Monday, August 14, 2017

our weekend

Friday night was movie night at our church. Chris took the kids and gave me a night off (which I filled with a Hallmark'ish movie that just came to Netflix).

Saturday night was my 20th high school reunion. It was fun to talk to so many people and find out which path each of us had taken in life. :)

The next morning, I texted my friend a picture of my latest attempt at re-creating my favorite cold brew drink from Starbucks. It was a bust and I was annoyed. She gave me some tips, so I'll give it another go and then reside to the fact that I just can't duplicate it. :)

After church, Chris went to play golf and the kids and I watched the second Harry Potter movie. We had just finished the book that morning. I have LOVED re-reading these books to the kids. It's exactly how I remember it with Cameron. Such sweet times. :)

*Last night Chris and I finished up a fascinating documentary on Netlfix, Icarus. Wow. It's about the doping scandal with Russia and the Olympics. Soo good.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

first day

*Today was the first day of school. Our yearly tradition of Red Robin the night before took place last night. :)

*After putting on their new, "dress code approved" outfits (this year girls also have to wear collars), we took their pictures. I love Kendall's pose. :)

I was able to go with Chris to take them to school. They were both a tad nervous, but ended up having great days.

*Last week, when the kids were with Chris' parents, Kendall came down with a bladder infection. Debbie took her to the doctor and beforehand, she wrote up a little "diagnosis sheet". She has done this before when we went to the doctor, but this one was a lot more detailed and simply ADORABLE.

*I recently heard about a podcast that I'm now addicted to. I've listened to several so far. They are called, "How I Built This." On each episode, the host interviews various CEO's about how they started their business. So far my favorites have been Clifbar, Kate Spade, and Spanx. I only get to listen to 5-10 minutes at a time (basically on my way to/from work), but they really are fascinating.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

new shoes

*With the kids gone this week and school starting up next week, I figured it would be a good time to stock our freezer with a few school snacks. I tried this recipe for cereal bars and they are going to love them!

*I've always loved the look of turtle necks on men. I think it's very classy looking. Whenever I point out a man on TV and say how much I like his turtleneck, Chris grunts with dislike. ;)

Can't get classier than 007!

*Work has been relatively slow this week, which has been nice. I really miss the kids, but I'll admit it has been a treat to come home each day and have nothing to do but relax on the couch! You would think I would utilize this time to get a lot of household chores done. Not so much. :)

*I bought some new shoes that are super comfortable and nice enough for work:
*I once heard that whether your car air conditioning is on low or uses the same amount of gas because the battery is what the fan uses. What affects your gas is simply having the air on or off. Chris disagrees with this theory.

Monday, July 31, 2017

back to work

Tomorrow I start back to work. I'm soooo sad to see the summer come to an end, however having the kids up at their grandparents makes it a little easier. I don't feel quite as bad since I won't have to literally leave them in the morning. I try not to think too much about our lazy mornings, blank slate days, and just fun we had together. I know I'll get into the swing of things again, especially once they go back to school, but it will still be hard to wake up in the morning...

Yesterday Chris and I headed out to the desert. We had lunch at The Cheesecake Factory and then hit up Sam's Club to restock our empty fridge/freezer.

This morning my dad and I did a short, but grueling hike. It was through an area behind their house that was recently burned in a fire. While it wasn't the most beautiful (charred trees everywhere), it was cool to see the new spurts of green already starting to pop through.

It's easier to have the kids gone when I know how much fun they are in the form of Kendall licking her plate clean at John's Incredible Pizza today. :)

We have plowed through lots of episodes of The Office this weekend. I think that now ranks as the funniest series I've ever seen.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

channel islands

Yesterday we got home from my last hurrah of the summer, a week with Chris' family at the beach. :) Some highlights:

Our house was right on the beach so the kids had easy access. They spent a lot of time here...

Chris' parents bought the kids each a new Lego set. They had the whole downstairs to spread out and many hours were spent assembling and playing with their sets.

The house came with a few bikes and we were able to take a couple rides.

As expected, our kids were the first ones up every single morning. They were so sweet in trying to be extra quiet and I didn't mind at all. ;)

Typically on our vacations, each family takes a breakfast/dinner to prepare for everyone. Here Kendall is helping Debbie make biscuits for their breakfast.

On one of our days, we took the train to Santa Barbara. The kids/dads went to a museum and Rebekah and I sat at Starbucks, shopped a little, and walked around State St.

Lots and lots of games were played. While I'm not a game person, the rest of the family is and our kids LOVED playing so much.

The cousins simply adored being together all week. Chris and I both agreed this was a highlight for us to see.

Chris and I left yesterday. Our kids stayed and will spend the next week with his parents. I start work Tuesday and they don't start school until the following week. While this will really help us out (and I know they'll have a blast), Chris and I already miss them. :(

Monday, July 17, 2017

our sunday...

The kids and I were out the door by 7:15 Sunday morning. I had to stop at the store for some marshmallows to use in craft for Sunday School. I've subbed a few times this summer and yesterday was one of my days. For the early service, they put ages K-5 together, so Kendall and Cameron like to go so they can be together and also have mom as the teacher.

The class went really well. Sometimes it can be hard to engage such a big age range, but hopefully I did a good job.  So by 9:15, we were ready for some outings.

We first stopped at Starbucks. I'm addicted to the Sweet Vanilla Cream Cold Brew. I justify my frequency in that I have a gift card...but I really shouldn't use it all this summer!

Next was Chuck E Cheese. We had some tokens we found in the car leftover from last summer. We got there right when it opened and I'm REALLY glad we did. Apparently they check all the machines in the morning. This also means they leave all the tickets sticking out for anyone to grab. The kids loaded up!!

Sam's Club was right down the street, so we headed over for ICEE's (I don't partake...they gross me out). However, we are quickly learning that, since Sam's is a Walmart company, they tend to be very, "Walmart'ish"...meaning they had one food court worker and a huge line. We learned our lesson last week when it took us 30 minutes to wait in a line that would have taken 5 at Costco (where they always have plenty of cashiers). The kids did not want to wait we left.

Luckily 7-11 was just down the street.

The rest of the afternoon didn't include a whole lot. Cameron and I decided to send my dad a text. He is known for taking bike rides in the middle of the day when it's 100 degrees outside. I think my love for heat comes from him.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

party of five

*I like to browse various blogs and this time of year the Nordstrom Anniversary sale is a huge topic of conversation and excitement. I would like it if Target had an anniversary sale. I could get excited because there would be things I could actually afford. ;)

*Yesterday I took the kids to a planetarium at the library. Cam seemed to enjoy it. Kendall reported it was, "Kinda boring." At least it was something to do! :)

*I started watching Party of Five recently. While it's 20 years old, I like having a series where I can get attached to the characters and their story.

*Chris left for Vegas this morning with two of his friends. I went over to Ana's house (whose husband was one of them) and had a great time. The kids swam and even brought their piggies to share. :)

*One of the things I've done recently, in an effort to fall asleep, is listen to a podcast. I really have enjoyed listening to Mike Erre. He has had several guest speakers, which have all been super interesting.

*I keep pushing the thought that I only have two more weeks of summer out of my head. The kids and I have had so much fun together. They are the best little outing buddies, even if it's only going to the library and finding some books on guinea pigs. :)