Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Girls Family Weekend

Well the fun just never ends!! We got back from our vacation on Sunday and the cabin weekend was the following weekend with my cousins, aunts, and sisters. Shawn wasn't able to get more work off so I was worried I wouldn't be able to go up until Friday night. I asked Melanie if she could watch Caden and she said she could but then Shawn's uncle died so she and Lynnette wanted to go to the funeral. Barbara went too. So now i didn't have a sitter. But my dad came to the rescue! He said he would watch the boys and I was able to leave Thursday evening. Cambree got the kids all ready in the morning and took them to coop and then my dad picked them up at noon, fed Easton lunch and got him to Kindergarten. He only had to watch Caden while he napped until Brinley came home. It's a lot of juggling but I'm grateful for everyone helping me out.
At the cabin, we ate, scrapped (I do it all digitally now), watched movies, played games, did some family history (I found my first name to take to the temple!) and relaxed in the hot tub. It was so nice to do that after a vacation. You need a vacation after a vacation!

While I was gone, there was a Daddy-Daughter Activity Days activity. I was actually supposed to be there to help but they said they had it covered. They did Minute-to Win-It games. I was sad I missed it but was glad to be at the cabin too. :/

Then they did a shaving cream and cheeseball game. Haha!

Saturday we woke up to a skiff of snow! The weather was a little chilly but we didn't think it would snow. I'm just glad it wasn't too much and we got home just fine. I feel so relaxed and refreshed and ready to take on my busy photography season!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Epic Beach Trip A.K.A Disneyland - Day 7

Our trip has come to an end. :( We cleaned up the rental (we didn't have to do much), said good-bye to the Pattersons, and took off. We wanted to go to Downtown Disney. We've never been before and some of the kids had some money to spend.
Easton and Spencer are such good friends. He was really sad to say good-bye to him.
Same with Sadie and Evelynn.
We got to Downtown Disney pretty quickly and found the Lego Store. They had really fun lego displays!

All these cool, little Lego guys made a design.

Sadie ended up buying a Lego set with her money. We went to the Disney store and Cambree found some pens to give her friends. Easton wanted everything in the store but no money. I told him that we could buy his birthday present there and got him a Lightening McQueen remote control car. Sadie was the richest one and also bought some NumNum stuffed characters.
It was time to hit the road. We made it to Las Vegas to stay with Val and Sarah and watch the BYU vs. Utah game. That's why we all wore our BYU shirts all day...in case you didn't notice. :) Easton and Sadie played in the pool with Conrad while we watched the game.

Unfortunately, they lost. It was a sad game.
The next morning, we packed up again to come home. I totally forgot to take a picture of Easton with the travel bear...a bear from Kindergarten that they can take on trips. So we settled for this one.
Car boredom...Sadie put a princess tattoo on Caden. Haha!
Well, that was such a fun vacation! I really hope my kids will remember it and appreciate it. We had to make a lot of sacrifices to get there. It's expensive! But totally worth it...although Shawn might not agree. ;)

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Epic Beach Trip A.K.A Disneyland - Day 5

We were able to work in a much-needed beach day. Disneyland takes a lot out of you so it was nice to relax. But while we were getting ready, the kids played around the house. This house was so perfect for our two families. Everyone had a bed!
We decided to go to Huntington Beach. It was a straight shot from our place. Shawn dropped us off and parked a little ways down the road so he wouldn't have to pay for parking. :)
The kids immediately ran into the water...except Cambree. She was being really weird about not getting into the water. She said she was studying the water. Haha! She would've been so bored if we actually did stay a whole week at the beach!
Caden's first time at the beach! He wasn't too fond of the water. He liked the sand and the beach toys.
The kids also loved playing with the seaweed.

Sadie tried boogie boarding and loved it! She did great too.

Study, study!

Sand-whiches at the beach
You've got to bury each other in the sand. I think Sadie is a hula girl.

And draw your name in the sand...
Shawn had fun finding sand crabs. They found lots and lots of them and then he started to feed them to the seagulls. He and the Patterson boys did that forever.

Easton was showing me some karate.

Angie and I chilled on the beach and talked. It was so nice and relaxing.

A sand angel
A butterfly seashell
Angie, Cambree and I walked to the pier. It looked closer than it was but it was nice to walk along the beach.

I wanted Cambree to climb up onto the lifeguard stand with her shirt but she wouldn't. This was the best we could do.
Caden and William played so cute together.
We cleaned up and went home. Caden fell asleep in the car. The only time the whole trip he did that. We had long days and he did SO good. He's the best two-year old!