

The Art of Being Alone - Sea Salt Secrets

15 Minute Cheese Pizza Rolls - The Crafty Blog Stalker


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Friday, June 24, 2016

Friday Five: Fish Fire, Family, Finding Dory

Is this thing on?  You might be asking me that, that as I sort of dropped of this week.  My parents came into town and Eric and I are getting away for a couple of days to celebrate our 15th Anniversary, so I definitely have not been around a lot, but I did want to come do a quick Friday 5

5 Thoughts

1. I love having family in town, but it sure does throw your regular routine off!  But that really is a good thing every once in a while.  I have been trying to just unplug and really be there.

2. Alex had a scrimmage at soccer practice last night; some of our girls were out of town so we were short and had no subs, but we still won 9-6! It was a crazy high scoring game; we were playing on a short field.  Most of their points came in the second half when our girls were worn out (the other team did have three subs).

3. We went up to Oak Glen with my parents for a day and right there walking around by everyone was a mama bear and two cubs, it was pretty crazy!  We had fun at the petting zoo, though the darn goats totally bombarded Ryder trying to get the corn we had to feed them.  At the little animal museum, Alex was the only brave one who wanted to hold a snake.

4. We saw Finding Dory over the weekend, it was really cute, my kids all liked it.  It is crazy how expensive it is to take our entire family to the theater, especially since we always have to buy treats.

5. The fires are far enough away that we are totally safe, but on Monday the winds blew all the smoke our way and holy cow it made the sun look crazy, plus there was ash falling from the sky.  Hoping they get the fires out quickly!

5 Pictures
Blood red sun
The sun through the smoke of the fires
Girl holding snake
Alex was the only one brave enough to hold the snake
Family at Oak Glen
My parents and the my kids
Trying to catch the wagon ride, Oak Glen
He wanted to pose like this- trying to pretend like he was trying to catch the wagon

What was your favorite part of your week?

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

A Father's Day Recap

If Mother's Day is a day of rest for mom's-Father's Day is the exact opposite.  A day where Mom does it all in the hopes of giving the Dad a complete day of rest and enjoyable day.   Thankfully my kids can be coerced into helping.

We began the day by sleeping in, thanks to Eric's early morning church meetings being canceled.  The kids were itching for him to get out of bed as they wanted him to open his presents, so still clad in our pajamas, presents were opened. 
Fathers Day 2016
Tickling Dad

He got toys, ties, socks and candy.  A perfect round-up for him.
Opening Father's Day presents

Breakfast was French Toast and then it was time for church.

The kids sang with the Primary kids for the Dads.  This is Lucas' last time he will ever sing with the Primary, since he will be 12 this year which is totally freaking me out.  Right before it was time to sing, Ryder proclaimed, "I hate singing" and the stood there there entire time with a pouty face not singing one word.  Lucas literally stood a head above everyone and Alex sang beautifully and was probably 3/4th of the volume of the singers.  

That evening I will admit I didn't quite do it all as Eric wanted to grill steaks.  I did make the sides of twice baked potatoes, salad, carrots, biscuits and pie for dessert.
Father's Day Dinner

It was a wonderful Father's day and here is where I leave the mushy tribute thanking my husband for who he is and for all he does.  I always had an idea of things I wanted and didn't want the Father of my kids to be like, and he has far exceeded my expectations over the years.  I couldn't ask for a better Dad for my kids.  Thank you, I love you!