Saturday, June 25, 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 EVERYWHERE.  She rolled in it and played in it to her heart's content.  She even dipped her sandwich in it and ate it.  Seriously, it was insane.  My little ragga-muffin did not disappoint :)

After a couple of hours in the sand, we headed over to the showers and I tried to clean the kids off as best as I could.  The kids and I strolled on the pier and got ice cream and Amanda and Danielle had some lunch (the kids and I had packed food).  Ethan loved walking on the "big bridge that went over the ocean".

Danielle and Amanda

My kiddos on the pier

It was fun...
as fun as the beach can be with a 1 and 3 year old...
there certnatly was not any laying out with a magazine and closing my eyes,
but I do love the beach :)


Friday, June 24, 2011

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 :)


Monday, June 20, 2011

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 :)  

chowing down on some tasty bbq tri tip

Matt with his own Daddy

Matt and Ethan with our nice Amanda

cousins.... Ethan's been telling Amanda she's his best friend this week :)

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 :)

Thursday, June 16, 2011

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 unfair that he didn't get to walk me down the isle, that he had to be taken from us so young, and that my kids never got to know him or meet him, and visa versa.  Yet I am grateful for the awesome years I got to be his daughter.  He was a great man and lived through example.

Tomorrow my mom is going to take the day off work and we're going to spend it together (along with my kids of course).  I'm going to try to talk a lot about my feelings and hope that by doing that, I'll feel better.

Nine years ago today I spent my last time with my dad.
Matt graduated from college,
we celebrated Father's Day....
went for a walk as a family.
It was a great last memory that I will cling to forever.

I miss you daddy...
I always will.

Hopefully I'll be back next week with happier pictures and stories to share :)


Sunday, June 12, 2011

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!!!


Monday, June 6, 2011

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 a Craig's List find that we re-finished (I think I posted pictures of those before).  I get so excited when we score cool things for cheap and then make them pretty!  That chair underneath was also a fixer upper :)  The fabric was even from a yard sale.  The lamps are from Home Goods and they were more than the bed frame :)  The bedding and curtains are from Wal Mart.

After the endless hard work we've been doing in our yard it was so fun to be able to start AND complete a project in the same day :)  Speaking of the yard, we got the seed planted in part of our bckyard... yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ethan enjoyed helping Matt get the ground prepped for the seed

This may not look like much... but it is dirt that has grass seed in it and compost over the top.  The seed takes 10 days to germinate... I can't wait to see little tufts of grass begin to poke through :)

You can see my garden next to the gazebo, and also lots more weeds and junk :)

This next weekend we'll be taking down that white lattice from the gazebo, cleaning up all of our junk back there and then we'll start getting that side of the backyard prepped for seed.  The work is endless!!!!!  :)

This week I sewed my first pillowcase dress.  I am not a pattern sewer, nor am I patient.  I was proud of myself for even managing this.  I used some material I picked up for about $1.00 at a thrift store.  If you look closely at the dress, it's totally hacked together in true Jess fashion ;)  The next one I make will be much better.