Sunday, April 28, 2013

Spring Break-Day 1 & 2

Here we go! The epic spring break trip of 2013!! I'm pretty sure we've never gone anywhere for spring break. This year I was determined to go somewhere! Then, I remembered that part of the reason we haven't gone on hardly any vacations lately is because Easton HATES the car. We barely make it to Tooele without him freaking out. So, I thought about it and maybe my mom would take him. It was a long shot but I wanted to try. She said yes! It was almost a week. Yikes! But I knew my mom would be able to take care of him. So we left on a Tuesday after Shawn's work. I took Easton to my dad's work and dropped him off. It was sad and I surprised myself and cried when I left him. :( So sad. Then, I picked up Shawn and we were off. It was a beautiful drive a little rainy but the sun came out and we saw some rainbows. :) We only stopped probably 2 times to get gas and eat. We decided to stop in Vegas to stay the night at Shawn's brother's house. We knew it would be late but it was nice not to have to drive straight through.

Sadie fell asleep. If you look really close, you can see drool coming out of her mouth. :)
We got to Vegas really late on a school night, but they kept their kids up so they could play for a little bit. Val built a zip line that goes over their pool. Brinley tried it but Cambree was too scared. She promised she would do it on the way home when we stopped there on the way back. We held her to it! Shawn did it too even though I was sure it would break and he would end up in the pool. Things got a little crazy when Sarah pushed Val into the pool but he brought her along with him. Good times! Later, Sarah gave me my first airbrush tan. It was nice to be tan in Cali. :)
The next morning we slept in a little and got going. Nothing too eventful...oh, except when it was getting hot (90 degrees!) we turned on our AC only to realize it went out at the end of the summer last year! We totally forgot!! So driving through was HOT! Windows down or not, it was not too fun. As we neared Oceanside, it got cooler and we arrived at our condo around 5:00. My sister and her family weren't going to be there until midnight. It was nice to just chill as a family. The girls wanted to check out the beach. We were only a block away but it took awhile to find an entrance. After going way around, we found one really close...we just went the wrong way. The girls were in heaven running into the crashing waves. I hoped they wouldn't get too wet, but that was out-the-door with Brinley. She is just like me. I LOVED getting in the ocean no matter how cold it is.

So Sadie suddenly looked back and saw footprints in the sand. She would keep walking and then look back. There were more! She kept doing that and finally realized she was making the footprints. It was so funny!
Sadie is at such a weird stage with her pulling faces. That stinker.
Awe. Me and my honey. LOVE the beach! There will be PLENTY more pics when we actually spend a whole day there coming up!
After our walk on the beach, the girls showered while I made spaghetti. I love staying at a condo where you can cook your own food. The girls were pretty tired and didn't have trouble falling asleep. They all slept on the floor upstairs. Our condo was great! It had 3 floors. The middle was the main floor with 2 bedrooms. The upstairs was just kind of a little sitting area going out to the balcony. The lower level just had a bathroom, laundry room and garage. So there was plenty of floor space for our kids while the adults got the beds. It was perfect! It also had an elevator but we had the limit the kids' time on it cuz we didn't want them going up and down all the time. We especially didn't want it to break!! We wanted our deposit back!!
Sorry that one was so boring (well, no one reads this anyway). ;) The next day we went to Legoland!!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

March Mish-Mash

I'm loving my month mish-mashes! It gets A LOT of pictures out in one sitting! And it tells a lot of about goes on in our daily lives. THAT'S why I LOVE my iPhone so much! I get out that camera way more than my good one. Love, love, love it! Anyway, here we go!
 Yes, he likes the iPhone...a little too much. I have a few apps that he can "play".
 Shawn came home from work and they both came running and wanted to be picked up. So cute!
 We tried the car wash for Easton's first time. He is NOT a fan!

 This was at the first of March. The weather was so nice! We had a bunch of neighbor kids jumping...we need to get the net up!
Cambree had the lesson for Family Home Evening...yup! It was around St. Patrick's Day. Her lesson was all about that. It was pretty cute.
This is what her list said:
1. How does the leprechaun get in?
2. What happens on St. Patrick's Day?
3. Do we decorate?
4. Do we have to wear green?
5. Do we get pinched?
6. Is there a parade?
7. Do they put green powder in our food? (or something like that)
8. Do we decorate our house?
9. Does the leprechaun send notes?
10. Do we play games?
Sadly, we hardly did anything! It was on Sunday and we went to Stake Conference with green on. We also had corned beef and potatoes. That's about it! No leprechauns invaded our house. Whew!

 More play time outside.
 Babysitting co-op at our house. The kids love the ole swing set. I loved that Easton and his bud, Trayden, just sat and swung away!

Lately, Sadie and Easton have been loving to play under the sink while I get ready for the day. No smashed fingers so far!
Sadie has been making the CUTEST people! I love that she drew our family.
We found out about story time at our city's building. It's sure nice to see friends and have something to do when the weather turns cold. Sadie calls it Preschool and that gets her excited to go. Fine by me!
 We are working on her pencil/crayon holding...but I love her little people!
And...this is what Easton does. He is a blur. He runs and yells all over that loud, wood floor. Ugh. I bring snacks for him so he doesn't do it the whole time but he is quite distracting. That kid.

Sadie went to a birthday party. It might be her first. It was dog-themed. Here she is painted like a dog eating dog food (Coco Puffs). So cute!

I went to a studio lighting party, of sorts. It was pretty fun trying out the ring light and other set-ups.

I just love it when he is still like on a Saturday morning chilling in our bed. :)
 Sadie kept pulling his hoodie over his head. He didn't mind much and he looked cute.
Our High School put on Les Miserables. Shawn wanted to go on a daddy-daughter date and take Brinley and Cambree. They loved it! I kept hearing how great it was for a high school putting it on and that the singers were wonderful and the backdrops were amazing. So I wanted to go!! My sister-in-law was going with her family and asked it I wanted to go. Yea! I didn't have to go by myself! And it did NOT disappoint! Wow. It was amazing.
I finally succumbed and gave Easton yogurt. I knew he would love it and make a mess. I was right on both accounts.
 He also likes to "play" the Wii. Well, he just likes anything with buttons he can push.
Sadie put on Easton's shoes. I don't think they fit.
A day at the park!! We had a little neighborhood picnic at the park one beautiful afternoon. This was Easton's first time where he got to actually play at the park. I was mostly chasing him around and making sure he didn't fall off. I missed Brinley and Cambree that day. I'm sure they wouldn't have minded following him around instead of me. I'm too big for that! Easton had a great time! We had to end our time there when Easton ran all the way to the school parking lot...twice! He's a runner. So not fun.
Took Brinley out for a treat just me and her after her A.L.L. meeting. So proud of her for testing into that class. She will do great!
Right after the treat, we went to her 4th Grade Program. It was all about Utah. They sang some cute songs and dressed up as pioneers, trappers/traders, Indians, cowboys, etc. We tried being annoying and getting her to smile. She just didn't seem like she enjoyed herself at all even though she said she did. Guess she is getting too cool/old for this stuff.
More nice weather and playing outside with co-op kids! Love it!
Recently, Easton has been loving his monkey. It's so cute how he will walk around with it and give it hugs.

My cousin got married! She asked me to take her bridals and wedding pictures. (Check out her bridals here...I'm still working on her wedding. Almost done!) Shawn came to the reception with all the kids. So glad he came even if Easton was a little crazy running around...I guess Cambree was too. But she actually wanted to stay until the end with me. It was fun having a buddy and she LOVES this kind of stuff. Me too!
Here comes the bride...
 I came upon these stuffed animals watching TV. I love when I come upon a scene where you know "a kid has been here"...unless it's a messy scene. I don't like that very much. :)

For Christmas, we gave Shawn's parents the gift of taking them out to dinner at Chuck-a-Rama. We finally made good on that promise and took them out. They haven't been able to get out much (since their licenses were taken away, but now Larry has his back) so it was fun for all of us to go out. Although, I have been trying to eat healthier and exercise so a buffet was not the best thing for me to do, but I knew Larry would LOVE it so I was fine with it.
Yeah, on that subject, I have been on a meal plan where I eat several about 200 calorie snacks a day with about 3 300-400 meals. It's been hard to remember to eat since I'm not a snacker. So I had to set an alarm to eat. I also work out pretty regularly. I've lost 25 lbs since January! Slow and steady. I still have a ways to go but I feel good and have also lost 20+ inches. I'm firming up. It's great! My friend, Kelly, from The Turquoise Piano has been helping me out. Check out her blog for meals and exercise schedules. She is awesome!
...and last but not least, we had one last egg hunt in the house for Family Home Evening, as per request of Cambree. I like where this guy was hiding. :)
 Now on to April!!!