Showing posts from February, 2012

Snow Evening

We get excited when we get our yearly snow :)  It happens about once or twice a year, when it snows and the snow sticks to the ground.  Just about perfect in my opinion ;)  Just yesterday I did a senior shoot with gorgeous sunlight, tank tops, and flip flops.  Fast forward 24 hours later and here we are donning jackets and boots to go play in the snow.  Only in Southern California!

At first we watched the snow as it started to fall from the comfort of the couch.

Then we went out front... and stood in the snow and caught a few flakes in our hands and hair.

This was Alayna's first experience with snow.  Last April when we had a few inches of snow she slept in until 9:00 and then stayed inside and didn't know any different.  This year she loved it.

But then I asked them if they'd like to play in it, and so we put on shoes, thin jackets, and slippers for me, and went out and played.

I love the look of wonder on their faces as they looked at the snow...

Ethan's favorite sno…

Spontaneous Fun Day

The other morning I woke up after about 3 hours of sleep (thanks to the kids both waking and me not being able to fall asleep in between).  I got into autopilot and got dressed for the gym.  After feeding the kids I realized I just did not have the energy to go to the gym.  It was beautiful outside so I decided we'd do something fun instead.  We packed a lunch, picked up Matt from work and headed over to Victoria Gardens.

We let the kids play at Bass Pro.  They loved looking at the fish, shooting the guns, and climbing in the boats.  Oh, and of course a couple of rides in the "alligator" (elevator) were a must.

Captain Ethan and his first mate Alayna.
 We ate our lunch at Victoria Gardens, watched the fountain and then went for a little train ride.  I love how excited they were for the little train :)  We got Coldstone and played on the little playground, then headed home.  We dropped Matt back off at work and went home.
It was such a fun little outing and I only spent …

Stater Brother's Tour

Last week we got to go on a tour of Stater Brother's with our TMOMS group.  It was a very informative and fun tour.  The kids got to tour nearly every part of the store.

They got to:
- sample french fries and cookies in the bakery
-watch a cake be decorated
-walk through the huge refrigerators
-see the loading dock
-see where the produce is cleaned and packaged
-spray the produce with water (Ethan's favorite part)
-eat a banana
-have an in depth tour of the meat department which included touching a crab, shrimp, fish and seeing odd parts of cows, such as the heart and brain
-and at the end they got balloons

It was such a fun tour.  My kids loved it.

Weekend Update and a few randoms

Once January rolls around we seem to get a fire lit under us to work around the house.  Every free Saturday we have is spent working on our projects and just doing chores.  Lately I've been cleaning on Saturday mornings, then helping Matt in the yard when I'm finished.  We are currently working on getting our front lawn in, and also on a big project in our backyard.

This junky corner of our yard has yet to have much done to it.  Last year it housed my raised garden beds.  Matt moved those out front for me (to a side of our front yard that gets virtually no use).  We still need to move the dirt out. This is the area that will soon become a playground for the kids.  Matt is going to build them a swing-set/clubhouse, and then also a shed over here.  

What do the kids do while we work?  They love to be outside as well, getting filthy :)  This play kitchen has become a dirt kitchen.  They have been having fun pretending to cook with dirt and making a huge mess.  Can we say "c…

Dinner with my fam

Last Friday night we had my mom, brother and Beth over for homeade pizza.  Rare is the time we all get together for a dinner that isn't due to a birthday or holiday.  It's always nice to have a low key night.  These aren't the greatest flash pictures.... but at least we took some :)

We were having fun taking pictures of our dirty martinis.  We've been wanting to frame a few cool pictures of drinks we've made to hang in the bar.  I think this could be one of them.

Uncle Jerrod playing a puzzle with Alayna.
 My mom and my brother were making Cookie howl... too funny.

 I tried to get everyone to play my new game "Quelf", however after two rounds they were tired and all pooped out and left :(  Sad for me.  Now I'll have to rope some other people into playing it!  haha.


Ethan has recently discovered the joys of a two wheeled scooter versus his much slower three wheeled one.  We had this old Razor scooter and he picked it up and started riding it like a pro one day.  Now it's all he wants to do.  If the weather is nice we often spend an hour before dinner out front, riding bikes and scooters and playing.  My boy thrives when he can spend a lot of time outdoors.  Keep him cooped up indoors, and we have ROUGH days.  It's a good thing I love being outside so much :)

 These pictures are from the other week.  This week is cold and rainy.  I'm glad because we need the rain, but oh boy is Ethan's behavior so much worse.  He will be so happy when the sun is shining once again (and so will I for that matter).  It's a good thing we live in Southern California!~

Alayna was pushing her baby in a stroller on this particular day :)

Valentine's Day

As I mentioned in my previous post Matt and I went out to celebrate Valentine's on Sunday, and I'm glad we did, because it was so nice to go out alone together.

We started the morning off with little gift baskets for the kids, and Matt and I had little gifts for each other as well.  On holidays I love for the kids to wake up, walk out, and find a little surprise.  Of course they were stoked.  Why not eat candy hearts at 7:00 am, right?

 Ethan's still in jammies with crazy hair.  When Alayna wakes I usually just change and dress her right away.  Makes things much easier.  She doesn't look like a raggamuffin like her brother ;)  She was stoked to find a pink rubber ducky with hearts (she loves rubber duckies for some reason), and princesses, and bracelets, and of course candy.  Daddy and Alayna

 The day before Valentines I worked extra hard to make my special Valentine one of his favorite treats.... an extremely hard to work with sugar cookie recipe that is his absolute …