Sunday, October 15, 2017


Yesterday morning started with a nice long bike ride with Cam and my dad. We took the same route as our last ride, except made it to our goal...the end of the road. On our return, it was CRAZY windy, which was a bit of a bummer as it was so bad that we actually had to pedal while going downhill!!!

While we were gone, Chris took Kendall and the quad girls out for breakfast. When they got home, they proceeded to play upstairs for the next six hours. Good golly can those girls play!!

*Today is Chris' birthday. Last night we celebrated, just the four of us. Initially we had planned to go out, but baseball playoffs were on and relaxing and ordering pizza sounded better to the birthday boy. So that is what we did! For his present, I took the kids to the 99 Cent Store and had them pick out three things that reminded them of Chris or represented something about him. It was really sweet to see what they came up with. Here are a few things:

--Kendall chose whoppers because it is one of Chris' favorite candies
--Cam chose the goblet with hearts to represent how caring Chris is
--Kendall chose the candle because Chris often burns candles in the house (and is always buying new Glade plug-ins, car fresheners, etc.)
--Cameron chose silly putty to represent how funny Chris is

*This morning I made a special birthday breakfast for Chris, in the form of a homemade breakfast burrito. I made the kids waffles and I couldn't resist snapping this picture as Kendall licked her plate (a usual thing for her whenever syrup is involved). :)

Monday, October 9, 2017


*Chris' birthday is coming up next week. To celebrate, I booked a hotel in the desert for one night and the kids went to stay with my parents. However, in true "us" form, we talked about it and decided we couldn't justify spending money on a hotel room when we had the house to ourselves here for free. :) So we've stayed put, relaxed, and gone out to eat and to a movie....and saved money!

We went to see American Made.

I got a kick out of Chris. He was excited that we were there thirty minutes early so that he could watch the game before the movie started. His hat carefully balanced on his knee made the perfect stand for his screen. :)

It's been a while since I had a good cry, so I guess it's a good thing season two of This Is Us started. Holy cow!!

My dad took Cam on a short hike yesterday. They were able to use his walkie-talkies and actually communicate with Kendall and my mom, who were at my parents' house.

*I went to the chiropractor today. I went a long time ago, but failed to go consistently, which I've heard you  need to do in order to feel improvements. My back/shoulder has been killing me every single work day (weekends are great since I'm not at a computer). I already have next week's appointment scheduled, so hopefully this will make a difference.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

swinging on a tree

*If you want/need something funny to watch, THIS IS HILARIOUS.

*Wednesday evening, as I was getting home after picking up Cam from Taekwando, I saw Kendall laying on the grass with Chris beside her. She was crying. Hard. Long story short, swinging like a monkey on a tree branch + your friend pushing you = Urgent care visit and a fractured wrist. The doc doesn't think she'll need to get a cast, but we will head to the Orthopedist next week just to make sure.

Waiting room.

Dinner later that night with her "brace cushion" we made out of some towels.

*I was able to go out to lunch with my mom yesterday since I had an extended lunch at work (thanks to an inservice day). Such fun.

*I'm very eager to try the new Maple Pecan Latte from Starbucks. I'm very particular about when I get a hot drink, so the weather will have to cool down a bit before I partake. :)

*Before working full time came into the picture, I used to draw/write little notes for the kids' lunch boxes each day. Enter work. I no longer had the time to draw pictures every night, but I wanted something fun for them to have each time they opened their box. I decided to print out various pictures from over the years. It was a big hit and much easier. Walgreens usually has a deal to where you get pictures super cheap when you buy them in quantities of 100. The kids love them.

*Chris belongs to a mens' group at a local golf course. He typically wins money every time he plays, but the "money" comes in the form of scrip, which he can only use at the course. We've used this fund to go out to dinner multiple times. It has been such a fun treat not only to go out ourselves, but to invite my parents sometimes...knowing it's all money Chris won! This morning Chris took the kids there for breakfast. 

*Soon after the kids get back, we'll head out to the desert. It's been a long time since we've done our usual: Barnes and Noble/Costco.

Happy Weekend!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

good witch

*Yesterday the kids asked if we could ride bikes down to the ice cream shop. My two kids turned into seven kids! Other than ushering them across a couple busy streets and one minor fall (luckily I had a band-aid in my backpack!), it was surprisingly easy!

*This morning Kendall got to work decorating our house for Halloween.

*Right now Kendall and I are watching her new favorite show, "The Good Witch" (Hallmark via Netflix). I actually really enjoy watching it with her. I like that A) It's clean B) It takes place in a small town (I love small town shows) C) It has a lot of good little life lessons spouted by the main character (the good witch)  D) She has a teenage daughter whom she shares a good relationship with and who isn't bratty and disrespectful.

Kendall and I are watching right now as we wait to go to church. Chris and Cam went to an earlier service. We have started going to separate services as Cam loves 2nd and Kendall loves 3rd. Is it ideal to split up? No. But right now it's what works and is worth it to make sure both kids are going to the class they really feel comfortable in.

*I secretly used to think people who complained of allergies were overacting a bit. Not anymore. Man are they annoying.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

our saturday

Yesterday our morning started out with some Harry Potter. Typically I sit in the recliner and the kids on the couch. On this morning breakfast was included in the reading. :)

Chris was gone playing in the our school's annual golf tournament fundraiser. After some chores (piggy cage cleaning for them and sheet washing for me), we ran some errands. First stop, Target. I gave them the choice of either lunch at Target or lunch at Costco. They chose Target for some soft pretzels.

Costco was next. After braving the long gas line, we headed inside to more crowds. But there were yummy samples and Christmas decorations out, so I was in a happy mood. :)

When we returned home, Cam got to work on some Lego and Kendall got to work on playing with the quad girls. :)

While they played, I took advantage and lay down for a while. My allergies were through the roof. I think I literally sneezed fifty times during the day. Ugh. A little Party of Five and bed felt really good. :)

And that was our Saturday!

Friday, September 22, 2017

my desk

*The majority of my time spent on the computer at work involves me listening to music. I typically have two Pandora stations I rotate between. Most of my time is spent on my Dean Martin station. I also enjoy Hillsong, however sometimes it just isn't upbeat enough, which I've realized I need when I'm typing for extended periods of time. :)

I'm happy to report that the Coke you see in the bottom corner is a rare occurrence at work. I wish I could report it's a rare occurrence at home... :(

This mug is my favorite that I found in our staff lounge cupboard. I'm picky about mugs (thickness of the brim, size of the handle, etc.) It's not pretty, but I love it.

Most people have cute pictures of their families or fun decorations on their desk shelves. I have none.This is simply due to laziness on my part in buying some frames and ordering the prints of a few pictures. My only decoration are these sweet little pictures Kendall made me.

*Nearly every night, the kids ask what they are having for breakfast the next morning. I have a rotation of things, one of their favorites is an, "oversized waffle", which is simply waffle I make in bulk for the freezer (Kendall calls them oversized...I guess because they are from a Belgian maker??). Their second favorite is actually cereal. That's one of my favorites because it's so easy to make. :) They also get excited when dad does the shopping and comes home with these...

Saturday, September 16, 2017

scavenger hunt

*Today we met Chris' brother's family at the Irvine Spectrum. We had created a scavenger hunt for the kids to complete where they were required to take pictures of various things. The team who completed the hunt first got to choose where we ate lunch. They had a blast!

"Take a picture of a cheesecake named after Chris and a cheesecake named after Craig" (HINT: "Chris' Outrageous Cheesecake" and "Criag's Crazy Carrot Cake Cheesecake")

Love this sweet pic of Lauren guarding Cam against running into anything so he could study the map. 

*This is my typical scene at 5:30 a.m. in Chris' office. It is one of the Biggest Loser workouts that I rotate with my Jillian Michael's DVD's. It is very hard to roll out of bed on these mornings. I tell myself that it is only 20 minutes and I only make myself do it three times a I guess it isn't THAT bad. :)

*I made these little gems this morning as Kendall has been a tad constipated lately. They bombed. I have to admit I agreed with Kendall. Yuck! :( I hate to waste them, however, because they have expensive ingredients (like almonds). Luckily a friend at work is a Vegan so I'm hoping she'll want the whole batch. :)

No Bake Chocolate Prune Energy Bars

*Last weekend we went to Forest Home for a church picnic/baptism. It was a little cold for the kids, so they didn't swim much, but it was worth going so they could see the baptisms. There is something so neat about hearing kids their age talk about how they came to Christ.

*Yesterday my mom picked up the kids from school and took them to McDonald's. It was the first day the kids wore their new glasses (they were BEYOND excited).