Tuesday, October 30, 2012

HalloWii 2012

It's been our small group tradition for the last several years, our annual "Hallo-Wii" dinner.  This year we brought the kids along.  They were excited to dress up in their Halloween costumes :)  They picked them otu themselves. 

Minnie Mouse and an Army Guy

Matt and I... we looked pretty special this year :)  Meet "Billy Bob Matt", some local Yucaipa trash :)

Pretty special huh?  hehe

Notice the preggo belly....

And the whole family :)

The Odenbaughs.  The tooth fairy with her crown, and then a martian and an alien.

The Oates as superheroes... with their guiding force, a priest and a nun :)

The Mercers as The Adams Family :)

David and Caitlyn came as each other.... pretty scary huh?  haha
The Cuy's also came as the Adams Family... crazy huh?
And this is just extra special... hehe
Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Ladybug Mom

I saw a quote on Facebook that I thought was funny:   
"October is to photographers as April is to accountants".

Funny and true :)  It's a busy month and photography is in full swing.  It's a good thing, and I'm happy for the business. This year I was prepared for it so I'm managing things a little better and not getting myself all stressed out.  I really do love this little business of mine :)   This weekend we have a wedding as well.  We also had our own family pictures taken last night :)

This week Matt and I came down with the cold Alayna has.  Poor Matt was only feeling good a few days before coming down with this.  Ethan is the only one who has stayed healthy.  I think he's bringing home his school germs and passing them to us, lol.  Thankfully we've tried to get a lot of rest and seem to be ushering our colds out to the curb, which is good because we need to feel good by this weekend!

 I don't have much free time right now, but I did bring out my camera for a while this past weekend and we snapped a few cute pictures.

I'm going to embarrass myself right now by posting this series of pictures, but seriously wouldn't you love to have a picture of your mom like this from when you were a kid:

Yup, I donned some ladybug wings and we ran around the yard pretending to be laydbugs :)  My girl will pretend all day long, she loves it.  Nothing makes her happier than if you pretend with her.  She also LOVES doing puzzles right now.  She's really good at them.  She can do them pretty quickly. 

These are just some fun pictures snapped while we were relaxing in the yard on Sunday evening.

Me and my buddy boy.  This was actually after a rough afternoon... we went to a birthday party and Ethan hit some little boy in the neck in the bounce house.  It resulted in the little boy crying and having to leave the party, and us not letting Ethan participate in anything else and also leaving the party.  Which then resulted in Ethan acting SUPER aggressive and angry.  Not very fun.  So it was nice to enjoy a few happy moments in the evening.

Matt took this of me and liked it, so I'm posting itfor him ;) 

And Ethan took this picture of Matt and I :)  I've trained the whole family with my camera!  lol.

Hope you all have a great weekend!  Right now the weekend is busy work time for me :)

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The Pumpkin Patch

Last week when we had a nice respite from the heat and it actually felt like fall, we went to the pumpkin patch :)  It was a fiedltrip with our TMOMS group at our favorite pumpkin patch, Greenspot Farms.  We got a little tour, got to pet the animals, go through a maze, pick a pumpkin, learn about bees and go for a tractor ride. 

Teresa and Lea with their little ones

Beekeeper Ethan

 yummy, fresh honey

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

My Birthday Weekend

This year my birthday was so much better than last year, mostly because no one got the flu :)  Last year we were all sick and icky.  This year Ethan and Matt were both on antibiotics (Ethan for an year infection, and Matt for bronchitis), and Alayna had a cold, and I had a mild cold... however I'd still take all that over the flu, lol. 

The day before my birthday I got to go out and spend the entire afternoon... alone :)  I told Matt that's what I wanted to do, go shopping for myself, by myself.  He very accommodatingly stayed home from work that day because he was sick, but still took the kids for me for the afternoon.  I enjoyed lunch at the Queen Bean cafe, then went shopping at Ross and then Sephora.  I manged to find quite a few fun items and had a very nice time :)

On Friday (my actual birthday) I had TMOMS in the morning.  Before rushing Ethan off to school and going to TMOMS I opened my cards and gifts at home :)  Matt got me a basket from the RCS Golf Tournament that had gift cards for Redlands Chiropractic for TWELVE massages.  Oh yes.  I can't wait to use them.  Afterwards I went to lunch at Cafe Rio with Lea and Teresa and our kiddos.

My mom came over to watch the kids that evening and we got to go out to dinner with Danny and Jolene.  We went out to the Salted Pig in Riverside and had a delicious meal and so much fun.  The meal started with bacon fat popcorn and ended with candied bacon ice cream... oh yes.  It was seriously so yummy. My cocktail even had candied bacon in it :)  We loved it and would definitely return.  It's such a hip foodie place.

It had been a year since we'd been out with Danny and Jolene sans children and we savored every minute of it!  We had SUCH a good time.  We went over to Lake Alice for a bit after dinner but decided we were too high class and left, lol.  That place can be fun, but it was so loud and we were seriously the dressiest people in htere.  We walked over to The Mission Inn and enjoyed some wine at the Presidential Lounge, which was much more our speed :)

We got home at midnight!  That's so late for us to stay out, lol.  We had a great time and I felt so very blessed and special.

The fun continued on Sunday for me when my mom made me a delicious birthday meal.  Yummy appetizers, crab legs, twice baked potatoes, a delicious salad, and pumpkin cake for dessert.

Thanks to everyone who called, Facebooked, texted and just plain made me feel special!!!!