Showing posts from June, 2011

The Beach

I mentioned that my niece has been staying with us for the past week and a half.  One of the first days she was here we packed up and headed to the beach.  Our good friend and very favorite babysitter Danielle came along as well.  Amanda was a super trooper and squeezed between the car seats in our car... it was a long drive and she was quite cramped, but she never complained.

There was NO way I was going to lug my DSLR along with my two kiddos in the sand, but I did happen to have my handy dandy point and shoot along with me :)

This was Alayna's first time ever at the beach and she loved it.  Neither of the kids wanted anything to do with going in the water, which was fine with me since it was a tad too chilly to swim in my opinion. Amanda however braved the waves and jumped right in :)

The beach was warm, but unfortunately the marine layer decided to stay until about 2:00, which is when we were getting ready to leave. 

Alayna grossed me out big time with the sand.  She had it …

Family Time

I'm trying to snap out of a funky mood this morning...
brought on by hardly any sleep the past couple of weeks,
lots of busy-ness and not much down time,
and a 3 1/2 year old who tries me and tests me constantly.
these pictures make me smile :)
This was after church two weeks ago.  Matt and the kids and I were just hanging out in the playroom having fun and I was snapping pictures.  I really do love times like that, where we are all together laughing.

 Love this one with Matt wrestling with both kids :)
Happy Friday!
Hope you have a great weekend!
I'm praying for some sleep during mine :)

Father's Day

We had a nice relaxing Father's Day.  It was pretty low key.  Alayna has a bad cold and I had to teach Sunday school so Matt stayed home with her and I took Ethan to church.  After church we went up to Oak Glen to eat some yummy tri tip at Los Rios with Matt's parents and my niece Amanda (who is down visiting from Sacramento, she's been staying with us for the past week).  The June gloom melted away and we ended up with awesome weather.  We chowed down on our food, enjoyed the weather, and I made everyone pose for a few a lot of photos :)

I really could not imagine a better father for my children :)  

And last but not least.... yours truly I really did enjoy Father's Day, and it ended up being a mellow day for me...
I think I got all my funk out the week before,
so that was good :)
I just wanted my hubby to feel loved and to enjoy his special day, and I think he did :)

not an easy week

This time of year is not my favorite.  I have been having anxiety a lot this past week.  Tomorrow is the 9th anniversary of my dad's death.  Each year around this time my body has an odd physiological response to the beginning of June and Father's Day.  Weather I'm thinking about my dad or not, my body seems to remind me through anxiety what week it is.  It's quite odd.  It happens when graduations start happening, when the weather changes, when the Jacaranda trees bloom, and especially as Father's Day approaches.

I hate this time of year.  I don't like being reminded of one of the hardest times in my life.  I wish I could really enjoy June, it's a great month after all.... but unfortunately each year I just seem to float through it.

It's been nearly 9 years since my father passed away very suddenly.   You can read about it here if you want.  In some ways it's easier, in some ways it's harder.  I miss him a lot.  I think it's terribly unfai…

A visit from a dear friend

This past week I was blessed to have my dear friend Crystal stay with us for two nights.  She was out here for a wedding (she lives in Texas).  I have been friends with Crystal since high school.  Unfortunately the wild wild west called her and she moved away when we started college, but at least she remains close to my heart :)

I got to meet her sweet little 4 month old Gideon who was just an angel baby.  Seriously, I don't think I even heard him make one little fuss the entire time he was here.  What a doll.

Want to see a picture of us from high school?
it's from Halloween and it makes me chuckle...
It's totally scanned from one of my old scrapbooks.

I was so blessed to be able to spend a little bit of time with her.

Oh, and.... guess what's popping up in our backyard....

Woo hoo!!!

A Fresh Guest bedroom, the yard and a pillowcase dress

When we moved into our house our guest bedroom was first a holding room for items that needed to find a proper home.  It then became a storage room/office for me/guest bedroom.  It was a little dingy and had lots of random odds and ends in it.  I did have it sleep-able, but it wasn't pretty.  This weekend we finally got around to clearing out the junk, painting it, switching out all the electrical outlets and covers, painting the air conditioning register, painting the bed frame and getting it all set up.  This has been on our to do list for quite some time, but we had some extra motivation in the form of a couple of guests staying here in the next few weeks.

I picked up the wrought iron bed frame at a thrift store back in September for $30... woo hoo.  I gave it a fresh coat of paint and it was as good as new.  The walls are a really soft blue.  I think it's very serene in there now.  Now I just get to decide what fun things to hang on the walls :)
The black night stands were …