Friday, February 3, 2017

Puddle Jumping

I let Everett jump in some puddles in the backyard during one of the breaks in rain one weekend when we got 5 inches over a few days. He of course thought it was quite fun :)  The big kids were at school, otherwise they would have been puddle jumping too!

Mud and Trouble

With all the rain we had we kept having to drain our pool extra... Matt had it draining out into the driveway one day and of course the kids discovered the mud right away...

This little nature loving Raggamuffin was quite pleased :)

Alayna at the Park

Alayna came along with me to a mini session, so I had to snap a few pictures of her afterwards :)  She loves climbing the Live Oak Trees at this park...

January Randoms

I've been busier than normal for January, I had a wedding and a few other sessions, hence my lack of blogging. 

 On the day after the Rose Parade (January 3rd this year), the kids and I went with my mom and the Hathcoats to see the Rose Parade floats on display.  It was really neat to see them up close.  It's amazing how much detail that goes into them that you just don't see on TV.  Alayna the naturalist was in heaven of course, loving figuring out what all of the different elements were.  Don't be fooled by my pictures, I was actually surprised at how crowded it was and pushing Everett in the stroller was quite challenging.  If we were to go again I would definitely want to go sans stroller.
 It was fun getting to see the Hathcoats (my dad's sister Karri's family) while they were here.  The kids loved playing with my cousins Kyle and Kevin.

Alayna got an EZ Bake Oven for Christmas and enjoyed making a few things over our break.

Ethan was proud of this structure he built out of blocks and wanted me to take a picture.

Carmen once again hosted a very fancy five course holiday dinner for our small group.  It was amazing!

The kids and I met up with Lea and Teresa at the indoor playground in Redlands one day over Christmas break. 

I took the kids to see Moana over Christmas break.  It was really cute and it was the first new movie I have taken the kids to see in a theater since having Everett :)  Thanks to lots of snacks we were able to make it through the movie. 

Alayna bought a little tea set and was having fun putting together tea parties for everyone.  She was so cute and excited about it. 

 The kids set up a school one day in the playroom.  As you can see Ethan is the teacher, haha.

Enjoying some sunshine in between the storms in January!

This has been our longest stretch not getting snow since we've lived in Yucaipa (it's been over a year since we had snow).  We almost got some the other week, but ended up not getting any.  We drove up the road so the kids could make a few snowballs.

Muffins for Mom at school... I got to go into each of the kids classrooms for a little treat and activity before school. 

Friday night shenanigans... lol.  The kids thought it was fun hanging from the rafters.
 Pushing the piggies in the doll stroller.... which I'm pretty sure is more amusing for the kids tahn the pigs, lol.

Me last Sunday afternoon.. loving the warmth and the sun.

Monday, January 2, 2017

New Year's

The Floreses came over on New Year's Eve for a fancy dinner and sleepover.  We made an amazing prime rib dinner and we even dressed up. It was such a fun evening.  We let the four big kids stay up until midnight for the first time ever.  They toasted their apple cider at midnight and did poppers outside, then went right to bed :)

It was raining and so we let the big boys take apart this broken vacuum in the garage.  Fun fun!

 On New Year's Day we made our traditional Ollie Bollen and hung out in our jammies.  We stayed in our jammies until the little ones went down for their naps, haha. Then we hung out in the spa and relaxed some more.  We drank coffee, munched, played Wii, and colored :)  The big boys spent the day out front hanging out on the drift trikes. It was so nice and relaxing, especially after such a busy month.

And with that, our holiday festivities are over!  It's been a whirldwind month, filled with so much fun and people we love.   Now onto 2017!