Saturday, April 30, 2016

California Vacay: part 1

We have been planning a trip back to California in our minds for quite some time. We love California! Its Joeys home state...its beautiful...we get to visit cousins...we enjoy the weather and beaches...and of course, Disneyland too! It had been WAY too long since we had been. I blame moving a few times and having lots of babies ;) But, yeah, like 8 years! And now that we've gone again, I can tell you it will definitely not be that long before we go again. Ridiculous it took us 8 years to go back! We hope to go again two years from now.

Anyways, it was one of the best vacations ever, if not THE best. Months and months prior, I started planning. I looked online and found us a "beach house" just a couple of minutes walk to the beach(so it wasn't right on the beach..but we did have a little bit of a beach view). It was perfect for our family and so fun! It was a home away from home, instead of being crammed into a hotel(honestly we really don't fit into many hotel rooms these days anyways). We picked dates and made sure they sounded good with Joey's sisters family who we wanted to spend a lot of time with(Kids were so excited to play with their cousins! We had only met Elliot when he was one. And we had never even met Sasha!) We decided to spend more time at the beach than previous trips and I'm so glad we did. Some of my favorite moments of the trip were just relaxing at the beach while the kids played. We also spent one day at Legoland this time since we had never been there before. That was lots of fun, but one of those "been there, done that, check" things. We won't go back next time we are in Cali;) It was really neat though. Just ain't no Disneyland. We also did two days at Disneyland, which we wish had been three. We are just Disneyland freaks y'all. But it really was perfect. But next time that leg will be three days :) No Lego. Anyways, it was an unforgettable trip. Another awesome bonus was that my mom even joined us for part of the trip! She did Disneyland with us and we had a great time with her. She hadn't been to Disneyland since I was a kid and I know she wanted to experience it with her grandkids. She was a big help too! We are so glad she could come.

We just loved watching the kids play with their cousins...they ran around the beach together..had a water gun fight in the backyard...roasted smores together...the girls braided sweet Sasha's hair...we all drew Octonaut pictures for Elliot...Wesley played his drums...ate at Ruby's Diner together...just so much cousin fun. These two are just adorable smart creative cute kids that we are so happy we finally got to know! So, I will post 2-3 posts of pics because we took so many. Hard to narrow down but I definitely want to blog lots so I can print them into my blog books!

Alright, so here it goes(these are my Facebook posts that went from day to day):

California vacation, day 1: Drove to Kansas City, visited the beautiful temple there, had lunch and then boarded the plane with six kids in tow and flew to the OC. To most of our kids this was their first flight(if they had flown before they were too young to remember other than Aubrey and Ella). It was exciting for everyone but Wesley who may or may not have had a panic attack at takeoff;) Waiting at the airport for us was Joeys sweet sister and her adorable kiddos. The kids had the best time with their cousins on this trip. Even though most of them had never met, they hit it off immediately! We ended the day with dinner at In N Out together and then headed to our Laguna beach house we had rented. It was an awesome little house within walking distance to the beach.













Saturday, April 16, 2016

Friggin cute

 So, I think to myself sometimes, Luke could be my last son! I have talked Joey into another baby(I think? haha) but our last one could be a girl. . .so anyways, this is my reasoning for buying unnecessary cute boy clothes for this kid. It might be my last chance! ;) I was at Target and saw this seriously adorable little church outfit and snatched it right up. He looked so darn cute on Easter Sunday!! I just couldn't get over it. This boy is precious to me. Oh so precious.





 Had to include this one. He looks a wee bit crazy! lol




Saturday, April 09, 2016

Easter!

I'll start off with the picture of the kids looking, well, picture perfect :) And then we can proceed with the pajama/coat clad bunch running around like maniacs in our backyard Easter morning..hehe. It was fun to have Luke somewhat aware of what we were doing this year instead of just being a leetle newborn baby. He loved holding and shaking eggs. He thought they were pretty cool. We also had to pry a couple of piece of candy(with wrapper on of course) out of his mouth. It was fun having Easter in a new place(though the cold was definitely a change. We had some cold wet Easters in Prosper but this was a bit colder!). We made new memories this day and really did have a wonderful holiday. I love Easter, I love the fun of it and how magical it all is for the kids. Hunting eggs..dyeing eggs..opening up the candy eggs and finding surprises...eating eggs :) I love the big meal we have and the traditions we've started. I mostly love, however, our FHE that we do that weekend each year. We do the "egg" lesson where plastic eggs are numbered and each egg has an object inside. Each object represents something from Christ's last days here on Earth. I read scriptures and an account of different days of His life and what He went through. I do the lesson every year. I have a love/hate relationship with it. Its hard for me to talk about these things because they mean so much to me. I cry every time. The Spirit is always strong. I just feel so much gratitude for what my Savior did for me. I almost hate to tell my kids what wicked things were done to Him. But they need to know. They need to know what He went through-and that He did it for us. One of the eggs has a small nail inside. Just a small one. It doesn't even compare to the nails that were used on the cross. And when I open that egg and I try to talk about it with the kids, I can barely speak. I bear my testimony to them through tears each time. I just have so much love for Jesus Christ, my big brother, who loved me and everyone else so much that he gave himself as a sacrifice. I'm so grateful for the knowledge I have that He lives. And because of Him, we can all live together again someday after this life. I hope my children know how much I love my Savior...and how much I love them. Happy Easter all.



















Saturday, April 02, 2016

Cali's 9th Birthday

 Cali is 9!! Cali is truly just growing up in so many ways..and growing into such a sweet young lady. She is so kind hearted and thoughtful. She is always thinking of other peoples feelings. She will come home from school and talk about kids at school...and how she will stand up for someone else. Or sit by them. Or play with them when someone else isn't. She always says how she doesn't understand how some girls can be so mean. I'm proud of her and her desire to treat her friends with respect :) I know she sets a good example of that at school(though I'm not sure she sets a good example as far as burping and inappropriate words usage hahaha. I went to a school function and saw her being quite the funny kid one day...aye ;) I love her desire to always help me in the kitchen. She is right there as soon as she sees me get ingredients out or put on an apron. She is my right hand girl! She is also very funny and has a different way of looking at life sometimes that makes me smile. She is silly and kooky and fun! She says some pretty hilarious things sometimes. She is also a wonderful big sister..she recently decided to start teaching Ammon piano lessons. She made him a binder and assignment sheets and everything! I had no idea they were doing this together. It is so sweet. She is still working at tennis and is doing a great job..and she still loves art and drawing. And the color pink and animals. She and Wesley are our animal lovers for sure. She is also doing great at school this year and has handled the move with ease. She has LOTS of friends at school and church! She is so easy going and out going. I am very happy she is so happy. Its such a blessing everyone is doing so great.

For her actual birthday, I made her a bundt cake(Aubrey frosted it for me so perfectly!) and we just did some presents at home. Her gift was a surprise: I typed up a sheet of paper with a choice of one of three pets, a turtle, a fish or a hamster. She had to circle one and give it back to me. And drumroll please: she chose hamster! We were about to go on a long trip so she had to be patient and wait until we got back to pick it out(future post will introduce our new family member:) She was so surprised and shocked! We decided to give her a second chance at a pet...hope this one goes better! For her big party with friends, she chose Sky Zone which is a trampoline park. Every single kid we invited came(every kid loves Cali girl!). They had a blast jumping around all afternoon and then having pizza and cupcakes(I even put oreos on the bottom as a bonus!) afterwards. I'm pretty sure it was a great party! Happy Birthday Cali! We love you so so much. You add sunshine, laughter and a little crazy to our home! ;) It wouldn't be the same without our cute cuddly Cali girl.