Friday, July 31, 2015

Friday Five:Birthdays, Beaches and Yes

Happy Friday everyone!  Today is a very special Friday for many reasons.  Keep reading to find out why.

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5 Thoughts

1. First and most importantly today, Happy Birthday Mom!!  Today is my mom's birthday.  She truly is an amazing woman who gives so much to others, who is constantly serving, who was always at all of the plays and band performances, and someone I can always count on.

2. We made it to the beach this week!  It was the first time this summer we have gone.  Yes,  you would think living in SoCal we would spend our summer at the beach, but we really don't.  It was a ton of fun though and really glad we went.

3. Today is also special as it is our YES day!  This will be our third one now, we will see what happens this year.

4. Found out Ryder's teacher this week; he has the same kindergarten teacher that Alex did and at least two of his friends from church are in his class (still waiting to hear about the third, fingers crossed).   There are actually 5 kids from church that have AM kindergarten at his school, and well I might just be picking him up only once a week as we are going to carpool!

5. Alex has another soccer tournament tomorrow; this one is a little closer to home.  Fingers crossed they do good.

5 Pictures
What is your Friday 5 this week? 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

What I've Learned About Earthquakes

I am a midwest born and raised girl.  I've experienced -40 degree windchill, and thunderstorms so loud they shake your house.  I've experienced 100 year and even 500 years floods, and even a F5 tornado that destroyed my town, but none of that quite prepared me for an earthquake.

Living in Southern California for over six years now, I have learned a few things about earthquakes.

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1- Earthquakes happen all the time.  Seriously, all the time.  I have  quake feed App and if I open it up and see the list of earthquakes in my area it is kind of freaky.  Yes, most of them are so small that you don't even feel them, but there are a lot! 

2- You might not even feel it.  Anything smaller than a 3 and you probably won't even feel it.  It also depends on how close you are to the actual epicenter.  There have been times where Eric and I were sitting and watching a movie and he will ask, "Did you feel that, was that an earthquake?" (it was), but I didn't even feel it.
3- Earthquakes are noisy. For me the earthquakes I have experienced, many of them you hear more than you feel.  It isn't things shaking in your home either, it is the noise of the actual ground moving or crashing and sometimes they are loud.  One time it sounded like a big semi hit my house.  

4- Most earthquakes are really quick.  By the time you have a chance to react and realize there is an earthquake, it is already over (thankfully- not looking forward to the 'big one' where that is not the case.) 

5- There are different kinds of earthquakes.  There are the shakers, the rollers and the jumpers. (All the scientific names of course).  The shakers are the ones you see in the movies, but sometimes it feel likes a wave just rolls through the ground and other times everything just seems to jump. 

6- Most people from California try and act like eh just another earthquake- but check Twitter right after one and you will see all sorts of comments about it.  Yes, you do start to become "immune" to them, but I bet they always get everyone's heart racing.

My last tweet after a recent earthquake even made the local news! 

7-Stuff rarely falls over during an earthquake.  Like I said there are a lot of little earthquakes all of the time and things rarely fall over.  Even with our recent 4.2 with the epicenter only 5 miles away, only a few pictures went askew.

8-No matter how many earthquakes I experience, they will always make my heart race, plus my tear ducts start working.  Something about that jolt makes my heart skip a beat and a few tears slide down my cheek, it seems almost automatic for me.  

Have you ever experienced an earthquake? 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Ten Things to Smile About This Month

It is the last Tuesday of the month which means it is time for my favorite post, 10 Things to Smile About this Month.  I started the meme several years ago after a really hard month, when I just need to pause and look for something good.  Join me each month and share 10 things (big or small) that made you smile.

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Ten Things to Smile About in July

1. Celebrating the 4th of July with my family in the town I grew up in.

2. The adorable newborn I got to photograph this month (and the other photo shoots I did am doing)

3. Vacation with both sides of the family (post to come this Thursday!!)

4. This picture

5. Cousins (though a few were missing)

6. New big boy beds

7. Rain!!  We got a lot of it one weekend!  Now we just need many more days like that.

8. My hair - when I actually take the time to do it

9. Actually finding several pairs of shoes for Alex that fit her feet (not an easy task for a girl with extra-wide feet)

10. Those moments when my kids really get along
What made you smile this month?

Monday, July 27, 2015

Best of the Blogosphere Link Party: Week 29

We are back to the Best of the Blogosphere linky!  Thank you so much for passing by each week to share your best post, and to give props to those of us participating as well.  It makes a big difference to find awesome summer ideas and suggestions from your posts.

Thanks for the great reads everyone.  Don't forget we are always looking for the best posts out there.  If you are a foodie, love DIY, have tips, shared a great mommy story or rocked a sponsored post, come on by and join in our linky party.

This week my favorite post is from Sarah's Bake Studio.  The pictures alone got me on this one- looks so yummy!

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Friday Five: Breaks, Rain and IKEA

Happy Friday!  I am back for Friday 5.  I know I haven't been around much but my kids now have less than two weeks of summer break left, so trying to enjoy the last of our time.  Join me every Friday by sharing 5 thoughts and 5 pictures from the week.  #Friday5

5 Thoughts

1. I think this summer is going on the record as my worst summer ever for blogging.  My kids start school though in less than two weeks, so I have a feeling it isn't going to change much in the next two weeks. (Though there will be 10 Things to Smile About this Tuesday!!)  Have to enjoy this time,  I am not ready.

2. This week I got to attend a party that was thrown for the Special Olympic Athletes that are staying in our city.  It was awesome.  Our athletes were from Iceland, where I was told it is only 5 degrees right now.  They were loving the heat.

3. We have not gone to the beach this summer!  We have had a couple of different times where we have thought about it, but just haven't made it.  We definitely have to go before summer is over.

4. I apparently don't shop at Walmart that often.  When I went there this last week with my kids for school supplies (definitely the best place to buy school supplies), Alex asked "what is this place?".  Though in the end Lucas was amazed at how big it was and thought we should shop there more.  Personally I am a Target girl; though I will always go back for school supplies.

5. This last weekend we got Ryder a new bed and Alex some new bedroom furniture.  I will definitely have to get pictures to share.  I love how Alex's room came together.

5 Pictures
Major closet purge before back to school shopping
Shopping at IKEA is always fun
Ready to head to church (Eric is always already at the church for morning meetings)
This rolled in last weekend and we actually got rain!
Sibling love, makes my heart happy 

What is your Friday 5?