Friday, November 18, 2016


Matt had his birthday on October 26th.  We had the Floreses over and had a yummy meal.

Everett had been ready to potty train, so I cleared out my schedule for a week so we could stay home and work on it. He's done really well and is only wearing diapers at nap and bed time, yay.

Snuggled up with my reading buddy on a Sunday afternoon :)  Oh and the dog, haha.

Feeding the duckies at the park... simple toddler joys!

I got to drive on Ethan's fieldtrip to the San Bernardino County Museum. 

Piggy picnic!

A 24 hour stomach bug made it's way around our house, fun times... lol.   This was the only fun part about it... but let's be real, between taking care of my kids and dragging myself out on a photoshoot that couldn't be rescheduled I only did this for a little bit.

 Park time after school one Friday.  I LOVE when we can do this.

Everett loves coffee.  Crazy kid.  I give him a little creamer, a little coffee, and then some water.  He'll drink several cups if I let him! I don't drink creamer myself, so he was pretty excited to have it at home when the Oates were visiting.

Veterans Day.... we went up to Oak Glen for a few hours and enjoyed the beauty.

The Oates Visit

James and Faith came out for five days and stayed with us again this year.  It was so much fun to see them and spend time with them.

Lots of selfies of course :)

Everett LOVES Oatsey and is glued to him at all times, lol. 

While they were here we hosted our Thursday night crew.  It was such fun to have everyone together again.

Faith had really wanted to go to the beach while they were here because she misses it a lot, so on Saturday we went.  The weather was awesome and it was warm enough to be in our suits and playing in the sand.  Hardly anyone else was there, so that made it even better! 

I did a little of what I like to do best at the beach, sit in my chair and read :)

The reason they came was so that James could golf in the RCS golf tournament, which they have done for the past 12 or so years.  They always match and this year's outfit was awesome.

I got a babysitter for that day and Faith and I spent the day at Glen Ivy, which was GLORIOUS.  The weather couldn't have been nicer...warm but not hot.  GLen Ivy is one of my favorite ways to spend a day :)

It was so great to see them and I wish all the time they didn't live so far away now.

Ethan turns 9

Ethan turned 9 on November 1st.  I can't beleive he's almost to the double digits.  Where has time gone????  We had family over and had dinner and cake.  He was super pumped to get a little drone (nothing fancy), and a lava lamp.  Those were two things he had really wanted.

He was also pumped to get the rest of the books for the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, so now he has them all.  Both him and Alayna really enjoy reading them. 

And a couple of randoms of my big 9 year old. 

Halloween 2016

Our annual small group Halloween party.  Which really isn't a huge party, but we always dress up :)  I got off easy with my kids this year, a recycled race car outfit for Everett that used to be Ethan's, Ethan wore his costume from last year, and Alayna was a butterfly. 

On the actual day of Halloween, we just trick or treated around our neighborhood.  Being we are like one of two families on our whole block that have kids, the kids end up receiving hand fulls of candy at each house, so they got a lot!  We always like the chance to go around our neighborhood, as we hardly ever see our neighbors.

Matt came up with this costume for us, and even made it with his huge printer at work :)

The Carnes, Beauty and the Beast

The Kerns were a family of pirates

And funny, the Odenbaughs were also a family of pirates.  No one knows ahead of time who is dressing up as what, so it's funny to get two families dress the same.

Jeff and his girls (Carmen was out of town), as birds :)

Sunday, October 23, 2016

October Randoms

I'll be honest, I love the things about fall, but I'm so busy working every spare second that I don't get to enjoy it as much as I'd like.  I am trying really hard to just take things one day at a time, and enjoy the small moments that are a part of every day.  Here are some of them from the past month :)

I got to go on a fieldtrip with Alayna's class to Snowline Orchard in Oak Glen. 

Our neighbors had a little block party, which was so nice because not a lot of people know each other in our neighborhood.  It was really nice to meet some people.  The people hosting it, the husband makes bows and he let Ethan shoot one.  He did really well.

Piggy grazing time.

I took just Everett to the pumpkin patch with T-Moms.  He was so cute getting to go on his "own fieldtrip".  His favorite part was the tractor ride. 

Everett LOVES going through the drive through car wash.  This is always a highlight for him when we go there :)

We had family photos taken in Forrest Falls.  I can't wait to see them.

Everyone getting clean... hehe

This was all the way back from Alayna's birthday, and also the last pool day we had of the year.  Me and Teresa jumping into the pool :)

Alayna got to go to breakfast at Coco's with Matt one morning before school.  He was meeting Jeff Mercer, who brought his girls as well.  Matt sent me this cute photo... Alayna was so excited. 

We shot a wedding in Oak Glen at the HOmestead.  It was a gorgeous October day.  That venue is so very cute, I love working there. 

Alayna reading to Everett. 

We stopped at the Greenspot Farms pumpkin patch after school one day so that the big kids could enjoy.  I love it there, such a cute little place. 

I was enjoying the lovely weather one day and reading.  Everett joined me and I thought it was cute :)  SPeaking of reading I'm almost to my goal of reading 50 books this year... I'm up to 44 right now!  I think I just might make it. 

A minimum day for school allowed me to take the kids out to lunch, which was fun.  They chose Jersey Mike's :)